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Keely Smith

Soundtrack, Actress
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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Industry: Soundtrack
Residence:  Norfolk, Virginia, USA
BirthDay: 9 March 1928
Sigh: Aries
BIOGRAPHY

Keely Smith was born March 9, 1928 in Norfolk, VA. After her parents divorced and her mother remarried Jesse Smith when she was nine years old, she changed her name to Keely Smith after she joined Louis Prima and his band. Her family had a tough time and her three brothers and her took in laundry to make ends meet. In 1947, she was on a vacation trip to New York City where the heat became oppressive. The family decided to go to Atlantic City, N.J. instead. Keely went to the Steel Pier where Louis Prima was appearing. In 1948, Prima appeared at the surf club in Virginia looking for a singer. Keely auditioned and was selected and hit the road at 18-years-old. They were subsequently married on July 13, 1953 and issued two daughters, Toni Prima and Luanne Prima. Keely was Prima's fourth wife. For many years, they appeared together in Las Vegas with bandleader Sam Butera and made "that old black magic" a standard. In 1961, Keely filed for divorce citing extreme mental cruelty. In 1965, she married Jimmy Bowen, a record producer and they were later divorced. She currently lives in Nevada and makes appearances in the Las Vegas area. Prima died in a nursing home in New Orleans on August 24, 1978 after being in a coma for several years. Her film credits include: Sing Sing Sing (2002), Thunder Road (1958) and Hey Boy! Hey Girl! (1959).

TIMELINE
2002

Her film credits include: Sing Sing Sing (2002), Thunder Road (1958) and Hey Boy! Hey Girl! (1959)

1978

These include The Deer Hunter (1978), Raging Bull (1980), Analyze This (1999), That Old Feeling (1997), Big Night (1996) and Mad Dog and Glory (1993)

1965

In 1965, she married Jimmy Bowen, a record producer and they were later divorced

1964

Foyt's girlfriend and appeared at the 1964 Indy 500 with him

1961

In 1961, Keely filed for divorce citing extreme mental cruelty

1958

Recorded many successful duets with Louis Prima, their best-known hit being "That Ol' Black Magic", which was a top-20 hit in 1958

1953

They were subsequently married on July 13, 1953 and issued two daughters, Toni Prima and Luanne Prima

1948

In 1948, Prima appeared at the surf club in Virginia looking for a singer

1947

In 1947, she was on a vacation trip to New York City where the heat became oppressive

1937

They also had hits with "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen," which was also a hit for The Andrews Sisters in 1937

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