Jeanne Carmen (Jeanne Laverne Carmen)
Photos with Jeanne Carmen
BiographyParagould, Arkansas, USA
Jeanne Carmen spent her early childhood in Paragould, Arkansas with her family picking cotton. At age 13, she ran away from home, eventually landing in New York City and taking a job as a dancer in an off-Broadway touring company. The early 1950s found her in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the company of the likes of mobster Johnny Roselli. She discovered she had a natural talent for the game of golf and made great hay and much money hustling on the links. Read more... often in the company of some of that town's most notable swingers, men like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and many others. She also maintained a close relationship with Marilyn Monroe. Jeanne never made it into the "big" movies but appeared in many "B" pictures, and was quite an item at the celebrity parties. After the death of her close friend Monroe, Carmen dropped out of sight and resided in Arizona for over a decade. On December 20, 2007, Jeanne Carmen died at age 77 from lymphoma at her Orange County, California home, where she resided since 1978.