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Connie Francis

Connie Francis (born December 12, 1938) is an American singer and one of the best-selling female singers of all time. After an appearance on Startime, Francis was advised to change her name from Concetta Rosemarie Franconero to something more easily pronounceable, as well as to quit the accordion and focus on singing.

Francis' first single was Freddy (1955); it was a failure and she began considering a career in medicine. However, American Bandstand launched her into super-stardom with Who's Sorry Now. This was followed by Don't Break the Heart That Loves You, Stupid Cupid, In the Summer of his Years (written after the assassination of John F. Kennedy), Strangers in the Night and Where the Boys Are (from the movie of the same name), which became one of the first pop songs to be recorded in foreign languages.

Francis ended her recording career 1969, returning in 1973 with The Answer, a song written just for her. She also began performing again. Tragedies soon struck the singer; she was raped in a hotel, surgery robbed her of her voice and her brother was murdered in 1981. Francis was soon diagnosed as manic depressive. She finally resumed her career in 1989 and has continued singing and recording since then.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Connie Francis Facts

Birth NameConcetta Franconero
BirthdayDecember 12, 1938 (83)
BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA
Height5' 1½" (1m56)  How tall is Connie Francis compared to you?
Awards1964 Golden Globe Awards: Special Achievement Award

Selected Filmography

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