Jill St. John Biography

Birthday: 1940-08-19
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California USA
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Wiki Biography: An incredible piece of eye candy, Jill St. John absolutely smoldered on the big screen, a trendy presence in lightweight comedy, spirited adventure and spy intrigue, and perhaps best known for her bikini-clad, sexpot roles that she began playing in the early 1960s and later becoming a standout "Bond girl" in the 1970s. Although she was not called upon to do much more than frolic in the sun and playfully taunt and tempt as needed, this tangerine-topped stunner managed to do her job very, very well. A remarkably bright woman in real life, she was smart enough to play the Hollywood game to her advantage and did so for nearly two decades before looking elsewhere for fun and contentment. Jill St. John was actually born Jill Oppenheim on August 19, 1940 in Los Angeles. On stage and radio from age 5, she was pretty much prodded by a typical stage mother. Making her TV debut in a production of "A Christmas Carol," Jill began blossoming and attracting the right kind of attention in her late teens. She signed with Universal Pictures at age 16 and made her film debut as a perky support in Summer Love (1958) starring then-hot John Saxon. Moving ahead, she filled the bill as a slightly dingy love interest in such innocuous fun as The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1959), Holiday for Lovers (1959), Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963), Who's Minding the Store? (1963) and Honeymoon Hotel (1964). Whether the extremely photogenic Jill had talent or not was never a fundamental issue with casting agents. In the late 1960s she matured into a classy, ravishing redhead who not only came equipped with a knockout figure but some sly, suggestive one-liners as well that had her male co-stars (and audiences) more than interested. She co-starred with Bob Hope in the dismal Eight on the Lam (1967), but she would be included in a number of his NBC specials over the years. She was also a part of Frank Sinatra's "in" crowd and co-starred with him in both Come Blow Your Horn (1963) (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination) and Tony Rome (1967). She skillfully traded sexy quips with Anthony Franciosa in the engaging TV pilot to the hit series "The Name of the Game" (1968). But Jill's most famous role came in 1971 when she played seductive jewel smuggler Tiffany Case, a ripe and ready Bond girl, in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (1971) opposite Sean Connery's popular "007" character. On camera her glossy femme fatales had a delightfully brazen, tongue-in-cheek quality to them. Off-camera, Jill lived the life of a jet-setter. Jill has married four times, first to millionaire Neil Dublin when she was 16 (they split after one year), then at 19 to the late sports car racer Lance Reventlow, son of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton. They divorced after three years, although since his death she has referred to him as her "late husband". After a third divorce in her twenties from popular crooner Jack Jones, Jill would remain single for thirteen years, dating such famous men as Sinatra, Connery, Jack Nicholson and even Henry Kissinger. She seems to have found her soul mate in present husband actor Robert Wagner, whom she married in 1990 after eight years together. She is stepmother to Wagner's two daughters from previous marriages. Jill met Wagner when she was a teen and worked with him in the soapy film drama Banning (1967) as well as "Around the World in 80 Days" (1989/I), where Jill also starred opposite the later James Bond, Pierce Brosnan. Abandoning acting out of boredom, she has returned on rare occasions. She played against type as a crazed warden in the prison drama The Concrete Jungle (1982) and has had some fun cameos alongside Wagner both on film (The Player (1992), The Calling (2002/I)) and even TV ("Seinfeld" (1990) in 1997). In the late 1990s they started touring together in A.R. Gurney's popular two-person stage reading of "Love Letters." Jill's lifelong passion for cooking (her parents were restaurateurs) has turned profitable over the years. She has written several cookbooks and actually appeared as a TV chef and "in house" cooking expert on morning TV. She also served as a food columnist for the USA Weekend newspaper.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Sandy Dreams 1949 Family
Emerald Point N.A.S. 1983 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Who's Minding the Store? Barbara Tuttle 1963 0
Come Blow Your Horn 1963 Comedy
The Oscar 1966 Drama
Fame Is the Name of the Game 1966 Drama
Tony Rome 1967
Mooch Goes to Hollywood 1971
Diamonds Are Forever Tiffany Case 1971 0
Sitting Target 1972
The Trip 2002 0, Biography
Bond Girls Are Forever 2002 Documentary