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Overview (4)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameJill Arlyn Oppenheim
Nickname Magic
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

With a career that spans an amazing 8 decades, Jill St. John absolutely smoldered on the big screen. A trendy, cosmopolitan presence in lightweight comedy, spirited adventure and spy intrigue, she 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.

Jill St. John was born in 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 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, which included millionaire Neil Dubin, the late sports car racer Lance Reventlow, son of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, and popular easy-listening crooner Jack Jones, she seems to have found her soulmate in present husband Robert Wagner, whom she married in 1990 following an eight-year cohabitation. Jill worked with Wagner in the soapy drama Banning (1967) as well as the TV movies How I Spent My Summer Vacation (1967) and Around the World in 80 Days (1989).

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 (2002) and The Trip (2002) 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 (33)

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.
Injured in a skiing accident and required hospitalization. [February 2005]
She and husband Robert Wagner spend their recreational time skiing, horseback riding and golfing.
Stage mother changed Jill's surname from Oppenheim to St. John in 1953 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.
Originally was considered for the minor role of Plenty O'Toole in Diamonds Are Forever (1971); however, after the producers saw her, they offered her the lead. Naturally, she accepted.
Has a cat named Terminator.
Has known her husband Robert Wagner since she was 18 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. [August 2007]
Stepmother of Katie Wagner and Courtney Wagner. Defacto stepmother of Natasha Gregson 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.
Dated musician Bill Hudson of The Hudson Brothers; director Roman Polanski; political scientist Henry Kissinger; actors George Montgomery, Peter Lawford, Barry Coe, George Lazenby, Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine and Sean Connery; baseball player Sandy Koufax; South American millionaire Francisco "Baby" Pignatari; Count Giovanni Volpi di Misurata; talk show host David Frost; Texas Lt. Gov. Benjamin Barnes; Italian jewelry czar Gianni Bulgari; lawyer Sid Korshak; and Frank Sinatra, whose daughter Tina Sinatra was once engaged to Jill's husband Robert Wagner.
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).
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.
Is an only child.
She is a staunch conservative Republican.
Co-star in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) was Lana Wood, whose sister, actress Natalie Wood had been married to her future husband Robert Wagner. In 1999, she refused to be photographed with Lana for a Bond girl reunion for Vanity Fair magazine, so she was photographed separately and superimposed with the rest of the Bond girls.
One of two actresses (the other is Kim Basinger) to appear in both a live-action Batman production and a James Bond film. St. John appeared in the pilot for the Batman (1966) TV series with Adam West and in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
Jill and Robert Wagner officially became an item on Valentine's Day 1982. The couple were together eight years before marrying. They first met in 1959.
Was replaced by Sharon Tate for the role of Sarah Shagal in Dance of the Vampires (1967).
Despite their divorce and subsequent remarriages, she refers to Lance Reventlow as "my late husband" in interviews.
Contrary to persistent internet claims, she's not Jewish.
She and Lana Wood have been at odds since 1971, more than a decade before Natalie's death. The feud started when Sean Connery was dating Lana and Jill simultaneously.

Personal Quotes (10)

[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.
[on not dating former co-star Warren Beatty] I'm probably one of the few who doesn't know him that way.

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