Jerry Faye Hall was born on July 2, 1956 in Gonzales, Texas, the daughter of Marjorie (née Sheffield) and John P. Hall, a truck-driver. She is of English descent. Hall was raised in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas, where she graduated from North Mesquite High School. She has a twin sister, Terry, and three older sisters. Following a car accident, she used the insurance money she received and moved to France.
Hall was staying at a hostel on the French Riviera when she was discovered sunbathing on a Saint Tropez beach by a fashion agent, Claude Haddad. She moved to Paris where she shared an apartment with singer Grace Jones (who at that time was also a model) and immersed herself in the Parisian nightlife, often performing risqué cabaret acts in clubs and parties with Jones. Soon after, she moved in with fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez and her modeling career began. In 1975 she appeared, in the guise of a mermaid, on the cover of Roxy Music’s album Siren. Five months later, lead singer Bryan Ferry gave her an engagement ring. Her relationship with Ferry continued and she also appeared in the video for his 1976 solo hit “Let’s Stick Together”. By 1977, Hall had been on forty magazine covers including Italian Vogue and Cosmopolitan. She was earning modeling fees in excess of $1000 per day. Her trademark long blonde hair and height of six feet quickly made her one of the most visible and photographed models in the industry during that period. That same year, she met Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger at a dinner party in Manhattan, for whom she would eventually leave Bryan Ferry. Hall and Jagger were seen together constantly around New York, frequenting trendy nightspots such as Studio 54 and 21 Club. The Rolling Stones song “Miss You” was written by Jagger for Hall (many years later, Hall was also the subject of the Bryan Ferry song “Kiss and Tell” following the publishing of her 1985 autobiographical exposé Tall Tales that included details of their relationship). Jagger’s wife, Bianca Jagger, began divorce proceedings as a result of her husband’s involvement with Hall. With the large fees she commanded daily as a top model, Hall was able to buy herself a 200-acre ranch in Lone Oak, Texas. On March 2, 1984 in New York City, she gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth Scarlett, the first of the four children she would have with Jagger. She continued her high-profile modeling career and later moved into acting and television work.
Hall married Mick Jagger on November 21, 1990 in an unofficial Balinese ceremony consisting largely of Hindu ritual. Her common law marriage to Jagger ended in 1999. They have four children together: Elizabeth, James, Georgia, and Gabriel.
In 1989, Hall appeared in director Tim Burton’s Batman, in a supporting role as Alicia Hunt, a gangster’s moll who is disfigured by The Joker (played by Jack Nicholson). In 1990, she joined many other guests for Roger Waters’ massive performance of The Wall in Berlin. She also starred in commercials for Bovril. In 1994 she played the role of Miss Scarlett in the British television show Cluedo. In the early 2000s, she appeared as Mrs. Robinson in a Broadway production of The Graduate, which included a nude scene on stage. In 2001, she appeared as herself in the documentary Being Mick. In 2002 she appeared in Brighton in the play Picasso’s Women.
In 2005, Hall starred in a new reality series on VH1 called Kept, revolving around her search for a “boytoy”. The 12 American contestants were asked to transform from boys to refined gentlemen through a series of challenges, and mastering skills like arts, sports, cooking, and fitting into high society. According to an interview with the winner; he never saw Hall again following the show and there had been no sexual intimacy between Hall and any of the contestants.
Also in 2005, Hall appeared on the West End stage playing Mother Lord in the London revival of Cole Porter’s High Society, and also provided the voice for Sister Penelope in the controversial British cartoon Popetown. In 2007 she guest-starred on the British TV show Hotel Babylon. She has also appeared on the popular BBC comedy series French and Saunders.
Hall is signed to Elite Model Management in New York City, and Mega Model Agency in Hamburg, Germany.
Hall is the Global Spokesperson for Levitra, a treatment for erectile dysfunction. She is touring the world as part of Levitra’s campaign to encourage women to ‘Strike up a Conversation’ with their partner to start discussion and ultimately treat erectile dysfunction.
In 2004 Hall studied Kabbalah and was briefly associated with the Kabbalah Centre. She hosted a charity event for the centre with Mick Jagger and guests Ron Wood and Michael Berg. However, Hall has since disassociated herself from the centre claiming they requested significant donations from her periodically.
She lives in London with her children and is helping to launch the LK Today Modeling competition.