Check out this new updated version of the incredible true life story of Pinup Icon JEANNE CARMEN by BRANDON JAMES
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Check out this new updated version of the incredible true life story of Pinup Icon JEANNE CARMEN by BRANDON JAMES
The book is now available at AMAZON at this link
Pin Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN appears on the new show CASE CLOSED with A.J. BENZA: MARILYN MONROE on the REELZ channel
Jeanne Carmen’s son BRANDON JAMES reveals what really happened to MARILYN MONROE on the last night of her life on this explosive new show on the REELZ channel
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Pin Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN on the MOVIES! channel talking about MARILYN MONROE and the KENNEDY’S
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Check out this amazing new article on Pin Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN in GULF COAST MOTORSPORTS magazine in FLORIDA.
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Perfect pinup and Hollywood starlet Jeanne Carmen
by Candy Cocktail
In honor of Valentine’s Day, it is the month to remember what we love most. One of my favorite things is pinups! I adore vintage ladies with classic style as well as the golden age of Hollywood, with its glamorous starlets, blonde bombshells and tap dancing leading men. A bygone era in cinema; a time when a confident girl from a rural southern town ran away from home at age 13 to become Jeanne Carmen, pinup queen, model, actress, trick shot golfer and girlfriend to some of the most famous men in Hollywood.
I was recently given what I would consider to be one of the most amazing opportunities in my career: to interview Brandon James, the son of icon Jeanne Carmen. He gave me an unforgettable, two and a half hour telephone interview about his mother’s incredibly unique life with no questions off limits. It was an honor to hear the thrilling, exceptional stories of his mother’s glamorous life. I am thankful to Brandon James as it was an amazing experience to be given the chance to talk with him.
With her own E! True Hollywood Story, her extraordinary life is a who’s who of vintage Hollywood; a real life version of an exciting Hollywood masterpiece: full of fascinating adventures, varied careers, fame, and colorful characters, including mobsters, starlets, athletes and even one of the most infamous presidents in America’s history.
According to her E! True Hollywood Story, Carmen had a very close relationship with Marilyn Monroe and The Kennedys. After Marilyn’s murder, she was told to leave town by Chicago mobster and friend Johnny Roselli who was working for mob boss Sam Giancana. Carmen left the flash of Hollywood for a simple, more domestic life in Scottsdale, Arizona. Much like Bettie Page, Jeanne Carmen disappeared after she left Hollywood. She dyed her hair and had a family life in Arizona where she seemed like just an average housewife. Although little did anyone know she was far from your average housewife.
Fame returned in the 80s when author Anthony Summers tracked Carmen down in Newport Beach, California. He was writing a book called Goddess, about the life and death of Marilyn Monroe. Carmen, being a close friend of the woman whose death has always been surrounded by controversy and mystery, is thought to have been one of the last people to talk to Marilyn Monroe the night that she died. Marilyn called Carmen three times that day before calling Peter Lawford. Carmen was also a friend of The Kennedys and knew about Marilyn’s relationships with both JFK and Bobby.
Among the many notable highlights of Jeanne’s extraordinary life, I would consider her friendship with Marilyn Monroe to be one of those highlights. Jeanne was in fact one of Monroe’s best friends, even during the last days of Marilyn’s life. Jeanne Carmen and Norma Jean met as young women in New York City. Jeanne took acting classes at the home of Lee Strasberg, who would later teach at the famed Actors Studio. At Strasberg’s urging, Jeanne would sometimes sit in on classes at the studio. In 1952, Marilyn was in New York while filming the movie Niagara. Marilyn wanted to be a serious actress and was planning to take classes at the Actors Studio, but was nervous so she stopped in the nearby bar for a drink before the class. Marilyn, in a dark colored, Cleopatra style wig, walked in and sat at the bar next to Jeanne Carmen who was there studying her lines. It was not until later that night when she saw Marilyn’s real hair that she was shocked to realize that the woman she had been talking to was indeed Marilyn Monroe. The two starlets became friends.
The two blonde beauties ended up as next door neighbors later in life. The gals lived in West Hollywood in a 5-apartment complex surrounding a courtyard. The entire compound was owned by old blue eyes, Frank Sinatra. Marilyn Monroe lived there after she divorced Arthur Miller and left New York to return to Hollywood. Sinatra had the apartments for some of his favorite people to stay in, including his on-again, off-again girlfriend Jeanne Carmen. Sinatra’s long time butler and valet, George Jacobs, lived in the apartment complex as well. He later wrote the book, Mr. S-My Life with Frank Sinatra. The book tells of their close friendship and mentions Sinatra’s favorite lady, Jeanne Carmen.
Brandon said that his mother was a modern woman in an old-fashioned time. She approached relationships and dating more like a man. She loved Frank Sinatra, whom she dated for seven years on and off. Sinatra eventually proposed. The flawless pinup with a body that could stop traffic turned the proposal down many times because the charismatic singer wanted an open marriage.
Nearly nine years after her death, Jeanne was the topic of a feature article in a recent issue of Playboy Netherlands. Despite Hugh Hefner’s persistence, she never appeared in Playboy. She was a close friend of Mr. Hefner and over the decades in which they knew each other, he tried to convince her to pose for the popular men’s magazine. Even though she never appeared in a pictorial, she liked Hefner. She said that Hefner was very nice and that he and Playboy Magazine do not exploit women. On the contrary, Hef appreciates their beauty and femininity.
The ‘Queen of the B Movies’ achieved quite the cult following later in life after she reemerged on the Hollywood scene. As Brandon James stated, “Horror fans are unequivocally diehard. Her roles in monster movies would make her a fan favorite until the end of her life.” Talk about a legend; her role in the classic monster movie has been so influential in the pop culture film genre that Rob Zombie even wrote a special cameo for her in his horror film House of a Thousand Corpses. However after the original film was pulled for being too violent, it was picked up by a different studio where it was heavily edited and her part did not make it into the final film.
When I asked Brandon James what people were surprised to know about his mom, he replied that it was her sense of humor. Brandon stated, “People are always surprised by how funny she was. She found humor in anything. She was always out having a good time. She found the best in everyone and she enjoyed making them smile.”
Brandon further explained that his mother had a personality that was like the character Mary in the movie There’s Something About Mary. He said she just had that type of effect on people; everyone that met her would leave feeling a little happier and she enjoyed being that person that made them happier.
She was still active when she was older, appearing in a George Michael music video. Even at the end of her life she stayed busy attending events and conventions where she was a fan favorite. Throughout the years she always had an exceptional presence and beauty about her. Sometimes time can be cruel to a woman’s beauty, but not in Jeanne’s case. Even in her 70s, her beauty remained remarkably stunning.
Jeanne died from lymphoma in 2007, at age 77, in Irvine, CA. Yet her star continues to shine. She recently became the logo of a Canadian barbeque restaurant called Jane Bond Grill. The Calgary, Alberta eatery is using Jeanne Carmen’s image on their menu and in the theme of their restaurant. Likewise, there is a commercial currently on the air featuring a clip of Jeanne Carmen screaming as she sees the monster from the classic movie The Monster of Piedras Blancas. Her son Brandon James has kept her remarkable legend alive. With a website, a book and talks of an autobiographical film, her name has never quite left the Hollywood scene.
If you would like to read more about Jeanne Carmen, check out her new website http://www.jeannecarmen.com. The book, Jeanne Carmen, My Wild, Wild Life as a New York Pin Up Queen, Trick Shot Golfer and Hollywood Actress by Brandon James is available on Amazon, iTunes and Barnes and Noble.
Pin Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN is now included on the official website for the state of ARKANSAS as being one of the famous citizens born in the small little town of PARAGOULD in GREENE COUNTY
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Jeanne Carmen spent her early childhood in 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, 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. In the early ’50s she turned her back on the game of golf and went to Hollywood, where she was 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.
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This week’s #badgirlcrush is the brunette, and occasional blonde bombshell, Jeanne Carmen!
“I was just a little country girl that wanted to be a movie star.”
Jeanne worked as a waitress in St.Louis before moving to New York City on the suggestion of a producer and landed a job as a chorus girl in the broadway show Burlesque.
In 1949 she got a job modelling golf clothes for Jack Redmond in Manhattan and discovered her natural talent for the sport!
In a whirlwind she became a professional trick shot golfer who could hit a golf ball off a tee in someone’s mouth 210 yards. Jeanne stated “There wasn’t anything I couldn’t do with a ball.” , and in springolators, even more impressive!
Jeanne moved to Las Vegas when she was dating a Chicago mobster – Johnny Roselli, and they hustled tourists who took one glance at Jeanne and doubted her golf talent ; she’d let them get ahead for a couple of holes then dazzle them with her trick shots, she never lost a round!
By 1953 Jeanne had moved to Los Angeles and invested in property, this saw her acting career begin but unfortunately she didn’t think of it fondly, “ Then I got into the movies and that was the worst thing I could have done.”
With a hourglass figure, green eyes and raven hair, Jeanne was typecast in sultry spanish roles and appeared as a señorita in The Three Outlaws and an Indian girl in War Drums in 1957.
One of Jeanne’s most noted films was Untamed Youth, which starred Mamie Van Doren and Eddie Cochran, Eddie was besotted and named the song ‘Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie’ after her!
At that time in Hollywood most A List starlets were platinum blonde, and Jeanne was eclipsed by Mamie in Untamed Youth, so to try and compete with the likes of Mansfield and Monroe, Jeanne hit the bottle and went blonde.
The change to platinum blonde bought about more film roles and Jeanne cemented her title as the Queen of B Movies, and her enviable figure shot her to pin up stardom.
To this day Jeanne is most recognisable as a blonde, but we think she looks great brunette or blonde!v
Jeanne (centre) and Mamie Van Doren (blonde) at an after party for Untamed Youth in 1957.
Jeanne left Hollywood in 1962 after the death of her close friend Marilyn, and focused on raising her family in private in Arizona, she later passed away at home on December 07, 2007, but remains a pin up icon of the golden Hollywood era.
“Everything I’ve done, I think I did at the right time…And it turned out great. Maybe a few marriages I could have done without. As for my career, it absolutely happened the way it was supposed to happen. A door opened and I was a pin-up”
With her enviable figure, here’s some of Jeanne’s best Bad Girl outfits!
Big love heart eyes over this killer two piece leopard print suit!
The only pin up to make us swoon over a hoody and shorts!
Patsy – Jungle Pat
FILM NOIR BLONDE – BLACK & WHITE AND CHIC ALL OVER
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September 1, 2013 by Film Noir Blonde
So, at the memorial service for Marilyn Monroe last month, I met Brandon James. Brandon is the son of Jeanne Carmen, a pin-up model, ace golfer, B-movie actress and friend of Marilyn’s.
Jeanne was born Aug. 4, 1930 in Paragould, Ark., to a family of cotton pickers. After winning a beauty contest at 13, she left home to pursue her dream of Hollywood stardom. Though she never became a top-tier actress, she most definitely left her mark and had a good time – clinking glasses and climbing under the covers with the likes of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra andJohnny Roselli.
After Marilyn died on Aug. 5, 1962, mobsters told Jeanne to keep quiet about Marilyn’s connection to the Kennedy clan, according to her son. Jeanne heeded the warning and, leaving her party-girl life behind, became a wife and mother in Scottsdale, Ariz. She died Dec. 20, 2007.
Her name appears in Christopher Andersen’s new book, “These Few Precious Days,” which details JFK’s last year with Jackie, including his presumed affair with Marilyn and use of amphetamines provided by “Dr. Feelgood.” Andersen writes that Marilyn frequently confided in Jeanne during this time, reportedly asking her, “Can’t you just see me as first lady?”
Additionally, a clip of Jeanne in “The Monster of Piedras Blancas” (1959) is used in American Standard’s new at-home movie marathon commercial, which, btw, also features an adorable cat. The ad will run for four months.
For more info about Jeanne, you can visit Brandon’s site and watch this edition of E! True Hollywood Story. Perhaps more off-screen than on, she was a femme fatale and blonde bombshell who was the scribe and star of her own fascinating drama.
Read the explosive article published in Argentina at this link
Here is a brief translation
The affairs of Monroe with Kennedy and his relationship with the gangster Johnny Roselli are also confirmed in the exciting and complete biography of Jeanne Carmen: My Wild, Wild Life as a New York Pin Up Queen, Trick Shot Golfer Hollywood Actress, written by her son Brandon James.
According to the book, Carmen’s life in Hollywood came to an abrupt end after his close friend Marilyn Monroe died mysteriously on August 5, 1962. The next morning, Carmen’s apartment was destroyed and looted. She crossed the intruder and thrown to the ground. The man standing next to her was the famous Hollywood private detective Fred Otash, who in turn pulled a gun, pointed at her face and fired. Fortunately, the gun barrel of the gun was empty and only came a loud noise. Carmen collapsed and began to sob after hearing the accusation that the mob boss of Chicago, Sam Giancana, had killed Marilyn Monroe in an attempt to ruin the political careers of the Kennedys.
Marilyn Monroe died on August 5, 1962. The public fascination and adoration for the unlucky star did not disappear. So who would want to steal from someone who was so dear to life? “Many people had a lot to lose if Marilyn spoke,” said author Darwin Porter in his book “Marilyn at Rainbow’s End: Sex, Lies, Murder and the Great Cover Up.”
Read the explosive article published in Venezuela at this link
Here is a brief translation
“Marilyn Monroe Did Not Commit Suicide”
According to the book “Marilym at Rainbow’s End: Sex, Lies, Murder and the Great Cover Up” the acclaimed author and investigative journalist Darwin Porter, Marilyn Monroe died in the hands of five gangsters just before the heartthrob star plan a press conference He had shattered the lives of the Kennedy clan and Mafia boss Sam Giancana.
If Monroe had lived, she would have revealed her affair with John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. And it would have disclosed the ties that bound JFK mobster Giancana, Porter said.
Bobby Kennedy and her husband actor Peter Lawford visited Monroe hours before her death to try to convince her not to publish her secrets, he said.
Later that night, Monroe was ambushed by Johnny Roselli, a mobster boyfriend who left her door unlocked for the five gangsters entered Porter said. The murderers surprised the star as she slept with a rag soaked in chloroform. Then they stripped and introduced an overdose of barbiturates in her rectum by an enema with a lethal amount of chloral hydrate, a powerful sedative and narcotic.
“Her close friend and actress Jeanne Carmen told me that Marilyn thought she was too big forhim to do something. After Marilyn’s death, Johnny Roselli ordered Jeanne to leave the village. Shemoved to Arizona, she stopped acting and worked as a waitress. That shows how afraid I was, “she said.
In the book, Porter also explains that after JFK won the Democratic nomination for president, Peter Lawford organized a wild party for him in his beach house in Santa Monica. Marilyn said JFK personally called to invite her and suggested, “You should bring a friend.” She understood the intention of that invitation and called Jeanne Carmen to invite.
Carmen later said that this wild party at the home of Lawford quickly degenerated into an orgy. She said that after swimming with some of the attendees, who were naked, retired to a room Lawford’s house to take a shower. Marilyn knocked on her door and told her to JFK wanted to come to his room. Carmen rejected the proposal in principle but Marilyn asked him, “We should think of this as if we were doing it for our country.”
There are serious doubts that Marilyn had to pray too hard. Without much persuasion, Carmen entered the room followed by Marilyn JFK. The candidate for President of the United States was lying in bed in his underwear. He called Carmen and began to give massage on the shoulders. He whispered that Marilyn and she should think of themselves as “pioneers of the New Frontier of the sixties.” Carmen admitted that she finally relented – “I was overwhelmed by the extraordinary charm of Jack, his warm eyes and buzz caused by consumption of alcohol at Peter’s party. ”
As I looked up after kissing on the mouth JFK, she saw Marilyn threw her towel down and approached the bed.
Read the article published in Italy at this link
Her full name was Jeanne Laverne Carmen. American actress, queen of pin-up ’50s, in the period, dominating the b-movie
Famous not so much for the performances as for outrageous flirt, true, false or assumed, undertaken with famous celebrities and not only (from Kennedy brothers to Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Tony Curtis, Bob Hope, Errol Flynn and many others), such that they end up repeatedly on the front pages of newspapers and the most important American magazines.
Platinum blonde, sultry voice, voluptuous and exuberant in its provocative behavior, without basic education in compulsory schooling, only thirteen left her family and moved from Arkansas to New Orleans where she works as a waitress at a popular restaurant. Here, he is discovered by Italian singer Sandy Scott (who will become her husband, for a short time, 15 years apart), on tour in the US, that will start to her artistic career.
She moved to New York, is a model for sports clothes and soon became an icon of the first female golfer.
Tightens ties with the celebrities of the silver screen and in particular with Marilyn Monroe, close friendship and confidence that allows her to appear in several films, all second-rate: The three outlaws (1956), War Drums (1957), and the horror, unprecedented in Italy, The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959).
The visits with celebrities, politics and shady business (known her relationship with the alleged gangster John Rosselli), on the one hand in favor of the celebrities on the other,
After the death of Monroe, received death threats for revelations about the death of her friend, She abandons the set and retired to Arizona. Only in 1978 is back in California, Later appears in a TV special dedicated to her.
Suffering from cancer, she died two years later at 77 years.
The movie rights to the fascinating film noir crime novel THE EMPTY GLASS by J.I. Baker (Penguin Books, 2012) has been optioned by legendary Hollywood Mega Producer IRWIN WINKLER. Winkler is the producer on such iconic American films as WOLF OF WALL STREET, GOOD FELLAS, THE RIGHT STUFF, RAGING BULL and all 5 ROCKY movies.
Pin-Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN is featured prominently in the book as a platinum blond femme fatale who knows the secrets that will unlock the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe.
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Bachelor Pad Magazine interview
Author BRANDON JAMES remembers his famous Pin-Up Mom JEANNE CARMEN
An amazing new 6 page article on Pin-Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN has just been published in BACHELOR PAD MAGAZINE (issue 31 Spring 15). The Digest of Atomic Culture. Pin-Up girls, Retro Lifestyle, tiki and more. Celebrating Booze, Babe’s and Burly Q
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The article is a Q & A with JEANNE CARMEN’S son BRANDON JAMES about the book he wrote titled JEANNE CARMEN: MY WILD, WILD LIFE As a New York Pin Up Queen, Trick Shot Golfer & Hollywood Actress.
There are 6 pages filled with revealing and often hilarious stories about JEANNE CARMEN and her sexy escapades with stars such as ERROL FLYNN, ELVIS PRESLEY, MARILYN MONROE, JACK BENNY and President JOHN F KENNEDY and his brother, attorney general ROBERT F KENNEDY
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Here are a few excerpts:
On Elvis Presley:
“…I love the story of how my Mom invited Elvis over to her apartment for dinner and attempted cook him a special southern fried chicken dinner. As a gift, Elvis brought her a sexy French Maid outfit. My Mom put it on and then went over to check on the chicken cooking in the oven. When she bent over, it was more an Elvis could handle and well.. I guess the chicken ended up burning that night.
On Marilyn Monroe and Jack Benny:
“…Yes, my Mom and Marilyn Monroe went to a steam room on Santa Monica Blvd with Jack Benny. Jack wore a fake beard and dark glasses and a baseball hat so he wouldn’t be recognized. They did it several times. Then one time they were all three in the steam room wearing their towels and Marilyn and my Mom were talking and laughing and gossiping when suddenly Marilyn looked down and saw that Jack Benny was visibly excited which was uncharacteristic for him. Usually he was cool with the girls being naked around him and he always behaved like a perfect gentleman. However this time, he became aroused and started to pinch my Mom’s and Marilyn’s boobs and butts which they were not having any part of. Suddenly Jack became belligerent and used explicit language which shocked Marilyn and my Mom. They decided they needed to cool Jack down a bit so they tackled him and because Jack was older and hardly a muscleman, he immediately fell to the floor and didn’t put up much of a fight. My Mom took a large eucalyptus branch out of one of the pots in the steam room and began spanking Jack with it while Marilyn had him in a head lock. My Mom scolded him and with each swat she would say “Jack are you ever going to use foul words again?” and Jack would mutter “No.. never.” “Are you ever going to pinch Marilyn’s butt again?” Swat!!! “No.. never.” Then Jack faked a hear attack and my Mom and Marilyn freaked out thinking it was real and they rolled Jack over and began to administer CPR and Marilyn started to give him mouth to mouth resuscitation when Jack suddenly burst out laughing. They all had a good laugh on the way home thinking about that one.
On Marilyn Monroe and John F Kennedy:
“It was during this period that Marilyn and my Mom lived at 882 North Doheny Blvd in Frank Sinatra’s apartment complex that Marilyn Monroe started her affair with President Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy. Marilyn also started spending a lot of time with Peter Lawford and Peter’s role at the time in the Kennedy family was to get girls for Jack Kennedy.
It was during this period that my Mom and Marilyn went to a wild pool party at Peter’s beach house and Jack Kennedy tried to get them to have a threesome with him. Jack gently massaged my Mom’s shoulders and told her “Think of it as a New Frontier. The Frontier of the 1960’s. And ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country. And girls, this afternoon, think of me as your country.”
On Marilyn and Robert F Kennedy:
It was also during this period that my Mom and Marilyn went to a nude beach with Bobby Kennedy in Malibu. Bobby was at Marilyn’s apartment one day and he noticed a fake beard and glasses laying around and he asked what it was all about. Marilyn and my Mom told Bobby about how they would go to a steam bath on Santa Monica Blvd with Jack Benny and Jack would wear the disguise so nobody would recognize him. Bobby started laughing and said if Jack Benny could get away with it he could. Then Marilyn and Mom dared Bobby to don the disguise and go to the nude beach in Malibu and Bobby being a Kennedy couldn’t resist a dare and went along with it.
A new article on Pin Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN has been published in GERMANY in ROCKABILLY RULES Magazine – The Online Magazine that Rocks!
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Here is a brief excerpt: [translated into English]
After the death of her dearly beloved friend MARILYN MONROE, JEANNE CARMEN was threatened by JOHNNY ROSELLI, who worked for the Mafia boss SAM GIANCANA from Chicago. Because the beauty’s life was in danger, she retired from Hollywood and fled to Scottsdale in Arizona.
For more than a decade JEANNE CARMEN lived there incognito and dyed her platinum hair brunette. She never mentioned her showbiz career, married, had three children moved on and led a quiet and peaceful life without the big stage, the spotlight or any glamour. In 1998, Jeanne Carmen was the subject of the TV biopic “Jeanne Carmen: Queen Of The B-Movies” that rotated [on the E! Entertainment Television series True Hollywood Story].
In the opening scene it evokes that the beauty [Jeanne Carmen], “had maintained a dangerously-close friendship with MARILYN MONROE and the KENNEDY’S and that following the death of MARILYN, CARMEN was told to leave the city immediately.”
On 20 December 2007 JEANNE CARMEN died of a malignant lymphoma at the age of 77 years at her home in Orange County, California
JEANNE CARMEN is still unforgotten and always will be the best friend of the film icon MARILYN MONROE in memory.
Text: Isabella Labella
This is part 2 of a new 2 part article published in MARILYN TODAY – The International Marilyn Monroe Fan Club newsletter published in Germany
Part 1 is in Issue no 25; September 2014
Part 2 is in issue no 26. December 2014
The entire article is published in both German and in English.
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Here a partial transcript of the 2nd part of the article:
In your opinion, how Marilyn Monroe died? Was a suicide or a murder? Do you think that the Mafia may have had a part in this dark death?
Marilyn was murdered by the Mafia because of her ties to the Kennedy’s. Specifically Bobby Kennedy. The week before she died, Marilyn went to the Cal Neva Lodge in Lake Tahoe to hang out with Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford. Mob Boss Sam Giancana was there that weekend and Marilyn got really drunk and ended up having sex with Sam Giancana which she regretted later. Marilyn told my mom she was grossed out by Sam and couldn’t believe she had sex with him. That weekend Marilyn told Sam Giancana a lot of stuff about the Kennedy’s and her relationship with them. That set in motion the terrible events of the last night of Marilyn’s life. Johnny Roselli was a friend of my Mom’s and a friend of Marilyn Monroe’s since her early days in Hollywood as a young starlet. Sam ordered the hit on Marilyn and Johnny brought in the killers from Chicago.
“Fascinating” – J. Randy Taraborrelli
“If you like your starlets sexy, spicy, and sassy – this is the story for you”
– E! Entertainment Television on Jeanne Carmen.
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By SZMedia (Open Post)
November 25, 2014 at 8:54am
(HOLLYWOOD, CA. November 10, 2014) On Saturday December 6th at 3 pm, author Brandon James will be at the West Hollywood Library to discuss and sign “My Wild, Wild Life” the biography of legendary pin up, trick shot golfer, Sinatra girlfriend, and friend of Marilyn – the incomparable Jeanne Carmen.
Carmen, who passed in 2007, was one of the last great Hollywood broads, who was honored by being selected as the first subject of the long running E! True Hollywood Story series. She was a certified member of the Rat Pack – having dated Sinatra on and off for decades, and was a dangerously close friend of Marilyn Monroe.
“So many people think Jeanne’s story is all about Marilyn, it’s not. While I love Marilyn, I have to tell you – Jeanne’s life was far more interesting and eventful than Marilyn’s ever was.” – says Hollywood producer, Jeannine Madsen. “But the association is eternal because of their close friendship. You will never find an interview of Jeanne where she is not crying while speaking about Marilyn.”
“Jeanne was a captivating personality which is why so many greats were drawn to her,” says James, who is also the subject’s son. “I had no idea my mother had this wild life until one day, in my teens, I discovered boxes of photographs and she came clean about her storied past.” Carmen had left Hollywood after Marilyn’s untimely death, which she always, outspokenly, maintained was murder. Jeanne was forever indebted to Sinatra for protecting her. An intimate of Sinatra, and legendary mobster Johnny Roselli since the 40’s, many claim next to Ava Gabor – Carmen was the love of Sinatra’s life – and it is an oft spoken rumor that Sinatra is the one that ordered no one hurt her. “She was told if she didn’t leave town immediately, she would leave in a body bag” James continues “she left and started a whole new life and it wasn’t until the 80’s when biographers started to track her down did she put herself back in the spotlight.”
While her friendship with Marilyn may be the defining public perception of her, one shouldn’t forget her career as a top billed B-Movie Queen. “She is part of the Hollywood mythology – she is absolutely fascinating”, says celebrity biographer J. Randy Taraborelli (Call Her Miss Ross, Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness).
Prior to the B-Movies, Sinatra, the Kennedy’s, and Marilyn there was golf, “she was the first female trick shot golfer” says Golf Central. Jimmy Demaret, legendary golfer and winner of 31 PGA titles, called her “amazing”, bred her as a trick shot golfer and that’s what led her to Hollywood – and history.
“She was the Queen of the B-Movies and worthy of having a movie made about her”, says James. “How fortunate am I, as an author and to have a woman like this for a mother. Even if she weren’t my mother I would have felt compelled to tell this story.”
My Wild, Wild Lifechronicles her entire, and indeed, wild life.
Copies of My Wild, Wild Life will be available for purchase at the event.
The West Hollywood Library, 625 North Vicente, West Hollywood, Ca. 90069/ 310-652-5340
Pinup Icon JEANNE CARMEN
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Meet Author BRANDON JAMES
At the West Hollywood Library, Saturday, December 6th at 3pm
Signing his book on Pinup Icon: JEANNE CARMEN
Brandon James will be giving out a free Jeanne Carmen poster to everyone who buys a book at the signing. The poster is the classic shot of Jeanne Carmen laying on top of a piano draped in a towel.
Please join us as author Brandon James discusses the bookJeanne Carmen: My Wild Wild Life as a New York Pin Up Queen, Trick Shot Golfer & Hollywood Actress. Brandon James documents Ms. Carmen’s encounters and friendships with the famous as well as the infamous, including: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Lenny Bruce, Howard Hughes, Bob Hope, Joe DiMaggio, Sam Giancama, Johnny Rosselli and many more.
This program will take place in the library’s community meeting room and parking validation will be provided.
Brandon James will be signing copies of his book that are purchased at the program.
Sat, December 6, 2014
West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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949 322 5943
This is part 1 of a new 2 part article published in MARILYN TODAY – The International Marilyn Monroe Fan Club newsletter published in Germany
Part 1 is in Issue no 25; September 2014
Part 2 is in issue no 26. December 2014
The entire article is published in both German and in English.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH MY LONGTIME FRIEND BRANDON JAMES, SON OF JEANNE CARMEN AND AUTHOR OF THE BOOK “JEANNE CARMEN: MY WILD WILD LIFE AS A NEW YORK PIN UP QUEEN”: HOLLYWOOD, THE MAFIA & MARILYN…
by Gianandrea Colombo
Dear Brandon, in first thanks for your kindness and your time. I’d like to start this with a question about your mother, JEANNE CARMEN. Jeanne was a beautiful woman, a popular pin-up of Hollywood and a good actress. Could you tell us something about her, for example, how she was in the private life?
My Mom JEANNE CARMEN was an amazing woman. She was very dedicated to her children. She was the best Mom I could have ever hoped for. She lived her life taking care of us and encouraging us and supporting us in everything that we did. The strange thing is that we didn’t know much about her film career or modeling career or Hollywood friendships when we were growing up. When we were little kids we lived in Scottsdale, Arizona which was a tiny little town out in the middle of the desert in the state of Arizona in the United States. Today, Scottsdale has become a very big city, but back in the 1970’s it was a small little cow town. There were dirt roads, cows, horses and cowboys walking around with horsepoo on their boots. In the summer, there were sandstorms that would cause giant tumbleweeds to blow down the street and bounce off our car. In the winter, there were thunder storms that would cause flash floods and lightning storms that would light up the desert sky. During this time, my Mom worked as a cocktail waitress at a cowboy saloon and restaurant. She was very popular. I remember as a kid my Mom was so pretty that every time we walked into a restaurant or a store people would stop and stare. She always had that effect on people. People were mesmerized and hypnotized by her. Even when she was trying to be incognito with brown hair.
The first time I remember thinking she was different was when she took me to Las Vegas one weekend to meet with a friend of hers named JOHNNY ROSELLI. I didn’t know it at the time but I later learned that JOHNNY ROSELLI was in the Mafia and he worked for SAM GIANCANA who was the head of the Chicago Mafia. The Mafia had deep ties to Las Vegas and Hollywood and JOHNNY ROSELLI was a very handsome, dapper man. Johnny’s nickname in the Mob was “Handsome Johnny.” Johnny set us up at the Sands Hotel and he seemed to know everyone in Las Vegas. I remember one night he took us to dinner at the Dunes Hotel at a restaurant called The Dome of The Sea. It was a spectacular Vegas style restaurant. It had a clover leaf pool in the middle of the restaurant and there was a beautiful mermaid girl playing a harp on a floating lily pad in the middle of the pool and the lily pad would float back and forth across the restaurant. The mermaid girl had a fish tail and long blond hair that hung down and covered her beautiful breasts. The tables were set up around the pool so that the guest could get a good look at the mermaid girl. I remember I was fascinated with the girl and couldn’t take my eyes off her. Johnny noticed that I was staring at her and he said to my Mom “Hey Jeanne, I think the kid likes the broad with the fish tail,” and started laughing. Then Johnny said to me “Hey kid, you want the mermaid girl to visit you in your room tonight?” My Mom slapped him on the shoulder and said “Johnny, don’t say that, he’s just a kid.” I remember being a little pissed off at my Mom that night because I wanted to see more of the mermaid girl. LOL
This is a new 2 part article published in ELVIS: The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Sweden
The first part is in Issue 173: August and September 2014
The second part is in Issue 174: October and November 2014
The entire article is in Swedish.
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Initiated with a few outspoken quotes from Jeanne Carmen
JEANNE: “My skirt rides up in the air, all of a sudden he jumps on me and gets all excited and we’re doing pretty well, he pulls up my shirt and suddenly …” JEANNE sees some men outside the window. ELVIS: “It’s just my guys, honey.” JEANNE: “I would prefer that your guys are not watching.”
JEANNE: “I was at a party and I had this Indian costume on, no bra underneath and ELVIS comes in and “ah, hello “. The photographers are taking pictures of us when suddenly his manager took him away because he thought that ELVIS had some other things to do which made me angry.. that ELVIS would leave me like that. “(Halloween Party October 31, 1957).
At a later date JEANNE meets ELVIS at a hotel where ELVIS is sitting and playing guitar. Suddenly he says: “Do you have any panties on?” “It was his favorite question to the girls he was with. And there I was, of course not …”
I fried Southern Fried Chicken for him just as his mother used to make, and on another occasion when I fried chicken, I got a gift from him. It was an apron so I put it on myself right there and it was all I had on me and everything went fine until I bent forward to see if the chicken was done. The chicken was burnt that night, hehe. ”
In 1998 Carmen was portrayed in the TV biography Jeanne Carmen: Queen of the B-Movies, as part of the series E! True Hollywood Story. The film was alleged that CARMEN had a “dangerously close friendship with MARILYN MONROE and the KENNEDY family” and after MARILYN’s death, the Chicago Mobster JOHNNY ROSELLI said that she should leave town and CARMEN who believed that her life was in danger fled to Scottsdale, Arizona, where she stayed incognito for more than a decade.
Click the link below to view JEANNE CARMEN’s E! True Hollywood Story
WENG’S CHOP magazine [Volume 2: Issue 2: Number 6: September 2014: pages 234-239] has published an amazing new pictorial of Pinup Icon JEANNE CARMEN along with an introduction by her son BRANDON JAMES.
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SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST DEPT.: They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so we figured we’d let the voluptuous MS. CARMEN have the final 10,000 or so by presenting these ten saucy shots taken back in her heydays as a Hollywood glamour
queen. All these photographs of the blonde (sometimes brunette!) bombshell date from the 1950s. With grateful acknowledgements
to Jeanne’s son and biographer Brandon James — author of the book JEANNE CARMEN: MY WILD, WILD LIFE As a New York
Pin-Up Queen, Trick Shot Golfer and Hollywood Actress — for kindly providing us with all the images seen here.
To find out more about this lovely lady, check out her E! Channel biography, entitled Jeanne Carmen: Queen of the B-Movies (1998); which is viewable on YouTube at: Click the link at the bottom of the page (Numerous other clips of her are also at Youtube.)
In her son Brandon James’ own words:
“My Mom, JEANNE CARMEN, was without a doubt an extraordinarily beautiful and special woman who was pre-destined to be a famous pinup girl and actress, who inhabited the glamorous world of show business. There is no other way to explain it. She was born into poverty on a small farm in Paragould, Arkansas, yet she managed to overcome all the odds at a young age. Every step of her journey could have ended in tragedy, yet her journey seemed to be preordained, as if she was getting guidance from above. She managed to land in NYC as a teenager and become a famous pinup girl almost overnight, and then she had the good fortune to meet world-renowned trick-shot golfer JACK REDMOND, who trained her to become his golfing sidekick and the world’s only female trick-shot golfer. Then she had an interesting rendezvous with a Chicago mobster named JOHNNY ROSELLI, who took her to Las Vegas to fleece wealthy old golfers who didn’t believe a sexy young girl could beat them on the links. While in Las Vegas she hooked up with FRANK SINATRA, who took an immediate liking to her, and then Hollywood came calling next with movie appearances and a starring role in the classic 1959 horror flick THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS.
As if this wasn’t enough, she also became a close personal friend of MARILYN MONROE and had naked encounters with JOHN F. KENNEDY and his brother ROBERT F. KENNEDY. She also had flings with ELVIS PRESLEY, ERROL FLYNN, BOB HOPE, HOWARD HUGHES, LEX BARKER and numerous other Hollywood legends. After Marilyn Monroe was killed in 1962, my Mom, fearing for her own safety, went into exile in the little town of Scottsdale, Arizona, abandoned her platinum blonde locks and raised a family. Years
later, she was called back to Las Vegas for a meeting with JOHNNY ROSELLI, who told her that mob boss SAM GIANCANA had been killed at his home in Chicago and that my Mom didn’t have to live in fear anymore. From there, my Mom moved back to
California and settled down in the sleepy little town of Newport Beach.
Then, all of a sudden, fame came back to my Mom all over again—much like BETTIE PAGE, who suddenly found herself the object of devotion years after she left NYC. My Mom was a guest on numerous talk shows, was interviewed by magazines around the world and attended conventions where she regaled her fans with all her stories about her wild, wild life in show business. So yes, this is all true. My Mom JEANNE CARMEN was all these things: a pinup icon, an amazing golfer, a Hollywood actress and a friend and confidant of some really famous people. But most importantly, she was my Mom. She was the best Mom I could have ever asked for. We were great friends and I knew all her secrets. If she wasn’t a model or a golfer or an actress and she didn’t know any famous people, I would still love her just the same because she was funny and she was beautiful and she was enchanting and she touched everyone who ever met her in a special way that made them remember her forever.”
A new book has just been published called JOE AND MARILYN: LEGENDS IN LOVE by #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author C. DAVID HEYMANN. [Atria/Emily Bestler books, a division of Simon & Schuster; (July 1, 2014)] [ISBN: 1439191778] [ISBN-13: 978-1439191774]
There are many many fascinating new revelations on JEANNE CARMEN and MARILYN MONROE in this new book. But the most amazing story is the new revelation of MARILYN and JEANNE dancing that night away at an early L.A. GAY DISCO as told to author C. DAVID HEYMANN by MARILYN’s personal masseuse and good friend RALPH ROBERTS.
In the late afternoon of August 1, MARILYN called RALPH ROBERTS and asked him to take her to LARGO, a Los Angeles nightspot with a strip club on one side of the establishment and a gay bar on the other. “Largo was a bit sleazy,” said ROBERTS, “but it was unique in that it catered to both heterosexuals and gays. You had a lot of straight men watching the young female strippers on the club side, and a whole gay crowd—men and women—packed into an adjacent bar. The bar had a jukebox and a small dance floor. The men danced with men, the women with women. A soundproof wall separated the bar from the strip club.
“I picked up MARILYN at her house and learned that JEANNE CARMEN would be joining us. MARILYN gave me a drink and poured herself on as well. We stepped outside into the gardens, which was illuminated by a floodlight. She told me she’d been to a shop on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood., where she’d acquired a few items of furniture and a wall hanging depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. From her local nursery she’d also purchased three more citrus trees and a half dozen rose bushes that were supposed to be delivered on August 4. I found this a bit odd in light of the fact that she kept telling me she intended to leave Los Angeles and move back to New York.”
By this time, JEANNE CARMEN had arrived, and the three of them set off for LARGO. “En route,” continued ROBERTS, “JEANNE started talking about ROBERT KENNEDY, which I didn’t think was a great idea. She said BOBBY and MARILYN had frequently engaged in phone sex. ‘Can’t you just see the attorney general jerking his chain while MARILYN talked him through the sex act?” To change the subject, I asked MARILYN about JOE DIMAGGIO. She said he and his brothers Vince and Dom had agreed to participate in an Old Timers’ charity baseball game in San Francisco on August 4 and that he’d be joining her again in Los Angeles a day later. To which JEANNE said, “Yeah, but he bugged your phone just like the rest of them.’ ‘If that’s true,’ responded MARILYN, ‘it’s because he wants to protect me. Listen, if it weren’t for JOE, I’d probably have killed myself years ago.’”
Those were MARILYN’s last coherent words that evening. When they reached Largo, MARILYN—in her usual disguise—headed straight for the bar, ordered three bottles of champagne, handed one each to RALPH and JEANNE, chugalugged the third herself, ordered another, grabbed JEANNE’s hand, and hit the dance floor.
“I spent the better part of the night,” said ROBERTS, “standing at the bar, declining offers to dance from a variety of men in leather and chains. When I drove MARILYN home at three in the morning, her eyes were vacant. She looked like a zombie. She was drunk and drugged. The sight of her in that woeful state, as she wobbled out of the car and into her house, saddened and haunted me. After that night, we spoke on the phone once or twice, but I never saw MARILYN again.”