Born in Belgravia, Harvey was the daughter of British actor Laurence Harvey (“The Manchurian Candidate”) and Vogue model Pauline Stone. Despite her glamorous upbringing, she was a tomboy at heart who preferred playing with weapons to dressing up dolls. After being expelled from four public schools for fighting with boys, Harvey spent her teens strutting up and down the London catwalks as a model for the prestigious Ford agency.
At 19, Harvey moved to California to find her place in the world. She ran a nightclub, did some gigs as a DJ, labored as a ranch hand and even worked as a firefighter. Dangerous situations jacked her up almost as much as heroin, her drug of choice. This passion for peril also led to a new career: bounty hunter.
In 1993, Harvey became a bail recovery agent for the Celes King Bail Bonds Agency in South Central Los Angeles. Although her pickups were usually small-time drug dealers and addicts, she helped arrest the leader of one of the city’s most violent gangs.
When Harvey checked into a Hawaiian rehabilitation clinic in 1997, she weighed less than 100 pounds. That same year, she sold the rights to her life story for approximately $46,000. Harvey had reportedly kicked her drug habit, but was recently arrested in Mississippi and charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs, possession, trafficking and racketeering. At the time of her death, she was under house arrest pending trial, and facing a possible life sentence in prison.
“Domino,” an action-filled biopic loosely based on Harvey’s life and starring Keira Knightly, is scheduled for release in theaters this fall. One of Harvey’s original songs will be played during the film’s opening credits.
“Domino never failed to surprise or inspire me over the last 12 years. She was a free spirit like no other I have ever known,” said Tony Scott, director of “Domino.”