Excellency Hall of Fame: Sterling St. Jacques, Actor, Dancer, Model, Etc.

Presenting His Excellency Sterling St. Jacques, mysterious 1970s sometimes actor, dancer, model and Outstanding bon vivant. From Smoke and Mirrors: Searching for Sterling St. Jacques via Dusty S. and  Cotton Candy Truant: “…In the early to mid 1970s, Sterling met and befriended up and coming fashion model, Patricia (Pat) Cleveland. Cleveland (who is recognized as being one of the world’s first black supermodels) started out modeling for Johnson Publications’ Ebony magazine. After her stint with Ebony, Cleveland became fashion designer Halston’s muse and number one living doll. Cleveland and St. Jacques were seen everywhere – from the discotheque to The Hamptons and beyond. Together, they were the younger version of Geoffrey Holder and Carmen De Lavallade in that they were both performers, dancers, dress to the nines, witty and adored the limelight. This was no tacky affair. In 1976, the two became engaged. This was just another cover to conceal St. Jacques’ homosexual proclivities (If you ask why, this is because sometimes you do what you got to do.)…”

Sterling St. Jacques dancing at Halston's pad with his legendary partner-in-crime, Pat Cleveland {Bob Colacello/1975}

“…In his day, Sterling St. Jacques walked the runways for Givenchy, Halston, Willi Smith (among other noted designers) and showed up at many high society events, blue eyes {which by some accounts say they were blue contact lens) and all. Sterling is most famous for being one of the flamboyant regulars of Studio 54, dancing and spinning many famous (and infamous) patrons ’round the dance floor. Sometime in 1978, Cleveland dropped the charade and married someone else. Soon after Cleveland exited, Sterling claimed to the press he was in the poor house and was thinking of opening a dance studio in Manhattan. This idea never took shape. In Italy, he briefly tried to become a nightclub DJ…”. More info on Sterling St. Jacques HERE.

Article on the jet-setting Pat Cleveland and Sterling St. Jacques {Ebony/ August, 1977}


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4 thoughts on “Excellency Hall of Fame: Sterling St. Jacques, Actor, Dancer, Model, Etc.

  1. Donnahorne says:

    Why did Sterling fall out of the good graces of Raymond St. Jacques? What was Sterling’s real name and how old was he when he was adopted by Raymond? Wasn’t Raymond a homosexual too?

  2. Donnahorne says:

    It’s unfortunate that Sterling had to die the way that he did – seemed kind of sad, sort of like the children that Joan Crawford adopted. According to the movie, she didn’t leave anything in her will for those kids either. I guess it was best that poor Sterling died before Raymond because it was really cold that Raymond only left him a lousy dollar in his will and had the nerve to call him his nephew and say that he had no children. In my opinion he’s a real trip and he wasn’t all that great of an actor anyway.

  3. Likewaterforchocolate says:

    Sometimes gays would adopt each other in order to secure the financial future in case of one of their passing. This may have been the case until the two had their falling out. Sterling was most likely Raymond’s lover because before he was adopted as his son, Raymond referred to him as his “nephew”. Raymond was also a known homosexual and he and Paul Winfield frequented a lot of the same gay clubs. Their falling out could be due to Sterling’s rise in fame, because it was said that Raymond was responsible to introducing him to the social scene and it was known that during Sterling’s heyday, he was a man kept by many other men and was constantly having expensive gifts lavished upon him by both sexes. Perhaps, he felt Sterling got too big for his breeches.

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