Elle Macpherson (née Eleanor Nancy Gow) was born on March 29, 1964, in Killara, New South Wales, Australia. She is the daughter of Peter Gow, an entrepreneur and sound engineer, and Frances Gow, a nurse. Peter and Frances divorced, when Elle was just ten years old. After that, Elle lived with her mother and two siblings. Frances Gow later remarried. Macpherson is Elle's stepfather's surname.