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|Also known as||Mandy|
|Born||17 July 1970|
|Genres||Pop , Disco|
In 1983, when Smith was only 13 years old, a relationship began between her and 47-year-old Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. In a 2010 interview with the Daily Mail, Smith admitted to starting a sexual relationship with Wyman at just 14. Smith married Wyman in 1989; they divorced in 1991.
In 1986, Smith was to be interviewed on TV's Saturday Live until RTÉ decided she should be downgraded to being a mere member of the audience. She was axed entirely when her manager disagreed, with RTÉ saying she was "not important enough" and that she might "give a bad example to young teenage girls". The story appeared in the international media.
In 1986, at age 16, Smith was signed to PWL by Stock Aitken Waterman. The SAW team wrote and produced her first two singles - "I Just Can't Wait" and "Positive Reaction". A collaboration with Daize Washbourne produced further singles, "Boys and Girls" (which reached No. 8 in South Africa) and "Victim of Pleasure". Despite the lack of British chart success with these singles, an album, Mandy, was released in 1988. Smith was successful in Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Turkey, South Africa, and Japan, where she entered the Top 10 music charts. She was about to launch her career in the United States in 1989 with her single "Victim of Pleasure" released under Atlantic Records but due to health problems, she had to cancel the promotion. The same happened with her fifth European single, a cover of The Human League hit single "Don't You Want Me?". These events and a difficult recovery marked the end of her short musical career, though several remixes of "I Just Can't Wait" appeared in the early 1990s; her album was also re-released in Japan in 1993 and a special edition was released with bonus tracks in 2009. She also recorded the original version of "Got to Be Certain", which would later be the second international single release for fellow PWL act, Kylie Minogue. Smith's version remained unreleased until 2005 when it was premiered on PWL Radio and included on the 2005 release Stock Aitken Waterman Gold as a bonus track.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Smith appeared in various TV series and shows in the UK, all over Europe, and parts of Asia/Australia. She also appeared in magazines as a model. In 1988, she was voted second most attractive female singer by the readers of German youth magazine Popcorn. Smith was named "Rear of the Year" in Britain in 1994, an award for her posterior. In 1995, she was 72nd in FHM's list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
On 19 June 1993, she married footballer Pat Van Den Hauwe, but this only lasted two years. She published her biography It's All Over Now in 1993. In 2001, she was briefly engaged to Vanity Fair fashion model Ian Mosby with whom she had a son, Max Harrison Mosby. Smith is currently a resident of Manchester where she has now become a teetotaller and vegan. Smith was raised as a Roman Catholic and, in recent years, has returned to the church.
Having tried a career as a make-up artist, Smith is presently training to be a counsellor. In the 1990s, Smith wrote a beauty/fashion column for a magazine; since 2012 she writes an advice column for a Christian lifestyle magazine. Smith has also set up her own business together with her sister Nicola, a marketing company named Kiss PR.
- 1988: Mandy (ITA #44, SWI #14, SWE #35)
"-" denotes releases that did not chart in that country.
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album||Notes|
|1987||"I Just Can't Wait"||91||9||14||16||1||9||Mandy||New Zealand #37|
|"Positive Reaction"||-||9||39||11||-||UK Indie Chart - Number 48|
|1988||"Boys and Girls"||-||12||23||4||-||8|
|"Victim of Pleasure"||93||11||49||28||-||US Dance Chart - Number 22|
|The Mandy EP||-||-||-||-||-||Non-album release||Released in Hong Kong only|
|1989||"Don't You Want Me Baby"||59||11||-||-||-||16|
|1992||"I Just Can't Wait ('92 Remixes)"||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Promo 12" only|
|1995||"I Just Can't Wait ('95 Remixes)"||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Promo 12" only|
- The curse of Hello! The Independent, 9 May 2008
- Wyman, Bill; Ray Coleman (1990). Stone Alone. London: Viking. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-670-82894-4.
- Mandy Smith: I DID sleep with Bill Wyman when I was 14... but now the only man in my life is God Mail Online, 17 April 2010
- Nashawaty, Chris (3 June 1994). "A Teen Bride for a Stone". Entertainment Weekly.
- "The Sex Factor". Irish Independent. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
- Cable, Simon (11 May 2009). "Mandy Smith, from rock chick to mother hen, 20 years after her marriage to Bill Wyman". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
- Smith, Mandy (1993). My Life with Bill Wyman, It's all over now. London: Blake Publishing Ltd. p. 1. ISBN 1-85782-044-4.
- Hoyle, Antonia (3 June 2009). "'If it happened now, Bill would go to jail.' Mandy Smith on the Rolling Stone who seduced her at the age of 13". Daily Mail (London).
- Hale, Beth (13 April 2010). "Bill Wyman's former child bride Mandy Smith swaps clubbing for communion". Daily Mail (London).
- Mandy Smith Kiss PR
- Swiss Charts. Discography Mandy.
- Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4.
- Plastic Retro - English fansite with discography
- Mandy's Official website, Website Kiss PR
- Mandy Smith at the Internet Movie Database