JEANNE CARMEN in GREASE LIVE on FOX TV

GREASE – LIVE on FOX TV

Pin Up icon JEANNE CARMEN was spotted tonight on FOX TV’s Live version of GREASE.

It happens during the famous drive in movie scene where Danny tries to grab Sandy’s boob and she freaks out..

In the background, the movie playing prominently on the drive in screen is THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS

I’ve attached 2 screen shots from the Grease movie and some stills from the real movie

 

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Jeanne Carmen – new article in Gulf Coast Motorsports in Tampa Bay, Florida

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Check out this amazing new article on Pin Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN in GULF COAST MOTORSPORTS magazine in TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA.

Here is a pdf of the article

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Here is a link to the article:

Here is a brief transcript:

Perfect pinup and Hollywood starlet Jeanne Carmen

by Candy Cocktail

In honor of Valentine’s Day, it is the month to remember what we love most. One of my favorite things is pinups! I adore vintage ladies with classic style as well as the golden age of Hollywood, with its glamorous starlets, blonde bombshells and tap dancing leading men. A bygone era in cinema; a time when a confident girl from a rural southern town ran away from home at age 13 to become Jeanne Carmen, pinup queen, model, actress, trick shot golfer and girlfriend to some of the most famous men in Hollywood.

I was recently given what I would consider to be one of the most amazing opportunities in my career: to interview Brandon James, the son of icon Jeanne Carmen. He gave me an unforgettable, two and a half hour telephone interview about his mother’s incredibly unique life with no questions off limits. It was an honor to hear the thrilling, exceptional stories of his mother’s glamorous life. I am thankful to Brandon James as it was an amazing experience to be given the chance to talk with him.

With her own E! True Hollywood Story, her extraordinary life is a who’s who of vintage Hollywood; a real life version of an exciting Hollywood masterpiece: full of fascinating adventures, varied careers, fame, and colorful characters, including mobsters, starlets, athletes and even one of the most infamous presidents in America’s history.

According to her E! True Hollywood Story, Carmen had a very close relationship with Marilyn Monroe and The Kennedys. After Marilyn’s murder, she was told to leave town by Chicago mobster and friend Johnny Roselli who was working for mob boss Sam Giancana. Carmen left the flash of Hollywood for a simple, more domestic life in Scottsdale, Arizona. Much like Bettie Page, Jeanne Carmen disappeared after she left Hollywood. She dyed her hair and had a family life in Arizona where she seemed like just an average housewife. Although little did anyone know she was far from your average housewife.

Fame returned in the 80s when author Anthony Summers tracked Carmen down in Newport Beach, California. He was writing a book called Goddess, about the life and death of Marilyn Monroe. Carmen, being a close friend of the woman whose death has always been surrounded by controversy and mystery, is thought to have been one of the last people to talk to Marilyn Monroe the night that she died. Marilyn called Carmen three times that day before calling Peter Lawford. Carmen was also a friend of The Kennedys and knew about Marilyn’s relationships with both JFK and Bobby.

Among the many notable highlights of Jeanne’s extraordinary life, I would consider her friendship with Marilyn Monroe to be one of those highlights. Jeanne was in fact one of Monroe’s best friends, even during the last days of Marilyn’s life. Jeanne Carmen and Norma Jean met as young women in New York City. Jeanne took acting classes at the home of Lee Strasberg, who would later teach at the famed Actors Studio. At Strasberg’s urging, Jeanne would sometimes sit in on classes at the studio. In 1952, Marilyn was in New York while filming the movie Niagara. Marilyn wanted to be a serious actress and was planning to take classes at the Actors Studio, but was nervous so she stopped in the nearby bar for a drink before the class. Marilyn, in a dark colored, Cleopatra style wig, walked in and sat at the bar next to Jeanne Carmen who was there studying her lines. It was not until later that night when she saw Marilyn’s real hair that she was shocked to realize that the woman she had been talking to was indeed Marilyn Monroe. The two starlets became friends.

The two blonde beauties ended up as next door neighbors later in life. The gals lived in West Hollywood in a 5-apartment complex surrounding a courtyard. The entire compound was owned by old blue eyes, Frank Sinatra. Marilyn Monroe lived there after she divorced Arthur Miller and left New York to return to Hollywood. Sinatra had the apartments for some of his favorite people to stay in, including his on-again, off-again girlfriend Jeanne Carmen. Sinatra’s long time butler and valet, George Jacobs, lived in the apartment complex as well. He later wrote the book, Mr. S-My Life with Frank Sinatra. The book tells of their close friendship and mentions Sinatra’s favorite lady, Jeanne Carmen.

Brandon said that his mother was a modern woman in an old-fashioned time. She approached relationships and dating more like a man. She loved Frank Sinatra, whom she dated for seven years on and off. Sinatra eventually proposed. The flawless pinup with a body that could stop traffic turned the proposal down many times because the charismatic singer wanted an open marriage.

Nearly nine years after her death, Jeanne was the topic of a feature article in a recent issue of Playboy Netherlands. Despite Hugh Hefner’s persistence, she never appeared in Playboy. She was a close friend of Mr. Hefner and over the decades in which they knew each other, he tried to convince her to pose for the popular men’s magazine. Even though she never appeared in a pictorial, she liked Hefner. She said that Hefner was very nice and that he and Playboy Magazine do not exploit women. On the contrary, Hef appreciates their beauty and femininity.

The ‘Queen of the B Movies’ achieved quite the cult following later in life after she reemerged on the Hollywood scene. As Brandon James stated, “Horror fans are unequivocally diehard. Her roles in monster movies would make her a fan favorite until the end of her life.” Talk about a legend; her role in the classic monster movie has been so influential in the pop culture film genre that Rob Zombie even wrote a special cameo for her in his horror film House of a Thousand Corpses. However after the original film was pulled for being too violent, it was picked up by a different studio where it was heavily edited and her part did not make it into the final film.

When I asked Brandon James what people were surprised to know about his mom, he replied that it was her sense of humor. Brandon stated, “People are always surprised by how funny she was. She found humor in anything. She was always out having a good time. She found the best in everyone and she enjoyed making them smile.”

Brandon further explained that his mother had a personality that was like the character Mary in the movie There’s Something About Mary. He said she just had that type of effect on people; everyone that met her would leave feeling a little happier and she enjoyed being that person that made them happier.

She was still active when she was older, appearing in a George Michael music video. Even at the end of her life she stayed busy attending events and conventions where she was a fan favorite. Throughout the years she always had an exceptional presence and beauty about her. Sometimes time can be cruel to a woman’s beauty, but not in Jeanne’s case. Even in her 70s, her beauty remained remarkably stunning.

Jeanne died from lymphoma in 2007, at age 77, in Irvine, CA. Yet her star continues to shine. She recently became the logo of a Canadian barbeque restaurant called Jane Bond Grill. The Calgary, Alberta eatery is using Jeanne Carmen’s image on their menu and in the theme of their restaurant. Likewise, there is a commercial currently on the air featuring a clip of Jeanne Carmen screaming as she sees the monster from the classic movie The Monster of Piedras Blancas. Her son Brandon James has kept her remarkable legend alive. With a website, a book and talks of an autobiographical film, her name has never quite left the Hollywood scene.

If you would like to read more about Jeanne Carmen, check out her new website http://www.jeannecarmen.com. The book, Jeanne Carmen, My Wild, Wild Life as a New York Pin Up Queen, Trick Shot Golfer and Hollywood Actress by Brandon James is available on Amazon, iTunes and Barnes and Noble.

Jeanne Carmen – at Jane Bond Grill in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Pin Up Icon is featured prominently on the menu at JANE BOND BBQ Grill in Calgary, Alberta Canada

Here is the link:

http://janebondgrill.com/bbq.php

 

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Jeanne Carmen – on Arkansas State Government website

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Pin Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN is now included on the official website for the state of ARKANSAS as being one of the famous citizens born in the small little town of PARAGOULD in GREENE COUNTY

here is the link:

http://greenecounty.arkansas.gov/county-history

Here is the transcript:

Jeanne Carmen

Jeanne Carmen spent her early childhood in Arkansas with her family picking cotton. At age 13 she ran away from home, eventually landing in New York City and taking a job as a dancer in an off-Broadway touring company. The early 1950s found her in Las Vegas, in the company of the likes of mobster Johnny Roselli. She discovered she had a natural talent for the game of golf and made great hay and much money hustling on the links. In the early ’50s she turned her back on the game of golf and went to Hollywood, where she was often in the company of some of that town’s most notable swingers, men like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and many others. She also maintained a close relationship with Marilyn Monroe. Jeanne never made it into the “big” movies but appeared in many “B” pictures, and was quite an item at the celebrity parties. After the death of her close friend Monroe, Carmen dropped out of sight and resided in Arizona.

JEANNE CARMEN on THE ORIGINAL BAD GIRL BLOG in Sydney, Australia

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Check it out at this link:

#badgirlcrush – Jeanne Carmen

This week’s #badgirlcrush is the brunette, and occasional blonde bombshell, Jeanne Carmen!

“I was just a little country girl that wanted to be a movie star.”

Jeanne worked as a waitress in St.Louis before moving to New York City on the suggestion of a producer and landed a job as a chorus girl in the broadway show Burlesque.

In 1949 she got a job modelling golf clothes for Jack Redmond in Manhattan and discovered her natural talent for the sport!

In a whirlwind she became a professional trick shot golfer who could hit a golf ball off a tee in someone’s mouth 210 yards. Jeanne stated “There wasn’t anything I couldn’t do with a ball.” , and in springolators, even more impressive!

Jeanne moved to Las Vegas when she was dating a Chicago mobster – Johnny Roselli, and they hustled tourists who took one glance at Jeanne and doubted her golf talent ; she’d let them get ahead for a couple of holes then dazzle them with her trick shots, she never lost a round!

By 1953 Jeanne had moved to Los Angeles and invested in property, this saw her acting career begin but unfortunately she didn’t think of it fondly, “ Then I got into the movies and that was the worst thing I could have done.”

With a hourglass figure, green eyes and raven hair, Jeanne was typecast in sultry spanish roles and appeared as a señorita in The Three Outlaws and an Indian girl in War Drums in 1957.

One of Jeanne’s most noted films was Untamed Youth, which starred Mamie Van Doren and Eddie Cochran, Eddie was besotted and named the song ‘Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie’ after her!

At that time in Hollywood most A List starlets were platinum blonde, and Jeanne was eclipsed by Mamie in Untamed Youth, so to try and compete with the likes of Mansfield and Monroe, Jeanne hit the bottle and went blonde.

 

The change to platinum blonde bought about more film roles and Jeanne cemented her title as the Queen of B Movies, and her enviable figure shot her to pin up stardom.

To this day Jeanne is most recognisable as a blonde, but we think she looks great brunette or blonde!v

Jeanne (centre) and Mamie Van Doren (blonde) at an after party for Untamed Youth in 1957.

Jeanne left Hollywood in 1962 after the death of her close friend Marilyn, and focused on raising her family in private in Arizona, she later passed away at home on December 07, 2007, but remains a pin up icon of the golden Hollywood era.

“Everything I’ve done, I think I did at the right time…And it turned out great. Maybe a few marriages I could have done without. As for my career, it absolutely happened the way it was supposed to happen. A door opened and I was a pin-up”

With her enviable figure, here’s some of Jeanne’s best Bad Girl outfits!

Big love heart eyes over this killer two piece leopard print suit!

The only pin up to make us swoon over a hoody and shorts!

Patsy – Jungle Pat 

(Columnist for The Original Bad Girl Blog)

JEANNE CARMEN’S LIFE-OF-THE-PARTY LEGACY LIVES ON

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Check it out at this link:

http://www.filmnoirblonde.com/jeanne-carmens-life-of-the-party-legacy-lives-on/

by Film Noir Blonde

So, at the memorial service for Marilyn Monroe last month, I metBrandon James. Brandon is the son of Jeanne Carmen, a pin-up model, ace golfer, B-movie actress and friend of Marilyn’s.

Jeanne was born Aug. 4, 1930 in Paragould, Ark., to a family of cotton pickers. After winning a beauty contest at 13, she left home to pursue her dream of Hollywood stardom. Though she never became a top-tier actress, she most definitely left her mark and had a good time – clinking glasses and climbing under the covers with the likes of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra andJohnny Roselli.

After Marilyn died on Aug. 5, 1962, mobsters told Jeanne to keep quiet about Marilyn’s connection to the Kennedy clan, according to her son. Jeanne heeded the warning and, leaving her party-girl life behind, became a wife and mother in Scottsdale, Ariz. She died Dec. 20, 2007.

Her name appears in Christopher Andersen’s new book, “These Few Precious Days,” which details JFK’s last year with Jackie, including his presumed affair with Marilyn and use of amphetamines provided by “Dr. Feelgood.” Andersen writes that Marilyn frequently confided in Jeanne during this time, reportedly asking her, “Can’t you just see me as first lady?”

Additionally, a clip of Jeanne in “The Monster of Piedras Blancas” (1959) is used in American Standard’s new at-home movie marathon commercial, which, btw, also features an adorable cat. 😉 The ad will run for four months.

For more info about Jeanne, you can visit Brandon’s site and watch this edition of E! True Hollywood Story. Perhaps more off-screen than on, she was a femme fatale and blonde bombshell who was the scribe and star of her own fascinating drama.

MARILYN MONROE: THE TRUTH ABOUT HER DEATH! – article in Argentina

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Read the explosive article published in Argentina at this link

http://tinyurl.com/Diario-Jornada

Here is a brief translation

The affairs of Monroe with Kennedy and his relationship with the gangster Johnny Roselli are also confirmed in the exciting and complete biography of Jeanne Carmen: My Wild, Wild Life as a New York Pin Up Queen, Trick Shot Golfer Hollywood Actress, written by her son Brandon James.

According to the book, Carmen’s life in Hollywood came to an abrupt end after his close friend Marilyn Monroe died mysteriously on August 5, 1962. The next morning, Carmen’s apartment was destroyed and looted. She crossed the intruder and thrown to the ground. The man standing next to her was the famous Hollywood private detective Fred Otash, who in turn pulled a gun, pointed at her face and fired. Fortunately, the gun barrel of the gun was empty and only came a loud noise. Carmen collapsed and began to sob after hearing the accusation that the mob boss of Chicago, Sam Giancana, had killed Marilyn Monroe in an attempt to ruin the political careers of the Kennedys.

Marilyn Monroe died on August 5, 1962. The public fascination and adoration for the unlucky star did not disappear. So who would want to steal from someone who was so dear to life? “Many people had a lot to lose if Marilyn spoke,” said author Darwin Porter in his book “Marilyn at Rainbow’s End: Sex, Lies, Murder and the Great Cover Up.”