Jerry Hall wasn't planning to spend her 50th birthday like this.

Jerry winced as she used a crutch to get down the steps of her home in London, at the weekend. She had to have her leg tightly bandaged and put in a brace after taking a tumble at a friend's party on Thursday evening.

Witnesses described how she fell into an 'undignified heap' when she slipped, twisting her ankle, as she tried to pull off a rather ambitious dance move.

One partygoer said:

'She went down like a felled redwood - with quite some force - and let out a yelp as she hit the floor. She lay there looking quite shocked.

She could barely stand, let alone walk, afterwards. The sprain was very severe and she will be out of action for quite a while.'

Jerry was taken to hospital and had her left leg X-rayed. Doctors told her it had been sprained badly and she would be on crutches for some time.

Jerry told her personal assistant to phone friends and cancel her lavish 50th birthday celebrations, which had been due to take place in Ireland last night. A party for 150 had been planned at Leixlip Castle near Dublin. Friends including Pete Townshend, Richard E Grant and former husband Sir Mick Jagger were to be among the guests.

Last night a friend of Jerry's said:

'Jerry was always dreading her 50th birthday. It's a big hurdle for any woman - never mind an internationally famous supermodel.

So when she took the tumble it was really quite a convenient way to pull a discreet veil over the whole birthday party - which had been planned for months.'

Over the weekend, friends and family celebrated the occasion in a more muted way at home Miss Hall shares with her four children by Sir Mick on Richmond Hill. Jagger visited for a few hours yesterday, while a steady stream of well-wishers arrived with gifts and flowers.

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