Bourret was born in Whittier,
California to working class parents of French and Jewish ancestry. Dale
Bourret and Valerie Pion; who originate from Quebec, Canada. After growing
up in Hacienda Heights, California, Caprice moved to the United Kingdom in
1996 to further her career in modeling. An appearance in a see-through
dress at the 1996 British National Television Awards ceremony helped gain
her public recognition.
At 25 she became one of the UK's best known models after becoming one of
the models for Wonderbra. She has appeared on the covers of GQ,
Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Maxim, FHM and the 1998 Swimsuit Issue of Sports
Illustrated. Bourret posed nude for the March, 2000 issue of Playboy
magazine. She was voted GQ magazine's Woman of the Year and Maxim's
International Woman of the Year in three consecutive years. She has been
featured in television ad campaigns for Diet Coke and Pizza Hut. She is
currently the face of Paradise Poker.com, and appears on billboards and
advertisements in London and elsewhere.
Bourret appeared on stage in London in The Vagina Monologues and Rent. She
also appeared in the low-budget films Hollywood Flies, Nailing Vienna, and
Jinxed In Love, the soap operas Hollyoaks and Dream Team, and the one-off
comedy show Hospital.
In 1998, Caprice became the host of a UK television series, "Caprice's
Travels". The series involves Bourret's tour through several major holiday
destinations across the world. Bourret has hosted Friday Night's All
Wright as well as several award shows, including the European MTV awards
and the Monaco World Music Awards in 1997, the British National Television
Awards in 1996, 1997 and 1998, and several series for the television
channels VH1 and E! Entertainment.
In 1999, Bourret released her first single as a pop singer, "Oh Yeah",
then follow-up single "Once Around the Sun", which was co-written by '90s
one-hit wonder Chesney Hawkes.
In early 2005, she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK, where
other contestants implied that she was only taking part in order to boost
sales of her products. During a boozy game of 'spin the bottle
confessions' on the show, she confessed to thinking about having a lesbian
She was a cast member on the fifth season of the VH1 reality series The
Surreal Life and has previously appeared in the reality shows Celebrities
Under Pressure, Celebrities Disfigured, Three Celebrities and a Baby, and
Bourret travelled to Los Angeles, where she played in the World Poker
Championship, coming in at 120th out of 700, beating actors Ben Affleck,
Matthew Perry, Tobey Maguire, and James Woods.
In May 2006 Caprice captained the England Women's team in the Celebrity
World Cup Soccer Six tournament, in which they lost to Brazil in the
final. In June 2006 she starred in the English independent movie Perfect
Woman, produced by Olympus Productions Limited.
In South Africa, she produced the hit off-Broadway musical Debbie Does
Dallas at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre in January and February, 2007.
On 13th November, 2008 she came joint second with Jimmy Osmond in
Celebrity Come Dine with Me, along with Nicky Clarke and Nancy Sorrell.
When she arrived in London she posed as a celebrity "It" girl from a rich
American family for a documentary series called Filthy Rich: Daddy's
Girls, in which it was claimed she came from a moneyed family who lived in
a security-screened Hollywood mansion. In fact, she was raised - mainly by
her single mother - in a three-bedroom bungalow in an ordinary suburb of
Los Angeles called Hacienda Heights. Her father was a used-car salesman
who split from her mother when Caprice was five. Penniless Valerie Bourret
was arrested on charges of credit-card theft; she had hatched a plot to
defraud retailers with a young male accomplice and was given three years'
In August 2003 21 year old Alexander Davis, heir to a £4bn oil fortune,
asked Caprice to marry him. At the time Caprice was claiming to be 28, but
she was later exposed as being more than ten years older than Davis.
Davis' mother was quoted as saying "Alex needs to be studying not hanging
out with a woman old enough to be his mother", and threatening to cut him
out any legacy. They split up less than two years later.
Caprice then sued a Sunday newspaper for accusing her of being a 'gold
digger', and claimed during the court hearings that the boy's mother wrote
'Caprice is perfect for my son. I look forward to planning their wedding'.
Caprice was later forced to hand the money back when it was discovered she
had used a forged letter to win the case. It is unclear whether she repaid
the money by taking it back from the charities she had stated she'd given
the libel damages to.
She had a relationship with former Arsenal and England footballer Tony
Adams and a brief relationship with England cricketer Kevin Petersen.
In August 2006, defended by Nick Freeman, Caprice was banned from driving
for one year and ordered to pay £2,500 costs when she was found guilty of
drink-driving. She was held in police cells for several hours after she
allegedly argued with officers who ordered her to take a breath test. "Do
you know who I am?" she is said to have protested. Freeman claimed the
model had a urinary tract infection, and that she was affected by the
drugs she was taking. She owns two homes in South Africa, one in Cape
Town's Camps Bay and another in Johannesburg's Bryanston.
In 2006 she was exposed for her false claim to have been 'Miss Teen
California' when the organiser of the competition stated he'd never heard
of her. MTC organiser Frank Lameira stated 'Caprice whomever never won
Miss Teenage California and never was a participant in Miss Teenage
California. The Miss Teenage California Pageant was created by myself in
1980. Perhaps she won another state teen pageant in California prior to
1980 that had a similar title, but I can assure you the Miss Teenage
California's first pageant was in 1980.' He goes on to point enquirers to
his website of previous winners. Caprice appears to have claimed it was
some sort of mistake, however she has made the false claim in interviews
such as one in Stuff Magazine published 19th February 2003 (which also
includes the false claim that she is 27) with quotations such as "I was
Miss Teen California. I had to do parades and openings and wave and, you
know, the things that a beauty queen does. God, Iím glad those days are