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Also Known As: Grace Mendoza Died:
Born: May 19, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Spanish Town, , JM Profession: singer, actor, model

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One of the most visually iconic performers of all time, Grace Jones went from successful international model to Andy Warhol's muse to dance-club disco diva in the late 1970s. After embracing new wave music and an androgynous look, she became a superstar in Europe and in underground U.S. circles with songs like "Pull Up to the Bumper," "Private Life," and "Slave to the Rhythm," and the seminal albums Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing and Slave to the Rhythm. Her Grammy-nominated "One Man Show" tour proved wildly influential, and launched her into a film career that earned her roles as the Amazon warrior Zula in the Arnold Schwarzenegger fantasy sequel "Conan the Destroyer" (1984), the superhuman villainess May Day in the James Bond movie "A View to a Kill" (1985), and as a sexy vampire queen in the horror comedy "Vamp" (1986). Making headlines for her mid-1980s relationship with Dolph Lundgren, Jones sent up her own endlessly out-there image as the fittingly named Strangé in Eddie Murphy's comedy "Boomerang" (1992) and made a triumphant return to music with 2008's acclaimed Hurricane. A true original, Jones was rightfully credited as the inspiration for countless artists who followed, including Annie...

One of the most visually iconic performers of all time, Grace Jones went from successful international model to Andy Warhol's muse to dance-club disco diva in the late 1970s. After embracing new wave music and an androgynous look, she became a superstar in Europe and in underground U.S. circles with songs like "Pull Up to the Bumper," "Private Life," and "Slave to the Rhythm," and the seminal albums Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing and Slave to the Rhythm. Her Grammy-nominated "One Man Show" tour proved wildly influential, and launched her into a film career that earned her roles as the Amazon warrior Zula in the Arnold Schwarzenegger fantasy sequel "Conan the Destroyer" (1984), the superhuman villainess May Day in the James Bond movie "A View to a Kill" (1985), and as a sexy vampire queen in the horror comedy "Vamp" (1986). Making headlines for her mid-1980s relationship with Dolph Lundgren, Jones sent up her own endlessly out-there image as the fittingly named Strangé in Eddie Murphy's comedy "Boomerang" (1992) and made a triumphant return to music with 2008's acclaimed Hurricane. A true original, Jones was rightfully credited as the inspiration for countless artists who followed, including Annie Lennox and Lady Gaga, and for her far-reaching collaborations with famed artists like Jean-Paul Goude and Keith Haring. Although mainstream America remembered her best for her film work and instantly recognizable appearance - both glamorous and hard-edged - Grace Jones fearlessly assembled an eclectic, intelligent body of work unlike any other.

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 Wolf Girl (2001) Christoph/ Christine
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 Palmer's Pick-Up (1999) Mr Remo
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 Cyber Bandits (1995)
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 Boomerang (1992) Strange
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 Straight to Hell (1987) Sonya
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1973:
Made acting debut with small role in the U.S. feature film "Gordon's War"
1977:
Released debut album <i>Portfolio</i>
1978:
Appeared in filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim's interview-based documentary "Army of Lovers or Revolt of the Perverts"
1983:
Nominated at the Grammy Awards for Best Long Form Music Video (for "A One Man Show")
1984:
Played first leading role in an American film in "Conan the Destroyer"
1985:
Played May Day opposite Roger Moore (as agent 007 James Bond) in "A View to a Kill"
1985:
Released hit title track off seventh studio album <i>Slave to the Rhythm</i>
1992:
Appeared opposite Eddie Murphy in the romantic comedy "Boomerang"
2001:
Cast as The Queen in "Shaka Zulu: The Citadel"
2008:
Released her tenth studio album <i>Hurricane</i>
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Education

Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York -

Notes

She speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and German

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husband:
Atila Altaunbay. Bodyguard. Married February 1996; born c. 1975.

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brother:
Noel Jones. Bishop. Twin to Grace.
son:
Apollo.

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