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Bianca Jagger (born Bianca Pérez Morena De Macías, May 2, 1945) is a Nicaraguanmarker-born social and human rights advocate and a former actress and fashion icon. Jagger currently serves as a Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador and is Chair of the World Future Council. She was formerly married to Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones.

Biography

Jagger was born in Managua, Nicaraguamarker. Her father was a successful import-export merchant and her mother a housewife. They divorced when Bianca was ten and she stayed with her mother, who had to take care of three children on a small income. She received a scholarship to study political science in Francemarker at the Paris Institute of Political Studiesmarker. She has also been fascinated by Gandhi's non-violent success and the eastern philosophy at large. She traveled extensively in Indiamarker.

Bianca met Mick Jagger at a party after a Rolling Stones concert in September 1970 in Francemarker. On May 12, 1971, while she was four months pregnant, the couple married in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Saint-Tropez, Francemarker, and she became his first wife. The couple had one daughter, Jade Sheena Jezebel Jagger, born on October 21, 1971 in Parismarker, Francemarker. In May 1978 she filed for divorce on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall, the divorce was finalized in 1979. Bianca later said "My marriage ended on my wedding day". After her divorce she kept her married name.

In addition to her extensive charitable works, Jagger had a public reputation as a jet-setter and party-goer in the 1970s and early 1980s, being closely associated in the public mind with New York Citymarker's nightclub Studio 54marker. She also became known particularly as a friend of pop artist Andy Warhol.

Jagger has two granddaughters from her daughter Jade, Assisi (born in 1992) and Amba (born in 1996). Jagger is a naturalized Britishmarker citizen.

Activism

Bianca is the Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation.

In 1972 she returned to Nicaragua to look for her parents after a devastating earthquake, which destroyed Managua, the capital, leaving a toll of more than 10,000 deaths and tens of thousands homeless.

In early 1979, Jagger visited Nicaragua with an International Red Cross delegation and was shocked by the brutality and oppression that the Somoza regime carried out there. This persuaded her to commit herself to the issues of justice and human rights.

In the 1980s, she worked to oppose US government intervention in Nicaragua after the Sandinista revolution. She has also opposed the death penalty and defended the rights of women and of indigenous peoples in Latin America, notably the Yanomami tribe in Brazilmarker against the invasion of gold miners. She spoke up for victims of the conflicts in Bosnia and Serbia. Her writings were published in several newspapers (including the New York Times and the Sunday Express). From the late 1970s she collaborated with many humanitarian organizations including:



She is also a member of the Twentieth Century Task Force to Apprehend War Criminals, and a trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust. She gave a reading at the start of the memorial service in London's Westminster Cathedralmarker, which was timed to coincide with the funeral in Brazilmarker of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot eight times on a tube-train after being mistaken for a suicide bomber in Londonmarker. In March 2007 she became involved with Sarah Teather and the campaign to close Guantanamo Baymarker.

In March 2002, Ms Jagger travelled to Afghanistanmarker with a delegation of fourteen women, organised by Global Exchange to support afghan women’s projects.

On December 16, 2003 Jagger was nominated Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador.

On July 7, 2007, Jagger presented at the German leg of Live Earth in Hamburgmarker.

On May 12, 2007 she was elected Chair of the World Future Council.

In July, 2008 she was a signatory to a petition to the Catholic bishops of Englandmarker and Walesmarker to allow the wider celebration of the traditional Latin Mass.

In January, 2009 Jagger addressed a crowd— up to 12,000 people according to the police but 60,000 according to the demonstration's organisers—at a march and rally held in Trafalgar Squaremarker following a week of protests outside the Israeli Embassy in Kensingtonmarker.

Awards

For her international work on behalf of humanitarian causes, Jagger has earned numerous awards, including:

Film and television

Bianca also appeared in several movies and tv shows:

References

  1. http://www.netglimse.com/celebs/pages/bianca_jagger/index.shtml
  2. Limited Engagement | Bianca Jagger | Encore | News | Entertainment Weekly
  3. http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/04/06/jagger/index.html
  4. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bianca-jagger
  5. http://m.nypost.com/ms/p/nyp/nyp/view.m?id=23203&storyid=154123
  6. http://www.mrpopculture.com/files/html/feb01-1979/
  7. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0415588/


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