July 31, 2000 06:07pm
Jagger Joins Theater Audience for Jerry's Debut
(LONDON) -- Texan model Jerry Hall stripped off on Monday night in front of her ex-husband Mick Jagger - and hundreds of eager London theater-goers.
Hall made her long-awaited debut as the middle-aged seductress Mrs Robinson in the ``The Graduate'' taking over from Hollywood star Kathleen Turner who caused a sensation when she bared all on stage in the hit play.
Hall, who prepared for her performance with acting lessons, yoga and weightlifting, appeared nervous before her appearance at London's Gielgud Theater, the Times newspaper reported.
The Express said she had cut her waist-length blonde hair as part of her transformation into a theatrical temptress.
Rolling Stone Jagger, who split with Hall in 1999, showed up to watch his ex-wife in her first stage appearance for 10 years. Monday's performance was the first in a run of previews before the official opening night next week.
Hall, reported to have fought off stiff competition from film stars Sharon Stone and Goldie Hawn to land the part, had tried to play down her nude scene: ``It is a bit daunting. But it's just a little strip scene.''
British actress Joan Collins, who shot to fame with scantily clad performances in ``The Stud'' and ``The Bitch'' in the 1970s, reportedly turned down an opportunity to take over the role when Hall finishes her run because she did not want to shed her clothes.