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.