Just as filming was wrapping on "Diamonds Are Forever",
Bond girl Jill St. John talked about leaving the
glamorous Hollywood lifestyle behind...
Surviving In Style
3rd August 2011
Just as filming was wrapping on "Diamonds
Are Forever", Bond girl Jill
St. John gave a revealing interview
about her life and talked about leaving the glamorous Hollywood
lifestyle behind, despite being about to reach to peak of her fame...
Jill St. John survives in really fine
style - The Miami News (9th August 1971)
"It's difficult not to be jealous of me," sighs
Jill St. John. "I am so incredibly lucky, and so many wonderful,
nifty, marvelous things happen to me." Still, Jill is discontented.
She says she plans to get out of her golden rut, just "take
off." After, of course, the denouncement of the latest wonderful,
nifty, marvelous thing that has happened to her. She's caught James
The flame-haired actress, better known
for her enticing face and form than her emoting, has a
plum role in "Diamonds are Forever," which marks
the return of Sean Connery as the sexy superspy, James
Bond. Jill, as Tiffany, his first American girlfriend,
has the distinction of being the first Bond playmate to
survive the closing credits.
"She's a very smart lady," says
Jill of Tiffany. "She's
a survivor... In some ways, she's a lot like me." What
has Jill survived? Well, a difficult childhood as an actress;
two brief marriages - to Lance Reventlow and singer Jack
JOnes; and dozens of vacuous sexpot roles in forgettable
films - "It made my lines easier to remember; they
were always the same."
Feeling sorry for Jill is difficult. She
survives in style. There's her magnificent home on a hilltop
in Beverly Hills
with a view of the valley and an interior crammed with
antiques. There's her string of boyfriends, ranging from
titled royalty to President Nixon's special adviser for
national security, Henry Kissinger. Of Kissinger, she says: "He's
a friend for life." And there's her swinging jet-set
existence, trotting about the globe when the fancy strikes.
"I lead a great life," she says. "I'd
be the last one to bitch about it. I travel around, and ski in
the winter and go to all the best watering holds. The only difference
between me and the rest of the people at these places is that
I work the rest of the year."
She concedes one problem for a girl who has
everything: a dearth of women friends. Jill tells of giving a
luncheon party by her swimming pool for a few lady friends recently.
They were barely seated when "great things started happening." Roses
arrived from a suitor; another boyfriend phoned; her agent called
with a movie. "The women all turn to me and said, 'We hate
"It's very difficult to be my friend," says Jill. "I've
gotten everything in life that I ever wanted. I may not have
been able to keep it for very long, but I got it." Everything?
Well, not quite. At 40, Jill admits she envies women with solid
marriages and flocks of children. "My fondest wishes have
been bless upon someone else."
Lounging on he embroidered sofa in front of
her massive stone fireplace, clad in velvet jeans and a sweater,
Jill says she's
planning to give up the splendiferous house, leave the boyfriends
behind and take off on a trip to India and search of "inner
She's tired of Hollywood, tired of the
dumb sexpot roles, tired of getting dirty fan mail. "Some
of the letters are really obscene, really sick... I'm planning
them and print a book of my obscene fan mail. I think it
would be quite amusing."
Jill also is bored with the movie world emphasis of glamour. "Glamor
isn't something worth while to strive for. It's almost
a 1940 word... Any kind of glamor starts with health -
physical and emotional health. I do yoga and meditate...
My entire goal in life is to achieve peace of mind and
She tells wistfully of thumbing through
a movie fan magazine and seeing pictures of aging movie
stars who had let themselves
"I could understand it," she
such a drag to exercise, to get your hair done every day,
all that narcissism... I could understand why, having passed
that point of being a movie queen, that said, 'Oh, the
hell with it,' and let it all hang out."