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Grace Jones

Jones is an accomplished singer and actress with a career that has spanned more than two decades. After beginning her career as a top fashion model, Jones was offered a record deal in 1977, which produced her first hit, I Need A Man. Her first album, Portfolio, rose to the top of the charts and produced her second hit single, an acclaimed version of La Vie En Rose. After producing three successful albums during the disco era, Jones shifted her musical direction and became one of the innovators of New Wave. In 1982, a video of her highly-acclaimed One Man Show was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Jones made her motion picture debut opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Destroyer as Zulu, the Amazonian warrior. She followed that role by playing Mary Day, James Bond's deadly adversary, in A View to a Kill. Later, Jones showed her versatility as an actress by starring opposite Eddie Murphy in her first comedic role, portraying fashion model Stranje in Boomerang. Her other film credits include a role as a seductive vampire in Vamp, Mary Lambert's Siesta, and the role of African Queen Nandi in Shaka Zulu: The Citadel. Jones also earned rave reviews as Eviline in the touring theatrical production of the musical The Wiz.

Jones has continued to produce a series of successful albums, including Bulletproof Heart, Inside Story, and the double CD Private Life. Her single Sex Drive hit number one on Billboard's Dance Charts. Jones also performed the theme song on the soundtrack to the Warner Brothers film The Avengers, entitled The Storm.

Jones was named one of VH-1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll. She is currently working on her next studio album, having recently recorded tracks with hip-hop phenomenon Tricky and having collaborated with rap-diva Lil' Kim. She is also writing and producing an independent film set in Jamaica.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Grace Jones Facts

Birth NameGrace Mendoza
OccupationActress, Musician, Model
BirthdayMay 19, 1952 (69)
BirthplaceSpanishtown, Jamaica
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Grace Jones compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Shaka Zulu
Kick-Ass 2
Conan: The Complete Quest
Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection
The Bridges at Toko-Ri
Conan the Destroyer
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