Celebrating the Fascinating Career Of Jeane Manson!
One reason I love my “2022 Sex Kitten Countdown” is to give credit to Cult Movie Queens who may not be as well known as they deserve to be – and in this case, it’s a wildly fascinating story!
Meet Jeane Manson!
If you don’t know her that’s OK…I didn’t either!
Jeane Manson was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She was an Actress and Model, but it was what she did after that is so interesting to me!
I’ll explain exactly what Jeane is doing here in a moment, but first, do you know how I happened upon her?
Well, as some of you may know from other stories, I collected movie newspaper ads growing up, and this was a “Sexy Nurses” triple bill at my local Seattle drive-in!
Get Ready To Be “Nursed” Back to Health!
What a “night at the movies” this was!
The Aurora Drive-In was always “flexible” with their checking of ID, so my friends and I routinely got into “R”-rated shenanigans like this wild triple bill!
The main feature was “The Young Nurses” and it had a hilariously over-the-top poster – check out all of the tag lines they include – every one of the a double entendre!
Check out the trailer for “The Young Nurses” a classic slice of exploitation cinema!
When she appeared in “The Young Nurses” in 1973, Jeane dropped the last “e” from her name and was credited as Jean Manson.
She did the same for “Dirty O’ Neill” the following year. In this gritty gem, a quiet little California town is jolted awake when three hoodlums attack and rape a young woman.
Kino Lorber has this film coming out on Blu-Ray in March!
Liv Lindeland was also in this film, I profiled her as well:
She appeared in Playboy in this groundbreaking photo, click on my story to find out why!
Speaking of Playboy, the magazine was instrumental in making Manson a star as well!
Manson hit the big time when she was chosen as Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for August 1974 – and as you can see, it was a great choice!
She appeared in the film “From Hong Kong with Love” in 1975, but it didn’t seem that film stardom was in the cards for her, as her credits across film and Tv were sporadic….however, there were those pictorials:
But this is the photo that tells the story of her next big break!
Jeane’s Career Path Takes A Musical Detour!
Here’s the fascinating part of Jeane’s story!
In 1976, she released the song “Avant de nous dire adieu”. Yes, she moved to France and became a Singer!
This is a picture of her in 1979, when she represented Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “J’ai déjà vu ça dans tes yeux”.
Manson’s Musical High Note!
Guess what? She was a mega-hit!
Jeane sold over 20 million records worldwide from 1976-1996!
In 1996, she recorded the first country & western album by a female singer in French.
In fact, her music career was probably bigger outside the US and here in the States!
Ultimately, Jeane Manson was awarded “The Order of Merit” by the Government Of France for her dedication to environmental causes.
Since 2012, Jeane has lived in Spain. An incredible career that took a fascinating turn!
Jeane Manson is a great example of an Actress / Model who left that business to achieve success elsewhere – and a great example of the positive impact that appearing in a magazine like Playboy can have:
Susan Bernard was not only in “Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”, she was the first Jewish Playmate!
Click here to see much more of her story as well:
Here’s the story of a Playmate who became an acclaimed stunt woman!
Karen Price has a fascinating story and you can read all about it by clicking on my story here:
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