Please see previous postings on the Jacobs and Frank Families:
The Jacobs Family: Prologue
The Jacobs & Frank Families History Part One: 1904-1940
Frances was the daughter of Jack and Dora (nee Schram) Jacobs. Her children are Bill Frank and June Frank Frost Curran.
Frances Jacobs in pin-up photo framed and displayed in her son Bill’s home.
• In addition to her career as an entertainer, Frances was also a model and pin-up girl during the 1940s.
• June has a few of these pin-up photos in her family album. Bill has a large pin-up photo framed and displayed in his home.
• In the 1940s, Frances was featured as a centerfold in “Photoplay”, a popular magazine focusing on the lives and lifestyles of popular celebrities.
• She also appeared in “The New York Daily News” in a photo spread featuring performers who entertained the troops on board ships during World War II.
• June provided details of her mother’s professional life after the 1940s in an email to me dated September 30, 2014.
o Frances’ stage name was Sissy Lee. She’s not sure if there are two s’s in the first name.
o She worked in two restaurants when Bill and June were children. One was called the Steak Joint. June thinks the other was called Dempsey’s. Both were high-end restaurants in Manhattan. Frances was friends with the boxer Jack Dempsey.
• Frances also loved spending time with her dog Snoopy. In an email to me dated October 4, 2014, Bill described Snoopy as a black dachshund who used to run in stores and run out with merchandise.
Morris and Frances circa 1950s.
• Frances and Morris maintained a close relationship.
• Frances suffered stomach pains in 1959 which doctors incorrectly diagnosed. By the time she was hospitalized in 1960 they discovered too late that she had stomach cancer.
• Frances passed away on April 13, 1961.
• The entire family was present at her memorial service. Frances’ niece, Ellen Jacobs Richards, remembers that Frances’ father, Jack Jacobs, attended. Ellen and Jack sat together during the service.
• At the foot of her bed in the apartment Frances had shared with her mother Dora, was a large carved chest which contained many photos and mementos of her show business career. Unfortunately, the trunk and its contents were stolen while the family attended the service.
• Frances was laid to rest in New Montefiore Cemetery, Long Island.
Emails September-October 2014 from Bill Frank and June Frank Frost Curran.
Photos provided by and used with permission of Bill Frank.