AMONG MY SOUVENIRS: THE REAL STORY
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The Connie Francis Story is an American story. Born into a blue-collar Italian family at the end of the Great Depression, she went on to unimaginable heights of success. Along this journey she experienced much of what life can offer, the highest of highs and lowest of lows, the stuff of both dreams and nightmares. This memoir takes its readers on this breathtaking journey.
Mid-century America was a jubilant time filled with confidence, righteousness and spirit. Connie found herself not only smack in the middle of it all, but one of its authors.
We travel this world, reliving it through Connie's eyes, affording us of a front row seat to some of the greatest public and private moments in American history and popular culture. Visiting American Bandstand, The Copacabana, Las Vegas and The Ed Sullivan Show, all at their respective heights, readers will experience the glorious career, trials and tribulations, unspeakable tragedies and unparalleled achievements of this legendary artist.
Her fame was international and brought her to the farthest corners of the earth, conquering wildly enthusiastic audiences throughout. Connie enjoyed an international celebrity from Germany to Australia, one that has been unrivaled by any recording artist to this day. She is, in fact, the best-selling female artist in recording history, recording in 12 different languages.
She shares with unusual candor and insight the juxtaposition that existed in her personal life. While the love affair with her audience was exhilarating, gratifying and omnipresent, fulfilling love affairs in her personal life always eluded her. . . with the exception of her one true love, Bobby Darin. A love destroyed by her father. A domineering man with whom she had a complicated, often troubling relationship. He was both the architect of her unrivaled career and the cause of her greatest personal pain. Her willingness to expose the most private aspects of her life with complete honesty and often painful reflection is both startling and courageous.
She experienced many tragedies. The horrifying rape she endured and the seven years of fear and isolation that followed, the murder of her brother at the hands of the Mafia, the loss of her golden voice for four torturous years, four failed marriages, and the resulting mental illness that was misdiagnosed and continued to plague her for eight long years. Years she spent in and out of mental hospitals involuntarily committed by her controlling father, are chronicled with honesty, resentment and her rare sense of humor.
Her celebrity allowed her to rub elbows with presidents, royalty, the top echelon of the Mob, and of course, every iconic showbiz figure of the era. The stories she shares starring this extraordinary cast of characters are, as they say. . . "funnier and often stranger and more shocking than fiction".
Few stars have had the life of Connie Francis, far fewer would have the willingness, wit, insight, intellect and disarming self-deprecation to write a book of such unflinching nature.
It is truly a joy to read!