Gayle, Lady Jenkins (born February 6, 1943), known by her maiden name Gayle Hunnicutt, is an American actress.
Hunnicutt was born in Fort Worth, Texas and attended the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked as a fashion model before going into acting. She was married from 1968 to 1975 to the actor David Hemmings, by whom she is the mother of actor Nolan Hemmings. She is currently married to the journalist Sir Simon Jenkins, and lives in London.
During her brief Hollywood career, Hunnicutt was typecast as a brunette sexpot. After she moved to England with Hemmings in 1970, however, the finer range of her acting emerged. A notable role was that of Charlotte Stant, in the critically acclaimed Jack Pulman television adaptation (1972) of Henry James's The Golden Bowl. She went on to play Lionel's wife in The Legend of Hell House in 1973, and Tsarina Alexandra in Fall of Eagles in 1974. In 1984 she appeared as Irene Adler opposite Jeremy Brett in the very first episode (A Scandal in Bohemia) of the acclaimed series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Hunnicutt returned to America to play the role of Vanessa Beaumont in the US series Dallas from 1989 to 1991. She has also written a book, Health and Beauty in Motherhood. It was published in 1984.
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