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Overview (4)

Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica
Birth NameBeverly Grace Jones
Nickname The Queen of Gay Discos
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Grace Jones was born May 19, 1948 in Spanish Town, St Catherine - Jamaica, to Marjorie Jones (née Williams) and Reverend Robert W. Jones. Though born in Jamaica, when she was twelve, she moved to Syracuse, New York, joining her family who had moved there previously. Jones would eventually study acting at Syracuse University, and appear in her first musical; halfway through college, she was approached by a drama professor who proposed that she come work with him in a play he was putting on in Philadelphia, she accepted.

Jones later moved to New York City and signed on a model with Wilhelmina Models; however, since her looks were not successfully received, she moved to Paris, France, where her androgynous, bold, and dark-skinned appearance was so apparent, so highly visible, she began to model for designers Yves Saint-Laurent, Claude Montana, Kenzo Takada, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Hans Feurer and Azzedine Alaïa, and she appeared on the covers of "Elle", "Vogue", and "Der Stern".

Disillusioned with modelling, and since she always wanted to be an actress, she began her movie career playing small parts, her first being in the blaxploitation flick Gordon's War (1973) followed by an uncomfortable cameo in the unwatchable French sex comedy Attention les yeux! (1976). It wasn't until the the '80s that Jones's on-screen career really soared, when she appeared in three supporting roles: Zula, the amazonian warrior in the American sword and sorcery/adventure film Conan the Destroyer (1984); May Day, the secondary antagonist in the 14th James Bond film, A View to a Kill (1985), and Katrina, a bloodthirsty Egyptian vampire queen in the comedy horror Vamp (1986). Leaving audiences with only the resonance of unique and tantalizing movie performances, Jones hasn't acted in a feature film since the '90s.

In recent years, Jones's primary focus is not acting or music, but sharing the vulnerability behind her larger than life persona. Jones and director Sophie Fiennes released the documentary, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017). According to Fiennes, the documentary is not a retelling of what can easily be found in books and magazines. Instead, this is an intimate portrait of Jones in recent years as she returns to Jamaica, the country of her birth and childhood, for a family reunion.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anthony Ronald Vario

Spouse (2)

Atila Altaunbay (24 February 1996 - 2004) ( divorced)
Chris Stanley (1989 - 1991) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Her masculine physique.
Bold intense facial structure.
Deep, authorative vocals

Trivia (28)

From a relationship with Jean-Paul Goude she has a son, Paulo (b. 12 November 1979), and a paternal granddaughter.
During the 1970s, often attended legendary New York disco Studio 54.
She famously attacked British interviewer Russell Harty when he turned away from her to speak to the other guests on his programme.
Was signed to Island Records in 1977 and released her debut album "Portfolio".
Attended the 1986 wedding of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver on Cape Cod with Andy Warhol.
Lived with Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren for four years, who appeared with her in the Bond film A View to a Kill (1985), though contrary to popular rumor they were never engaged. He was also once her bodyguard.
Her androgynous and statuesque style made her extremely successful in New York City's underground and nightlife scenes and her sexually evocative stage shows and songs like "I Need A Man" earned her the title "The Queen of Gay Discos" because of her large following of gay men.
Speaks seven languages.
Was a close friend and confidant of Andy Warhol's and was a member of his entourage. Warhol made a portrait of her.
Shocked audience members in 1998 when she exposed her breasts during a Disney World performance. She was banned from the park.
Sister of Noel Jones, subject of Sophie Fiennes' 2002 documentary, Hoover Street Revival (2002).
Ranked #82 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock 'n Roll.
Was ranked #19 in Channel 5's "World's greatest supermodel".
Was honored with Q's Idol Award in 2008.
"Bishop Robert W. Jones Way", a street in Syracuse, New York is named after her father, for his community outreach with the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ. Her mother was his wife Marjorie Williams. They already had two children when she was born and had four more children after she was born.
Became friends with Sarah Douglas during the filming of Conan the Destroyer (1984). In fact, Jones bought Douglas a motorcycle for her 34th birthday.
She appeared on the Danish TV show Go' Aften Danmark (Good Evening Denmark), helping her old friend Sven-Ole Thorsen promote a new book of his. [May 2007]
Many sources give her birth year as 1952.
She was given the casting couch treatment by one of the producers of her debut film, the blaxploitation film Gordon's War (1973). She refused his advances and he later apologized and she was cast in the film.
While modeling in Paris, she was roommates with fellow models Jerry Hall and Jessica Lange. They have remained lifelong friends.
Says in her autobiography that Tony Scott wanted her badly for the small role of Cory in The Last Boy Scout (1991), but the producers opposed to it and cast Halle Berry instead.
In her autobiography, Jones states she was never married to music producer Christopher "Chris" Stanley (who produced her 1989 album "Bulletproof Heart"), although they were in a relationship for a few years, between 1989 and 1991. She has only married once on 24 February 1996, to Atila Altaunbay, a Turkish Muslim, born in 1976, when he was only 20 years old, making him 28 years younger than her, and although they separated after a few years in 2004, they are still legally married.
Was offered the role of Zhora in Blade Runner (1982), but she turned it down, a decision she later regretted.
Was the original choice to sing "The Best Is Yet to Come" for the film 9½ Weeks (1986), but disagreements with producer Narada Michael Walden during the recording sessions led to her walk out of the studio. The song was sung in the film by Canadian singer Luba.
Recorded original songs for Colt 38 Special Squad (1976), Boomerang (1992), Toys (1992), Freddie as F.R.O.7. (1992) and Wolf Girl (2001).
Did 90% of her own stunts in Conan the Destroyer (1984).
Arnold Schwarzenegger supposedly complained Grace was 'too tough' during filming of Conan the Destroyer (1984).
Friends with fellow former Bond girl Ursula Andress.

Personal Quotes (11)

[on drug use] Use, don't abuse.
[on her gay following] The fact that I get in there and perform during this political time, and have a great time doing it helps. Gays are my best audience.
[on her film career, or lack thereof] After the doing the first big film (Conan the Destroyer (1984)), I realized there was so much time, so much empty space -- always, you know... waiting to be called. Thank God, I've got the music because in all that space, I was writing music.
[on how she became to be a singer] I never thought I was going to be a singer. That was an accident.
[on her stage persona] When I perform on stage I become those male bullies, those dominators from my childhood. That's probably why it's so scary, because they scared me.
[on her aggressive behavior] I think I am aggressive in a positive way, it protects me- it puts everyone on their guard-to be nice to me.
[on sexuality, and categorizing one's sexual preferences] Of course I find women attractive, I think that if I didn't - I wouldn't find myself attractive. I think one has to begin first within themselves - then go from there, and for me to say that I don't find women attract would be saying that I don't find myself attractive. It doesn't make me anything, I think it is ridiculous trying to categorize people's feelings or to say what one person prefers, there's no comparison. You can't just say one is better than the other, or one is worse than the other - do what you feel, when you feel like it, if you feel like it.
[on her mothering] I have one formula that really works, and that is never use a negative word to him (her son), ever. I never said, "no", "don't", "never" - I said, "If you have any more sweeties, all your teeth either are not going to grow, or fall out" or, "if you want to go in the swimming pool - you'll drown".
[on preparing for the role of Katrina in Vamp (1986)] I read "Interview With a Vampire", my character was based on that character in a sense, it wasn't taken from the book, but I did read that book in order to get the feeling of putting human feelings into it, and I guess I started smoking cigarettes as a habit, just to see what a habit feels like, because I haven't got any.
[on the misconception of her characters in Conan the Destroyer (1984), and Vamp (1986)] I do get hurt, I do cry, I do have feelings. I think it is a nice surprise to see a vulnerable side to me in my music, I'm multifaceted, I think everybody is, I am developing my vulnerable side, and one day it will come out in film.
I was always really determined to look the way I wanted to look, and I wanted to cut my hair. I wanted to look different because I was used to looking different. Because of my religious background, I'd always been encouraged to look different.

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