Fran Jeffries

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Fran Jeffries
Born Frances Ann Makris
(1937-05-18)May 18, 1937
Mayfield, California, U.S.
Died December 15, 2016(2016-12-15) (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1958–2000
Spouse(s) Ed Blasco (divorced)
Dick Haymes (1958-1965; divorced); 1 child
Richard Quine (1965-1969; divorced)
Steven Schaeffer (1971-1973; divorced)
Children Stephanie Haymes Roven (b. 1959)[1]
Parent(s) Esther A. Gautier and Steven G. Makris

Frances Makris "Fran" Jeffries (May 18, 1937 – December 15, 2016) was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model.

Career[edit]

She appeared in the 1963 film The Pink Panther, in which she sang "Meglio Stasera (It Had Better Be Tonight)" while dancing provocatively around a fireplace.[2] Her figure was highlighted, albeit briefly, in a minor role in Sex and the Single Girl.

She sang on The Tom Jones Show in 1969 with the host, doing a duet of "You've Got What it Takes" as well as "The Smokey Robinson Show" from the following year, in which she did solo numbers as well as a duet with Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder and the rest of the cast. She was featured in Playboy several years later in 1971 at the age of 33 in a pictorial entitled "Frantastic!" In 1982 she posed a second time for Playboy at the age of 45. This second pictorial was titled "Still Frantastic!".[3]

Personal life[edit]

Fran Jeffries was born Frances Ann Makris to Esther A. (née Gautier) and Steven G. Makris, a Greek-immigrant barbershop owner.[4] She died on December 15, 2016 in Los Angeles at age 79 from multiple myeloma.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Discography[edit]

"Sex and the Single Girl" was released on MGM in 1964 as a single and an LP. In 1966, Jeffries recorded an album for Monument Records entitled This Is Fran Jeffries, which was a collection of standards and popular songs, produced by Fred Foster with arrangements by Dick Grove and Bill Justis, including a rendition of Lennon–McCartney's "Yesterday". Other recordings include an LP on Warwick (Fran: Can Really Hang You Up The Most). In 2000, she released a recording All the Love, again a collection of standards.[4]

Song recordings:

  • "Sex and the Single Girl"
  • "Yesterday"
  • "Springtime (Can Really Hang You Up the Most)"
  • "All the Love"
  • "Gone Now"
  • "My Lonely Corner"
  • "Life Goes On"
  • "Honey and Wine"
  • "Ain't Misbehavin'"

Songs for movies:


References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com; accessed March 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Video on YouTube
  3. ^ Profile, movies.nytimes.com; accessed March 4, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Fran Jeffries, an Actress Who Performed a Sexy Samba in 'The Pink Panther,' Dies at 79". New York Times. December 21, 2016. p. A19. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 

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