Joseph Garzilli: Where Is Connie Francis’ Ex-husband?

Joseph Garzilli

Joseph Garzilli is the former husband of American pop singer and actress Connie Francis. The ex-wife of Joseph, Connie Francis is a top-charting female vocalist of the late 1950s and early 1960s. She was the first woman in history to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, just one of her other 53 career hits.

Joseph Garzilli: Bio Summary

NameJoseph Garzilli
Famous asConnie Francis’ ex-husband
Date of birth N/A
SpouseConnie Francis
ChildrenJoseph Garzilli Jr.
OccupationRestaurateur and travel agency owner

Who Is Joseph Garzilli?

Connie Francis’ ex-husband Joseph Garzilli is a restaurateur and travel agency owner. He is also credited as a writer known for his work in Opposite Corners (1997), according to his IMDb profile. His date of birth, age, family, and educational background are still unavailable for now.

Joseph Garzilli is one of the four husbands of Connie Francis. He was the third man Connie got married to. Their marriage was the only marriage of Connie that lasted for a long time as compared to her other marriages. In 1973, they got married in a beautiful ceremony that was attended by their family and cherished ones.

Joseph Garzilli and his then-wife Connie Francis decided to expand their family so they adopted a baby boy. Their adopted child is Joseph Garzilli Jr. He was born in 1974. He is 48 years old as of 2022. Joseph and Connie were married for 5 years before they got divorced. Their divorce happened in 1978.

What Caused Joseph Garzilli & Connie Francis’ Divorce?

After spending five years together in their marriage, Joseph Garzilli and Connie Francis decided to call it a quit. Their divorce happened after Connie was raped at the Jericho Turnpike Howard Johnson’s Lodge in Jericho, New York, while she appeared at the Westbury Music Fair in New York, on November 8, 1974.

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Connie Francis was reportedly terrorized for close to three hours at knife-point, raped, and robbed. She suffered a nervous breakdown from the incident and eventually, her marriage at that time which was to Joseph Garzilli was falling apart. Her career was also affected as well.

Joseph Garzilli, who was kind and considerate for a while, decided to end his marriage to Connie Francis. According to multiple sources, Connie revealed that Joseph’s farewell was: ”You’ve become a loser and I don’t like losers.” She added that he made millions from a travel business she bankrolled.

Connie Francis suffered from depression and took as many as 50 Darvon pills a day and rarely left her home in Essex Fells, New Jersey. She was paranoid about appearing in public and was physically incapable of singing before an audience. She eventually sued the motel chain for its poor security.

Connie Francis was reportedly awarded a $2.5 million judgment, at the time one of the largest such judgments in history, leading to a reform in hotel security. Till now, her rapist has not been found. She underwent nasal surgery and completely lost her voice, in 1977. She was operated on to regain her singing voice and was unable to sing for four years.

Connie Francis later lost her beloved brother George Franconero, Jr, who was murdered by Mafia hitmen. After George died, Connie was diagnosed with manic depression, and her career was halted. She was committed to multiple psychiatric hospitals. She even attempted suicide in 1984.

Where is Joseph Garzilli now?

Joseph Garzilli’s whereabouts are unknown. He has stayed away from the spotlight. It is uncertain if he is still alive or not. He has not appeared in the news in this recent times. As for his ex-wife Connie Francis, she is still alive as of 2022. According to sources, Connie was announced dead some time ago but it was later confirmed that she is still alive and the news was a hoax.

Ruth Kai Botchway

Ruth Kai Botchway is a Senior Editor at She is a graduate of All Stars Media College (2021) with a Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies. With more than two years experience in Journalism, she has served as an intern at Accra FM and worked with Green TV and Ashiaman TV. She worked as a Maritime Journalist/ influencer, producing Port and Maritime agenda initially aired on Ashiaman TV. You can reach her via email:

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