Frances Langford

Singer, Actress, Philanthropist

For decades beloved entertainer and philanthropist Frances Langford made her home on the Treasure Coast and made substantial contributions to our way of life. Her memory and legacy remain strong as our community continues to benefit from her vision and generosity through the newly established Francis Langford Fund for Martin County, the most recent named fund under the direction of the Martin County Community Foundation. In 2016, the Martin County Community Foundation was honored to receive $8M from the Frances Langford Foundation that will provide funding in perpetuity to organizations and causes most dear to Ms. Langford.

Before moving to her estate in Jensen Beach in 1945, Frances Langford was an internationally renowned star with a career that included singing and acting in more than 30 films, four radio programs, and three television shows. During World War II, she entertained the troops with her signature tune, “I’m in the Mood for Love” with Bob Hope’s USO tours. Later, Hope and other celebrities would be guests on the Chanticleer, the 110-foot fishing yacht owned by Ms. Langford and her husband, Harold Stuart. An active angler, Frances supported local environmental causes, supported a wide range of non-profit organizations, and hosted fundraising events on the Chanticleer and her estate, which she shared with her beloved peacocks.

The Frances Langford Foundation was created in 2005 after her passing in 2005. From its inception to its present reincarnation within the Martin County Community Foundation, the Frances Langford Foundation had been a major force for philanthropy on the Treasure Coast, providing more than $26M in grants to 122 agencies. The new Frances Langford Fund for Martin County will continue the good work of the Foundation.