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October 2, 1989 | CRAIG LEE
Grace Jones was once the cult figurehead for a wide array of netherworld, avant-trendy androgynes and subterranean night-lifers who could respond with knowing looks when the former model described herself as "feeling like a woman, looking like a man." But those days of hedonistic liberation are gone in the wake of some tragic changes, and Jones' first local appearance in years Saturday at the Hollywood Palladium was part of a benefit for the Center for Living, an AIDS-oriented organization.
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December 13, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
Making her narrative feature directing debut, septuagenarian singer-actress Connie Stevens has gathered an accomplished cast for "Saving Grace B. Jones," an "inspired by a true story" memory piece set during the Great Flood of 1951. Like many first-time directors, Stevens tries too hard to be "cinematic"; the material would have benefited from a more restrained approach. But at its most straightforward, the film is an effective drama about a 10-year-old city girl's eye-opening summer in the rural Midwest.
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May 19, 1985 | ROBERT HILBURN
Grace Jones was hours late for the shooting of a new Honda motor scooter commercial. Manager Bob Caviano was apologetic, blaming unexpected complications. Please be patient , he advised. But the folks from the ad agency were nervous. They paced the huge Hollywood sound stage, huddling anxiously with the staff from the Honda home office. Millions were riding on this campaign to erase the old notion that these shiny new scooters were just for nerds.
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July 28, 2009 | Margaret Wappler
At her electrifying Hollywood Bowl show Sunday night, Grace Jones had so many lavish costumes, it would've made the late Hollywood designer Edith Head swallow her sewing kit in astonishment. One of Jones' most daring -- and there were many gasp-inducing get-ups -- was a giant, bright-red contraption for her sumptuous performance of "La Vie en Rose." Part exploding star, part spiky rose, when Jones, 61, spun around slowly, it revealed her naked, well-greased-and-muscled backside. Je t'aime, scandalous exposure!
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January 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Actress-singer Grace Jones was found innocent of cocaine possession charges in Kingston, Jamaica. "It's a weight off my head," she told reporters outside a courtroom after the verdict was read. "That justice was finally done is very important." Jones, 37, a Jamaican, had been accused of possessing a fraction of a gram of cocaine that was found in her handbag in a police raid last April 8 on a suburban Kingston mansion. She pleaded innocent.
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December 15, 1989 | From Reuters
Jamaican actress-singer Grace Jones pleaded not guilty to cocaine possession charges Thursday as her long-delayed trial began in a crowded courtroom. The government's first witness, detective Leroy Hanson, testified that Jones repeatedly insisted, "I don't do drugs," during a raid on a house where she and her boyfriend were staying. Hanson said cocaine was found in her handbag. A government forensics expert later testified that the cocaine seized totaled only 0.
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February 11, 1990 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Cut. "Grace, do the next take with the tongues in the mouth." Director Greg Gorman is anxiously calling up from behind his poolside camera to the sunny deck where a showily passionate tete-a-tete between singer Grace Jones and her burly beau is taking place. These kissing shots for her current "Love on Top of Love" video have been going on for some minutes now, and so far, it seems safe to assume that the "killer kiss" referred to in the lyrics is French in origin.
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November 18, 1991 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Film It: The casting for Eddie Murphy's new film for Paramount, "Boomerang," is now complete. Robin Givens, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt and Geoffrey Holder join Murphy on location in New York City where the film has begun principal photography. Murphy plays a Casanova who falls in love with the one woman who rejects him.
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July 20, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The cocaine-possession trial of Jamaican-born singer Grace Jones has been postponed in Kingston for the third time. The trial, which was scheduled to start Tuesday, had to be delayed because of a shortage of judges. It was rescheduled for Sept. 5. Jones was arrested April 8 and charged with possession of 18 grams of cocaine when police acted on a tip and raided a recording studio in Kingston.
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January 15, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW and BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Jones Found Innocent of Drug Charges: A Kingston, Jamaica, court has found actress-singer Grace Jones innocent of cocaine possession charges. Jones, 37, had been accused of possessing a fraction of a gram of cocaine that was found in her handbag during a police raid last April 8 on a suburban Kingston mansion. She pleaded innocent. Jones testified Dec. 15 that she believed her husband's ex-lover had planted the drugs in her handbag.
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July 26, 2009 | Reed Johnson
As Grace Jones tells the story, a certain pop-singer friend once asked how she managed to get out from under her strict, religious Jamaican American family years ago, setting herself on the path to becoming a singer, actor and fashion fetish-object. "You know, Michael," Jones told Michael Jackson, "I just did it." And how. To paraphrase the title of one of her albums, Jones, now 61, has always been determined to keep living her life.
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June 21, 2009 | Karen Wada
Adele can't contain herself. Nothing new there. The hot young British soul singer is, by her own account, "pretty mouthy." But learning that she will share the bill with her idol, Etta James, at the Hollywood Bowl next Sunday has sent her over the moon. "It blew my mind," she gushes on the phone from London. "She's the reason I started. The first time I heard her voice, it sucked me in. Made me believe, and made me cry."
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August 8, 1998 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Grace Jones was one of the most exotic--and misunderstood--figures in '80s pop, someone whose image was tied almost exclusively to disco, but whose best musical instincts were far more adventurous than the standard dance floor formula. A new two-disc retrospective from Island Records showcases Jones' most rewarding work. *** 1/2 Grace Jones, "Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions," Island.
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April 29, 1997 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the wait grew longer for nightclub diva Grace Jones to appear at the House of Blues on Sunday, a roiling sea of dancers lapped impatiently against the stage, tugging at the patchwork curtain while vintage house and disco grooves pounded on and on. Jones was the musical guest at promoter Jeffrey Sanker's two-year anniversary party for his monthly gay dance nights at the Sunset Strip club and, like a proper diva, she kept everyone waiting as long as possible.
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November 18, 1991 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Film It: The casting for Eddie Murphy's new film for Paramount, "Boomerang," is now complete. Robin Givens, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt and Geoffrey Holder join Murphy on location in New York City where the film has begun principal photography. Murphy plays a Casanova who falls in love with the one woman who rejects him.
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February 11, 1990 | CHRIS WILLMAN
Cut. "Grace, do the next take with the tongues in the mouth." Director Greg Gorman is anxiously calling up from behind his poolside camera to the sunny deck where a showily passionate tete-a-tete between singer Grace Jones and her burly beau is taking place. These kissing shots for her current "Love on Top of Love" video have been going on for some minutes now, and so far, it seems safe to assume that the "killer kiss" referred to in the lyrics is French in origin.
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December 1, 1985 | RICHARD CROMELIN
"SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM." Grace Jones. Manhattan. This peculiar hodgepodge of song and spoken homage to pop's dominatrix diva might have suited the self-absorbed spirit of the disco days. But like the slimy critters in "War of the Worlds," it shrivels and dies when exposed to today's more urgent atmosphere.
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September 2, 1986 | ROBERT HILBURN
"State of Grace." Grace Jones. RCA/Columbia. $29.95. Except for the new short-form video for Jones' "Slave to the Rhythm" single, everything here is from Jones' excellent "A One Man Show" concert video (released in 1982 by Vestron). While the new clip is colorful, Jones is scarcely in "Slave," leaving the video simply a teasing warm-up to the real action: flesh 'n' fantasy interpretations of such tunes as "Warm Leatherette," "Pull Up to the Bumper" and "Demolition Man."
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January 15, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW and BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Jones Found Innocent of Drug Charges: A Kingston, Jamaica, court has found actress-singer Grace Jones innocent of cocaine possession charges. Jones, 37, had been accused of possessing a fraction of a gram of cocaine that was found in her handbag during a police raid last April 8 on a suburban Kingston mansion. She pleaded innocent. Jones testified Dec. 15 that she believed her husband's ex-lover had planted the drugs in her handbag.
NEWS
January 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Actress-singer Grace Jones was found innocent of cocaine possession charges in Kingston, Jamaica. "It's a weight off my head," she told reporters outside a courtroom after the verdict was read. "That justice was finally done is very important." Jones, 37, a Jamaican, had been accused of possessing a fraction of a gram of cocaine that was found in her handbag in a police raid last April 8 on a suburban Kingston mansion. She pleaded innocent.
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