Bianca Jagger Files for Divorce from Mick Jagger

Bianca Jagger was the first wife of Rolling Stones star Mick Jagger.

The couple were married in 1971 and Bianca became a prominent jet-set celebrity of the 1970s, known particularly as a chum of artist Andy Warhol and a frequent patron of the Manhattan nightclub Studio 54. She and Jagger divorced in 1979, but she remained a celebrity and dabbled in acting, with a small role in the Burt Reynolds film Cannonball Run and a guest appearance on the TV show Miami Vice. In the 1990s she emerged as a social activist, campaigning for the environment and speaking for the human rights group Amnesty International.

Soon the Jagger household emptied out. Mick stayed on the road -- touring and recording -- throughout most of the '70s, while Bianca became a fixture on the party circuit. The Jaggers were reportedly courting other lovers by 1976, though Bianca insisted that all were just good friends. The following May, Bianca reached her party pinnacle with her birthday celebration at Studio 54. As she arrived on a white horse led by a glitter-dusted stud, it was clear that Mick was the last thing on her mind (he was smitten with model Jerry Hall; they wed in 1990).

Bianca filed for divorce in London in May 1978. But instead of drowning her sorrows in the nightlife, the former political science student launched a more substantive career as a human rights activist.