Friday, December 28, 2007
Jeanne Carmen, Rest In Peace
I was saddened to learn of the death of Jeanne Carmen.
She was, along with Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren and Bunny Yeager a major pin-up queen back in the day. To prove she was more than just a pretty face, she was also a golf trick shot master and an all around interesting person. My sympathies to her children and friends. To the left you see a picture of Jeanne back in the day (so much sexier than a nude!) and a couple of pictures below to show her more recently. One with Paris Hilton (here's hoping Paris learns the class of the Marilyn and Jeanne party girls generation!) and one with a couple of scantily clad models at a recent Halloween party. I'd say she looks good for someone her age!
From the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Jeanne Carmen, the "little country girl" who became a 1950s pinup and actress and hobnobbed with Frank Sinatra and other stars, has died. She was 77. Carmen died of lymphoma Thursday at her Orange County home, said her son, Brandon James. Born on Aug. 4, 1930, in Paragould, Ark., Carmen picked cotton with her family before running away at 13.
"I was just a little country girl that wanted to be a movie star," she told the Orange County Register in 1996. Carmen was still a teenager when she came to New York and, despite having no show business experience, immediately became a dancer in a Broadway show called "Burlesque," with comic Burt Lahr. She later went into modeling, gaining a measure of success with a series of cheesecake shots in men's magazines. One gig turned into a new career as a trick golfer. On tour with golfer Jack Redmond, she would perform stunts such as hitting a ball out of a man's mouth. Carmen claimed that she later hustled golfers with Las Vegas mobster Johnny Roselli.
She came to Hollywood while still in her 20s, where she appeared in low-budget movies with such titles as "Guns Don't Argue" and "The Monster of Piedras Blancas." Carmen also claimed to have had affairs with Sinatra and other celebrities. She moved to Orange County in 1978.
In addition to her son, Carmen is survived by daughters Melinda Belli and Kellee Jade Campo, and three grandchildren.
HOLLYWOOD - Marilyn Monroe's former best friend Jeanne Carmen died of lymphoma at her home in California on Thursday. The B-movie actress was 77. Born in Arkansas, Carmen ran away from home as a teenager to seek her fortune in New York. She became a model and burlesque dancer before developing a bizarre career as a trick-shot golfer, touring as part of Jack Reed's sports revue. During a stop in Hollywood, Carmen decided to give acting a go, and she quickly became a B-movie staple with her peroxide-blonde locks and shapely figure. Her life story, written by her son Brandon James, is in the process of being turned into a biopic. Christina Aguilera was reportedly connected to the project before she fell pregnant earlier this year. In a recent interview with WENN, Carmen revealed she'd like Scarlett Johansson to portray her on the big screen.