I guess I must have been living under a rock for the last month, as I
just found out yesterday that Jeanne Carmen passed away about a month
ago. It seems my family & friends knew about it, but no one mentioned
it to me as they all assumed that I already knew it, since I knew both
Jeanne and her loyal son, Brandon James, who was a member of one of
the Elvis groups. My exclusive interview with Jeanne, where she
reveals intimidate details about her date with Elvis can be found in
my sizzling, tell-all Hollywood biography "Death Row Madam."
My prayers go out to Jeanne's family. See article below:
Jeanne Carmen, a 1950s pin up girl and "Queen of the B Movies," has
died at age 77. See her biography and photos below.
Jeanne Carmen died from lymphoma with her son by her side on Thursday.
A biography on her life is said to be in the works with Scarlett
Johansson and Kate Bosworth rumored to be up for the lead role.
Jeanne Carmen Biography
Jeanne Laverne Carmen was born in Paragould, Arkansas on August 4,
1930. She lived a very simple, rural life picking cotton until she ran
away at age 13. The first job she landed was a burlesque dancer
off-Broadway, which elevated into posing for pin-up shots in girlie
magazines. She also did a number of low-budget films with titles like
"Guns Don't Argue" and "The Monster of Piedras Blancas."
"To put it mildly, the films were short on plot, engaging
dialogue, or acting that would ever be confused with the work of an
Olivier or Hepburn. They were, however, long on whatever sexual
content the producers could get past censors at the time."
Carmen's career took a dramatic and unlikely turn in 1949 when she was
modeling golf clothes. She discovered a tremendous ability to play
golf and make trick shots, which turned into a traveling show. It
doesn't hurt that she was platinum blonde with 36-26-36 measurements
carrying around the golf club. Her tricks consisted of hitting a
flagstick from 150 yards out time after time and teeing up golf balls
in the mouths of brave volunteer spectators.
Carmen is also famously known for her dating life. See was apparently
linked with Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. She's also
said to have been a close friend of Marilyn Monroe, and questioned her
death being ruled a suicide. Carmen has been featured on The Golf
Channel and E! True Hollywood Story.