Francis Albert Sinatra was an American actor and singer, one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. Born to Italian immigrants in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sinatra began his musical career in the swing era with bandleaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. Sinatra found success as a solo artist after he signed with Columbia Records in 1943, becoming the idol of the "bobby soxers", he released his debut album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946. Sinatra's professional career had stalled by the early 1950s, he turned to Las Vegas, where he became one of its best known residency performers as part of the Rat Pack, his career was reborn in 1953 with the success of From Here to Eternity, with his performance subsequently winning an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Sinatra released several critically lauded albums, including In the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin' Lovers!, Come Fly with Me, Only the Lonely and Nice'n' Easy.
Sinatra left Capitol in 1960 to start his own record label, Reprise Records, released a string of successful albums. In 1965, he recorded the retrospective September of My Years and starred in the Emmy-winning television special Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music. After releasing Sinatra at the Sands, recorded at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Vegas with frequent collaborator Count Basie in early 1966, the following year he recorded one of his most famous collaborations with Tom Jobim, the album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, it was followed by 1968's Francis Edward K. with Duke Ellington. Sinatra retired for the first time in 1971, but came out of retirement two years and recorded several albums and resumed performing at Caesars Palace, reached success in 1980 with "New York, New York". Using his Las Vegas shows as a home base, he toured both within the United States and internationally until shortly before his death in 1998. Sinatra forged a successful career as a film actor.
After winning an Academy Award for From Here to Eternity, he starred in The Man with the Golden Arm, received critical acclaim for his performance in The Manchurian Candidate. He appeared in various musicals such as On the Town and Dolls, High Society, Pal Joey, winning another Golden Globe for the latter. Toward the end of his career, he became associated with playing detectives, including the title character in Tony Rome. Sinatra would receive the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1971. On television, The Frank Sinatra Show began on ABC in 1950, he continued to make appearances on television throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Sinatra was heavily involved with politics from the mid-1940s, campaigned for presidents such as Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. In crime, the FBI investigated his alleged relationship with the Mafia. While Sinatra never learned how to read music, he had an impressive understanding of it, he worked hard from a young age to improve his abilities in all aspects of music.
A perfectionist, renowned for his dress sense and performing presence, he always insisted on recording live with his band. His bright blue eyes earned him the popular nickname "Ol' Blue Eyes". Sinatra led a colorful personal life, was involved in turbulent affairs with women, such as with his second wife Ava Gardner, he married Mia Farrow in 1966 and Barbara Marx in 1976. Sinatra had several violent confrontations with journalists he felt had crossed him, or work bosses with whom he had disagreements, he was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985, the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997. Sinatra was the recipient of eleven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, he was collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the twentieth century's 100 most influential people. After his death, American music critic Robert Christgau called him "the greatest singer of the 20th century", he continues to be seen as an iconic figure.
Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915, in an upstairs tenement at 415 Monroe Street in Hoboken, New Jersey, the only child of Italian immigrants Natalina "Dolly" Garaventa and Antonino Martino "Marty" Sinatra. Sinatra weighed 13.5 pounds at birth and had to be delivered with the aid of forceps, which caused severe scarring to his left cheek and ear, perforated his eardrum—damage that remained for life. Due to his injuries at birth, his baptism at St. Francis Church in Hoboken was delayed until April 2, 1916. A childhood operation on his mastoid bone left major scarring on his neck, during adolescence he suffered from cystic acne that further scarred his face and neck. Sinatra was raised Roman Catholic. Sinatra's mother was energetic and driven, biographers believe that she was the dominant factor in the development of her son's personality traits and self-confidence. Sinatra's fourth wife Barbara would claim that Dolly was abusive to him as a child, "knocked him around a lot".
Dolly became influential in local Democratic Party circles. She worked as a midwife, earning $50 for each delivery, according to Sinatra biographer Kitty Kelley ran an illegal abortion service that catered to Italian Catholic girls, for which she was nicknamed "Hatpin Dolly", she had a gift for languages and served as a local interpreter. Sinatra's illiterate father was a bantamweight boxer who fought under the name Mar
Louis Leo Prima was an American singer, songwriter and trumpeter. While rooted in New Orleans jazz, swing music, jump blues, Prima touched on various genres throughout his career: he formed a seven-piece New Orleans-style jazz band in the late 1920s, fronted a swing combo in the 1930s and a big band group in the 1940s, helped to popularize jump blues in the late 1940s and early to mid 1950s, performed as a Vegas lounge act beginning in the 1950s. From the 1940s through the 1960s, his music further encompassed early R&B and rock'n'roll, boogie-woogie, Italian folk music, such as the tarantella. Prima made prominent use of Italian music and language in his songs, blending elements of his Italian identity with jazz and swing music. At a time when "ethnic" musicians were discouraged from stressing their ethnicity, Prima's conspicuous embrace of his Sicilian ethnicity opened the doors for other Italian-American and "ethnic" American musicians to display their ethnic roots. Prima was from a musical Italian American family in New Orleans.
His father, Anthony Prima, was the son of Leonardo Di Prima, a Sicilian immigrant from Salaparuta, while his mother, Angelina Caravella, had immigrated from Ustica as a baby. Prima was the second child of four. Marguerite died. Leon and Elizabeth were all baptized at St. Ann's Parish, they lived in a house at 1812 St. Peter Street in New Orleans. Prima's mother, was a first-generation Italian American. A music lover, she made sure. Prima was started out playing at St. Ann's Parish, he became interested in jazz. Local clubs such as Matranga's, Joe Segrettas, Tonti's Social Club, Lala's Big 25 were all Italian-American clubs owned and operated by Italians in which African Americans played and fraternized with Italians and Italian-Americans. According to author Garry Boulard in his book Louis Prima, Prima paid attention to the music coming from clubs and watched his older brother Leon play the cornet; when Leon left the house to spend one summer in Texas, Prima practiced continuously on his worn-down cornet.
He formed a band in 1924 with his childhood friends "Candy" Candido, Irving Fazola and Johnny Viviano. Prima attended Jesuit High School but transferred to Warren Easton High in the fall of 1926. At Warren Easton, he played with the school band. In 1927, he partnered with fellow musician Frank Federico and the pair played at "The Whip", a run-down French Quarter nightclub. By the spring of 1928, Prima decided. After finishing high school in New Orleans, Prima had a few unsuccessful gigs, including when he joined the Ellis Stratako Orchestra in 1929. Prima and saxophonist Dave Winstein drove to Florida for a gig but no one showed up, they made it to a relative's house, where they were given money for a meal. Prima did not give up, he joined Joseph Cherniavsky's Orchestra in 1929 at Jefferson Parish. He got a temporary job playing on the steamship Capital. Although the Capital did not provide him with a big break for his career, he did meet his first wife Louise Polizzi there, they married on June 25, 1929.
From 1931-32 Prima occupied his time by performing in the Avalon Club owned by his brother Leon. His first break was when Lou Forbes hired him for daily afternoon and early evening shows at The Saenger. New York was an attraction for hungry musicians during the Great Depression, it posed numerous risks, but all of the best artists in the nation made it in New York if not anywhere else. Guy Lombardo met Prima while he was performing at club Shim Sham during the Mardi Gras season of 1934. Prima's first gig in New York City was supposed to be at a club called Leon and Eddie's, located at 33 West 52nd street. Eddie Davis, one of the owners of the club, did not hire Prima. In September 1934, Prima began recording for the Brunswick label, he recorded "That's Where the South Begins", "Long About Midnight", "Jamaica Shout", "Star Dust". Prima and his New Orleans Gang was a band. Frank Pinero was the pianist, Jack Ryan played bass, Garrett McAdams played guitar, while Pee Wee Russell played clarinet; the band had their first performance at a club called the Famous Door and operated by Jack Colt.
Prima's recordings swing. In May 1935, Prima and Russell recorded "The Lady in Red", a national jukebox hit, they recorded "Chinatown", "Chasing Shadows" and "Gypsy Tea Room". Martha Raye played a role in Prima's professional and personal life, she was a comedian with potential to become a singer. The two featured a show at the club that granted Prima his first national debut on "The Fleischman Hour". In March 1936, Prima recorded "Sing Sing Sing". Prima moved to California to expand his music. During this time there was a movement for big orchestras. Prima hired Louis Masinter on a New Orleans native, he fired McAdams so that he could have his childhood friend, play the guitar. With all of his success, his marriage back in New Orleans had failed. Louise and Prima were divorced in 1936 because Prima was found cheating on Louise back in 1933, in the French Quarter. A few months he was involved in a new fling with Alma Ross, an actress. Prima and Ross were quite serious and after only a few months together he asked her
Charles Nelson Reilly
Charles Nelson Reilly II was an American actor, comedian and drama teacher known for his comedic roles on stage and in films, television shows, cartoons. Reilly was born in The Bronx, the son of Charles Joseph Reilly, an Irish Catholic commercial artist, Signe Elvera Nelson, a Swedish Lutheran; when young, he made his own puppet theater to amuse himself, his mother told him to "save it for the stage". At age 13, he survived the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire which killed 169 people in Connecticut, he never sat in an audience again throughout the remainder of his life; because of the event's trauma, he attended theater, stating that the large crowds reminded him of what happened that day. Reilly desired to become an opera singer, he entered the Hartt School of Music as a voice major, but abandoned this pursuit when he realized that he lacked the natural vocal talent to have a major career. However, opera remained a lifelong passion, he was a frequent guest on opera-themed radio programs, including the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts.
He directed opera productions for the Chicago Opera Theater, Dallas Opera, Portland Opera, San Diego Opera, Santa Fe Opera, among others. He was good friends with opera singers Renée Fleming, Rod Gilfry, Roberta Peters, Eileen Farrell. Reilly made his film debut with an uncredited role in A Face in the Crowd, directed by Elia Kazan, although most of his early career was spent on the stage, he was a regular and popular performer in comic roles for several summer seasons in the 1950s at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. Reilly appeared in many Off Broadway productions, his big break came in 1960 with the enormously successful original Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie. In the groundbreaking musical, Reilly had a small onstage part and was the standby for Dick Van Dyke in the leading role of Albert Peterson. In 1961, Reilly was in the original cast of another big Broadway hit, the Pulitzer prize-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. For his memorable origination of the role of Bud Frump, Reilly earned a 1962 Tony Award for featured actor in a musical.
In 1964, Reilly was featured in the original cast of yet another giant Broadway success, Dolly! For originating the role of Cornelius Hackl, Reilly received a second nomination for a Tony Award for performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical. Reilly kept active in Broadway shows but he became better known for his TV work, appearing on television in the 1960s, he appeared as one of the What's My Line? Mystery Guests and as a panelist on that program. In 1965, he made regular appearances on The Steve Lawrence Show. Television commercials that he made throughout the 1960s and 1970s included Excedrin and Bic Banana Ink Crayons. From 1968 to 1970, he appeared as the flustered bumbler Claymore Gregg on the television series The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, he appeared as a regular on The Dean Martin Show and had multiple guest appearances on various television series, including McMillan & Wife, The Patty Duke Show, Here's Lucy, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The Love Boat, Love, American Style. In 1971, he appeared as the evil magician Hoodoo in Lidsville, a children's program on ABC.
Reilly was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, appearing more than 100 times. He was a lively and reliable talk-show guest and lived within blocks of the Burbank studios where The Tonight Show was taped, so he was asked to be a last-minute replacement for scheduled guests who did not make it to the studio in time. Reilly was a fixture on game shows due to his appearances as a regular panelist on Match Game, he was one of the longest-running guests, engaged in playful banter with fellow regular Brett Somers. He offered sardonic commentary and peppered his answers with homosexuality-themed double entendres which pushed the boundaries of 1970s television standards. During the taping of Match Game'74, Reilly left for a short time to film Hamburgers. From 1975 to 1976, he starred in another live-action children's program called Uncle Croc's Block, with Jonathan Harris, he was a guest celebrity on the 1984 game show Body Language, including one week with Lucille Ball and another week with Audrey Landers.
From 1976 on, Reilly taught acting and directing for television and theater, including directing Julie Harris, portraying Emily Dickinson in her one-woman Broadway play The Belle of Amherst, by William Luce. In 1979, he directed. Despite the previous year's success of Levin's Deathtrap, Break a Leg closed after one performance. Reilly earned a 1997 Tony Award nomination as Best Director of a Play for the revival of The Gin Game, starring Julie Harris. In 1990, he directed episodes of Evening Shade. Reilly made guest appearances in the 1990s on The Drew Carey Show, The Larry Sanders Show, Family Matters, Second Noah, as eccentric writer Jose Chung in the television series The X-Files, as the voice of "The Dirty Bubble" in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, before he was replaced by Tom Kenny. Reilly was nominated for Emmy Awards in 1998 and 1999 for his performances in The Drew Carey Show and Millennium, respectively. Reilly was a longtime teacher of acting at HB Studio, the acting studio founded by Herbert Berghof and made famous by Berghof and his wife, the renowned stage actress Uta Hag
Bally's Las Vegas
Bally's Las Vegas is a hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation; the hotel features 2,814 extra-sized guestrooms that are 450 sq ft or larger and over 175,000 sq ft of banquet and meeting space. The casino occupies 66,187 sq ft. About 75% of the rooms are in the Resort Tower which had renovations completed in 2018; the remaining rooms are located in the Jubilee Tower, constructed in 1981. The resort has a large shopping area a floor below its gaming level, including several restaurants, there is a station along the Las Vegas Monorail at the rear of the property. Bally's was home for the long-running production show Jubilee! which opened in 1981 and ended on February 11, 2016. Bally's is linked via a promenade to its sister property, Paris Las Vegas. On November 21, 1980, the hotel operating as the MGM Grand, was the site of one of the worst high-rise fires in United States history, in which 85 people died; the 43 acres site was first occupied by the Three Coins Motel, which opened in 1963.
The Bonanza Hotel and Casino opened on the site in July 1967. It was renamed the New Bonanza Hotel and Casino in 1973 shortly before construction of the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, owned by Kirk Kerkorian, began, it opened on December 5, 1973 with 2,084 rooms for the then-staggering cost of $106 million and was the largest hotel in the world at that time, larger than the Empire State Building. The MGM Grand opened as one of Las Vegas's first megaresorts on December 5, 1973. Dean Martin was the entertainer on opening night, it would remain so for several years. When the hotel was built, it set a new standard of size and luxury in Las Vegas, is considered to have made the biggest impact on Las Vegas until the construction of Steve Wynn's Mirage Hotel in the late 1980s; the hotel had a movie theme to reflect Kirk Kerkorian's interest in movies from his ownership of MGM and the hotel's use of MGM in its name. The hotel was designed by Jr.. It featured many amenities, including numerous entertainment options.
It offered live jai alai for betting and a large shopping arcade with numerous shops and restaurants. It was one of the Strip's most popular entertainment destinations, it featured two large theatres: the Celebrity Room. The Ziegfeld featured productions by famed Las Vegas choreographer Donn Arden including the long running Jubilee! and Hallelujah Hollywood. Dean Martin was the starring act for the Grand Opening on December 23, 1973. Sergio Franchi was the first entertainer signed to star in the Celebrity Room. Franchi's frequent co-star was comedian Joan Rivers; the Celebrity Room hosted such acts as the Carpenters and Barry Manilow. The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast shows were filmed at the hotel. On November 21, 1980 the MGM Grand suffered a fire that started in a casino restaurant and traveled up into the hotel, killing 87 guests and employees; the Grand was rebuilt in only eight months, remodeling added a tower which opened in 1981. The tower remained undamaged; the fire made such an impact on hotel safety that it led to the implementation of fire safety improvements worldwide.
The hotel was sold in 1986 to Bally Manufacturing for $594m, the property's name was changed to Bally's. Bally Entertainment was purchased in 1995 by Hilton Hotels Corporation. On April 17, 1997, ground was broken on Paris Las Vegas. In September 1999, the new resort was opened and integrated with Bally's property by a promenade. For many years, the two resorts operated under a single gaming license. Hilton's casino resorts division was subsequently spun off and became Caesars Entertainment, Inc. in 2003. The hotel's North tower was renovated in 2004. Harrah's Entertainment acquired the property with its purchase of Caesars in June 2005. In May 2018 Caesars Entertainment Corporation completed a $125 million redesign of 2,052 guest rooms and suites in the newly renamed Resort Tower; this recent renovation followed the completion of the Jubilee Tower rooms and suites in early 2014. Hosted The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast in the Ziegfeld Room from 1974 to 1984. Featured in the 1985 film Rocky IV, as the site of Apollo Creed's fatal exhibition bout against Ivan Drago.
The theater, set pieces, for Jubilee! are prominently displayed during the scene. Featured in the 1985 film Fever Pitch, evidently when the sale of the casino was pending. Hosted The Late Show with David Letterman for a week in May 1987. Featured in the 1991 comedy Hot Shots!, when the pilot nicknamed "Wash Out" mistakes a runway and lands near the hotel. Featured prominently in the 1992 film Honeymoon in Vegas, starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker. Featured in the 1995 film Leaving Las Vegas starring Cage and Elisabeth Shue. Featured in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as the "High Roller". Bally's Las Vegas hosted Spike TV's 2006 poker tournament series King of Vegas. Featured in the 2013 film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, starring Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi. Bally's Las Vegas hosted the second season of the 2015 syndicated game show Monopoly Millionaires' Club. A head chef position at BLT Steak, located inside the hotel, was awarded to Ariel Malone, the winner of Hell's Kitchen's 15th season.
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Morris Mac Davis is a country music singer and actor from Lubbock, who has enjoyed much crossover success. His early work writing for Elvis Presley produced the hits "Memories", "In the Ghetto", "Don't Cry Daddy", "A Little Less Conversation". A subsequent solo career in the 1970s produced hits such as "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me", he starred in his own variety show, a Broadway musical, various films and TV shows. Davis graduated at 16 from Lubbock High School in Texas, he spent his childhood years with his sister Linda and working at the former College Courts, an efficiency apartment complex owned by his father, T. J. Davis. Davis describes his father, divorced from Davis's mother, as "very religious strict, stubborn". Though Davis was physically small, he had a penchant for getting into fistfights. "In those days, it was all about football and fistfights. Oh, man, I got beat up so much while I was growing up in Lubbock," Davis said in a March 2, 2008, interview with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper.
"I was 5 feet, 9 inches, weighed 125 pounds. I joined Golden Gloves, but didn't do good in my division." After he finished high school, Davis moved to Atlanta, where his mother lived, to get out of Lubbock. Once he was settled in Atlanta, he organized a rock and roll group called the Zots, made two singles for OEK Records and promoted by OEK owner Oscar Kilgo. Davis worked for the Vee Jay record company as a regional manager, also served as a regional manager for Liberty Records. Davis became famous as a songwriter and got his start as an employee of Nancy Sinatra's company, Boots Enterprises, Inc. Davis was with Boots for several years in the late 1960s. During his time there, he played on many of Sinatra's recordings, she worked him into her stage shows. Boots Enterprises acted as Davis's publishing company, publishing songs such as "In the Ghetto", "Friend, Woman, Wife", "Home", "It's Such a Lonely Time of Year", "Memories", which were recorded by Elvis Presley, Nancy Sinatra, B. J. Thomas, many others.
Davis left Boots Enterprises in 1970 to sign with Columbia Records, taking all of his songs with him. One of the songs he wrote in 1968, called "A Little Less Conversation", was recorded by Elvis Presley. Presley recorded "In the Ghetto" in sessions in Memphis. According to record producer Jimmy Bowen, "Ghetto" was pitched to Sammy Davis, Jr. but Mac Davis, guitar in hand, played the song in a studio, with onlookers such as Jesse Jackson and other members of the black activist community. Mac Davis, the only white man in the room at the time told Bowen, "I don't know whether to thank ya, or to kill ya." Mac Davis recorded the tune after Presley's version became a success, was released in a Ronco In Concert compilation in 1975. It was released on a campy Rhino Records Golden Throats compilation in 1991; the song became a success for Presley and he continued to record more of Davis's material, such as "Memories", "Don't Cry Daddy", "Clean Up Your Own Backyard". Bobby Goldsboro recorded some of Davis's songs, including "Watching Scotty Grow", which became a #1 Adult Contemporary success for Goldsboro in 1971.
Other artists who recorded his material included Vikki Carr, O. C. Smith, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition. "I Believe in Music" considered to be Davis's signature song, was recorded by several artists before it became a success in 1972 for the group Gallery. He became known as a country singer. During the 1970s, many of his songs "crossed over" scoring on both the country and popular music charts, including "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me", "One Hell of a Woman", "Stop and Smell the Roses". During the 1970s, he was active as an actor, appearing in several movies, as well as hosting a successful variety show. Davis soon decided to pursue a career of his own in country music. After several years of enriching the repertoires of other artists, his big success came two years after signing with Columbia, he topped the Country and Pop charts with the song "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me". It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America in September 1972.
Some of Davis's lyrics invoked overtly sexual relationships. In the song "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me", he pleads with a woman not to become too enamored with him, because he does not want to commit to a full-time relationship. Other successful songs, such as "Naughty Girl" and "Baby Spread Your Love on Me", contained similar lyrics. In 1974, Davis was awarded the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year award; some of Davis's other successes include the songs "Stop and Smell the Roses", "One Hell of a Woman", "Rock'N' Roll", "Burnin' Thing". At the end of the 1970s, he moved to Casablanca Records, best known at the time for its successes with disco star Donna Summer and rock'n'roll band Kiss, his first success for the company in 1980 was the novelty song "It's Hard to Be Humble", a light-hearted look at how popularity and good looks could go to one's head. The song became his first Country music top 10 and a rare top 30 hit in the UK. (It was translated into Dutch as "Het is moe
Jayne Kennedy Overton is an American television personality, model, corporate spokeswoman, writer, public speaker, beauty pageant titleholder and sports broadcaster. Kennedy won a 1982 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture award for her performance as Julie Winters in the 1981 film Body and Soul co-starring alongside her then–husband Leon Isaac Kennedy. Kennedy won the NAACP Theater Award for Best Producer along with her current husband Bill Overton for their production of the acclaimed staged musical, The Journey of the African American. Kennedy is an Emmy Award winner for her coverage of the Rose Parade and was nominated for an Emmy for her coverage of the news feature on soldiers on the DMZ in South Korea for NBC's Speak Up America in 1980. Ebony Magazine announced as "One of the 20 Greatest Sex Symbols of the 20th Century," and in the 1980s, Coca Cola USA named Jayne Kennedy "The Most Admired Black Woman in America". Jayne Harrison was born October 27, 1951 in Washington, D.
C. to machinist Herbert Harrison and his wife, Virginia. Harrison attended Wickliffe High School in Ohio, she represented Wickliffe High School at the American Legion's Girls State mock-government program and was elected as a senator to the American Legion's Girls Nation program in Washington D. C. where she won the office of Vice President of the United States and was sworn into office by VP Spiro T. Agnew. While still in high school, Kennedy was crowned Miss Ohio USA in 1970, was one of the 15 semi–finalists in the 1970 Miss USA Pageant, it was rare for an African American woman at that time to be in the contest. In 1971, Kennedy and her then-husband Leon Isaac Kennedy moved to California to pursue careers in acting, she began with Martin's Laugh-In as a dancer. She traveled as one of the Hollywood Deb Stars on Bob Hope's Bases Around The World Christmas Tour that included stops in Vietnam and Cuba. Kennedy won a spot of one of The Dean Martin Show's Ding-A-Ling Sisters for three years, performing in night clubs across the United States as a singer/dancer.
In 1978, she won national acclaim as one of the first women to enter the male-dominated world of sports as an announcer on The NFL Today. She went on to be the only female to host the syndicated TV series Greatest Sports Legends. Kennedy has been on the covers of Ebony and Essence magazines numerous times. In the early 1980s she wrote and starred in the Love your Body exercise videos and produced the first in-flight exercise in the sky program for American Airlines, A Aerobics, at the same time, she had worked as a corporate spokeswoman for Esoterica, Revlon, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, Bankers Systems, Butterick Patterns and 6 years with Coca-Cola's Tab and Diet Coke. Beginning in the 1990s, Kennedy moved away from the limelight to spend more time with her family. A mother of four daughters, Kennedy has been an advocate for equality in sports for girls. For many years, she worked for the Children's Miracle Network, where she helped raise billions of dollars for Children's Hospitals along with. A year after high school, Harrison met a DJ and a struggling actor/writer.
They married in 1971. Motown singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson served as best man at their wedding, they divorced in 1982. In 1985, Kennedy married actor Bill Overton, they have four children: his daughter Cheyenne and their three daughters Savannah Re, Kopper Joi and Zaire Ollyea. Group Marriage — Judy Ironside episode "The Last Payment" Banacek episode "Rocket to Oblivion" Sanford and Son season 4 episode 5 "There'll be some changes made" The Six Million Dollar Man episode: "The Song and Dance Spy" Let's Do It Again — Girl at Factory The Rockford Files episode: "Foul on the First Play" The Muthers — Serena Big Time — Shana Baynes Wonder Woman Episode: "Knockout" Fighting Mad — Maria Russell Mysterious Island Of Beautiful Women — Chocolate Chips episode: "Kidnap" Chips episode: "Mitchell and Woods" The Love Boat various episodes Body and Soul — Julie Winters Diff'rent Strokes episode: "The Moonlighter" Benson episode: "Three on Mismatch" 227 episode: "Washington Affair" Jayne Kennedy at AllMovie Jayne Kennedy on IMDb The Legend of Jayne Kennedy...