Jeanne Carmen was born in August of 1930 high above Crowley's Ridge in Paragould, Arkansas.
The city's name is a portmanteau, combining the last names of J.W. Paramore and Jay Gould, the owners of the two railroads that originally crossed there.
Jeanne picked cotton on her family's farm before running away when she was 13.
She came to New York City and, despite having no show business experience, immediately became a dancer in a Broadway show called "Burlesque".
Jeanne later went into modeling, gaining a measure of success with a series of cheesecake shots in men's magazines. One gig turned into a new career as a trick golfer. On tour with golfer Jack Redmond, she would perform stunts such as hitting a ball out of a man's mouth. O, my. She claimed that she went on to hustle golfers with Las Vegas mobster Johnny Roselli.
"I was just a little country girl that wanted to be a movie star," she told the Orange County Register in 1996.Jeanne was tight with Marilyn Monroe and it was widely rumoured Jeanne had sordid affairs with everyone from Old Blue Eyes and Elvis to The Kennedys and swashbucklin' Errol Flynn.
Jeanna also knows where a few bodies were buried...
Infamous Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana was shot in the back of the head on in June of 1975 while frying sausage and peppers in the basement of his home in Oak Park, Illinois. After falling down, Sam's body was turned over and shot six more times in the face and chin.
It was believed by investigators that his murderer was a close friend whom he had let into the house. At the time he was scheduled to appear before a Senate committee investigating CIA and Outfit collusion in plots to assassinate Fidel Castro so the conspiracy theories flew. For it was widely reputed and partially exposed in the Church Committee Hearings that Giancana and other mobsters had been recruited by the CIA during the Kennedy administration to assassinate Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. However, Jeanne Carmen it was Johnny Roselli who murdered Sam Giancana and it was a fight over Marilyn Monroe!
Jeanne died Thursday in her Orange County home.
She was 77.
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