Lu Ann Simms

Lu Ann Simms

Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 21 Sep 2003 (aged 71)
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 97610732 · View Source
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Singer. Born Lucille Anne Ciminelli and raised in Rochester, NY. Became a regular cast member on TV's "Arthur Godfrey Show" in 1952 for three years, during which she was so popular that she inspired a doll and countless baby boomer girls were named after her. In 1955, like many cast members on the Godfrey show, she was let go without explanation. She married music publisher Loring Buzzell in 1954 and had two daughters—Cindy and Beth. Buzzell died at age 32 in 1959. She married Rochester liquor salesman Casper Stolt in 1961, but that marriage ended in divorce. After providing the singing voice for Annette Funicello in "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" in 1965, she took a hiatus from performing. She returned to recording in 1975 with a solo on the Sir Monti Rock III album "Disco Tex and the Sex-o-lettes." Struggles with alcohol plagued her life but she made intermittent returns to performing (including the Palm Springs Follies) before her death from pancreatic cancer.

Bio by: Chris Mirando

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