So how does a nanny who graduated from one of the best and most prestigious colleges renowned worldwide for her impeccable childcare end up on Mick Jagger’s private jet? “Sheer luck,” Sally said simply. “I’ve never been into rock ‘n’ roll – I’ve never bought a Rolling Stones record in my life.”
Sally’s passion was travel, or as she puts it, her “reason for being” – which she certainly fulfilled later as a tour manager. But it was on a road trip through France after graduation, which saw her sofa surfing the apartments of friends of friends, that she found herself at a glitzy soiree on a film producer’s yacht during the Cannes Film Festival. The shortened version is that she embarked on a mad romance with Jeanne-Pierre Rassam, the French film producer, which led to her meeting the Jaggers at a party in 1971. Two Days Later Later, Sally was offered the position of private nanny. to Mick and Bianca’s unborn baby on a terrace of their suite on the top floor of L’Hôtel in Paris.
“The Jaggers felt like ordinary people back then,” Sally recalled. “In camera, Mick was very normal – making tea, sitting down and chatting. Even though he spoke the Queen’s English at home, when he was rock star Mick, he had this weird mock accent. It was very interesting to watch. »
Fame, she says, was never on her radar. “It’s important not to be a fan [of your employer]. Otherwise, you would be constantly in awe of them. Even when their friends came to visit their Bel Air home in Los Angeles, I had no idea who they were in the group,” says Sally, who also made it a point to dress in her Norland uniform. when she was with the Jaggers. “They felt like a normal family and I felt part of it. Mick and I even made a Christmas dinner with bread and gravy, the works.
“Bianca thought we were crazy. The three of us sat at one end of this huge dining table to eat! It was lovely! It wasn’t until we got out that I saw strange things happening around them, like people staring or stories leaking to the press.