"I adore acting" says Mick Jagger´s model-turned-West End thespian ex Jerry Hall,in her Texas drawl. "Now I have discovered what it´s about, I want to do it more and more. I´m hooked on it. It´s better than sex. You can do it eight times a week and still you don´t get pregnant." Jerry Hall is a talented corporate keynote speaker, beautiful event host and charming after dinner speaker.
It´s somehow appropriate that the small town girl who made it big got her acting start in a summer stock production of Bus Stop, playing Cherie, a Southern truck stop chanteuse who dreams of being a big-city show girl. "We both came from big families and small towns" says Jerry. "We both read a lot of Hollywood magazines and dreamed about going away."
Born on July 2, 1956, in Gonzalez, Texas, Jerry Faye, one of five daughters, including her twin, Terry Jaye, moved with her family to Mesquite, a nearby working-class town, when she was two. Aged 16, Jerry left home to pursue a modelling career in Paris, carrying nothing but a suitcase full of Frederick´s Of Hollywood knockoffs fashioned by her mum.
With waist-long blonde hair and standing nearly 6ft tall the original and iconic "Supermodel, Jerry, was soon making thousands of dollars a week as a fashion model, snagging a rock star fiance, Roxy Music´s Bryan Ferry, along the way. The cover girl, then the face of Yves Saint Laurent Opium perfume and Revlon cosmetics, starred in two of the group´s early music videos, and posed for the sleeve of their 1975 album Sirens.
Aged 20, she was still with the art rock singer when she met the man with whom she would spend the next two decades, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger. In 1977 she left Bryan for the 36-year-old music icon, whose marriage to first wife Bianca was coming to an end.
Seven years into their famous relationship, the couple had their first daughter, Elizabeth Scarlett, and welcomed a son, James Leroy Augustin, in 1985, the same year she released her bestseller autobiography, ´Tall Tales´. Her modelling career on the back burner,
over the next decade she landed small roles in films such as 1989´s
Batman and 1994´s Princess Caraboo, and her famous partner, already the father of two by two women, seemed to be settling down.
In 1988, when someone asked her when she would wed Mick, who had said marriage gave him "claustrophobia", Jerry exclaimed: "Golly, I´m tryin´! Y´all quit rubbin´ it in!"
On the subject of marriage Jerry is quoted in the Oxford Book of
Humorous Quotations with saying "My mother gave me some good advice at an early age. She told me I should ´be a maid in the living room, a cook in the kitchen and a whore in the bedroom´. I told her that´s fine, but I´m going to hire the first two".
The famous pair were together for more than a decade when they
finally tied the knot on November 21, 1990, and a third child, Georgia May Ayeesha soon followed.
"Life is very good now" says Jerry. "I have moved on and I feel so lucky."
A science-lover with an IQ of 146 (she buys the New York Times
science supplement every week, as well as the New Scientist and
Scientific American - "And guess what?" she says, "I read them".
Jerry has completed an Open University course in humanities.
Jerry Hall is an influential and inspiring speaker. She is highly
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