I am ready for action. The champagne is flowing, the oysters slipping down nicely. Again, though, no money, and it is a Saturday. They are begging me. We will have the money on Monday. No, I am not moving until I am paid. They get increasingly desperate. Finally, after a couple of hours with me not budging and everyone trying to come up with a solution, they call with an idea for a deposit for the weekend until they can get the cash on Monday.
We have a baby! You can keep the baby until we bring you the money. At the exact moment that Arnold and Maria are on their knees finishing off their special, intimate ceremony, we arrive. The doors noisily crack open and they turn around to see what the commotion is, and it is, guess who, Grace and Andy. An intruder once broke into her apartment, but Jones negotiated with the home invader.
She told him she would let him go out the front door — without calling the police — if he untied her. This tall black guy suddenly appeared out of nowhere on the terrace, quiet as a panther. He was wearing a beautiful Italian-style suit and had the most perfectly shaped Afro. He had a bag slung over his shoulder, very casual. My eyes scanned him very quickly. A very small gun… I ran to the bathroom and closed the door. The tall guy followed me and kicked down the bathroom door… He tied us [Jones and then-boyfriend Jean-Paul Goude] both up.
I gave him our keys so he could get out, because you needed to open the lock to make the lift work. You entered by walking along an extended ramp, like a fashion-show walkway, and that was such a thrill, your heart would be pounding like you were about to enter a fantasy.
You were about to become surreal — it made you realize how great music played in the right surroundings is in itself a surreal act. I had my baby shower at the Garage when I was pregnant with Paulo.
Debbie Harry of Blondie and Andy Warhol threw it for me. She has an inside joke with Prince Charles, and another with his mother, Queen Elizabeth. We were all standing in a line waiting to be introduced, as is the ritual, and when he got to me, he leaned in close to my ear and said something, winking knowingly, about one of the blond actresses in the film, along the lines of, I wonder how she got the part.
As he said this, Diana was right behind him. We both laughed out loud, and the picture of us laughing made the papers. When [the Queen] got to me in the lineup [at the Diamond Jubilee] she did seem a little disappointed that I had changed [from my stage costume], and said to me that it was a shame I was wearing something else. I think she might have hoped I was still hula-hooping. I had my very first ecstasy pill in the company of Timothy Leary, which is a bit like flying to the moon with Neil Armstrong, and I learned the taste of what was good, and what was bad.
On very good ecstasy, I was okay. I would only take half a tablet, because my body is not good on excess. I know my body. I like to be in control of being out of control. Extreme, but in moderation. Crazy out there, but within reason… Coke was never my drug, although there are some who might be surprised by that.
By being so closely associated with Studio 54, the assumption is that I was a complete cocaine fiend. Actually, I preferred to put a rock up my ass rather than snort it. Sometimes it might get blown up there, one way or another. Then you get a very wonderful sexual feeling in your lower half. Stick a tiny little rock up your butt and it feels fantastic. The coke must be clean, of course. Tried that with a couple of girlfriends in Paris — nice.
And the Cocoa Puffs. That way of taking it, rather than putting it up my nose. She got into a fight with Duran Duran after they won a Grammy she was also nominated for in , and then got thrown out of an after party from the show. Following the event, I lost my invite to the after-party. I got incredibly upset — we were in this huge line, and they would not let me in.
When they turned me away, I tried to hold it in, but I was so upset. You should have it. We ended up catching a cab, with this awful leopard-print pattern on the seats. I sat with my Lagerfeld hat on my knee, miserable because it had all gone wrong.
She once tried to fetch then-boyfriend Dolph Lundgren from his Los Angeles home with a gun. I actually had a gun. It seemed very natural that I would go and fetch Dolph holding a gun. I did so out of desperation — we had been together for years and had made this move to L.
What is going on? We turned up at the hotel, not to shoot anyone, but to make sure he came with us. We banged on the door of his room. This was the kind of hysteria that took place in Los Angeles. In one of the many lives I never got to live, another Grace one who never came true shot Dolph there and then… And that was the end of the ballad of Grace and Dolph. Jean-Paul wanted me only to work with him. Especially if I was going to do a film. He wanted me to do a film only with him, before anyone else.
I immediately said no, before I had even read the script and before I had even asked him. When he heard about the film, he said what I thought he would say — it would be too commercial, and I would become too Hollywood. I would be a sellout. I still had the script, though, and the night after I had passed on the part, I was flying to Paris.
I decided to read it on the plane. I absolutely loved it. It was set in a universe I visited a lot in my work and play. As soon as I landed I decided I would call them back and reverse my decision. I was too late. Overnight they had cast someone else. I said no without reading the script, which was very stupid of me… The James Bond producers had really wanted me to be in a Bond movie, because in the s, with the franchise threatened by changing times, they were chasing fashion and looking to reach a wider audience by involving more pop and rock.
A Bond movie is, for all the appearance of sex and violence, a fundamentally very conservative franchise. One time, her producer asked her to come to the studio immediately to record additional vocals for a song. The studio was 15 minutes away. The relationship had reached a turbulent period. I was in a very bad mood. I made it three days later. I had some things I needed to clear up. A few more items of clothing to cut up and burn. When I got to the studio, though, I was in a very good mood.
Did he want me on time and in a bad mood, and therefore of no use, or late and in a good mood, and ready for action? Her move to Capitol Records almost stopped her from wanting to ever release music again.
My contract with Island Records had run out. I had promised to re-sign, but Capitol was chasing me like crazy. They had courted me for a year, sending me baskets of fruit and cheese. It was one of those million-dollars-an-album-for-five-albums deals. I took the money, but I should have resisted the temptation. It was emotional turmoil, and I learned my lesson: The people who were chasing me to sign with Capitol were reactivating the great Blue Note jazz label, which made the move seem human, and about music… but they were replaced.
Signing to Capitol was like signing a contract where they give you something on the first page, and on the final page they take it all away. They wooed me with treats and pleasantries, and then they wanted to dress me in a little leather bikini and have me submit to being f—ked in the ass.