The magazines of the day showed her having summer fun with friends and Regulars at her folks' Sea Isle New Jersey Home
We only had to look at the beautiful condition of her hair to know Frani had the best of products and probably salons to make it that special, and we assumed rightly that she was one of the more privileged dancers on the show...just look at those stylish clothes she had!
What most of us did not know was that her family for many years owned Giordano's Italian Market in Philly--a very successful market that has survived through the decades. Here's a picture of that market taken during the time of American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary show in 2007 (50 years sinced it went National in 1957). Market pic courtesy of a friend of my website.
While researching the Giordano market, I found this article and maybe you will enjoy learning just a little more about Italian Markets...and the fact that this article has just one picture to typify "Italian Market"--The Giordano's Italian Market in Philly. ITALIAN MARKET. Read the article and at the end see a great 1954 B&W picture of Giordano's Italian Market. It's one of those places you would still recognize! And for good measure, here's one more article with video too relating to the history of the Giordano family business: GIORDANO PRODUCE
Frani was indeed a lucky girl--good family, many friends, and a comfortable life. This is what so many teens dreamed of in the 1950s. I am sure her folks' having this popular market helped to provide the good life for Frani. We were all happy for her and still are.