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Connie Francis Tells All About Her Extraordinary Life

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Posted on July 31st, 2010 at 5:28 am

When life gets tough, you've got to get tougher. It's a lesson the legendary Connie Francis learned the hard way.

Her life sounds like a Hollywood story, only she thinks even a writer couldn't dream up all the things she's experienced.

As a singer, Connie endured dozens of rejections before she got her big break. To this day, she is one of the best selling singers in history.

She has also managed to stand out as a role model for some critical causes.

Connie was involuntarily committed to mental institutions 17 times from 1982 to 1991 after she says she was misdiagnosed with manic-depressive disorder. She said it took her years to find out what was really wrong with her.

She opens up about her troubled life, including the murder of her brother, being raped in 1974 and her divorce.

She says her experiences have inspired her to become a national spokesperson for Mental Health America so that she can help others who suffer through what she endured.

Amazingly, Connie tells Growing Bolder that with the exception of her brother's murder, she would live the same life again.

"Although there were some terrible lows, there were exhilarating highs," she says.

Some of those highs include skyrocketing to fame with her trademark hit, "Who's Sorry Now?," starring in the classic movie "Where the Boys Are," and her love affair with Bobby Darrin. She reveals what broke them up (here's a hint: it involves her father and a gun!).

She also shares stories from an incredible time in entertainment history, when the top singers like herself, Elvis and Frankie Avalon were pushed to star in movies. Find out how she found a way to become a smart businessperson first, and an entertainer second.

Also, she even offers some advice for today's troubled young stars, like Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan.

Connie offers lessons that all of us can learn from. She says we're all survivors of something. She explains how she's learned to let go of the dramas of the past and forge a new, exciting path forward.

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  • Posted 9:29pm November 10th, 2010

     I had the extreme pleasure to meet Connie when she was in Orlando for her concert last year. Through a fluke, I had met one of her staff and her background singer at a Karaoke show a couple of days prior to her concert. They were not familiar with Orlando so I played their tour guide for a couple of days. Through that meeting, I got to see her sound check and have some quality time with her. She is so down to Earth and such a quick wit. I enjoyed every minute with her. As for her concert, from her opening number to her final encore the audience was going wild for her. Her voice is absolutely great and she looks fabulous. I had always dreamed of meeting and talking with her and it came to pass. Wink

  • Posted 9:58am August 7th, 2010

    a remarkable woman...but most mature women are remarkable

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