Connie Francis is one of the greatest names in the music industry but she didn't have an easy life despite all of the success that she achieved.
In the 1950s and 60s, the famous singer reached the peak of her career and released several hits, such as Where The Boys Are, You, My Darling You and Stupid Cupid.
Francis had a rough start because no one would take her seriously She created several singles in the beginning but she couldn't keep the spark alive, as reported by Shared.
Her father, George Franconero Sr., was her manager and was always pushing her to do better, to improve her game so she could stand out from the crowd of artists looking to have their names up in lights.
His insistence led her to write Who's Sorry Now, the single that brought her career back to life. But while Franconero Sr. was a great manager, he wasn't the best father.
He had connections with the mafia, which led Francis to get very acquainted with most of its members. Mingling with mobsters would later rob her of a very important person to her.
After a successful duet with Marvin Rainwater when she was 24, Francis became one of the most requested celebrities in Hollywood. She recalled that she couldn't go to a bar or a restaurant without being offered something on the house.
Thanks to her connections with the mob, the singer was able to save her good friend, comedian Don Rickles, from having his legs broken after he made fun of a gangster's girlfriend during a show.
Unfortunately, she couldn't save her brother, George Franconero Jr., who had been slipping confidential information to the police. Francis' family found him dead on their doorstep.
One night, after a concert, Francis was approached by a man who held and raped her at knifepoint. Her father showed no sympathy and called her 'damaged goods' after that, but it didn't take long for him to follow the same path as his son.
Nowadays, Francis still performs. At 80 years old, she is full of life and claims that she plans on spending the rest of her life helping 'veterans, the mentally ill and crime victims.'