Jill St. John Has Had The Most Fascinating Life of them All
|Jill St. John, bright, young, and perky in the 1950s.|
|Jill St. John and Doug McClure in "The King's Pirate" (1967).|
Jill was born Jill Arlyn Oppenheim in Los Angeles on August 19, 1940, to Betty and Edward Oppenheim. She was a Hollywood kid groomed for stardom from the start, studying ballet and acting at prestigious local schools. Her early classmates included Natalie Wood and Stephanie Powers, both of whom would be linked to her throughout much of their lives.
|Jill St. John, the prototypical '50s starlet.|
|Jill St. John as "Molly" in "Batman," with Adam West.|
|Jill St. John was very free-spirited, combining sex appeal with womanly grace.|
|Jill certainly never was a shy girl.|
James Bond CallsBy 1971, the James Bond team was getting worried that the franchise was running out of steam. It was the time of counterculture and hippies, so a tuxedo-clad British superspy seemed a bit out of place. What better way to liven things up for the young Baby Boomers than to cast some exquisitely delightful young lovelies opposite the experienced Sean Connery as James Bond?
|Jill St. John as Tiffany Case in "Diamonds Are Forever."|
|Jill St. John and Sean Connery.|
|Jill saves the day in "Diamonds Are Forever."|
Having significantly raised her profile in "Diamonds are Forever," Jill acted steadily throughout the '70s, primarily in television. Probably her highest profile role during this period was as a lead in "Emerald Point N.A.S.," a short-lived television series.
|Jill doing her best to start an international incident with Leonid Brezhnev. This picture made front pages across the country.|
While continuing to take the occasional part thereafter, Jill retired from acting as the '80s ended. Her proud mother, Betty, lived to see virtually all of her successful daughter's career, passing away in 1998. By all accounts, she and RJ enjoy a very happy and loving marriage. As Jill has said, "I believe that personal happiness is still greater than any career," and she certainly appears to have lived by that dictum.
|Jill St. John and husband Robert Wagner.|
Below is Jill showing that she still had the bod while filming "The Love Boat" a decade after filming "Diamonds Are Forever."