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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 19 August 1940Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameJill Arlyn Oppenheim
Nickname Magic
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

An incredible piece of 1960s eye candy, Jill St. John absolutely smoldered on the big screen, a trendy, cosmopolitan presence in lightweight comedy, spirited adventure and spy intrigue who appeared alongside some of Hollywood's most handsome male specimens. Although she was seldom called upon to do much more than frolic in the sun and/or playfully taunt and tempt her leading man 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.

Born Jill Arlyn Oppenheim on August 19, 1940, in Los Angeles, she was on stage and radio from age five, 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 movie debut in Summer Love (1958) starring then-hot John Saxon. Moving ahead, she filled the bill as an exuberant, slightly dingy teen and as well as shapely love interest in such innocuous but fun films as The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1959) and 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 (and she did!) or not never seemed to be a fundamental issue with casting agents. By the late 1960s she had matured into a classy, ravishing redhead equipped with a knockout figure and sly, suggestive one-liners that had her male co-stars (and audiences) panting for more. She skillfully traded sexy quips with Anthony Franciosa in the engaging TV pilot to the hit series The Name of the Game (1968) and scored a major coup as tantalizing "Bond girl" Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) opposite Sean Connery's popular "007" character. She also co-starred with Bob Hope in the dismal Eight on the Lam (1967), but the connection allowed her to be included in a number of the comedian's NBC specials over the years. A part of Frank Sinatra's "in" crowd, she co-starred with him in both Come Blow Your Horn (1963) and Tony Rome (1967).

On camera, Jill's glossy, jet-setting femme fatales had a delightful tongue-in-cheek quality to them. Off-camera, she lived the life of a jet-setter too and was known for her various romantic excursions with such eligibles as Sinatra and even Henry Kissinger. Of her four marriages (she never had children), which included millionaire Neil Dublin, the late sports car racer Lance Reventlow, son of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, and popular easy-listening crooner Jack Jones, she found her soul mate in her fourth husband, actor Robert Wagner, whom she married in 1990 following an eight-year courtship. Jill worked with Wagner decades before in the soapy drama Banning (1967) as well as the TV movie How I Spent My Summer Vacation (1967).

Abandoning acting out of boredom, she has returned only 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)) and even TV (Seinfeld (1989)). 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 (Good Morning America (1975)). She also served as a food columnist for the "USA Weekend" newspaper.

She was glimpsed more recently in the films The Calling (2000) and The Trip (2001) and she and Wagner had small roles as Santa and Mrs. Claus in the TV movie Northpole (2014).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (4)

Robert Wagner (26 May 1990 - present)
Jack Jones (14 October 1967 - 1 March 1969) (divorced)
Lance Reventlow (24 March 1960 - 30 October 1963) (divorced)
Neil Dubin (12 May 1957 - 3 July 1958) (divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Short red hair
Voluptuous figure
Bikini-clad, sexpot roles

Trivia (28)

In same ballet class as youngster with Natalie Wood and Stefanie Powers, the three women all later had long term relationship with Robert Wagner.
Former daughter-in-law of Woolworth heiress, Barbara Hutton.
5 February 2005 - Injured in a skiing accident and required hospitalization.
She and husband Robert Wagner spend their recreational time skiing, horseback riding and golfing.
Her stage mother changed Jill's name from Oppenheim to St. John when Jill was 11 and later gave her daughter a turned-up nose job so she would photograph better.
She and husband Robert Wagner have homes in Aspen and L.A.'s Pacific Palisades where Jill keeps a number of horses.
Once appeared in a production of "Annie Get Your Gun" at age 11.
With an IQ of 162, she studied at UCLA starting at the age of 14, leaving after two years when she signed with Universal Pictures.
1958 Deb Star.
Was offered the role of Plenty O'Toole in Diamonds Are Forever (1971); however, after the directors saw her, she was offered the role as the bond girl: 'Tiffany Case'.
Has a cat named Terminator.
Has known her husband Robert Wagner since she was 14 years old.
It took her German Shepherd "Larry" approximately four months to bark. When Larry did, Jill and Robert Wagner jumped out of their skin.
Recently sold her Los Angeles home, that she shares with Robert Wagner for a reported 15 million.
Stepmother of Katie Wagner, and Courtney Wagner. Father is Robert Wagner.
Became the first American Bond Girl when she took on the role of Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
Was given the nickname 'magic' by her husband Robert Wagner.
In the early 1970s, Jill had a relationship with Frank Sinatra. At the same time, her now-husband Robert Wagner was engaged to Frank's daughter Tina Sinatra.
She and her husband, Robert Wagner, have appeared in seven movies together: Banning (1967), How I Spent My Summer Vacation (1967), Around the World in 80 Days (1989), The Player (1992), Something to Believe In (1998), The Calling (2002), and Northpole (2014). They also appeared together in episodes of Hart to Hart (1979) and Seinfeld (1989).
Her three ideal dinner guests would be: Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker and Robert Wagner.
Her idol is Kay Kendall.
Taught her stepdaughter Courtney Wagner how to ski.
In the 1980s, her fantasy was to downhill ski faster than any Olympic team.
If she were not an actress, she would be a marine biologist.
Her mother, Betty, died of leukemia in 1998 at age 85.
She is a staunch conservative Republican.
Co-star in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) was Lana Wood, whose sister, actress Natalie Wood was married to her future husband Robert Wagner at the time of the film's shooting.
Jill St. John is the only actress to have appeared in a live-action Batman production and an EON-produced Bond film. She appeared in the pilot for the Batman (1966) TV series, with Adam West and in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).

Personal Quotes (9)

[about her marriage to Robert Wagner] We sit in bed and eat cookies just like anyone else.
[in the documentary Bond Girls Are Forever (2002)] No one ever wants to give up the mantle of being a Bond girl, and if they say they do, they're lying.
I believe that personal happiness is still greater than any career.
I know who I am and those who care about me know who I am.
Sean Connery was very much like James Bond. He was very protective.
I love the idea of belonging to one man, and having one man belong to me.
Diamonds are forever, my youth is not.
[asked if she and husband Robert Wagner] spend a lot of time apart] I didn't marry my husband to be away from him!
[about her husband Robert Wagner] You can't look in those eyes and see that smile and not smile yourself.

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