Fran Jeffries, a nightclub singer with a silky voice and an actress who performed a provocative samba dance in 1963's "The Pink Panther," died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles, California, of multiple myeloma, according to multiple news sources. She was 79.
Jeffries sang "Shadows of Paris" in the film "A Shot in the Dark." She also had a minor role in "Sex and the Single Girl," the 1964 film that starred Tony Curtis. She also performed duets on television with the singers Tom Jones, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder.
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Her recordings include the 1960s single "Sex and the Single Girl," a cover of the John Lennon and Paul McCartney song "Yesterday," "Springtime (Can Really Hang You Up the Most)," "All the Love," and Ain't Misbehavin'." In 1966, she cut an album titled "This Is Fran Jeffries."
In addition to "The Pink Panther," Jeffries had parts in "The Buccaneer" (1958), "Sex and the Single Girl" (1964), "Harum Scarum" (1965), and "A Talent for Loving" (1969).
Frances Ann Makris Jeffries was born May 18, 1937, in San Jose, California. She married five times; each marriage ended in divorce.
Her daughter from her marriage to singer Dick Haymes, Stephanie Haymes-Roven, survives her, as do two granddaughters.
Published by Post Tribune on Dec. 21, 2016.