Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Her Name Was Jeanne Carmen, but Her Friends Called Her Shauna

Saying someone "led a full life" has become somewhat trite; everyone knows you're only saying it because you've got nothing of substance to say about the person. But I'm gonna go ahead and say it: Jeanne Carmen led a full life:

Jeanne Carmen, a longtime Orange County resident who earned stardom as a bombshell pinup, trick-shot golfer and "Queen of the B Movies," has died. She was 77. Carmen succumbed to lymphoma at her Turtle Ridge home on Thursday, according to her son, Brandon James.

But wait, there's more!
Her platinum blonde hair and hourglass build (36-26-36 measurements) landed her an off-Broadway job as a burlesque dancer, a gig she parlayed into photo shoots for then-risqué girlie magazines and roles in a wealth of bawdy, low-budget flicks that won her the title of "Queen of the B Movies."
What else?
Before making it big, she ran off to Las Vegas with a mobster named Johnny Roselli, and during her heyday on the silver screen, Carmen reportedly had hot-and-heavy flings with the likes of Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.
Honestly, I'm just amazed she never crossed paths with Forrest Gump. That guy was everywhere.

[OC Register]

1 comment:

Live Like You Were Dying said...

"Ah! Carmen! ma Carmen adorée!"

Those are the words that Don José exclaims at the end of Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen" upon finding out that Carmen has died.

Harold Rosenthal wrote the section about Célestine Galli-Marié, the first actress to star in the leading role of "Carmen," in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians in 1980.