Associated acts: The Outlaws, Frank Sinatra, Célestin Jazz Ensemble, Marilyn Monroe, Quincy Jones

Vocal range
  • Mezzo-soprano, lyric type: G3 – A5
  • The Outlaws, founded by Carmen's 2nd late husband, Maximillian Genovese. Front-woman for the band, and notable in that it's one of the few female-fronted Rock n' Roll bands to exist in the 50s. Disbanded in 1957 after the death of Max.

  • Célestin Swing Ensemble, a side project started by Lisette as a way to break away from her rigid classical roots, and explore gypsy jazz. Carmen serves as a guest vocalist.

Albums Discography
  • Rebels With a Cause EP with The Outlaws, never released

  • Lady Swing with Célestin Swing Ensemble, released March 1958

  • Carmina d'Amore LP, Swing/Jazz album released March 1956, marking her debut solo career

  • Liquid Gold LP, Jazz album released December 1957


Solo track listings



Choreography (known burlesque acts, usually on rotation)
  • 'Bird Cage' strip-tease

  • 'Birthday Cake' strip-tease

  • 'Flamingo' strip-tease

  • 'Firebird' strip-tease

  • 'Island Girl' strip-tease

  • 'Martini Glass' strip-tease

  • 'Swan Lake' strip-tease

  • Several bit parts for Columbia Pictures. Eventually broke off trying for a big role when its production director, Harry Cohn, tried to bribe her for sex.

  • Vienna (1954) as 'Claretta Lavenza'/"Carmina d'Amore" — Won an Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role


Stage Credits

  • Our Town (as Emily Webb), Autumn 1946, Burbank High School

  • On Your Toes (as ensemble cast) Spring 1947, Burbank High School

  • Romeo and Juliet (as Juliet) Autumn 1947, Burbank High School

  • Anything Goes (as Reno Sweeney) Spring 1948, Burbank High School

  • DuBarry Was a Lady (as ensemble cast), Autumn 1948, Burbank High School

  • Servant of Two Masters (as Smeraldina), Spring 1949, Burbank High School 

  • Hamlet (as Ophelia), Autumn 1949, Burbank High School

  • Babes in Arms (as Billie Smith), Spring 1950 Burbank High School

  • Gas Light (as Bella) 1954, Theater des Westerns, West Berlin, Germany