The 5 Most Surprising Things We Learned from Grace Jones's Candid New Memoir
What do Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Sia all have in common? They each owe their careers in part to Grace Jones, or so the legendary "Queen of Gay Discos" proclaims in her lascivious new memoir, cheekily titled I'll Never Write My Memoirs ($17; amazon.com). After all, the Jamaican-born singer-producer-model-actress is largely viewed as the originator of the androgynous stage look, often sporting closely cropped hair and flashy, tailored menswear. And she's cementing her legacy in more ways than one in her juicy, 380-page read. Below, we culled the most interesting facts, for your weekend reading pleasure.
1. She once turned down Jack Nicholson.
After walking in Issey Miyake's legendary runway show in 1976—in which 12 black models showcased his latest designs—Jones and fellow mannequins partied with Nicholson and Michael Douglas, who were in town promoting One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. "A couple of the models were a little too starstuck, throwing themselves at Jack," writes Jones. "I caught his eye and I could tell what he was up to... I wagged my finger. No, Jack. No way."
3. Debbie Harry and Andy Warhol threw her a baby shower.
When she was pregnant with Paulo (her son with Jean-Paul Goude). It was at the Garage, a members-only club in Soho. Because, of course it was.
4. She was the first Bond girl to create her own costume.
While making A View to Kill, she referenced Disney colors to create her get-up, because she "figured being a Bond girl was like being in a cartoon," and took artistic cues from Miyaki and Kenzo.
5. She got the idea for "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You)" while playing off Mick Jagger.
"Our flirting was often done through games and wordplay, and frolicking about like brother and sister behind our parents' backs," Jones writes.