Gere’s start in movies came from a few bit parts during the seventies in TV movies like “Chelsea D.H.O.” His breakthrough came in 1978 when he played Bill in “Days of Heaven,” and then he hit the big time thanks to “American Gigolo.”
He never looked back, starring in hit after hit, including famous romance films “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Pretty Woman.” His career brought him more than hits: in 2002, his role in “Chicago” helped earn him both a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
It was at that time when a mutual acquaintance happened to reunite the now-happy couple. At that first re-meeting, the fireworks were already flying. Both Richard and Alejandra described a strong connection between them. Gere took the first step, bringing a big bouquet to Alejandra, at which time she agreed to a date.
Gere hasn't stopped with the romantic gestures since then, either. Of course, for anyone familiar with Gere, that shouldn't be a surprise...
A New York Native
While he was born in Philadelphia, Gere spent most of his childhood in New York state. He went to high school in Syracuse, where he was part of the gymnastics team, of all things. He was so good at it, in fact, that he got a scholarship to the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The future movie star never ended up getting his degree – he had initially picked philosophy to study – and instead found his way onto the stage to take the first step toward stardom.
An Unusual Friendship
Despite this fame, Gere hasn't been in many movies since his red-carpet years. It's due to his friendship with the Dalai Lama. You see, since Hollywood has been getting more and more funding and direction from China, Gere has started getting fewer roles.
China believes Tibet is theirs, and since Gere disagrees, movies with him in it falter on the international stage. Gere hasn't backed down, but there are a few movies he's been in, Indies such as 'Norman" and "Three Christs."
His Star-Studded Romances
Gere has been a mainstay of the tabloid pages since he hit the big time, and it's mostly because of his star-studded romantic life. Before he started to settle down, he had relationships with actresses Penelope Milford, Priscilla Presley, and Kim Basinger, all before marrying model Cindy Crawford in 1991.
He and Crawford only stayed together for four years. Still, it was less than a decade before Gere married former Bond girl Carey Lowell in 2002 – that relationship ended after a little more than a decade itself, and with a long and painful divorce.