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CrazyFruits » celebrities & their lifestyles » GRACE JONES ICON MODEL ACTRESS & SINGER


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1bat GRACE JONES ICON MODEL ACTRESS & SINGER on Thu 27 May 2010 - 11:54


Grace Jones (born May 19, 1948)[1] is a Jamaican-American singer,
model, and actress.
Grace Jones was born in Jamaica, the daughter of Marjorie
and Robert W. Jones, who was a politician and Apostolic

Her parents took Grace and her brother Chris to
relocate to Syracuse, New York in 1965. Before becoming a
successful model in New York City and Paris, Jones studied
theater at Onondaga Community College.

Jones secured a record deal with Island Records in 1977,
which resulted in a string of dance-club hits and a large
gay following. The three disco albums she recorded—Portfolio
(1977), Fame (1978), and Muse (1979)—generated considerable
success in that market. These albums consisted of pop melodies
set to a disco beat, such as "All on a Summer's Night",
"On Your Knees" and "Do or Die," and standards such as "What
I Did for Love" from musical A Chorus Line, Jacques
Prévert's "Autumn Leaves", "Send in the Clowns" from Stephen
Sondheim's A Little Night Music and Edith Piaf's signature
tune "La vie en rose".

During this period, she also became a muse to Andy Warhol,
who photographed her extensively.[5][6] Jones also accompanied
him to New York City nightclub Studio 54 on many occasions.
The colorful artwork and design for Jones' three first albums
and accompanying single releases were created by another of
Warhol's longtime collaborators, Richard Bernstein, arguably
best known for his many cover illustrations for Interview
Magazine in the 70s and early 80s.

Toward the end of the 1970s, Jones adapted the emerging New
Wave music to create a different style for herself. Still
with Island, and now working with producers Chris Blackwell,
Alex Sadkin and the Compass Point All Stars, she released
the acclaimed albums Warm Leatherette (1980) and Nightclubbing
(1981). These included re-imaginings of songs by Sting
("Demolition Man"), Iggy Pop and David Bowie ("Nightclubbing"),
Smokey Robinson ("The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"),
The Pretenders ("Private Life"), Roxy Music ("Love Is the Drug"),
Flash and the Pan ("Walking in the Rain", The Normal
("Warm Leatherette"), Ástor Piazzolla ("I've Seen That
Face Before (Libertango)"), and Tom Petty ("Breakdown").

Both albums however also included a few tracks co-written by
Jones herself, such as "A Rolling Stone", "Feel Up" and,
most notably, the post-disco dance track "Pull Up to the
Bumper" which peaked in the Top 20 of the US Hot 100,
spent seven weeks at #2 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club
Play chart, and became a Top 5 single on the US R&B chart
when released as a single in the fall of 1981.[8] In the UK,
Nightclubbing claimed the number one slot on music magazine New
Musical Express' Album of the Year listing.

Parallel to her musical shift was an equally dramatic
visual makeover, created in partnership with stylist
Jean-Paul Goude, with whom she had a son. Jones adopted
new look, with square-cut hair and angular, padded clothes.
The cover photographs of Nightclubbing and, subsequently,
Slave to the Rhythm (1985) exemplified this new identity.
To this day, Jones is known for her unique look at least as
much as she is for her music. Her collaboration with Blackwell,
Sadkin and the Compass Point All Stars continued with the dub
reggae–influenced album Living My Life, which featured
the self-penned "My Jamaican Guy", sung in patois.

rihanna gathered inspiration from grace jones for
her hit single 'rude boy'

GRACE JONES doing her thing couple years ago


even lady gaga gathers inspiration from the greatests

The grace jones influence is all over rihanna's
rude boy video pics you dont need any glasses to spot it.

kanye west amber rose gathers inspiration from grace jones


Grace Jones's striking appearance, height (5'10˝" or 1.79 m),
and manner influenced the cross-dressing movement of the
1980s, such as Annie Lennox. She would also exemplify
the "Flat Top" hairstyle in many of her concerts in the 1970s,
which would become popular among black men in the 1980s. Her
first album cover to feature this hairstyle was 1980's
Warm Leatherette.

Jones maintained both recording and acting careers, although
her acting often overshadowed her musical output; except
in Europe where her profile as a recording artist was much
higher. Her strong visual presence was an advantage for her
music videos and concert tours. In her concert performances,
she adopted various personas and wore outlandish costumes,
particularly during her years with Goude. One such performance
was at the Paradise Garage in 1985, for which she collaborated
with visual artist Keith Haring for her costume. Haring painted
her body in tribal patterns and fitted her with wire armor.

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2bat Re: GRACE JONES ICON MODEL ACTRESS & SINGER on Thu 27 May 2010 - 12:44


Im laughing as Im writing this because I
think grace jones has adopted three daughters who look
just like her lol, rihanna
ladygaga, and amber rose

Jones recorded two albums during the 1990s, but they remain
unreleased thus far—in 1994, she was due to release an electro
album titled Black Marilyn with artwork featuring the singer as
Marilyn Monroe; in 1998, she was scheduled to release an album
entitled Force of Nature[citation needed]. A white label 12"
single featuring two dance mixes of "Hurricane (Cradle to the Grave)"
was released; a slowed-down remix of this song became the title
track of her album released in 2008. Also in 1998, she sang the
title track for the film remake of the cult TV series
The Avengers. The song "Storm" was written and produced by
Bruce Woolley, Chris Elliott, and Marius DeVries and was performed
with The Radio Science Orchestra.

In the 1973 film Gordon's War, Jones played the role of Mary,
a Harlem drug courier. In 1978 she appeared with Amanda
Lear and Patty Pravo in highly controversial Italian TV
series Stryx. Jones's work as an actress in mainstream
film began with the role of Zula, the Amazon, in the 1984
film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and
former NBA player Wilt Chamberlain. She next landed the role
of May Day in the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill.
She also appeared in a short music video "Hey Baby" from the
band Hansel to Home in 1986.

Jones appeared in a number of other motion pictures
including the 1986 vampire film Vamp where she played
a queen vampire, and the 1992 Eddie Murphy film Boomerang,
for which she contributed the song "7 Day Weekend to its
soundtrack." In 2001, she appeared alongside Tim Curry in
Wolf Girl (also known as Blood Moon), as a transvestite
circus performer named Christoph/Christine. She also appeared
in an episode of the Beastmaster television series
as the Umpatra Warri.

3bat Re: GRACE JONES ICON MODEL ACTRESS & SINGER on Thu 27 May 2010 - 12:49


Awards and nominations
Jones is a three-time Saturn Award nominee, a Grammy nominee, a Razzie Award nominee, and a Q Awards Winner. Jones also ranked 82 on VH1's '100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll' [34].

Saturn Awards

1985 – Best Supporting Actress for Conan the Destroyer: Nomination
1986 – Best Supporting Actress for A View to a Kill: Nomination
1987 – Best Supporting Actress for Vamp: Nomination
Grammy Awards

1983 – Best Long Form Music Video for her A One Man Show: Nomination
MTV Video Music Award

1986 – Best Female Video for "Slave to the Rhythm": Nomination
Razzie Awards

2008 – Idol award: Winner

4bat Re: GRACE JONES ICON MODEL ACTRESS & SINGER on Thu 27 May 2010 - 12:57



grace jones

michael jackson

5bat Re: GRACE JONES ICON MODEL ACTRESS & SINGER on Wed 22 Sep 2010 - 21:20


I love grace jones and michael jackson they are so daring

6bat Re: GRACE JONES ICON MODEL ACTRESS & SINGER on Sun 13 Mar 2011 - 14:27


love these joy!! thanks for sharing

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