Jeanne Carmen

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Jeanne Carmen
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Born Jeanne Laverne Carmen
(1930-08-04)August 4, 1930
Paragould, Arkansas, U.S.
Died December 20, 2007(2007-12-20) (aged 77)
Irvine, California, U.S.
Other names Jeannie Carman
Saba Dareaux
Occupation Actress
Website
http://www.jeannecarmen.com/

Jeanne Carmen (August 4, 1930 – December 20, 2007) was an American model, pin-up girl, trick-shot golfer, and B movie actress.

Early life and career[edit]

Jeanne Laverne Carmen was born in Paragould, Arkansas. As a child she picked cotton before running away from home at age 13. As a teen, she moved to New York City and landed a job as a dancer in Burlesque, with Bert Lahr. Later she became a model, appearing in several men's magazines. She also became a trick golfer, appearing with Jack Redmond.[1][2]

While in her 20s, she came to Hollywood and appeared in B movies such as Guns Don't Argue and The Monster of Piedras Blancas. She played both brassy platinum-blondes and (with her natural dark hair) sultry Spanish women.[3] Carmen's smouldering good looks, hourglass figure, and striking green eyes quickly landed her on the big screen in 1956 playing a feisty Spanish senorita named "Serelda" in The Three Outlaws, a Western based on the same events as the later Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and co-starring Neville Brand and Alan Hale, Jr as Butch and Sundance. She was then cast by producer/director Howard W. Koch as an Indian girl in War Drums alongside Lex Barker of Tarzan fame. Koch took a liking to Carmen and cast her in his next flick for Warner Bros, the teenage rock n roll juvenile delinquent themed Untamed Youth in 1957 co-starring Rockabilly legend Eddie Cochran, which inspired Cochran to cover the song "Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie" for her.[4][5]

Carmen also appeared as a femme fatale in Portland Exposé alongside Frank Gorshin who later gained fame as the "Riddler" on the Batman series.[4] She also appeared in the Three Stooges short subject A Merry Mix Up playing Joe Besser's girlfriend "Mary." The short is notable for the Stooges playing three sets of identical triplets.[6]

Later years[edit]

In 1998, Carmen was the subject of a TV biography titled "Jeanne Carmen: Queen of the B-Movies", on the series E! True Hollywood Story. The show stated that Carmen maintained a "dangerously close friendship with Marilyn Monroe and The Kennedys" and that after the death of Monroe, Carmen was told to leave town by Chicago mobster Johnny Rosselli who was working for Chicago Mob Boss Sam Giancana. Carmen, believing her life was in danger, fled to Scottsdale, Arizona, where she lived incognito for over a decade. Carmen abandoned her platinum blonde locks, had three children and lived a quiet life, never mentioning her prior life in Hollywood.[7]

Carmen's last published interview was on November 21, 2007, by SX News, an Australian weekly gay and lesbian newspaper.[8]

Death[edit]

On December 20, 2007, aged 77, Jeanne Carmen died from lymphoma at her home in Orange County, California, where she had resided since 1978.[9][10] She was survived by three children, Melinda, Kellee Jade and Brandon, and three grandchildren.

At the time of Carmen's death, a biographical film of her life was in early stages of development, with Christina Aguilera, Scarlett Johansson, and Kate Bosworth under consideration to play Carmen.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1951 Mike and Buff Princess Jeanne Episode: "Princess Jeanne"
1953 Striporama Venus Beauty Uncredited
1956 The Three Outlaws Serelda
1957 War Drums Yellow Moon
1957 A Merry Mix Up Mary
1957 Untamed Youth Lillibet
1957 Portland Exposé Iris
1958 I Married a Woman Camera Girl Uncredited
1958 Too Much, Too Soon Tassles Uncredited
1958 The Millionaire Mary Evans Episode: "The Wally Bannister Story"
1958 26 Men Lili Mae Turner Episode: "The Last Rebellion"
1958 Born Reckless Rodeo Girl
1959 The Monster of Piedras Blancas Lucy
1959 Riverboat Janine - Blonde Girl in Stagecoach Episode: "A Night at Trapper's Landing"
Uncredited
1959 Have Gun – Will Travel Blonde Glamour Girl Episode: "Tiger"
Uncredited
1960 Tightrope Francie Episode: "The Chinese Pendant"
1961 The Dick Powell Show Nikki Episode: "Three Soldiers"
1962 The Devil's Hand The Blonde Cultist Credited as Jeannie Carman
2005 The Naked Monster Mrs. Lipschitz

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clavin, Tom (September 4, 2007). "The Original Golf Pin-Up". Hamptons Online. 
  2. ^ LeCompte, Tom (August–September 2005). "The 18-Hole Hustle". American Heritage. 
  3. ^ Jeff Overly (December 24, 2007). "Pinup legend and trick-shot golfer Jeanne Carmen dies at 77; Irvine resident, known as "Queen of the B Movies," had flings with Clark Gable and Frank Sinatra.". the Orange County Register. 
  4. ^ a b Perrone, Pierre (January 3, 2008). "Jeanne Carmen: Movie pin-up and friend to stars". The Independent. 
  5. ^ Freeman, Chad Clinton (August 2007). "Jeanne Carmen - Pinup of the Past - Miss August 2007". CCF Entertainment. 
  6. ^ Maurer, Joan Howard (2000). The Three Stooges Scrapbook. Citadel Press. p. 264. ISBN 0-8065-0946-5. 
  7. ^ ”E! True Hollywood Story” Jeanne Carmen: Queen of the B-Movies (1998) at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Devine, Stephen (November 22, 2007). "She dreams of Jeanne". SX News. 
  9. ^ "Jeanne Carmen Hollywood Pinup Girl Dead at 77". Bitten & Bound. December 26, 2007. 
  10. ^ "B-Movie Icon Jeanne Carmen Dead at 77". Hollywood.com. December 27, 2007. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Carmen wants Johansson or Bosworth to play her". China Daily. December 4, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 

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