Connie Francis is an American singer, actress and composer based in New Jersey and born in 1938. She first began her performing career at the age of 11 when she appeared in a talent show. Throughout her career since she has toured all over the USA, Europe, South Africa and Australia. Francis was also host to her own television show for a short time. As one of the first female musicians of the pop genre, Francis was a great influence upon women in the music industry.