Fran Jeffries, American actress and dancer, Died at 79

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Francis Makris “Fran” Jeffries (Frances Ann Makris) was born on May 18, 1937, and died on December 15, 2016.

She was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model.

Jeffries appeared in the 1963 film The Pink Panther, in which she sang “Meglio Stasera (It Had Better Be Tonight)” while dancing provocatively around a fireplace.

Jeffries sang the opening song “Shadows of Paris” in the first sequel, A Shot in the Dark, although she was uncredited.

Her parents were Esther A. (née Gauthier) and Steven G. Makris, a Greek-immigrant barbershop owner.

Jeffries’ figure was highlighted, albeit briefly, in a minor role in Sex and the Single Girl.

Fran Jeffries sang on The Tom Jones Show in 1969 with the host, doing a duet of “You’ve Got What it Takes” as well as “The Smokey Robinson Show” from the following year, in which she did solo numbers as well as a duet with Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder and the rest of the cast.

Jeffries was featured in Playboy several years later in 1971 at the age of 33 in a pictorial entitled “Frantastic!”.

During 1982, she posed a second time for Playboy at the age of 45.

Fran Jeffries passed away at 79 years old.

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