Performing Arts

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Grace Jones

Grace Jones

Beverley Grace Jones was born in 1948 in Spanish Town, Jamaica. Her parents migrated to the United States and left Grace and her siblings behind to be raised by her grandmother and step-grandfather. Grace joined her parents, Robert and Marjorie, in Syracuse, New York when she was thirteen. By the time she was eighteen, Grace had been signed with a modelling agency and was working in Paris while hanging out with Jerry Hall and Jessica Lange. Jones’ androgynous looks propelled her into the limelight. From modelling Grace Jones contracted with a British record label, Island, in 1977. Her first album, Portfolio, came out that year, followed by three more. Then in 1984, Grace performed the first of several roles for the big screen, beginning with Zula in Conan the Destroyer and continuing with other rules such as May Day in A View to Kill. Grace Jones continued performing but it wasn’t until 2008 that she had another hit record, Hurricane. In 2012 she performed “Slave to the Rhythm” at the Diamond Jubilee Concert.