(UPDATED: January 13, 2016)
Jerry (Fay) Hall was born on July 2, 1956 in Gonzales, Texas. After her second birthday in 1958, her parents moved Jerry and her four sisters to Mesquite, a nearby working class town. Jerry graduated from North Mesquite High School. Life at home with her parents was not easy. Her mother did the best she could, but things remained hard. Jerry’s father, a truck driver, was an alcoholic and physically violent towards Jerry and the other members of her family. Jerry lived in constant fear of him.
By age of 15, Jerry had grown until a stunning girl measuring close to 6 feet tall. Then at the age of 16, the tall Texan headed to Paris to pursue a career in modelling. She began her adventure with a little money, a lot with hope and a suitcase filled with Frederick’s of Hollywood knockoffs that her mother had confectioned for her.
Jerry was a hit in Paris. She was a hot ticket in Paris thanks to her waist length blond hair, her outgoing personality and her girl-next door approachability. She soon was earning thousands of dollars per week and ruled the runways. She appeared on the cover of the top magazines such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Tatler, Elle, Glamour, Celebrity Sleuth, etc. She posed constantly for fashion spread after fashion spread.
In March 2009 Karl Lagerfeld said of Jerry Hall, “I have known Jerry Hall since she was 15 and have always loved her ‘sumptuous’ and generous side. I love her skin, her complexion, her hair, her overall allure.”
It is also at this time in her career where she became the highest paid model in the world. She modelled for the biggest of designers and fashion houses including Azzedine Alaia, Paco Rabanne, Pierre Cardin, Thierry Mugler, Claude Montana, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Lanvin, etc. Mugler made her his muse, while in 1983 Saint Laurent made her the face of his Opium fragrance. Revlon too placed the Texas beauty under contract. Then in 1996, she reunited with Thierry Mugler to serve as the muse for the launch of his new Angel perfume campaign (Jerry replaced French supermodel Estelle Halliday, who had represented the fragrance from its launch). The new ad featured Jerry sheathed in a tight-fitting silver-embroidered dress, on the white sands of the New Mexican desert and with her beautiful blond hair for the fragrance helped to dethrone Chanel’s N° 5 as the world’s top selling women’s fragrance.
Jerry enjoyed Paris and the French loved her. She and her best friend, Grace Jones, would party together throughout that period. They were nightly fixtures at the gay Paris disco, Club Sept, during those days.
Fashion models and musicians seemingly have always made good sense when it comes to forming couples. Jerry met Bryan Ferry of the Roxy Music and became engaged to him. She starred in two of the groups first music videos. She also posed nude in 1975 for the cover of the Sirens album sleeve.
Jerry Hall met Mick Jagger of the rock group, The Rolling Stones, and began a secret love affair with him. The only problem is that Hall was still engaged to Ferry; and Jagger was still married to his first wife, the beautifully stunning Bianca Jagger! When the Jagger marriage finally came to an end in 1979, Jerry picked up openly with Mick. At the time, she was 20, and Mick was 36 years old. This prompted Ferry to write “Kiss and Tell” and “Cry, Cry, Cry”. Many considered Ferry’s The Bride Stripped Bare album as a confessional of his own soul over his painful break-up with Hall.
Jerry’s career continued to flourish. As the world’s highest paid model for several years, she and Mick formed one of the most high profile couples that fashion and music had ever scene. However, all was not perfect for the two as they made the November 22, 1982 cover of People magazine. The headline read, “Mick and Jerry Split: A scandal brews as Jagger’s girl gallops off with millionaire horseman”. Whatever the troubles were in the relationship at that time, they managed to put them behind them.
Five years into their relationship, Jerry gave birth to her first of her four children with Mick, a daughter named Elizabeth Scarlett. Jerry spoke of becoming a mother as being one of the proudest moments in her life. In 1985, she gave birth to her son James Leroy Augustin. That same year, she published her Tall Tales autobiography. In it she speaks about growing up in Mesquite, Texas and to living as a model in Paris.
With family life consuming more and more of her time, Jerry’s career as supermodel took second, even third place among her list of priorities. This led to her being overtaken by the British beauty and supermodel, Yasmin Le Bon, as the world’s highest paid model.
Still anxious to achieve things on her own and with Mick resisting a formalization of their relationship, Jerry re-launched her acting career. She had already appeared in several films and top rated television shows such as Urban Cowboy (1980) and Married with Children (1987). In 1989, she landed the role of Alicia, the moll to crime boss Carl Grissom in Tim Burton‘s hit blockbuster, Batman. She later landed a role in 1994’s Princess Caraboo.
On Saturday, July 21, 1990, Jerry travelled to Berlin as a guest to take part in Roger Water’s massive performance known as The Wall. Several months later after more than a decade of common life together and now pregnant for the third time, Hall and Jagger wed on November 21, 1990, in a Hindu ceremony performed in Bali. Not long afterwards, their third child, Georgia May Ayeesha, was born. Then on 8 December 1997, Jerry gave birth to her second son, Gabriel Luke Beauregard.
Jerry’s marriage to one of the most timeless rockers was one of ups and downs. Constant were the rumours of imminent break-ups due mostly to Mick’s infidelity. The Franco-Italian supermodel and heiress, Carla Bruni, had been romantically linked to Jagger. Their marriage was further weakened. Things finally came to a head when in 1999, Brazilian model, Luciano Morad, announced to the media that she was pregnant with Mick’s love child. Hall finally having enough, filed for divorce to put an end to their 22 year old relationship. Already an ugly situation, things got even worse when Jagger claimed that the couple had never been legally married. He alleged that their Hindu ceremony in Bali was not valid under the laws of England. Unfortunately for him, the High Court did not see things that way and awarded Jerry a hefty settlement along with their £5 million mansion (roughly US $7.5 million). The marriage was officially annulled on August 13, 1999. Mick then purchased a home next to the mansion that he had shared with Jerry and their four kids.
Today at an even 6 feet, Jerry continues to model from time to time on special occasions. She has trained at the Actor’s Studio in New York and has since had great success as a stage actress. Her body of work in theatre includes the role of Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (replacing Kathleen Turner), The Vagina Monlogues, Bus Stop, Picasso’s Women and most recently Benchmark, directed by Michael Rudman at the New End Theatre. In 2005 Jerry took part in a major initiative to promote London Theatre. Doing so, she entered into the Guiness Book of World Records for most theatre performances in one night. She appeared in Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Anything Goes and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
In 2005, she received rave reviews for her performance of Mother Lord in the London revival of Cole Porter’s High Society. She made headlines again when she starred in her own reality series on VH1 called Kept. In the show, Jerry had to pick a boytoy from among 12 contestants who competed for her affections. She also became the Global Ambassador for Bayer Healthcare’s erection dysfunction drug, Levitra.
In January 2016, Jerry Hall announced her engagement to billionaire Rupert Murdoch.
With measurements of 35-24-36, Jerry was ranked 11th in Channel 5’s “World’s Greatest Supermodel”.
TELEVISION / FILM
“Popetown” (2005) TV
Merci Docteur Rey (2002)
Dundee (1998) TV
Savage Hearts (1997)
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
Princess Caraboo (1994)
“The Detectives” (1993) TV
Bejewelled (1991) (TV) .
The Wall: Live in Berlin (1990) (TV)
“Married… with Children” (1987) TV
Topo Galileo (1987)
Willie and Phil (1980)
Urban Cowboy (1980)