Among My Souvenirs - The Real Story
Connie's second Autobiography tells a more in debt story of her life.
|As of February 2015
Connie is still diligently
working on this book but has been kind enough to let us in on a little review of it.
Read about it
Paperback - May 1964
Monarch Books by
Library of Congress
Catalog Card Number
At the age of eleven, Connie Francis made her first professional appearance. At seventeen she signed a recording contract with MGM records. At twenty-four, she is America's Number one female singing star.
In FOR EVERY YOUNG HEART Connie shares her experiences as a teenager - a time in life which she faced only a few short years ago. She talks about dating, clothes, beauty and diet...and lets her hair down about such subjects as marriage, parents and teenage relationships.
Here are some straightforward answers to the questions that plague every teenager, given by one of the most popular young stars of the entertainment world.
Some Short Reviews
"A cheerful book, full of enthusiasm, warmth and good sense that characterizes the singer's personality." - Newark News
"An out and out fan book in which the widely popular singer-actress talks informally to her followers, tells about her career, discusses beauty secrets, 'teen-tests', boy friends, dating, harmony at home and many other topics in which young girls are interested and which they want to know about their screen and disc favorites." - Hollywood Reporter
Hardcover - 1984
St. Martin's Press New York
ISBN (International Standard Book Number) 0-312-87088-4
At last, Connie Francis tells her own story in her own unmistakable words, with the wit, warmth, and sentiment she is famous for. It's a story filled with the love and laughter of her Italian heritage, as Connie describes the family upbringing that supported her passion for music and performing from the time she was a little child. It's a story of hope and hard work, TV kid shows and performances in dingy roadhouses, accompanied by her vigilant mother. Connie tells also of her friendships with rising stars like Frankie Avalon, Neil Sedaka, and Brenda Lee, and the tender tragic love she shared with the great Bobby Darin, a love her father worked unremittingly to undermine. And then suddenly, unexpectedly, her story became one of stardom, and unparalleled success in records, television, movies, and Las Vegas that made her the most popular female singing star in entertainment history. But there was also horror and heartbreak, and Connie unflinchingly recalls the brutal rape that almost ended her career, and the slaying of her beloved brother. Yet through it all, readers will sense the indomitable will and vitality of a woman who now shares her life, as she has shared her music, with the millions of fans who have loved her for a quarter century.
Paperback - 1984
St. Martin's Press New York
ISBN (International Standard Book Number)
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She was America's rock and roll princess until the night the music stopped.
Millions of fans rocked to the beat of her glorious voice. She soared to stardom; she topped the charts along with Elvis and The Beatles - Connie Francis, the bestselling female vocalist of all time. Then, at the peak of her career, her incredible world collapsed. America's sweetheart became "America's most famous crime victim."
Was that the end of the story?
Now, in her own words, Connie reveals why the singer stopped singing. Here is her life story, filled with tears - her star-crossed love for Bobby Darin. Bursting with laughter - her tender, nutty friendships with Neil Sedaka and her idol, Dick Clark. Here are the triumphs of Las Vegas, television, and MGM movies. And the tragedies - three failed Marriages, the mob rub-out of her brother, her nervous breakdown. And after the terrible fall - her spectacular, heartwarming comeback.
"A rags-to-riches-to-tragedy story. It shows the ups and downs of a modern-day Cinderella. It's certainly a book worth reading."
-Lakewood Sun Post
PERSONAL NOTE: I had the pleasure of meeting Connie at
the San Generro Italian Festival in New York during the time
she was working on her book "Who's Sorry Now". I had
brought along one volume of three of my scrapbooks hoping to
get an autograph. Although I was not allowed into her
dressing room, a police officer was kind enough to bring the
scrapbook into Connie. The next thing I knew, the police
officer was calling my name and I was escorted into see
Connie. She was impressed with my scrapbook and when I
told her I had two more volumes, she asked if I would part
with them so she could use them for research for her
book. Although I didn't want to part with them, I just
couldn't refuse Connie Francis.
This was a special time in my life and I feel proud and privileged to know that I had some minuscule part in helping Connie with this book.
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