Comedian Bob Hope's made her one of his regular entertainers on his USO tours. A TV-movie The Sex Symbol (1974) had her playing a tragic Marilyn Monroe type goddess.
She attended Catholic boarding schools in her formative years and a distinct interest in music led to her forming a vocal quartet called "The Foremost" which was comprised of Connie and three men. In Hollywood from 1953, Connie formed yet another vocal group "The Three Debs" while trying to break into films as an extra.Although she managed to co-star in a few mediocre teen dramas such as Young and Dangerous (1957), Eighteen and Anxious (1957), The Party Crashers (1958), and Dragstrip Riot (1958), it was comedian Jerry Lewis who set things in motion by casting the unknown starlet in his comedy Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958). signed her up for their hot detective series Hawaiian Eye (1959) and she was off.