Source: Mr. X via Crazy Days and Nights
This back in the day B list actress golf hustler made her living selling stories to tabloids about this permanent A+ list alliterate actress even though they never met.
While Jeanne Carmen claimed an intimate friendship with Monroe, some fans say the two never even met. Carmen’s son fights to prove his mother’s story is genuine. The 1950s were the height of Jeanne Carmen’s career.
Jeanne Carmen’s success in B movies, modeling and golf earned her hundreds of magazine covers, and her son wrote a book, shown at center, about her life.
Tony Curtis, in an interview with the Register, says he recalls people talking about Carmen’s intimate friendship with Marilyn Monroe back in the 1950s.
Jeanne Carmen, re-entered the high life after a book published in the 1980s detailed her supposed friendship with Marilyn Monroe.
A letter sent to Carmen’s apartment at 882 North Doheny in Los Angeles in late 1961 – around the time Marilyn Monroe moved back into the same apartment building – is proof that Carmen knew Monroe, says Carmen’s son, responding to observations that despite their supposedly tight friendship. – Source
A B-List Bombshell Dropping Bombshells
Jeanne Carmen was born in Paragould, Arkansas on August 4, 1930 (or so she says, I can’t find anything about her before the late 1940’s). She went on to be a chorus girl in “Burlesque” with Bert Lahr and a trick golfer with Jack Redmond. She found her way to Hollywood where she appeared in 19 pictures between 1951 and 1962, mostly bit parts in episodes of TV series and B-list pictures. While in Hollywood Carmen appears to have lived the life of a starlet, like Marilyn had ten years before.
The biggest movie role Carmen ever had was in “Untamed Youth” as the 8th billed actress. Hardly someone who made it in her youth, she faded off into obscurity and probably wouldn’t be remembered if she hadn’t reappeared in Anthony Summers book as Marilyn’s long lost female best friend. Carmen went on to make 31 appearances as Marilyn’s bosom buddy from 1985-2006, much more lucrative than when she was showcasing her talents. Carmen managed to hobnob with the rich and famous while giving her insight into Marilyn’s personality, relationships, and death. – Source