Connie Francis – 1938
The gorgeous pop star of the 60s, Connie Francis, was the first woman who topped the chart of Billboard Hot 100. It was not all rosy for Connie during the initial days as she faced a series of commercial failures but eventually made the breakthrough with her single The Majesty of Love in 1957.
Following a mild success of the single, she went on recording a decades-old tune Who’s Sorry Now and it rocketed up the charts to become an instant commercial hit. A string of hits including, Stupid Cupid, Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool, Lipstick on Your Collar, My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own made her the No. 1 female vocalist in the country.
Hollywood soon came calling to cash in on her newfound fame as she played the lead roles in a number of movies. Despite her rollercoaster life, Connie Francis has navigated through the heartbreaks flawlessly to emerge as a triumphant aided by her relentless tenacity.