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Jill St. John

Jill St. John is a former American actress who gained fame for her work in film and television during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Jill St. John is best known for her roles in movies such as “Diamonds Are Forever” and “The Lost World.”

Early Life

Jill St. John is 82 years old as of 2022. She was born on the 19th of August 1940, in Los Angeles, California, the United States of America. In addition, she holds American nationality and her birth name is Jill Arlyn Oppenheim. Moreover, she has a zodiac sign of Leo and belongs to the Caucasian ethnicity, and has her belief in Judaism religion. She can speak multiple languages such as English, Yiddish, and French.

She was born to her parents; Edward Oppenheim and Betty Lou. Jill’s parents were both involved in the entertainment industry. Moreover, her father, Edward Oppenheim, was a prosperous restaurant owner and professional violinist. Her mother, Betty Oppenheim, was a ballet dancer and stage performer. In addition, her mother changed her last name to ‘St. John’ in the year 1953. Growing up in a show business-oriented family, Jill was exposed to the world of entertainment from a young age, which likely influenced her decision to pursue a career in acting.

Moving on to her academic career, she studied at the Hollywood Professional School and graduated in 1955. Later, she went to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) but quit after being signed by ‘Universal Pictures.’ She made cameos in “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show,” “Sky King,” and “Cavalcade of America” while she was still in school.

Professional Career

Jill St. John stepped into her acting career at a young age. Initially, she appeared as a regular on local radio shows such as ‘One Man’s Family” when she was just 5 years old. She made her television debut in the 1949 ABC series “Sandy Dreams.” Later, she appeared in the TV movie ‘The Christmas Carol’ (December 1949). Similarly, she was a part of the stage production ” Annie Get Our Gun” when she was just 11 years old.

In 1957, she signed a 7-year contract with Universal Pictures. Initially, she also guest appeared on some television shows. She made her big-screen debut in the 1958 musical romantic comedy “Summer Love.” The next year, she appeared in the movie called “The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker.” Her role as Tiffany Case, the Bond girl in the James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971), brought her widespread fame and popularity.

Jill St. John

Caption: The poster of the movie, Diamonds Are Forever (Source: Limagerie Gallery)

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, St. John appeared in numerous films, including “Come Blow Your Horn” (1963), “Honeymoon Hotel” (1964), “Tony Rome” (1967), and “The Lost World” (1969). She also made guest appearances on popular television series like “The Twilight Zone,” “Batman,” and “The Love Boat.” In addition to her acting career, she has also worked in theater. She starred in the Broadway production of “The Best Man” in 1965 and received critical acclaim for her performance.

Currently, this actress has not been active in the entertainment industry. Her last film role was in the independent movie “The Trip” (2002), directed by Miles Swain. Overall, her career spans several decades and includes a diverse range of roles in both film and television. She is remembered for her talent, beauty, and memorable performances, particularly her portrayal of Tiffany Case in “Diamonds Are Forever.”


Jill St. John, although highly regarded for her performances, has not received any major awards or nominations throughout her career. While she had a successful and notable career in film and television, her contributions were not recognized with prestigious accolades such as Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, or Emmy Awards.

Net Worth 2023

As a successful former actress who worked for several decades in the entertainment industry, she has earned a huge sum of money. Moreover, her net worth is estimated at around $20 million while her salary and incomes are yet to be disclosed by her.

Relationship Status

Throughout her career, Jill St. John has been married four times. Neil Dubin, a millionaire businessman who eloped with 16 years old Jill. Later, the couple married on the 12th of May 1957. However, the couple divorced on the 3rd of July 1958. Secondly, she married Lance Reventlow on the 24th of March 1960. Lance was a racing driver and a son of ‘Woolworth’-heiress Barbara Hutton. Moreover, the marriage also ended into divorced on the 30th of October 1963.

Jill St. John

Caption: Jill St. John with her family (Source: Parade)

Thirdly, she married singer Jack Jones on the 14th of October 1967. The marriage ended on the 28th of February 1969. Fourthly, she married Robert Wagner on the 26th of May 1990 and is still in a relationship at the moment. Between marriages, she dated entertainment, sports, and political personalities including Ben Barnes, Gianni Bulgari, Sammy Cahn, Michael Caine, Oleg Cassini, Barry Coe, and many more.

She has maintained a relatively low-profile personal life, and there have been no major controversies or scandals associated with her throughout her career.

Jill St. John – Body Measurement

Jill St. John stands 5 feet 6 inches tall (168 cm) and weighs around 54 kg (119 lbs). Meanwhile, she has a pair of hazel eyes with red hair color and her body measurement measures 39-19-36 inches. Her body type is an hourglass, wears a shoe size of 7.5 US, and a bra size of 36 C.

Social Media

This former actress is quite private regarding her personal life and is not active on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.