On Monday, December 12, 2022, Connie Francis, a well-known pop queen of the 1960s, celebrated her 85th birthday in style. The legendary singer, who is famous for her hit classics like “Who’s Sorry Now?”, threw a lavish party at her cozy home, inviting her loved ones to join in the celebration.
Despite her age, Connie Francis still exudes elegance and class. She loves to dress up and apply lipstick, as she believes in always looking her best. Her musical talent and charismatic personality made her a top female vocalist in the country, and she gained even more fame after starring in films like “Where the Boys Are” and “When the Boys Meet the Girls” in the 1960s.
However, despite her success, Connie Francis never felt comfortable in front of the camera, even though it catapulted her to greater notoriety. Her true passion lay in singing, and she was content with the love and admiration she received from her admirers and family members.
After her first hit track, Connie Francis achieved fame and fortune, but her life was not without challenges. She had to give up the chance to be with her first and greatest love, Bobby Darin, due to her father’s interference. Although she described him as a wonderful person, Bobby Darin was the most intriguing person she had ever met in her life.
Connie Francis expressed her gratitude for her 85th birthday celebration, which she called the largest gathering of lifetime friends. She may no longer perform, but her legacy as a singing legend and her timeless music will always be remembered by her fans.
Despite her successful music career, Connie Francis faced many challenges in her personal life. She married and divorced four times, and it was with her third husband that she adopted a son. Tragically, her brother was brutally killed in the 1970s. Additionally, in the 1980s, she became a victim of sexual assault and began to struggle with her mental health. This led her to seek treatment for acute depression at a psychiatric hospital.
Throughout her hardships, Connie Francis maintained her sense of humor, which helped her remain positive. She credited the encouragement of her followers as a source of strength during her recovery. After her own experiences, she became an advocate for mental health and a strong supporter of the American military.
In 2022, Connie Francis experienced another loss when her lifelong lover, Tony Ferretti, passed away. The couple’s friendship began when they recorded duets of some of her older tracks, particularly the song “You Made Me Love You.” They fell in love and remained together for 18 years, sharing a pleasant household. Despite the loss, Connie Francis continues to live her life away from the limelight.
For the past two decades, she has resided in her luxurious Florida home and is likely to spend the rest of her days there. Fortunately, her home was spared by the devastating Hurricane Irma. Connie Francis’s legacy as a pop queen and her advocacy for mental health and support of the military will continue to inspire and touch the lives of many.