Fast Facts

  • Joined the dancing chorus of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera when she was 12.
  • Was signed to her first studio contract with 20th Century Fox at the age of 17.
  • Made her Broadway debut in a production of The Gypsy Lady.
  • Toured with a successful nightclub act from the 1960s onward.
  • Remained active on stage, notably starring in an 11-month tour of Anything Goes in 1989.


  • 1959, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1959, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee


  • Jack Bean — Husband
  • Henry von Gerber — Father
  • Pauline Fisher — Mother


  • Birth Name: Francesca Marlene de Czanyi von Gerber
  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Dancer

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