Grace Jones

Grace Jones


5/19/1952, Spanishtown,Jamaica

Birth Name

Grace Mendoza


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Grace Jones was one of the more unforgettable characters to emerge from New York City's hedonistic Studio 54 disco scene during the late '70s. Born May 19, 1952, in Kingston, Jamaica, Grace studied theater at Syracuse University before launching a career as a model. Jones' statuesque and flamboyant…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • While some critics have suggested that Grace speaks rather than sings often in her songs, she actually possesses a 2 1/3 octave range.

    • Arnold Schwarzenegger complained that Grace was "too tough" during the filming of Conan the Destroyer in 1984.

    • Grace was ranked 19th Greatest Supermodel of The World.

    • Grace was ranked #82 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll.

    • Grace shocked audience members in 1998 when she exposed her breasts during a Disney World performance. She was subsequently banned from the park.

    • Grace was a close friend and confidant of Andy Warhol's and was a member of his entourage.

    • Grace speaks fluent french.

    • Grace was signed to one of New York's top modeling angencies but her looks were thought to be to strong for American magazines, so she spent several years in Paris working as a successful model.

    • Grace's 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.

    • Grace studied theatre at Syracuse University, before becoming a successful model in Paris.

    • Though contrary to popular rumor Grace and Dolph Lundgren were never engaged.

    • Grace lived with Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren for four years, who appeared with her in the Bond film A View to a Kill in 1985.

    • Grace attended the 1986 wedding of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver in Cape Cod with Andy Warhol.

    • Grace was signed to Island Records in 1977 and released her debut album "Portfolio".

    • During the 70s, Grace often attended legendary New York disco Studio 54.

    • Grace had a son from her relationship with Jean-Paul Goude in the 1970s.

  • Quotes

    • Grace: As a model one is forced to spend a lot of time in front of the mirror and I just started to freak out, like I was going on the other side of the mirror. So I moved every mirror out of my house when I stopped modeling.

    • Grace: Survival is my primary instinct. I'll do anything. It's out of my control. It's stronger than me. It's an outside force, a voice that says 'do this for your life or it will devour you'.

    • Grace: I perform all the time, but my fans have to track me down. I don't do press. I go underground.

    • Grace: I get bored. I provoke things to happen without even realizing it. I just follow my instincts. I don't think about it, really.

    • Grace: I think i'm doing a service to black women by portraying myself as a sex machine. I mean, what's wrong with being a sex machine, darling? Sex is large, sex is life, sex is as large as life, so it appeals to anyone that's living, or rather it should.

    • Grace: I wasn't born this way. One creates oneself. I believe whatever I dream. Whatever I dream, I want t do.

    • Grace: I've always been a rebel. I never do things the way they're supposed to be done. Either I go in the opposite direction or I create a new direction for myself, regardless of what the rules are or what society says.

    • Grace: If you're out there you're vulnerable. People prefer to disappear in life, to repress their personality. That's not living. It's dying. I see them al over the place, the walking dead.

  • Where\'s Gracie? We all know Grace Jones from classics like Shaka Zulu, Conan, and her very deep music sect; but where is Grace really? The \'Ugly Betty\' crowd desparately seeks a new leader and strong voice. Where\'s Gracie.moreless

    Grace Jones is a very bright, dynamic and charismatic person that has entertained a full host of other vibrant media professionals. But where is the secret hiding place, the magic incantation and aura that Grace is hiding from us? She has attributes of Josephine Baker, while the appeal of Eyrka Badu. She has shown the world many different parts of her; her likes and dislikes, and those that can relate to her would ultimately compare her to \'Lucy\', the black-haired girl from the \"Peanuts\" as she takes her entourage\' to someplace else away from us.

    Good Night Gracie...moreless