Fast Facts

  • Won Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts at age 12; he was the one who later suggested her stage name. 
  • Was salutatorian of her high-school class.
  • Turned down a scholarship to NYU after her recording of "Who's Sorry Now?" became a breakthrough hit.
  • Signature film role was in 1960's Where the Boys Are.
  • Served as a spokesperson for Mental Health America's S.T.A.R. of Mine (for Stress, Treatment, Awareness, Recovery) campaign.
  • Has been active in a number of charitable organizations, including UNICEF, the USO and CARE.


  • 1964, Golden Globe — Special Achievement: Winner


  • Izzy Marion — Ex-husband
  • Bobby Darin — Ex-significant Other
  • George Franconero, Jr. — Brother
  • Dick Kannelis — Ex-husband
  • Joseph Garzilli — Ex-husband
  • F. Lee Bailey — Ex-significant Other
  • George Franconero, Sr. — Father
  • Bob Parkinson — Ex-husband
  • Ida Franconero — Mother
  • Joseph Garzilli Jr — Son

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  • Birth Name: Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero
  • Birth Place: Newark, NJ
  • Profession: Singer

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