Kaye Stevens: Rat Pack performer dead at 79

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Kaye-Stevens.jpgSinger and actress Kaye Stevens, who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," has died at a central Florida hospital. The cause of death was breast cancer and a series of blood clots. She was 79.

Young people may not be familiar with her work, but Stevens performed with Rat Pack members including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop. She also sang solo at places like Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and the Plaza Hotel's Persian Room in New York City.

During the Vietnam War era, Stevens performed for American soldiers in the war zone with Bob Hope's USO tour, like many actors and actresses of her day. She appeared in six movies, earning a Golden Globe nomination in 1964 for "The New Interns." She was a regular guest on game shows and appeared as a regular on "Days of Our Lives" from 1974-79. Check out her performance of "I Want to Be Happy" at 6:26 in the video below.

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