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93-Year-Old Naples Resident Becomes Unlikely TikTok Star
09-24-2021

Marie Frances “Fran the Hip Gram” O’Brien has gone viral! A video of her and her granddaughter dancing was uploaded to TikTok and has amassing more the 7.5 million views.

O’Brien, affectionately known as Fran, is a resident at The Carlisle Naples in Southwest Florida. She works with her 33-year-old granddaughter Allison to create content for the “Fran the Hip Gram” TikTok account. They made their first video two years ago when O’Brien’s daughter was undergoing chemotherapy and they wanted to bring a smile to her face. Since then, they’ve uploaded more than 20 videos and have 100,000 followers. Allison also coordinates Zoom calls with O’Brien’s “fans” from across the globe, including Australia, Sweden and Denmark.

O’Brien has been dancing since she was 15 years old when she performed in shows for WWII service men. The viral video shows Fran holding a grand-daughter as they dance around the room and fast-forwards to O’Brien being the one lifted up as dance to Whitney Houston’s hit song, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”

On her newfound fame, Fran says, “I do what I can to spread love and joy. I’m having such a blast talking with people from across the world who tell me I remind them of their grandmother. TikTok has become another way to help make a positive difference in someone else’s life.”

O’Brien’s TikTok fame has led to numerous interviews including a special feature in the Naples Daily News, USA TodayABC’s Good Morning and Newsweek

The Carlisle offers both Independent and Assisted Living lifestyles. Available on a monthly fee basis, the ECC-licensed and CARF-accredited community boasts a full range of services and amenities including 12-hour restaurant dining, housekeeping, transportation and activities. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 239-249-6877.

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