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Grace Jones

Biography

Jamaican Performing & Recording Artists

Date of Birth (DOB): 5/19/52
From: Jamaica
Best Known for: Exotic and Contoversial Star of Film and Music

Bio: Born Grace Mendoza in Spanish Town Jamaica her father was a preacher. Her family moved to Syracuse New York when Grace was still a child. In her early twenties she signed up for the Whilamina Modeling Agency in New York. Her exotic looks and height quickly made her one of the most requested models in the World and she began a Jet setting lifestyle that took her to Europe often. Her partying became legendary. In 1977 a record label signed her to first record "Portfolio". The album sold fairly well however Grace became especially popular with gay men, and the hit single from the album "I Need A Man" became a 70's anthem. Another hit from the album the cover "La Vie en Rose" is still remembered even today as one of the best versions of the song, as well as one of the highlights of Grace's musical career. Other albums would follow however during the 80’s she shifted her focus to film appearing in Conan the Destroyer. She would later appear in Eddie Murphy’s Boomerang and was even bestowed the part of a Bond Girl in “A view to a kill”. Her wild stage antics were legendary; she would appear on stage with male strippers, and outrageous outfits. Her biggest success as a recording star was her release “Slave to the Rhythm”, her singles “pull up to the bumper” and “my Jamaican Guy” were also popular. An addiction to Cocaine, led to an arrest in Jamaica for drug possession, however she managed to pull herself together and is still releasing records while raising her son Apollo.

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