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Sophistication Jones was one of the most unforgettable performers to emerge from NY City’s hedonistic Studio room 54 disco picture from the past due ’70s. Delivered in Spanish City, Jamaica, Jones grew up in a tight and devoutly Pentecostal home by her parents, who ultimately shifted to the U.S. and still left Jones and her siblings within the treatment of their grandmother and an abusive step-grandfather. At age 13, the Jones kids joined up with their parents in the us. Jones studied movie theater at Syracuse College or university before launching a profession being a model, notably apparent in the 1973 Philadelphia International reissue of Billy Paul’s second record. Her statuesque and flamboyant appear eventually became popular in Paris and eventually NY, which resulted in a documenting contract with Isle Records. As the disco-based, Tom Moulton-produced albums Profile (1977), Popularity (1978), and Muse (1979) didn’t break the vocalist in to the mainstream, Jones obtained several Billboard golf club strikes and amassed a considerable pursuing with her sexually billed live present, which resulted in her name of “Queen from the Homosexual Discos.” Through the early ’80s, Jones turned from simple, R&B-rooted disco to some post-disco fusion of reggae and rock and roll powered by Sly & Robbie along with a group of studio affiliates dubbed the Compass Stage All-Stars. The shrewd modification led to three of her best-known and most powerful releases, which — Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981), and Living MY ENTIRE LIFE (1982) — had been documented at Compass Stage Studios in Nassau. These albums included her strongest unique material, like the provocative “Draw Up towards the Bumper” and defiant “Living MY ENTIRE LIFE,” in addition to imaginative addresses of songs documented first from the Pretenders, Roxy Music, and Iggy Pop. Jones’ also used one vocal strategy that sounded relatively detached and all-powerful simultaneously, and she got a scowling, prowling, rather inhuman stage existence to complement. The singer after that took a rest from documenting to spotlight film function and landed tasks in such films as Conan the Destroyer as well as the Wayne Relationship flick A Look at to a Get rid of, but she came back to her documenting profession and enlisted super-producer Trevor Horn (Yes, Frankie Would go to Hollywood) to oversee the luxurious Slave towards the Tempo (1985), which ended up being a relatively autobiographical function. A ten-track compilation of features from her initial six albums, Isle Life, was released the same calendar year. Jones’ penchant for dealing with big brands continuing on Inside Tale (1986). Its creation chores taken care of by Chic’s Nile Rodgers, the record spawned among Jones’ last big singles, “I’m Not really Ideal (But I’m Ideal for You).” Following the discharge of Bulletproof Heart (1989), Jones documented less regularly and focused mainly on performing, including a job in Eddie Murphy’s strike 1992 humor Boomerang. Although there have been anthologies, like the double-disc arranged Private Existence: The Compass Stage Classes (1998), Jones proceeded to go nearly twenty years without documenting a new recording. She didn’t make a complete go back to music before past due 2000s, when she released Hurricane (2008), a collection that featured efforts from Brian Eno, Wendy & Lisa, Tricky, among others. Through the 2010s, Jones’ 1977-1981 studio room recordings were extended and reissued, and she released an autobiography, I’ll Hardly ever Write My Memoirs.

Quick Facts


Full Name Grace Jones
Date Of Birth May 19, 1948
Height 1.75 m
Profession Actor, Supermodel, Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Music artist
Education Onondaga Community College, Syracuse University
Nationality American, Jamaican
Spouse Atila Altaunbay, Chris Stanley
Children Paulo Goude
Parents Robert W. Jones, Marjorie Jones
Siblings Noel Jones, Chris Jones
Music Songs I've Seen That Face Before, Pull Up to the Bumper, Slave to the Rhythm, La Vie En Rose, Private Life, Love Is the Drug, My Jamaican Guy, Walking in the Rain, I'm Not Perfect, I Need a Man, Nipple to the Bottle, Williams Blood, Demolition Man, Do Or Die, Corporate Cannibal, Love You To Life, The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game, Warm Leatherette, The Apple Stretching, Victor Should Have Been A Jazz Musician, Cry Now, Laugh Later, Use Me, Living My Life, Party Girl, Sex Drive, Amado Mio, A Rolling Stone, Jones the Rhythm, On Your Knees, Love on Top of Love, 7 Day Weekend, I've Done It Again
Albums Nightclubbing, Hurricane, Warm Leatherette, Inside Story, Living My Life, Bulletproof Heart, Portfolio, Slave to the Rhythm, Fame, Muse, Island Life, Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions, Disco, The Universal Masters Collection, The Ultimate Collection, The Grace Jones Story, The Ultimate, Hurricane Dub, Island Life 2, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Grace Jones, The Collection, Starclub präsentiert: Grace Jones, Grace Jones
Nominations MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, NME Award for Best Book, UK Festival Award for Headline Performance Of The Year, UK Festival Award for Most Memorable Moment
Movies Gordon's War, Conan the Destroyer, A View to a Kill, Vamp, Straight to Hell, Siesta, Boomerang, Cyber Bandits, McCinsey's Island, Palmer's Pick-Up, Wolf Girl, Shaka Zulu: The Last Great Warrior, No Place Like Home, Falco: Damn It, We're Still Alive!, Chelsea on the Rocks, A Reggae Session, A Night of Reggae Rhythm, Let's Make a Dirty Movie
TV Shows Stryx, Shaka Zulu: The Citadel


  • Facts
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  • Awards
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  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1 Many sources give her birth year as 1952.
2 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]
3 Became friends with Sarah Douglas during the filming of Conan the Destroyer (1984), in fact Grace bought Sarah a motorcycle for her 34th birthday.
4 "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.
5 Was honored with Q's Idol Award in 2008.
6 Her ex-husband, a Hungarian, was born in 1976. He was only 20 years old when they got married, being 28 years younger than his wife.
7 Was ranked #19 in Channel 5's "World's greatest supermodel".
8 Ranked #82 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock 'n Roll.
9 Sister of Noel Jones, subject of Sophie Fiennes' 2002 documentary, Hoover Street Revival (2002).
10 Shocked audience members in 1998 when she exposed her breasts during a Disney World performance. She was banned from the park.
11 Was a close friend and confidant of Andy Warhol's and was a member of his entourage. Warhol made a portrait of her.
12 Speaks seven languages.
13 Was signed to one of New York's top modeling agencies but Grace's looks were too strong for American magazines, so she spent several years in Paris working as a successful model. Yves Saint-Laurent, Claude Montana, and Kenzo Takada hired her for runway modeling, and she appeared on the covers of "Elle", "Vogue", and "Stern" working with Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer. She also modeled for 'Azzedine Alaia', and was frequently photographed promoting their line. While modeling in Paris, she shared an apartment with Jerry Hall and Jessica Lange. Hall and Jones frequented Club Sept, one of Paris's most popular gay clubs of the 1970s and '80s, and socialized with Giorgio Armani and Karl Lagerfeld.
14 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.
15 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.
16 Attended the 1986 wedding of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver on Cape Cod with Andy Warhol.
17 Was signed to Island Records in 1977 and released her debut album "Portfolio".
18 She famously attacked British interviewer Russell Harty when he turned away from her to speak to the other guests on his programme.
19 During the 1970s, often attended legendary New York disco Studio 54.
20 From a relationship with Jean-Paul Goude she has a son, Paulo (b. 12 November 1979).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pride 2014/I performer: "Pull Up to the Bumper" / writer: "Pull Up to the Bumper"
Hyundai Kabarett-Tage 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Diamond Jubilee Concert 2012 TV Special performer: "Slave To The Rhythm"
Take Me Home Tonight 2011 performer: "Warm Leatherette"
Misfits 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Entourage 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Later... With Jools Holland 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pineapple Express 2008 performer: "Ring of Fire"
Rush Hour 3 2007 performer: "La Vie en Rose"
Go Go Tales 2007 performer: "I've seen that face before" Libertango, "I need a kiss", "I want my money", "Gimme more" / writer: "I need a kiss", "I want my money"
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ha-Shminiya 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lord of War 2005 performer: "La Vie en Rose" 1946
Kingpin 2003 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Wire 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Un paso adelante 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Wolf Girl 2001 TV Movie performer: "World of Wonders", "Two Sides To Every Story"
Further Tales of the City 2001 TV Mini-Series performer: "Love Is the Drug"
Save the Last Dance 2001 performer: "Bad Boyz"
Lucky Numbers 2000 performer: "Love Is The Drug"
Whatever It Takes 2000 performer: "Pull Up to the Bumper"
I epithesi tou gigantiaiou mousaka 1999 performer: "Do or Die"
Summer of Sam 1999 performer: "La Vie en Rose"
200 Cigarettes 1999 performer: "Love Is the Drug"
54 1998 performer: "I Need A Man"
The Avengers 1998 performer: "STORM"
She's So Lovely 1997 performer: "Hollywood Liar" 1986, "I'm Not Perfect But I'm Perfect for You" 1986, "Party Girl" 1986 / writer: "Hollywood Liar" 1986, "I'm Not Perfect But I'm Perfect for You" 1986, "Party Girl" 1986
Sounds of the Eighties 1996 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ready to Wear 1994 performer: "La Vie en Rose"
Beavis and Butt-Head TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1993 writer - 1 episode, 1993
Toys 1992 performer: "LET JOY AND INNOCENCE PREVAIL"
La petite amie d'Antonio 1992 performer: "La Vie en Rose"
Freddie as F.R.O.7. 1992 performer: "Evilmainya"
Boomerang 1992 "7 Day Weekend" / performer: "7 Day Weekend"
Worth Winning 1989 performer: "The Fashion Show"
Tarzan in Manhattan 1989 TV Movie performer: "Pull Up to the Bumper" / writer: "Pull Up to the Bumper"
Beppie 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rooftops 1989 performer: "Bullet Proof Heart"
Kotia päin 1989 performer: "Apple Stretching"
Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse 1988 TV Movie performer: "Little Drummer Boy"
Frantic 1988 performer: "I've Seen That Face Before Libertango"
Derrick 1987 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Miami Vice 1987 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Vamp 1986 performer: "Vamp" / writer: "Vamp"
Raw Deal 1986 performer: "I've seen that face before Libertango"
EastEnders 1985 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pumping Iron II: The Women 1985 Documentary performer: "Feel Up" / writer: "Feel Up"
Love Child 1982 performer: "Walking in the Rain"
Top of the Pops 1980 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Midnight Special TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1979 writer - 1 episode, 1979
Quelli della calibro 38 1976 performer: "I Still Get the Blues", "I'll Find My Way to You"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gutterdammerung 2016
Falco - Verdammt, wir leben noch! 2008 Kellnerin
Shaka Zulu: The Citadel 2001 TV Movie The Queen
Wolf Girl 2001 TV Movie Christoph / Christine
BeastMaster 1999 TV Series Nokinja
Palmer's Pick-Up 1999 Female Remo
McCinsey's Island 1998 Alanso Richter
Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller 1995 Video Game Solene Solux (voice)
Cyber Bandits 1995 Masako Yokohama
Boomerang 1992 Strangé
Siesta 1987 Conchita
Vamp 1986 Katrina
Straight to Hell 1986 Sonya
A View to a Kill 1985 May Day
Conan the Destroyer 1984 Zula
Deadly Vengeance 1981 Slick's girlfriend
Astro-Show Ein Spiel mit den Sternen 1981 TV Series Performer
Attention les yeux! 1976 Cuidy
Gordon's War 1973 Mary

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black Velvet 2015 Documentary grateful acknowledgment post-production
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol 1990 Documentary thanks: for generous help and insight

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
WCW Monday Nitro 1997 TV Series Herself
In Search of Dracula with Jonathan Ross 1996 TV Movie documentary Herself
Die Harald Schmidt Show 1995 TV Series Herself
Bellezas al agua 1993 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
De mar a mar 1991 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
The Full Wax 1991 TV Series Herself - Guest
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol 1990 Documentary Herself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1983-1990 TV Series Herself
Wetten, dass..? 1990 TV Series Herself
Viva el espectáculo 1990 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Cap d'any a TV3 1989 TV Movie Herself
X-Large 1989 TV Series documentary Herself - Presenter
The Dame Edna Experience 1989 TV Series Herself - Guest
Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches 1989 TV Series Herself
The Joan Rivers Show 1989 TV Series Herself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 1989 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Herself - Guest
Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse 1988 TV Movie Herself
A Reggae Session 1988 TV Movie Herself
Ahí te quiero ver 1987 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
The 1st Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Soul Train 1979-1987 TV Series documentary Herself
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 1986 TV Special Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982-1986 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
The Tube 1986 TV Series Herself
Nöjesmassakern 1985 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1985 TV Series Herself - Guest
exclusiv 1985 TV Series documentary Herself
Playboy Video Magazine, Vol. 8 1985 Video documentary Herself
Mode in France 1984 Documentary Herself
Wogan 1984 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 26th Annual Grammy Awards 1984 TV Special Herself
Scandals 1984 TV Movie Herself
The 25th Annual Grammy Awards 1983 TV Special Herself
Aplauso 1983 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
It's All True 1983 TV Series documentary
Aktuelle Schaubude 1981 TV Series Herself - singer
Esta noche 1981 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Palmarès 1981 TV Series Herself
The Russell Harty Show 1980 TV Series Herself
WWF Club 1980 TV Series Herself (Guest)
Top of the Pops 1980 TV Series Herself
Dance Fever 1979 TV Series Herself
Armee der Liebenden oder Revolte der Perversen 1979 Documentary Herself
The Midnight Special 1979 TV Series Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1979 TV Series Herself
Seaside Special 1978 TV Series Herself
Emerald City 1978 TV Series Herself
Musikladen 1978 TV Series Herself
Numéro 1 1975-1977 TV Series Herself
Soul Alive 1977 TV Series Herself
Quelli della calibro 38 1976 Herself - Club Singer (uncredited)
Samedi est 1976 TV Series Herself
Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco 2017 Documentary post-production Herself
C 2016 TV Series Herself
The Insider 2015 TV Series Herself
CBS This Morning 2015 TV Series Herself
A Filmmaker's Odyssey 2015 Documentary short Herself
The Diamond Jubilee Concert 2012 TV Special Herself - Performer
Gomorron 2010 TV Series Herself - Moderookies
Alan Carr: Chatty Man 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
Late Review 2010 TV Series Herself - Interviewee
Oi Fashion Rocks 2009 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Beckmann 2009 TV Series Herself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2008-2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
DeLuxe 2009 TV Series Herself
Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 2009 TV Special Herself - Presenter, Best Live Band Award
Vivement dimanche 2008 TV Series Herself
Tracks 2008 TV Series documentary Herself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2008 TV Series documentary Herself
MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Schlag den Raab 2008 TV Series Herself
Later... With Jools Holland 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
MOBO Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Herself
Chelsea on the Rocks 2008 Documentary Bev
Queens of Disco 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
No Place Like Home 2006/I Herself - Dancer
Podium 2006 TV Series Herself
The Best of 'So Graham Norton' 2004 Video Herself
Tout le monde en parle 2004 TV Series Herself
V Graham Norton 2002-2003 TV Series Herself - Guest
Pavarotti & Friends 2002 for Angola 2002 TV Special documentary Guest Performer
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
I Love 1980's 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
MTV Europe Music Awards 2000 2000 TV Special Herself - Presenter
100 Greatest Dance Songs of Rock & Roll 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
So Graham Norton 1998 TV Series Herself - Guest
Behind the Music 1998 TV Series documentary Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blood and Thunder: The Sound of Alberts 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Singer
The Unforgettable Russell Harty 2012 TV Movie documentary Herself
Dorfers Donnerstalk 2010 TV Series Herself - Wiener Opernball 1996
Arias with a Twist 2010 Documentary Herself
Michael Jackson 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
Memòries de la tele 2009 TV Series Herself
TV's Funniest Music Moments 2008 TV Movie Herself
Les grands du rire 2007 TV Series Herself
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Herself
Premiere Bond: Opening Nights 2006 Video documentary short Herself
80s 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Favouritism 2005 TV Series Herself
Ich will Spaß - Die 80er-Jahre-Pop-und-Schlagernacht mit Perlen aus Ost und West 2004 TV Special documentary Herself
Retrosexual: The 80's 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary
Diva Graham Norton 2003 TV Movie Herself
Sendung ohne Namen 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
BeastMaster 2002 TV Series Nokinja
Inside 'A View to a Kill' 2000 Video documentary short Herself
In and Out of Fashion 1998 Documentary Herself
Sounds of the Eighties 1996 TV Series Herself
Marvin Gaye 1987 TV Movie documentary Herself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actress Siesta (1987)
1987 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress Vamp (1986)
1986 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress A View to a Kill (1985)
1985 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress Conan the Destroyer (1984)
1984 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Video Album

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1985 Bravo Otto Germany Bravo Otto Best Actress (Schauspielerin)


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#Quote
1 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.
2 [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.
3 [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.
4 [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".
5 [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.
6 [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.
7 [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.
8 [on how she became to be a singer] I never thought I was going to be a singer. That was an accident.
9 [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.
10 [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.
11 [on drug use] Use, don't abuse.

#Trademark
1 Bold intense facial structure.
2 Her masculine physique.

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