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Jeanne Carmen – at Don Wilson’s Hollywood Beat

September 16, 2016

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check out this amazing new article at this link

Here is a brief excerpt:

Jeanne became known as “Queen of the B Movies”, that title was used by E! Television on their series E! The True Hollywood Story in 1998. It was the first widespread coverage on media where Jeanne spoke about her “dangerously close friendship with Marilyn Monroe and The Kennedys”. Jeanne had told this writer that after Monroe’s death she was warned her to leave Hollywood or she’s be leaving in a box like Monroe. It was Chicago mobster Johnny Rosselli who was working with Chicago Mob Boss Sam Giancana. Carmen heeded his advice, packed up all of her belongings and boxed up her career, the films, magazines, glamour photos and left California for a quiet life in Scottsdale, Arizona. She married and had three children along the way. It was her son Brandon and his curiosity while going through boxes that he learned of his mother’s Hollywood career. 


June 15, 2016

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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


check out these amazing video clips from the show










Pin Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN talks about MARILYN MONROE and the KENNEDY’S on the MOVIES! channel

May 8, 2016

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Pin Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN on the MOVIES! channel talking about MARILYN MONROE and the KENNEDY’S

check it out at this link


Jeanne Carmen – new article in Gulf Coast Motorsports in Florida

January 24, 2016



Check out this amazing new article on Pin Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN in GULF COAST MOTORSPORTS magazine in FLORIDA.

Here is a pdf of the article

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Here is a link to the article:

Here is a brief transcript:

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 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.




Jeanne Carmen – on Arkansas State Government website

January 23, 2016

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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

here is the link:

Here is the transcript:

Jeanne Carmen

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.


Author Talk & Book Signing: Jeanne Carmen: My Wild, Wild Life

December 1, 2014

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Click the link below to see the press release


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
3:00 PM

4:30 PM

West Hollywood Library

625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

(310) 652-5340

Click the link below for official details:

Media Contact
Brandon James
949 322 5943

Marilyn Monroe & Jeanne Carmen dance the night away at early L.A. gay disco

September 3, 2014


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.

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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.”

Marilyn & Diana: Sex, Lies & Murder! What They Knew! Why They Died!

August 10, 2014


This explosive new special report — just published in a special edition magazine by the National Enquirer — blows the lid off the evil web of lies that have surrounded the deaths of Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana for decades.

Both were MURDERED – and The ENQUIRER has uncovered top-secret official documents, diaries and tapes that tell you why!

MONROE’S LITTLE RED BOOK: SHE WROTE IT ALL DOWN: Mobsters, gay trysts & orgies with the Kennedy’s

Some experts on the screen siren’s life and death have suggested [Chicago Mob Boss Sam] Giancana — or even FBI director J. Edgar Hoover — wanted Monroe’s ledger to gain political influence. They’ve suggested that shadowy power players snatched the journal after Monroe’s death or even killed her for it!

Certainly, the Kennedy clan had the most to lose if Marilyn opened her mouth. Both JFK and Bobby Kennedy were bedding the blonde bombshell and were to officials in the U.S. government.

While JFK was said to be very careful about engaging in pillow talk with his bedmates, Monroe did manage to pick up tidbits of political gossip and inside information, the friend added.

The president’s curvy mistress found most of the talk “boring” but did write down his snappy comments about other world leaders, which would have proved very embarrassing if made public.

“Marilyn told me her diary was her closest friend and constant companion,” her pal said. “She’d write in her book every day – and sometimes more than once. She’d leave it lying around her house like it was nothing.”

Another friend JEANNE CARMEN, revealed she witnessed RFK waiting for the superstar to get dressed when he “saw a little red book on the coffee table, looked through it and seemed to get upset.”

Says Carmen, “When Marilyn came out of her room he asked, “What’s this?” She said, “That’s my diary.” And he said “Get rid of it!”

And yet another pal said said the actress told him the diary was her “insurance policy.”

Investigators claim desperate Monroe tried to play her trump card when Bobby threatened to break off their affair a few weeks before she died. She told him she’d tell-all at a press conference – and back it up by producing her diary, which also noted times and places of ALL her romantic rendezvous.

Screaming new details on Pinup Icon Jeanne Carmen’s exile in Arizona after the death of her friend Marilyn Monroe

June 23, 2014

img441MONSTER! magazine has published this amazing new article about Pinup Icon JEANNE CARMEN’s exile in Scottsdale, Arizona after the death of her friend MARILYN MONROE, her return to Newport Beach, California after the death of Mob Boss SAM GIANCANA and her unlikely return to the public eye with the help of THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS. LOL

To see the new article, click on the link below, then click on the magazine image on the left side and then scroll down.

And here is a transcript..
From Brandon James’ author bio at “Brandon James is a graduate of the world famous USC School of Cinema Television. He has written for magazines such as Femme Fatales, Collecting Hollywood, Classic Images and The Dark Side. He also worked as a consultant on E! Entertainment Television’s TV biography Jeanne Carmen: Queen of the B-Movies fir their award-winning series The E! True Hollywood Story. In addition, Brandon has recently finished a screenplay based on Jeanne Carmen’s amazing life story. Brandon James grew up in Newport Beach, California…

Tim P. received the following much-appreciated message from Brandon via IM on Facebook on April 13, 2014

Hi Tim,

I just received my copy of Monster #2 with THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS on the cover. Great Article!!! Jeanne Carmen was my Mom, so I have a special connection to TMOPB. I am always amazed at how much attention this film still gets and how many people know of it, especially considering the fact that I never saw the film or was even sure it really existed until I got of college and tracked it down. LOL

Anway, great job with the article and bringing all the collateral interest up to date by mentioning the ANGRY SAMOANS’ album and the FLIPPER episode and even the recent homage THE REDEMPTION OF THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS, and even mentioning the book I wrote about my Mom, JEANNE CARMEN: MY WILD WILD LIFE AS A NEW YORK PIN UP QUEEN, TRICK SHOT GOLFER and HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS.

However, there is another piece of recent news on TMOPB i think you would like to know about. Last year, around Halloween a new commercial was released for American Standard Heating and Air that featured a clip of my Mom in THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS within the commercial. The spot is still on the air in select markets across the country. It turned out really good. Here is the YouTube link:

Anyway, thought I would drop you a line and let you know how much I enjoyed the magazine.

I can’t believe TMOPB has never officialy been released on DVD. If you look at eBay, there are bootleg DVD’s of the film that sell almost every day.

Feel free to contact me if you ever need any photos or info on my Mom!


Okay, excuse the bad pun—absolutely no disrespect intended. I assure you!—but our sincere thanks go out to mine and Tim’s mutual Facebook friend Brandon James (son and biographer of THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS’ late leading lady, actress and all-around bodacious glamor gal Jeanne Carmen) for his recent complimentary letter about our ‘zine and for kindly taking the time and effort to email MONSTER! some fabulous visual materials from the movie. Especially precious to us is the vintage MOPB-related newspaper clip reprinted hereabouts (see: “Nightmare for Horror Star – Mob Rips Her $300 Dress!) As an added bonus, Brandon was even nice enough to provide us with a high-quality scan of the original photograph which ran with said news item. Below, with his permission, we reprint his combined emails, dated May 15-16,2014:

Hi Steve,

I found it! Here is the photo with the torn dress.

Yes, this is a real photo and the incident reported in the paper is true. A horde of pre-pubescent and teenage boys rushed her and ripped her dress and pinched her butt and boobs. LOL

Ok.. the Monster of Piedras Blancas has been a fascinating strange odyssey for me. It starred my Mom JEANNE CARMEN. But I never saw the movie or was even sure it existed until I got out of college and finally tracked down a grainy VHS copy of it.

My Mom left Hollywood after Marilyn Monroe was killed and she relocated to a tiny out of the way town called Scottsdale, Arizona. Mom never really talked about her past life. I remember once, when I was in elementary school, my Mom mentioned that she had been in some Hollywood movies and asked her for a name of one of them and she said The Monster of Piedras Blancas. I had never seen or heard of it.. but.. I went with it and I mentioned it to some kids on the playground and one kid went home and told his cow poop stained cowboy boot wearing father who fancied himself an amateur film historian. the kid’s dad said he had never heard of a movie called The Monster of Piedras Blancas and therefore it must not be true and I must have made it up.. so I got jumped the next day at school and given a good work over for “making up The Monster of Piedras Blancas.” I wasn’t stupid so I decided to drop it and never mentioned The Monster of Piedras Blancas again while in school in Arizona.

Then, a few years later, after Sam Giancana was killed in outside Chicago, my Mom decided to move back to California. She still didn’t feel totally safe going back to Hollywood so she moved to a small little beach town called Newport Beach about an hours drive south of Los Angeles. That is where I went high school. it was a town filled with rich kids and surfer dudes. LOL Again, any time I dared mention a movie called The Monster of Piedras Blancas I was greeted with with dumbfounded looks, smirks and guffaws at such a funny name for a movie. At the time, the kids in my high school seemed to think Piedras Blancas was some kind of a made up name. No one seemed to realize it was just two spanish words that meant white rocks in english. LOL Again, I just dropped it and never mentioned it again through my high school years.

Then, after high school, in the mid 80’s I was at a big record store in Costa Mesa called The Music Market. it was huge and they specialized in used vinyl records. So one day I was there with my Mom and we were flipping through the records and I came across a punk album called by the ANGRY SAMOANS called Back From Samoa. the album cover had a really creepy photo of a Monster holding a severed head so i pulled it out and I said “Hey Mom, check this out” and I started laughing. She immediately said “Oh my God, that’s the monster from my movie.” So i said “What?” and she said “Yeah, that’s the Monster of Piedras Blancas.” That was the first image I ever saw from MOPB. I was still a little incredulous so I looked over the album front and back looking for a photo credit identifying the image. There was none. I had such a hard time over the years with this movie that I wanted a little more proof so we went up to the young guy working behind the counter who looked and sounded like Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I asked the guy “Is the image on this album from a movie called The Monster of Piedras Blancas.” The guy looked at me and my Mom with and started to guffaw and with a smirk he said “The Monster of what?.. are you guys fucking with me?” Getting the same reaction I had always gotten I decided to drop it. So then I kind of wanted to buy the album anyway so I asked “Can you tell me about this band?” and the guy said “That’s a bunch of crap. You don’t want to buy that.” then he said if i wanted to hear some great punk music I should buy some albums from a local punk band called the “BUTTHOLE SURFERS.” LOL this time my Mom and I laughed and we decided to pass on the suggestion and I passed on The Angry Samoan album. As we were leaving, I said, “You see Mom, that’s the reaction i always get.” She just shrugged and said “Sorry, but that was the Monster from my movie.” At the time, my Mom had a really cool little red convertible Mercedes Benz and as we drove away we saw the record clerk standing out in front of the store with his hands on his hips and staring at us with a silly grin on his face. We just waved and he just stood there staring until we pulled out of the parking lot.

So a few years later, I was attending USC Film School in Los Angeles and I still didn’t mention The Monster of Piedras Blancas to anyone because I was afraid of the reaction. And.. as it turned out.. a fan magazine called FILMFAX did a cover story on The Monster of Piedras Blancas while i was sitting in class in film school a couple miles away and I missed it. A few years later when I stumbled upon the magazine they mentioned that Jeanne Carmen was not interviewed because no one knew what had become of her. LOL

Then a short time later, my Mom went to a celebrity party in Los Angeles, and she went with her old friend Mamie Van Doren who she had starred with in Untamed Youth. Mamie also lived in Newport Beach at the time. Mamie wanted to look cool driving up to the house in Beverly Hills so my Mom let her drive her Mercedes. Mamie was driving, her husband Tom was in the passenger seat and my Mom was in the back seat. As they pulled up a fan broke out from the crowd and started running alongside the car. Mamie assumed the guy was a fan of hers and she parked and got out expecting to sign an autograph.. but instead… the guy said looked at my Mom as she got out and said “Miss Carmen, I’m a big fan of The Monster of Piedras Blancas” and I would be honored if you would sign some of these ” and he handed her some photo stills from MOPB. Mamie was stunned and she said to her husband “Tom, does she know him?” And Tom said, “I don’t think so.” Mamie was astounded and never really got over it because up until then, Mamie had always considered herself the BIG STAR and my Mom the little star. LOL

My Mom came home that night and told me what happened and that’s when I went all out and did a lot of tedious research and tracked down the grainy copy of MOPB and all her other movies and thousands of photo’s and magazine covers. And it took off from there. Ultimately, the E! Channel did a TV bio on my Mom called Jeanne Carmen: Queen of the B-Movies and the show opens with the MOPB crashing through the door in her apartment and scaring her as she lets out a scream.

and now, all these years later, the MOPB is being featured in a national commercial in which a couple that enjoys vintage pinup and monster movies has a date night at their house and they watch an old monster movie called The Monster of Piedras Blancas on TV. LOL

What a strange, fascinating journey, How weird!…. no… How cool is that.

Ok. I have to fit in one more piece of trivia that i think is fascinating about the actual shooting of MOPB. In the climactic scene in the lighthouse stairwell, the MOPB ascends the stairs and then slams his shoulder against the door from the inside the stairwell. In the movie, the MOPB is very lethargic at this point and can barely raise his arms as it pushes on the door with it’s shoulder. Then they cut to the townfolks down below and then they cut back to the outside of the lighthouse and the MOPB suddenly crashes through the door and screams and has his arms above his head. The MOPB is suddenly infused with energy and is jumping around like he just had a shot of adrenaline.

the reason for all of this, my Mom told me, is that the guy in the suit, Pete Dunn became so exhausted in the suit that he almost passed out on the top of the inner stairwell. they had to stop filming and bring Pete down to the ground and take him out of the suit and revive him. Pete couldn’t do any more. He was done. The crew was on limited time shooting at the Lighthouse and they knew they would never be allowed back in if they didn’t get the shot right then. So my Mom’s press agent at the time, a guy named Joe Seide, voluneered to get in the suit. Joe was a big guy and a fighter and a guy with ties to the Mafia and real “nut” as my Mom described him. the producers had no choice, they let Joe get in the suit and he is the guy in the suit that crashed through the lighthouse door and goes out on the ledge and fights with Don Sullivan. LOL
Hi Steve,

Here are a couple of commercials my Mom was featured in after the E! True Hollywood Story was filmed.

Pacific Bell Campfire

Pacific Bell Realtor

`Best Regards,

NOTE: There are numerous other clips of Jeanne Carmen up for view on YouTube, so by all means type her name into the search box there and see what you can turn up: there are plenty of links to choose from!

Stunning new details on JEANNE CARMEN, JFK, MARILYN MONROE in PLAYBOY in the Netherlands

November 23, 2013

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Playboy Netherlands Jeanne Carmen article

Stunning New Revelations: PLAYBOY Netherlands December 2013 issue has an amazing new article on pin up girl JEANNE CARMEN.

The photo layout is spectacular. it’s on newstands everywhere this month in Amsterdam and Holland and the Netherlands.

Here is a link to the magazine cover. You can see Jeanne Carmen’s name on the right side.


Here is a translation of the intro and other highlighted sections in the article.
Jeanne Carmen. Sex Goddess. Iconic Pin-up. Brilliant Golf Star. Queen of the B–movies, Mafia Girl and Lover of Elvis Presley. Jeanne Carmen was all that.

A Success Story of a Cunning Blonde Who Was More Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll than Marilyn Monroe.

John F Kennedy wanted nothing more than a threesome with his mistress Marilyn Monroe and her best friend Jeanne Carmen.

Carmen fled in 1953 to Hollywood, where she was soon admitted to the circle of stars who rejoiced in coke, booze and wild sex parties with all its beautiful colors.

This gave Carmen power to the many conspiracy theories that are in essence, that Marilyn was murdered by the Mafia, who wanted to discredit Bobby Kennedy, whose lives and their criminal activities he increasingly impeded.

According to Carmen’s son Brandon James, mobster Johnny Roselli told her later that he had personally killed Sam Giancana because he was secretly in love with Monroe, and he could not bear the fact that Giancana had made it look like Monroe had killed herself.

“Everything I‘ve done, I did at the right time,” Jeanne Carmen said looking back just before her death. “And it turned out fantastic.”

“But my career has gone as it ought to go. A door opened and I was suddenly a famous pin-up. I have lived like a queen. ”

On December 20, 2007, the intriguing Jeanne Laverne Carmen died at 77.

It marked the end of a regal life that cries out to be filmed as a motion picture.

If you want to know all the ins and outs of the turbulent life of Jeanne Carmen then we recommend this book with the impossibly long title JEANNE CARMEN – MY WILD WILD LIFE As A New York Pin–Up Queen, Trick Shot Golfer & Hollywood Actress. Writer Brandon James, the son of Jeanne, left no detail undiscussed in this biography about the life of his mother.

The book is available at all major booksellers. Digital downloads are available on iTunes at

New details on former SINATRA house where JEANNE CARMEN & MARILYN MONROE once lived

November 23, 2013


Sold! The famous compound at 882 NORTH DOHENY in WEST HOLLYWOOD has sold to MAX MARTIN. The prolific music producer and songwriter bought this storied complex in 2013 for $3.72M. Some of the famous past residents of the compound have included: FRANK SINATRA, BELLA DARVI, JEANNE CARMEN, KALEF ALATON, NICKY HILTON and MARILYN MONROE (who lived here at two different periods of her life). The property was sold by actor JAMES COBURN’s first wife, Beverly.

And who is MAX MARTIN? Well… What do the Backstreet Boys, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Britney Spears all have in common? Besides being major pop stars, they all have hit songs penned and produced by one Swedish songwriter/producer by the name of Max Martin. Max Martin, also known as Martin Karl Sandberg is responsible for just about every song that you ever sang in the shower for the last ten years. His string of hits is kind of ridiculous, and includes such tracks as “Raise Your Glass” (Pink); “I Kissed a Girl” (Katy Perry); “My Life Would Suck Without You” (Kelly Clarkson); “Baby One More Time” and “Hold It Against Me” (Britney Spears); “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (Taylor Swift); “One More Night” (Maroon 5); “Dynamite” (Taio Cruz); “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” (Usher); and “Beauty and a Beat” (Justin Bieber), among many, many others. He’s also penned tracks for Christina Aguilera, Ace of Base, Cher, and Avril Lavigne. He’s won just about every songwriting award that one can receive, including ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year Award in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He’s been consistently successful, and as the pop music scene has changed, so has he. Over the years, he has shifted his sound from bubble gum pop, to heavier and more rock-inflected, and the result is that his tracks are in almost constant rotation on the radio. This has made him quite wealthy, and he recently purchased a Hollywood compound with a long history, and a surprisingly short price tag.

for more info and pictures on the famous house… click this link…!/

And for more details on the storied compound from the days when pin up girl JEANNE CARMEN and MARILYN MONROE lived there as next door neighbors, read this fascinating excerpt by GEORGE JACOBS who was FRANK SINATRA’S long time butler and personal valet during the legendary RAT PACK years. Jacobs has provided a firsthand eyewitness account of Pin Up Girl JEANNE CARMEN’s relationship with FRANK SINATRA and MARILYN MONROE in his autobiography MR. S: MY LIFE WITH FRANK SINATRA
In the book, JACOBS states “JEANNE CARMEN was a classic blonde starlet and pinup girl with one of the most perfect figures in Hollywood.”

CARMEN “also had an unusual skill, as a trick-shot golfer.”

SINATRA “really liked JEANNE, whom he dated both when he was down, and after he was up again.”

JACOBS also states that FRANK SINATRA set him up with an apartment in the early sixties along with JEANNE CARMEN and MARILYN MONROE in a building owned by SINATRA at 882 North Doheny Drive in West Hollywood. The building was knicknamed “THE SINATRA ARMS” because SINATRA used the complex as a safehouse for his girlfriends and cronies.

JACOBS specifically states that the people living in the complex in the early sixties “in addition to MARILYN and me” was SINATRA’s “longtime on-off bedmate JEANNE CARMEN, who became MARILYN’s best girlfriend.”
GEORGE JACOBS’ testimony is monumental because it is an eyewitness validation of CARMEN’s claims and directly contradicts those who have tried to taint CARMEN’s relationship with MONROE.

Source: ^ Jacobs, George (2003). Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra. HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 76-78, 154-155. ISBN 0-06-051516-3.

Pin Up Girl JEANNE CARMEN blows up MARILYN MONROE suicide theory

May 4, 2013


Here is a new article that was just published in Spain… and Mexico… and other Hispanoamerican countries.

You can read the article at this link:

Here is a transcript:

An explosive biography reveals all the chilling details of what really happened the night Hollywood screen siren Marilyn Monroe died.

Monroe’s affairs with the Kennedy’s and her involvement with Mobster Johnny Roselli are confirmed in the thrilling, tell-all biography, Jeanne Carmen: MY WILD, WILD LIFE as a New York Pin Up Queen, Trick Shot Golfer & Hollywood Actress by Carmen’s son and author Brandon James.

According to the book, Carmen’s Hollywood life came to an abrupt end after her dear friend Marilyn Monroe died mysteriously on August 5, 1962. The next morning, Carmen’s apartment was broken into and ransacked. She stumbled upon the intruder and was thrown to the ground. The man standing over her was famed Hollywood private detective Fred Otash, who in turn pulled a gun out, pointed it at her face, and pulled the trigger. Lucky for her, the chamber was empty and only a loud click emanated from the gun barrel. Carmen collapsed and broke down in tears shortly after hearing the allegations that Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana had Marilyn Monroe murdered in an attempt to frame the Kennedys and ruin their political careers.

JEANNE CARMEN: MY WILD, WILD LIFE as a New York Pin Up Queen, Trick Shot Golfer & Hollywood Actress by Brandon James is available at at this link:

Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe – reveals the Naked Truth on Jeanne Carmen, Marilyn Monroe and Bobby Kennedy

December 6, 2012


The landmark book GODDESS: THE SECRET LIVES OF MARILYN MONROE by award winning investigative journalist ANTHONY SUMMERS has just been re-released as an ebook. Publisher: Open Road Publishing [ISBN-13: 9781453265857]


“Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe”

Another witness had no doubt about the nature of MARILYN’S relationship with ROBERT KENNEDY: JEANNE CARMEN, Marilyn’s neighbor at the Doheny apartment in Los Angeles, said she remembered an astonishing episode, which probably occurred in the spring of 1962. ‘I was at Marilyn’s place one evening when the doorbell rang. She was in the tub, and she called to me to get it. I opened the door, and there was Bobby.’ Carmen said she recognized the Attorney General at once, but was completely nonplussed. So was Robert Kennedy. ‘He had that expression of not knowing whether to run, or walk, or stay,’ said Carmen. ‘I was stunned, and I kept saying, “Come in,” but went on standing in his way. Finally, I got out of the way, and Marilyn came flying out of the bathroom, and jumped into his arms … she kissed him openly, which was out of character for her…‘

That night, said Carmen, she shared a glass of wine with Marilyn and Robert Kennedy — in a somewhat awkward atmosphere — then left them alone. She said Marilyn had told her some time earlier that she had seen John Kennedy, but never said much about the elder brother.

There was another occasion, says Carmen, when John and Robert arrived together with a couple of companions, then left almost at once with Marilyn. There was, she said, one further encounter with Robert Kennedy. She discussed it with some reluctance, and understandably so. If true, it was a remarkable episode, with a bizarre background.

Carmen discovered early on Marilyn’s mischievous delight in nudity. They once went to the movies together, each of them naked under a mink coat. (Given Marilyn’s history of such antics, this seems plausible.) Carmen said they were both friends of comedian Jack Benny; Marilyn had known him since 1953, and witnesses confirm they were friends. Benny’s home number appears in Marilyn’s address book.

Benny, says Carmen, would accompany Marilyn and herself to a massage parlor on Sunset, where they would all have facials. Once, for a lark, and to tease Benny, the two women walked out of the building and “flashed” their mink coats open at Benny, who was waiting outside in the car. Both were naked under the coats.

Carmen says nudity became something of a running joke for the trio— she makes it clear there was no sexual aspect so far as Benny was concerned— and they occasionally ventured forth to a “nude beach.” In the early sixties there was a beach where nude swimming was permitted, well to the north of Santa Monica, near the present Pepperdine University. As a sort of mutual dare, Carmen says, Jack Benny and Marilyn would accompany her to this beach in disguise—Marilyn in her black wig, Benny in a false beard acquired specially for the purpose. It worked, nobody recognized them. The false beard remained lying around Marilyn’s apartment and—in 1962— that was how Robert Kennedy came into the story.

“The beard was lying there,” Carmen says, “when Bobby came to see Marilyn, and I think he asked us what it was for. We explained, and told him about the Benny thing, and he said, ‘You could recognize Benny if he had ten beards on.’ And Marilyn said, ‘Oh, no, you couldn’t. Nobody’d recognize you if we fixed you up.’ And she put the beard on him, I put sunglasses on him, and we put a hat on him like a baseball cap sort of thing. And he looked in the mirror and said something like ‘I could probably get away with this.’ And we said, ‘Okay, we dare you! Let’s go.’”

Carmen is aware her story sounds preposterous, but she says Robert Kennedy simply seemed unable to resist a dare. That, certainly, is in character. They went off to the nudist beach in Carmen’s convertible—Kennedy in his getup and Marilyn in her wig. It was late, she says, and not many people were around. “We walked up and down, and sat on a blanket we brought from the car,” Carmen recalls. “Once we got out there and found nobody cared. Here were two famous people that nobody recognized—we just sort of lounged around. On the way back, we really laughed a lot.”

Checks of her background, and her own voluminous file on her show business career, indicate that Carmen was what she says she was and had many of the friends she claims she had in that period, including PETER LAWFORD and FRANK SINATRA. She correctly named the landlady of the Doheny apartments at the relevant time, and was clearly familiar with the building when we visited it together in 1983. Marilyn did not give up the apartment at once when she moved to her new house in spring 1962.

Jeanne Carmen TV Biography – Actress, Trick Shot Golfer and Pin Up Girl

November 30, 2012
Queen of the B-Movies

Queen of the B-Movies

The amazing true life story of JEANNE CARMEN is revealed in this compelling documentary

Pin Up Legend Jeanne Carmen reveals secrets on John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe

November 24, 2012

History Unleashed – New articles on Jeanne Carmen have been published in Spain, HispanoAmerica and Brasil

COMUNICADO: La Leyenda “Pin-Up”, Jeanne Carmen, revela secretos de John F. Kennedy y Marilyn Monroe

check out this amazing article published in Spain and HispanoAmerica in Spanish at this link:

La Leyenda “Pin-Up”, Jeanne Carmen, revela secretos de John F. Kennedy y Marilyn Monroe

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Pin up jeanne carmen revela segredos de john f. kennedy e marilyn monroe

check out this amazing article published in Brasil in Portuguese at this link:

Jeanne Carmen revela segredos de John F Kennedy e Marilyn Monroe

Jeanne Carmen True Confessions on Marilyn Monroe and John F Kennedy

February 10, 2012


Jeanne Carmen – True Confessions on Marilyn Monroe and John F Kennedy

JFK affair with Marilyn Monroe… Kennedy ties to mafia boss Sam Giancana… revealed by Pin Up Icon Jeanne Carmen

February 10, 2012

Follow the incredible journey of Jeanne Carmen’s wild life in this extraordinary, true life story of an American icon by author Brandon James in his thrilling, tell-all biography, Jeanne Carmen: MY WILD, WILD LIFE as a New York Pin Up Queen, Trick Shot Golfer & Hollywood Actress.

Ride along as the legendary Carmen travels the long, winding and sometimes dangerous road from a poverty-stricken childhood in Arkansas, to a bona fide New York Pin Up Queen, to a noted trick shot golfer who falls into the clutches of the mafia in Las Vegas – and finally to a celebrated Hollywood actress who dazzled her celebrity friends, including Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, President John F. Kennedy, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley and Errol Flynn, among countless others.

Accompany her as her Hollywood life came to an abrupt end after her dear friend Marilyn Monroe died mysteriously on August 5, 1962. The next morning, Carmen’s apartment was broken into and ransacked. She stumbled upon the intruder and was thrown to the ground. According to Carmen, the man was famed Hollywood private detective Fred Otash, who in turn pulled a gun out, pointed it at her face, and pulled the trigger. Lucky for her, the chamber was empty and only a loud click emanated from the gun barrel. Carmen collapsed and broke down in tears shortly after hearing the allegations that Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana had Marilyn Monroe murdered in an attempt to frame the Kennedys and ruin their political careers.

Now, her diary is unlocked … and you get to see this gorgeous and celebrated woman in action through the pages of this book and on her website

Carmen has been profiled in magazines, including Star, Globe, National Enquirer, Palm Springs Life, Golf, Femme Fatales, Golf World, Fairways, Playboy and American Heritage. She has also been seen on CBS News 48 Hours Mystery, Entertainment Tonight, BBC, History Channel, Golf Channel, Inside Edition, Hard Copy, E! True Hollywood Story, Asahi TV, Discovery Networks, Geraldo, Montel Williams and Larry King Live.

About the Author

The son of Jeanne Carmen, James is a graduate of the world-famous USC School of Cinematic Arts. He has written for many popular magazines, including Femme Fatales, Collecting Hollywood, Classic Images and The Dark Side. He also worked as a consultant on E! Entertainment Television’s TV biography Jeanne Carmen: Queen of the B-Movies for their award-winning series The E! True Hollywood Story.

Jeanne Carmen: MY WILD, WILD LIFE as a New York Pin Up Queen, Trick Shot Golfer & Hollywood Actress is available at Barnes & Noble Booksellers

New Details on Jeanne Carmen, Tony Curtis & Marilyn Monroe in American Prince: A Memoir

May 29, 2009
MGM Grand Hotel - Penthouse - Las Vegas

MGM Grand Hotel - Penthouse - Las Vegas

Hollywood Legend TONY CURTIS has published the book AMERICAN PRINCE: A MEMOIR: Crown Publishing Group: ISBN-13: 9780307408495

Marilyn Monroe said that when she was a child her mother had been sick. Marilyn didn’t mention her father. She had a friend named JEANNE CARMEN, a showgirl, who was very important to her, but on the whole Marilyn made it sound as if she was very isolated. We started to kiss and fondle each other, but that was the extent of the evening. At 11 o’clock, I drove her back.

I liked Marilyn very much and really enjoyed her company. She was a little odd, but so was I. We both acted very outgoing, but deep down we weren’t at ease with ourselves. Her reluctance to open up about her life just made me that much more interested in her, but the next few times I called to make a date she told me she was busy. Marilyn had been spending time at the Twentieth Century Fox studio. She was changing her style, her look, even her persona. When we had first started going out, she spoke in a normal voice, plainly and directly. Now she was learning what the public wanted, and by the end of our relationship she was beginning to talk with that breathy, sexy affectation that became her trademark. She also changed her hair colour, from red to platinum blonde.

On our next date we went for lunch at the Twentieth Century Fox commissary. That weekend I asked Howard Duff if I could use his house again. I bought a couple of steaks and picked Marilyn up at her hotel. Howard had a little grill in his garden. I cooked the steaks, opened a can of string beans, cut up some tomatoes, and uncorked a bottle of wine.

We had a leisurely dinner; then we walked outside in the moonlight. I knew something was going to happen, and so did she.

About two o’clock we went up to the bedroom, and I took off my shirt. Marilyn made herself comfortable, stripping down to her panties and bra, and sat on the edge of the bed. She was magnificent. We started to kiss and hold each other, and I undid her bra. Her breasts were every teenage boy’s fantasy come true. As we began to make love, I could tell that this was not her first time. She moved easily and seemed comfortable, which made her comfortable, too.

Something about it just seemed so right. I was bedding more than a few great-looking girls at this time in my life, but I liked Marilyn more than any of the others. She was different. She was very fragile and vulnerable, which attracted me greatly. We continued seeing each other for awhile. We would go to her friend JEANNE CARMEN’s place, or Howard’s bungalow, and once we even went to Marilyn’s hotel room. We almost never went out at night in public, though.

Marilyn was the first woman I ever truly felt close to. We had real feelings for each other, although I wasn’t ready for a serious relationship, and neither was she. Neither one of us was willing – or able – to take what we had between us to the next level.

New Details on Jeanne Carmen, Marilyn Monroe in The Los Angeles Times

April 10, 2008


Pin Up Icon Jeanne Carmen was interviewed by The Los Angeles Times after the death of Marilyn Monroe on August 4, 1962.

In the article, the Times stated that “from other sources”—including Carmen, housekeeper Eunice Murray and film director John Huston—a darker, more mysterious version of Monroe’s last days was already emerging.

The Times reported that Carmen was “a neighbor” of Monroe and that she had seen Marilyn two weeks earlier and had stated that Monroe “looked like death.”

After the death of Monroe, Carmen “felt her own life was in danger” because of her knowledge of Monroe’s affairs with President John F Kennedy and his brother Bobby Kennedy.

So Carmen “skipped town” leaving Hollywood behind and landing in the small desert town of Scottsdale, Arizona where she lived incognito for over a decade.

Carmen abandoned her platinum blonde locks, had three children and lived a quiet life, never mentioning her prior life in Hollywood. 

Carmen would not be seen again on the big screen, TV or in print for over two decades.

Source: ^ “Housekeeper Discloses: Mystery Phone Call Received by Marilyn”, Los Angeles Times, August 7, 1962

Source: ^ ”E! True Hollywood Story” Jeanne Carmen: Queen of the B-Movies (1998) at the Internet Movie Database

New Details on Jeanne Carmen, Marilyn Monroe in Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe

April 10, 2008


Investigative journalist Anthony Summers  has published the New York Times bestseller Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe.

Among the revelations was new evidence on the long-rumored affairs between Monroe and President John F. Kennedy and his brother Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

Summers had tracked down Carmen, who was then living in Newport Beach, California, and interviewed her extensively about her career and relationships with such notable Hollywood entertainers as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Monroe.

Carmen confirmed that she was present during romantic trysts between President Kennedy and Monroe that took place at Lawford’s Santa Monica beachhouse.

Carmen also confirmed that she was present during Robert F. Kennedy’s romantic trysts with Monroe and that, on a dare, the threesome ventured out to a nude beach in Malibu north of Point Dume. Kennedy wore a disguise made up of a baseball cap, sunglasses and fake goatee-style beard most likely borrowed from the studio makeup and FX department at Monroe’s studio 20th Century Fox

Source: ^ Summers, Anthony (1985). Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe. Macmillan Publishing Company, 25,232,252,282,330,334,348,353,354,368,369,on Monroe and drugs, 203-4,on Robert Kennedy and Monroe, 257-60. ISBN 0-451-40014-3