Las Vegas entertainer Jeneane Marie Cranert died Wednesday.
A news release said Cranert lost her battle with cancer and passed away at her home with her daughter Briahna and family by her side.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 28, 1955 Cranert was encouraged by both her mother and father to be in show business when she took up dancing, acting, and modeling. She began performing professionally at the tender age of 15.
After high school graduation, she joined a pop band named “Colored Rain” and toured the nation, doing shows in Alaska, California, and Texas.
During a stop in Las Vegas in 1979, she climbed on stage in front of Don Rickles, who she said liked what he heard. And as they say in show business, “the rest is entertainment history.”
With a career spanning nearly 50 years, Jeneane Marie as she was known as on the stage, reached the pinnacle of her career when Frank Sinatra heard her singing in a lounge at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, in the 1980s. He asked her to be his opening act for “Ol’ Blue Eyes” and she agreed.
The three-octave vocalist went on to appear on the Jerry Lewis Telethon numerous times, and opened for such headlining stars as, Wayne Newton, George Carlin, Liberace, Don Rickles, BB King, Mel Torme, Josh Grobin, Tanya Tucker, Bette Midler, and Barbara Streisand to name just a few.
She once told an interviewer during her battle with cancer, “Cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me, because it grounded me again. It’s brought me back to the foundation of everything I know.”