Francine Valli, Frankie Valli’s daughter from Mary Valli (former Mary Mandell, née Mary Delgado) was born in 1960 in New Jersey. She died of a drug overdose on August 16, 1980, in Newark, NJ. Frankie Valli’s daughter was just 20 years old. Francine Valli’s age would be 57 years old in 2017.
Little Francine Castelluccio (Valli) was living in New Jersey with her father Frank Stephen Castellucio (known to public as Frankie Valli), mother Mary Valli, older sister Antonia and older stepsister Celia. Frankie’s daughter was a talented child with an amazing five-octave voice.
The family lived in a large, Mediterranean-style house on Friedland Road in Nutley, NJ. Francine Castelluccio and her sisters used to play a lot outside the house, in the dead-end street. Were they happy as children? Did their parents’ marital bliss last? We will try to answer these questions below.
In 2011, the lead singer of the Four Seasons did comment on the difficulties of being a spouse of a performer. He said that “your partner has to understand they’ll always come second”, “she has to accept the long absences, that she’ll be raising the children”, and “I wouldn’t give up showbusiness for anybody.”
Francine Valli and Her Father Frankie
A 1977 interview with Frankie Vallie’s eldest daughter gave a picture of the difficulties of having a “celebrity” father. Toni admitted that she grew up “too fast.” Her and Francine’s father couldn’t always be home when they were growing up. Although he never forgot to call them on their birthdays or holidays, he barely had time even for himself. They would spend time together, but instead of just having a good time, they would often have to go to his job-related meetings, etc.
In 1967 Valli found out that he had otosclerosis, and couldn’t hear himself sing on stage. It was a very difficult time for the family, but after an operation the problem was rectified.
Mary Valli and the father of her two younger daughters were married from 1954 to 1971; Mary also had a daughter from a prior relationship. Francine Valli’s parents’ parted in 1971, and it was painful one for everyone involved.
Francine’s older sister, Antonia Valli resided together with them until her falling out with her Mary in 1977. After that, Toni moved in with her grandparents, who lived in a nearby town in New Jersey. She was dating at the time, and later went on to marry Four Season’s Gerry Polci; they would have two children together prior to their eventual divorce.
The sisters have accepted and even praised their father’s second spouse and their step-mother – a blond model named MaryAnn Hannigan, who Frankie married in 1974. By 1975, the newly-weds settled into an apartment in Fort Lee, N.J, and Frankie’s two daughters, Antonia, 16, and Francine, 14, would visit them there. Their father believed that he had finally found his place, both personally and professionally. However, his second marriage ended in a divorce in 1982.
Francine Valli’s father got married for the third time in 1984, to Randy Clohessy Valli. The couple had three sons together and separated twenty years after their marriage, in 2004.
According to April Kirkwood, Frankie Valli was in a relationship with her since she was 16 and he was 39 (since approximately 1974). The “affair” over 20 years. According to Kirkwood, Valli knew her since she was six years old and he was in his early thirties.
Frankie Valli’s first wife, Mary Valli passed away on April 28, 2007 at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. His third wife, Randy Valli died on July 4, 2014 in California. The singer of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You and “My Eyes Adored You”, Frankie Valli is still an active performer; he is 83 years old in 2017.
How Did Francine Valli Die?
On August 16th, 1980 Frankie Valli’s 20 year old daughter Francine Valli was found dead. The cause of death was a drug overdose in a tragic incident; although, there were speculations that Frankie Valli daughter committed suicide. Francine died from complications of mixing Quaaludes (Methaqualone, a sedative and hypnotic medication) and alcohol. At the time, the public were told that Francine’s cause of death was pneumonia. Unfortunately, we were unable to locate an official Francine Valli obituary.
Francine Valli biography is sadly very short. The 20-year-old had aspired to be a singer, and was still a student when she passed away. She died just six months after her stepsister and Frankie’s stepdaughter Celia Sabin Shelleck died when she fell off a fire escape. Celia, locked out of her NY apartment, tried to get inside via the fire escape and fell to death. The family was grieving Celia’s death. Francine’s paternal grandfather suffered a stroke in the summer of the same year.
Francine was gearing up to start singing with her dad, she had a wonderful voice. Tragically, her singing career ended before it even started. Online, you can find audio recordings of Francine Valli singing “I Try”, “Street Life”, “Midnight At The Oasis”.
Francine Valli in the Jersey Boys Musical and Film
In 2005, the Jersey Boys musical opened on Broadway. In addition to performances of The Four Seasons and Frankie Valli’s hit recordings, it features a biographical narrative by the members of the band (Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Bob Gaudio and Frankie Vallie), with Valli portrayed by John Lloyd Young. The musical dramatizes some of the real-life incidents from Frankie’s life, including his estrangement from Francine and her death in 1980. The show won six Tony Awards. In 2014, the musical was adapted into a film of the same name.
Francine’s passing unfolds in a Jersey Boys scene, where Valli gets a call while on the road. We need to note that Jersey Boys’ portrayal of her death is more of a fiction, and is chronologically inaccurate.
In the 2014 Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys film, one of the most tragic moments is when Valli’s troubled teenage daughter (played by Freya Tingley) dies from an unintentional drug overdose just before her setting to break into the music industry and recording a few songs with Crewe. Valli’s stepdaughter, Celia’s death in a fall from her apartment fire escape isn’t pictured in the movie (or the musical). Valli’s second and third marriages are also not included in the movie, nor are his children with Clohessy (son Francesco and twins Emilio and Brando).