Saturday, March 7, 2015

#84 Jeanne Carmen

Jeanne Carmen is the first of our classic ‘50s-era platinum blondes. Though she had only 20 credits to her name, they were almost all classic stinkers. Interestingly, a lot of Jeanne’s notoriety comes from her extracurricular activities, including:
  • Being a real live Li’l Abner character (if growing up in Paragould AR, picking cotton as a child, and running away from home at age 13 counts)
  • Being a huge pinup star (in mags like Carnival, Dare, Glance, Pose and Titter), with no qualms about getting all nekkid
  • Hanging out with the Rat Pack
  • Being the first female trick shot golfer, including being able to hit a ball out of someone’s mouth 210 yards
By the way, there is quite an interesting photo out there that combines bullets 2 and 4. This is a family-oriented blog, though, so I won’t include it here and, instead, will let you get onto Google Images yourself (but not you, kid!).

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Paragould, AR

Cheesy Pageant Titles

  • Miss Orange Whip
  • Miss Potato Chip of 1954

Embarrassing Movies

  • Untamed Youth *
  • I Married a Woman
  • House of Women
  • The Devil’s Hand *
  • Striporama
  • The Naked Monster
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines

  • They Carved a Scar of Ravaging Terror Across The West!
  • It struck with savage fury destroying ... killing all that crossed its path!
  • Youth turned “rock-n-roll” wild and the “punishment” farm that makes them wilder!
  • Secrets of the cells! Shame of inmates! Babies born in jails! Innocents thrown in with female bully-boys!!!! 

Embarrassing Characters

  • Mrs. Lipschitz
  • Blonde Cultist
  • Polimita
  • Serelda
  • Tassles Terhune

Shortest Marriage:  Less than a year

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends

  • Peter Lawford
  • Dean Martin
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Mobster Johnny Roselli
  • Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Ricardo Montalban
  • Telly Savalas
  • Errol Flynn
  • Clark Gable
  • Bob Hope
  • Jack Benny
  • Jerry Lewis
  • Howard Hughes
  • Elvis
  • RFK
  • JFK

Whiffs of Scandal:  Other than the mobsters and the nudity, you mean?

Interesting Tidbits

  • 38DD-26-36
  • Of French, Irish, and Native American descent
  • She claimed to be Marilyn Monroe’s BFF
  • Played a dominatrix in George Michael's video for "Outside," his comeback after being arrested for  “lewd acts” in a Los Angeles public lavatory

Where can I learn more?

Jeanne & (unknown) friend

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