Grace Jones

Jamaican singer, model Grace Jones

Grace Jones is a Jamaican singer, actress and model. Jones started out as a model, regularly appearing at the New York City nightclub Studio 54. Jones secured a record deal with Island Records in 1977, which resulted in a string of dance-club hits. In the late 1970s, she recorded several songs that became hits on the Billboard Dance/Disco Chart and adopted a severe, androgynous look, dressing in male-drag.
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Birthday
19 May 1952
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New film goes behind the curtains of Grace Jones' glamor
Reuters.com - 6 months
(Reuters) - With her statuesque profile, striking gaze and visually arresting performances, Grace Jones has long been an emblem of high fashion, art and glamorous eccentricity, but a new documentary hopes to shed light on a different side of the pop culture figure through her private life.
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Last Words: Aja Reflects On Her Time On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’
Huffington Post - 10 months
Throughout the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Huffington Post Queer Voices will interview each departing queen on the Saturday following the air date of their elimination episode. Check HuffPost Queer Voices weekly to read about these queens’ reflections on their time on the show, as well as their legacies as queer artists and performers. Check out the previous interview with Jaymes Mansfield, Kimora Blac, Charlie Hides, Eureka O’Hara and Cynthia Lee Fontaine. Last night’s episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” was a bit of a shocker, with fan favorite Aja sent packing after a subpar performance during the group’s dragged-up recreation of ‘90s hit TV show ”90210” and a lip-sync against Nina Bobina Brown. Aja seemed to let the competition get the best of her during the episode and had trouble getting out of her own head. However, her time on “Drag Race” definitely allowed the Brooklyn queen to showcase a number of her talents and continue to progress as a performer. Plus: we a...
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A Hat Designer for Rock Stars Turns to Opera
NYTimes - 11 months
Christophe Coppens, a celebrated milliner for the likes of Rihanna, Grace Jones and Roisin Murphy, directs a Janacek work in Brussels.
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The Queer Icons Still With Us In 2017
Huffington Post - about 1 year
There’s an urban legend that the Stonewall riots happened because gays were so upset by the death of Judy Garland. That never understood that until 2016, when we were all devastated by the loss of one queer icon after another ― David Bowie, George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, Alexis Arquette and so many more. There was even a rumor John Waters was about to go ― turns out he was just celebrating Christmas by passing a kidney stone. So don’t worry, John’s fine. And so are a ton of fabulous queer icons who are not just still alive, but producing some amazing work. And not just just kidney stones. Whether they’re gay themselves, or allies, or somewhere in between, the LGBT community’s role models are particularly important, since we’re often rendered invisible or closeted. When you hardly ever see your community held up as aspirational, you learn to be protective of the ones who make it, like Wanda Sykes, or the allies who’ve stood by us, like Cyndi Lauper. A lot o...
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Jean-Paul Goude restyles Lacoste crocodile for ‘Holiday Collector' collection
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Lacoste creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista gave Jean-Paul Goude free rein to rework the iconic crocodile logo that has adorned the brand's polo shirts and ready-to-wear pieces for several decades. The new logo, capturing a kind of crocodile courting dance, will be used on garments in the brand's "Holiday Collector" line, due out from November. Best remembered for his work in the 1980s and 1990s with Grace Jones, and his adverts for Chanel and French department store Galeries Lafayette, Jean-Paul Goude has brought a personal twist to the iconic Lacoste crocodile.
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25 Famous Women On Being Alone
Huffington Post - over 1 year
(Photo: Getty Images) By Julie Ma Depending on who you are, the very thought of spending time alone will send your heart racing with delight or despair. For extroverts, alone time can be an almost-withering experience. For introverts, it can be a crucial sanctuary and a chance to recharge. While the days of openly calling single women "old maids," "spinsters," or "cat ladies" are nearing extinction, the social stigma surrounding ladies who are uncoupled by choice or by chance still runs deep. Below, 25 accomplished women -- including Shonda Rhimes and Diane Keaton -- discuss what being alone and living as single, independent women means to them. Related: Does Living Alone Drive You Mad? Shonda Rhimes "I don't know if anyone has noticed, but I only ever write about one thing: being alone. The fear of being alone, the desire to not be alone, the attempts we make to find our person, to keep our person, to convince our person to not leave us alone, the joy of being with...
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FYF 2016: Grace Jones plays a set for the ages
LATimes - over 1 year
James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem was the headliner at FYF Fest on Sunday. But he knew his place in music history.  “If you missed Grace Jones, you [screwed up],” the LCD Soundsystem frontman said, minutes into his band’s set at Exposition Park. “We used to get booked as the cleanup act, where the...
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An Introduction To Jerry Hall, For The Unacquainted
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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Fashion Diary: London’s Men’s Wear Shows Revel in the Club Scene
NYTimes - about 2 years
E. Tautz had roller-disco nostalgia; Sibling, Grace Jones-style boxing; and, at the MAN showcase, Charles Jeffrey’s Dalston parties.
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"I Hope My Mother Doesn't Read This" Author Greg Scarnici
Huffington Post - about 2 years
From making music with his band Undercover to DJ'ing at The Monster for his monthly Below Tea party with Robin Byrd (last Sunday of the month from 6-10 p.m.) it's amazing that Greg had the time to write his hilarious new book "I Hope My Mother Doesn't Read This". The book is filled with many stories that are, shall we say, definitely "Greg Tested, and Not Mother Approved" and each one is better than the next. Greg sat down with me to chat about what his own mother thought about the book, his thoughts on aging divas, and what story perhaps didn't make it into the book? Your book "I Hope My Mother Doesn't Read This" is not only hilarious, but a really wonderful read! I have to ask, has your mother finally read the book, despite the title? Believe it or not, she finally did! The day that it came out she downloaded it on her Kindle. Her initial response was "a page turner". I finally actually got to speak with her on the phone and she said that "there were definitely parts ...
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17 Visual Artists You Should Know In 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Another year, another 366 days of photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, performance and more. As 2016 approaches, two of our culture editors and writers -- Katherine Brooks and Priscilla Frank -- sat down to contemplate the future of art and which emerging figures (or, in some cases, seasoned favorites) we're excited to follow. What resulted is a list of the 17 people we think you should know in the new year, from a 75-year-old painter to a newly minted Instagram star to a textile aficionado who blends West African weaving with Southern quilting. If you're making New Year's resolutions in the next week or so, make it a goal to explore these 17 artists. From gallery darlings to grassroots icons, this is the multifaceted team of creatives you should watch out for, celebrated through original portraits. Mernet Larsen Larsen is a Florida-based painter whose work depicts banal, daily pleasures rendered in awkward angles and beach-happy colors. At 75 years ...
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17 Visual Artists You Should Know In 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Another year, another 366 days of photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, performance and more. As 2016 approaches, two of our culture editors and writers -- Katherine Brooks and Priscilla Frank -- sat down to contemplate the future of art and which emerging figures (or, in some cases, seasoned favorites) we're excited to follow. What resulted is a list of the 17 people we think you should know in the new year, from a 75-year-old painter to a newly minted Instagram star to a textile aficionado who blends West African weaving with Southern quilting. If you're making New Year's resolutions in the next week or so, make it a goal to explore these 17 artists. From gallery darlings to grassroots icons, this is the multifaceted team of creatives you should watch out for, celebrated through original portraits. Mernet Larsen Larsen is a Florida-based painter whose work depicts banal, daily pleasures rendered in awkward angles and beach-happy colors. At 75 years ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Grace Jones
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 62
    She disputes rumors she married Chris Stanley in her 2015 memoir I'll Never Write My Memoirs, saying, "The truth is, I only ever married one of my boyfriends, Atila Altaunbay, a Muslim from Turkey."
    Jones' memoir entitled I'll Never Write My Memoirs was released on 29 September 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 61
    In October 2014, Jones was announced as having contributed a song, "Original Beast", to the soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
    Jones is currently working on a new album with producer Ivor Guest, and on a book of memoirs, but meanwhile Universal Music Group released a deluxe edition of her Nightclubbing album as a two-disc set and Blu-ray audio on 28 April 2014.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 59
    Two months later, Jones performed "Slave to the Rhythm" at the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II (whilst keeping a hula hoop spinning in the air throughout), and the Lovebox Festival. On 27 October Jones performed her only North American show of 2012, a performance at New York City's Roseland Ballroom.
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    In April 2012, Jones joined Deborah Harry, Bebel Gilberto, and Sharon Stone at the Inspiration Gala in São Paulo, Brazil, raising $1.3 million for amfAR (the Foundation for AIDS Research).
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  • 2011
    Age 58
    Jones released a dub version of the album, Hurricane – Dub, which came out on 5 September 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 57
    In March 2010 Jones performed for guests at the 18th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Viewing Party.
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  • 2009
    Age 56
    Jones also worked with the avant-garde poet Brigitte Fontaine on a duet named "Soufi" from Fontaine's album Prohibition released in 2009, and produced by Ivor Guest.
    In 2009, Chris Cunningham produced a fashion shoot for Dazed & Confused using Jones as a model to create "Nubian versions" of Rubber Johnny.
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  • 2008
    Age 55
    Prior to the album's release, Jones performed at Massive Attack's Meltdown festival in London on 19 June 2008, Jones performed four new songs from the album and premiered the music video which Jones and artist Nick Hooker collaborated on, which resulted in "Corporate Cannibal".
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    Bishop Robert W. Jones died on 7 May 2008.
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  • 2004
    Age 51
    In November 2004, Jones sang "Slave to the Rhythm" at a tribute concert for record producer Trevor Horn at London's Wembley Arena.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 49
    In 2002, Jones joined Luciano Pavarotti on stage for his annual Pavarotti and Friends fundraiser concert to support the United Nations refugee agency's programs for Angolan refugees in Zambia.
  • 2001
    Age 48
    In 2001, Jones starred in the made-for-television film, Wolf Girl (also known as Blood Moon), as an intersex circus performer named Christoph/Christine.
  • 2000
    Age 47
    In 2000, Jones collaborated with rapper Lil' Kim, appearing on the song "Revolution" from her album The Notorious K.I.M..
  • 1998
    Age 45
    Jones recorded the track "Storm" in 1998 for the movie The Avengers, and in 1999, appeared in an episode of the Beastmaster television series as the Umpatra Warrior.
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    In June 1998, she was scheduled to release an album entitled Force of Nature, on which she worked with trip hop musician Tricky.
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  • 1996
    Age 43
    Through her relationship with long-time collaborator Jean-Paul Goude, Jones has one son, Paulo. From Paulo, Jones has one granddaughter. Jones married Atila Altaunbay in 1996.
    1996 Saw Jones releasing "Love Bites", an up-tempo electronic track to promote the Sci-Fi Channel's Vampire Week, which consisted of a series of vampire-themed films aired on the channel in early November 1996.
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  • 1994
    Age 41
    In 1994, she was due to release an electro album titled Black Marilyn with artwork featuring the singer as Marilyn Monroe. "Sex Drive" was released as the first single in September 1993, but due to unknown reasons the record was eventually shelved.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 39
    Jones released two more soundtrack songs in 1992; "Evilmainya", recorded for the film Freddie as F.R.O.7, and "Let Joy and Innocence Prevail" for the film Toys.
  • 1990
    Age 37
    Jones started dating Danish actor/stuntman/bodybuilder Sven-Ole Thorsen in 1990, and was in an open relationship as of 2007.
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    In 1990, Jones appeared as herself in the documentary, Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol. 1992 saw Jones starring as Helen Strangé, in the Eddie Murphy film Boomerang, for which she also contributed the song "7 Day Weekend" to its soundtrack.
  • 1985
    Age 32
    It reached number 12 on the UK Albums Chart in November 1985 and became the second-highest-ranking album released by Jones.
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    In 1985, Jones starred as May Day, henchman to main antagonist Max Zorin in the 14th James Bond film A View to a Kill; Jones was also nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.
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  • 1983
    Age 30
    In 1983, Jones' One Man Show was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Long-Form Music Video.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 29
    Having already recorded two reggae-oriented albums under the production of Compass Point All Stars, Jones went to Nassau, Bahamas in 1982 and recorded Living My Life; the album resulted in Jones' final contribution to the Compass Point trilogy, with only one cover, Melvin Van Peebles's "The Apple Stretching".
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  • 1981
    Age 28
    The 1981 release of Nightclubbing included Jones' covers of songs by Flash and the Pan ("Walking in the Rain"), Bill Withers ("Use Me"), Iggy Pop/David Bowie ("Nightclubbing") and Ástor Piazzolla ("I've Seen That Face Before").
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  • 1980
    Age 27
    With anti-disco sentiment spreading, and with the aid of the Compass Point All Stars, Jones transitioned into new wave music with the 1980 release of Warm Leatherette.
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  • 1976
    Age 23
    Muse was the last of Jones' disco albums. The album features a re-recorded version "I'll Find My Way to You", which Jones released three years prior to Muse. Originally appearing in the 1976 Italian film, Colt 38 Special Squad in which Jones had a role as a club singer, Jones also recorded a song called "Again and Again" that was featured in the film.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1970
    Age 17
    She moved to Paris in 1970.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 3
    It was in the city that her father had established his own ministry, the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, in 1956.
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  • OTHER
  • 1948
    Age -5
    Grace Jones was born in 1948 (though most sources say 1952) in Spanish Town, Jamaica, the daughter of Marjorie (née Williams) and Robert W. Jones, who was a local politician and Apostolic clergyman.
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