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.
Resting place Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Years active 1958–2000
Spouse(s) Ed Blasco
(divorced)
Dick Haymes
(m. 1958; div. 1965)

Richard Quine
(m. 1965; div. 1969)

Steven Schaeffer
(m. 1971; div. 1973)
Children Stephanie (b. 1959)

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

Early life[edit]

Jeffries was born Frances Ann Makris on May 18, 1937, in Mayfield, California, the daughter of Esther A. (née Gautier) and Steven G. Makris, a Greek-immigrant barbershop owner.[1]

Career[edit]

Jeffries's film debut came in the 1958 film The Buccaneer.[2] 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.[3] Her figure was highlighted, albeit briefly, in a minor role in Sex and the Single Girl.[citation needed]

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 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. [4]

While she was married to Dick Haymes, they had a nightclub act together.[5]

She was featured in Playboy in the February 1971 issue (Volume 18 Number 2) at the age of 33 in a pictorial titled "Fran-tastic!" In September 1982 she posed a second time for Playboy, this time at the age of 45. This second pictorial (Volume 29 Number 9) was titled "Still Fran-tastic!"[6]

Personal life[edit]

In the 1950s, Jeffries married pianist Ed Belasco. They were divorced in that same decade. She and singer Dick Haymes married in 1958 and divorced in 1965.[citation needed] The couple had a daughter, Stephanie.[1] She was also married to director Richard Quine (1965-1969) and Steven Schaeffer (1971-1973).[2]

Death[edit]

Jeffries suffered from multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, in her last years. She died of the disease on December 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 79.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1958 The Buccaneer Cariba - Mawbee Girl
1963 The Pink Panther Greek "cousin"
1964 Sex and the Single Girl Gretchen
1965 Harum Scarum Aishah
1969 A Talent for Loving Maria

Discography[edit]

"Sex and the Single Girl" was released on MGM in 1964 as a single and an LP. She also sang the songs "Meglio Stasera" and "The Anniversary Song" in films. 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". In 2000, she released a recording All the Love, again a collection of standards.[1]

Albums[edit]

Recorded Title Label Catalogue No. Format
1960 Fran Can Really Hang You Up The Most Warwick W2020 LP/CD
1964 Fran Jeffries Sings Of Sex And The Single Girl MGM Records SE-4268 LP/CD
1966 This Is Fran Jeffries Monument Records SLP-18069 LP/CD

Singles[edit]

Recorded Title Label Catalogue No. Format
1964 Sex And The Single Girl/? MGM Records 45 r.p.m.
1966 Take Me (Tutta La Gente Del Mondo)/Honey And Wine Monument 45-1036
1967 Life Goes On/My Lonely Corner 45-1015
1968 Gone Now/I've Been Wrong Before 45-1089

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Grimes, William (December 20, 2016). "Fran Jeffries, an Actress Who Performed a Sexy Samba in 'The Pink Panther,' Dies at 79". The New York Times. p. A19. Retrieved April 28, 2017. ...she is survived by a daughter, Stephanie Haymes-Roven... 
  2. ^ a b Lentz, Harris III. "Fran Jeffries, 79". Classic Images (500): 55–56. 
  3. ^ Video on YouTube
  4. ^ The Smokey Robinson Show.
  5. ^ Parish, James Robert; Pitts, Michael R. (2003). Hollywood Songsters: Garland to O'Connor. Taylor & Francis. p. 376. ISBN 9780415943338. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ Profile, movies.nytimes.com; accessed March 4, 2015.

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