When the producers of the British film series about the fictional MI6 agent, James Bond, was looking for an American to play the role of Tiffany Case in the film Diamonds Are Forever (1971), actress Jill St. John was selected not just because of her looks but for her talent. She went on to become the first American to play the role of the famous Bond girl character, paving the way for other American actresses like Teri Hatcher, Denise Richards, and Halle Berry. Read on to find out more about her career and personal life.
Jill St. John was born Jill Arlyn Oppenheim to Betty (nee Goldberg) and Edward Oppenheim on the 19th of August 1940 in Los Angeles, California. From a very young age, at the age of 6 to be exact, St. John began acting on the radio as she joined the Children’s Ballet Company which actresses Natalie Wood and Stephanie Powers were also members of at the time. The young actress went on to make her television acting debut at the age of 9 in a TV production of A Christmas Carol (1949).
While appearing in a number of shows and taking up small roles in films like Thunder in the East (1951), St. John attended Powers Professional School and received her high school diploma from Hollywood Professional School in 1955. The following year, she enrolled at UCLA’s Extension School as her career moved to the next level with roles in major studio films like Summer Love (1958), Holiday for Lovers (1959), and The Lost World (1960) among others. In 1963, Jill St. John received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the film Come Blow Your Horn (1963), which also starred Frank Sinatra.
In the coming decades, St. John appeared in many more big-budget films, most notably the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (1971), before opting to leave Hollywood and move to Aspen, Colorado, where she focused on personal interests like skiing and cooking. From time to time, however, she has made her way back to Hollywood to appear in some films and series.
Jill St. John Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jill St. John has an estimated net worth of $10 million. The actress who began working in the entertainment and film industry as a child made her wealth mostly from her career in front of the camera. At the age of 16, she famously signed a seven-year contract with Universal Pictures which paid her $200 per week. She has since that time gone ahead to appear in various films, earning a Golden Globe Award nomination along the way.
St. John has also reportedly made some money from authoring a cookbook titled The Jill St. John Cookbook (1987).
Family – Spouse
Jill St. John is currently in her fourth marriage. Her first marriage was in May 1957, at the age of 16, to Neil Dubin, an heir of a linen fortune. The pair eloped to Yuma, Arizona and were married for just over a year before they divorced. Two years later, in March 1960, St. John entered her second marriage, this time to the only child of Babara Hutton and heir of the Woolworth fortune, Lance Reventlow. Their union lasted for about three years before they parted ways in 1963. St. John famously received a settlement of $86,000 following the divorce.
In the late 1960s, the actress was in a well-publicized relationship with actor and popular 60s jazz and pop singer, Jack Jones. The two eventually got married in 1967 but only managed to stay together for two years as they divorced in 1969. Jones cited the demands of his singing career as what led to the deterioration of their marriage. St. John went on to focus on her career as she took a step backwards from the dating scene. In February 1982, however, she began dating actor Robert Wagner. The two dated for eight years before deciding to tie the knot in May 1990 and have been together ever since.
Height And Other Facts
Jill St. John has a height of 5 feet 6 inches (167.6 cm) and weighs about 54 kg (119 lbs). The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1959) actress is slim body built and has body measurements of 39-19-36 inches.
Jill St. John is passionate about food and cooking. She gained interest in it through her parents’ ownership of a restaurant when she was growing up. It is said that St. John took cooking classes in Europe and is known to talk to chefs of restaurants that she enjoyed their food, in order to expand her knowledge. As mentioned above, she has since authored a cookbook and appeared on television cooking shows.
St. John’s mother was in charge of her career when she was young. She notably changed her daughter’s last name to St. John from Oppenheim when she was 5 years of age. She also helped her daughter get a nose job when she was 16 because she taught it would make her much more attractive.