Sunday, August 21, 2016

#11 Pam Grier

Well, we certainly can’t have a blog about B movie babes without including Pam Grier. She’s got the bod, the movies, and that incredible ‘tude as well. In case you weren’t already aware, her specialties were babes-behind-bars and blaxploitation flicks. Her typical character was total bad-ass – and total fox – all at the same time. She totally didn't need it, but her career was completely resurrected when Quentin Tarantino put her in Jackie Brown in 1997.

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Winston-Salem, NC

Embarrassing Movies
  • Strip Search
  • Black Mama, White Mama
  • Ghosts of Mars
  • Scream Blacula Scream
  • Women in Cages

Embarrassing Taglines
  • The baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town!
  • A chick with drive who don't take no jive!
  • See wild women fight to the death!
  • She's brown sugar and spice, but if don't treat her nice, she'll put you on ice!
  • Chicks in Chains... on the lam from a prison hell - manacled together by hate and the strange ideas a woman gets after 1000 nights without a man.
  • Animal desires... Human lust. Test Tube terrors... Half beast... all monster.

Embarrassing Characters
  • Gozelda
  • Vera Cruz
  • Ayesa, the Panther Woman
  • Dust Witch
  • Eleanor Braithwaite Winthrop

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Freddie Prinze
  • Richard Pryor

Interesting Tidbits
  • Is part Black, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American
  • Is the cousin of football star Rosey Greer
  • Was a military brat
  • Came in 3rd in the Colorado state competition for the Miss Universe pageant
  • Was a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos
  • Was discovered working as a receptionist at American International Pictures (probably the B movie company of all time)
  • Sang the theme song in The Big Doll House
  • Was on the cover of Ms. and Playboy at the same time
  • Holds two honorary doctorates
  • Is a big knitter

Where can I learn more?



Friday, August 12, 2016

#12 Magda Konopka

I’m afraid Magda’s a bit on the obscure side. I just couldn’t find that much about her. That said, she sure is a babe. And she was certainly in her fair share of B’s as well. Anyway, here’s to you, Magda!

Embarrassing Real Name
  • With a name like that? You’ve got to be kidding!
  • Though also known as Malgorzata Jolanta Desy de Boucherville

Cheesy Pageant Titles:  Lady Universe

Embarrassing Movies
  • Code Name Is Kill
  • Loves of a Nymphomaniac
  • Our Lady of Lust
  • Sex, Demons and Death
  • When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
  • Amazons Against Superman
  • Super Stooges Vs. the Wonder Women

Embarrassing Taglines
  • Risky Business in the World's Hottest Red-Light District!
  • Super-human feats of strength! Super-thrilling deeds of daring! Super-fantastic conquests of adventure!
  • Their target: HELL-ON-EARTH! Their job: HIT IT HEAD-ON!

Embarrassing Characters
  • Conchita Paronda
  • Beghira, Amazon Queen
  • Sweet Mama

Shortest Marriage:  3 months

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends:  Sean Connery

Whiffs of Scandal
  • Appearances in Penthouse and Playmen (an Italian Playboy)
  • Divorce proceedings cited severe beatings from her millionaire husband. He claims she cheated on and stole things from him.

Interesting Tidbits
  • Descended from Polish nobility
  • Started out as a model
  • Her Wikipedia entry includes the following interesting observations:
    • She claimed she wanted to keep a bear in her house, but this was not allowed under Italian laws.
    • In Rome, Konopka settled in the Parioli district, eating only smoked salmon that her mother sent her from London.
  • Likewise Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen:
    • A few days with Marchesa Camillo Casati Stampa and his wife on the Sardinian island of Zannone have legal repercussions.
    • Confesses to have gained 10 kilos since her modeling days and to have attended some wrong parties.

Where can I learn more?

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Friday, August 5, 2016

#13 Edy Williams

Sometimes, it’s good to know when to quit. With her knockout figure (39-26-37), gorgeous hair, and lively personality, Edy Williams was very popular in the ‘60s and ‘70s. As the years went by and her looks began to fade, however, Edy continued to hang on any way she could (including the occasional porno). She is known today mostly for showing up at the Oscars pretty much half undressed, year after year after year (and used to do something very similar in Cannes).

Embarrassing Real Name:  Edwina Williams

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Salt Lake City

Cheesy Pageant Titles
  • Hollywood Deb Star
  • Miss California Bikini
  • Miss San Fernando Valley
  • Miss Tarzana
  • Miss Sherman Oaks
  • Miss Encino
  • White Cane Day Queen

Embarrassing Movies
  • The Naked Kiss
  • Lady Lust
  • Hollywood Hot Tubs
  • Bad Girls from Mars
  • I Sailed to Tahiti with an All-Girl Crew
  • Snatch Masters 6

Embarrassing Taglines
  • It's ship-shapely all-girl crew took turns shaping up for the captain's watch
  • Shock and Shame Story of a Night Girl!
  • White hot desire melts cold prison steel!

Embarrassing Characters
  • Bikini girl
  • Saloon girl
  • Slave girl
  • Call girl
  • Mail room girl
  • Heather Darling
  • Ashley St. Ives
  • Hatrack

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • Russ Myer (her only marriage)
  • George Jessel
  • Mobster Mickey Cohen
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Wilt Chamberlin
  • Richard Pryor
  • Henry Kissinger

Whiffs of Scandal
  • Playboy appearance
  • Lots and lots of nudity
  • A little porn

Interesting Tidbits
  • Is descended from prominent Mormons
  • Grew up next to Johnny Carson
  • Insured her breasts for $1M with Lloyds of London

Where can I learn more?

Still lookin' good!

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Friday, July 29, 2016

#14 Valerie Leon

An extremely buxom, raven-haired temptress, Valerie Leon was a staple of British film and TV. She was a Bond girl (twice) and a Hammer scream queen, and also did a considerable amount of Brit TV. She operated primarily in comedies, especially of the standard, wink-wink-nudge-nudge British variety.

Valerie is still very active – on the convention circuit, acting, and doing a one-woman show about her life and career. And she still looks absolutely stunning. Shockingly, though, she is now a blonde!

Embarrassing Movies
  • Can I Keep It Up for a Week (wink, wink)
  • The Ups and Downs of a Handyman (nudge, nudge)
  • Queen Kong
  • Pitfire from Hell
  • Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb

Embarrassing Taglines
  • Stripped for Laughter! 
  • It's Sexcitement in Time and Space
  • A severed hand beckons from an open grave!

Embarrassing Characters
  • Margaret Fuchs
  • Atropos
  • Queen Tera
  • Space Queen
  • Queen of the Nabongas
  • Leda, Leader of the Lubbie Dubbies

Interesting Tidbits
  • Was a buyer for Harrods before acting
  • Her acting debut was as a chorus girl in Barbara Streisand’s Funny Girl
  • Was the Hai Karate girl
  • Was in 7 Carry On flicks
  • Played a dominatrix in The Revenge of the Pink Panther
  • Was the inspiration for Roxy Music's Beauty Queen (and, supposedly, Bryan Ferry's lover)
  • Is 6' 0"

Where can I learn more?

Nice hat!

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Friday, July 22, 2016

#15 Soledad Miranda

The quintessential haunted, doomed beauty, Soledad Miranda was killed in auto accident at the age of 27, just on the cusp of having her career really take off.  A discovery of Jess Franco, he changed her (according to Wikipedia) from “a young, dimpled, bubbly starlet” into the “pale, haunted, mysterious icon” anyone who’s a Franco fan has discovered on their own.

Real Name:  Soledad Bueno

Embarrassing Movies
  • Count Dracula
  • Sound of Horror
  • She Killed in Ecstasy
  • Pyro, the Thing Without a Face
  • Eugenie Sex Happening
  • Vampyros Lesbos

Embarrassing Taglines
  • A warning for the youth... An alarm call for the parents.
  • Hercules... Atlas... Goliath... Mighty Ursus towers above them all!
  • A Psycho-Sexadelic Horror Freakout!

Embarrassing Characters
  • First Dancer in Blue Dress
  • EugĂ©nie Radeck de Franval
  • Walburga Hassenreuter
  • Piluca

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends:  El Cordobes (Manuel Benitez – arguably the most famous bullfighter ever)

Whiffs of Scandal:  Soft-core porn

Untimely Demise:  In a car accident at age 27

Interesting Tidbits
  • AKA Susan Korday and Susann Korda (her porn name)
  • Given name means “solitude”
  • Drew the name Miranda out of a hat
  • Was half Roma
  • Made her stage debut at age 8 as a flamenco dancer
  • Almost became a nun
  • Cut a couple of records
  • Painted and wrote poetry
  • As with Elvis, there are rumors that she is still alive, with consequent sightings

Where can I learn more?

Nice hat ... and shades

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Friday, July 15, 2016

#16 Barbara Shelley

Well, what more is there to say about Barbara Shelley? The classic Hammer honey and scream queen should be familiar to everyone who’s ever expressed a liking for classic horror. Glamorous, statuesque, classy, intelligent, and sexy to boot, she was a perfect fit for the Gothic maidens and villainesses of the golden era of “Hammer Glamour.”  She is often referred to as “The Queen of British Horror.”

Real Name:  Barbara Kowin

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Marylebone (actually, a fairly tony part of London)

Embarrassing Movies
  • Five Million Years to Earth
  • Village of the Damned 
  • The Secret of Blood Island
  • Blood of the Vampire

Embarrassing Taglines
  • To caress me is to tempt death!
  • What Demonic Force Lurks Behind Those Eyes?
  • No woman alive is safe from the most frightening fiend in the history of horror!
  • Force more powerful than 1,000 H-Bombs unleashed to devastate earth! World in panic! Cities in flames!
  • A Monster With the Power to Turn Living Screaming Flesh into Stone!

Embarrassing Characters
  • Amira
  • Sorasta
  • Queen Flavia 
  • Anthea Zellaby
  • Aisling Ainsworth

Interesting Tidbits
  • Was originally a model
  • First film work was in Italy 
  • Arguably her most famous scream (in Dracula) was actually dubbed by Susan Farmer
  • Now works as an interior decorator
  • Is a big sci fi fan

Where can I learn more?

Everyone knows vampires don't ride bikes

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Friday, July 8, 2016

#17 Michele Mercier

Michele Mercier is known mainly for playing the part of Angelique, the heroine of a series of bodice-rippers set in 17th Century France and popular in the ‘60s (in France, at least). According to IMDb, this “catapulted her to almost instant stardom, rivaling Brigitte Bardot in her celebrity and popularity.” I don’t know if I’d go that far, but I definitely see some similarities between the two.

Embarrassing Movies
  • Web of the Spider
  • Summer Frenzy
  • Magnet of Doom
  • The Dance of Death
  • Women of Devil’s Island

Embarrassing Taglines
  • An Adult Affair in Luscious Color
  • Not Since FRANKENSTEIN Have You Seen Such Horror!
  • Plunder was the law – Love was the booty!
  • The most gruesome day in the calendar of the Undead!
  • A lusty look at a saucy sextet of lovely bawdies!
  • A story that goes beyond the boundaries of the Supernatural to the half-world of the living dead. Where a woman's soul inhabits a fly's body, where Vengeance is only a voice and where vampires suck only the blood of those they love dearest

Embarrassing Characters
  • Wilma Rappi
  • Elvira Acquamano
  • Augusta de Munchenberg
  • Adalheid, Countess von Walldorff
  • Pupa
  • The Wife

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • "A shah" (IMDb)
  • "Italian Prince N." (IMDb)
  • Marcello Mastroianni
  • Former Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi
  • Silvio Berlusconi

Whiffs of Scandal
  • Nearly bankrupt after being the victim of a swindle
  • Totally bankrupt after spouse disappeared with all her jewels and money
  • Another spouse, an alcoholic, ended up in a mental hospital

Interesting Tidbits
  • Half Italian
  • Originally a ballet dancer
  • Was in Truffaut’s Shoot the Pianist
  • Leading men have included Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Aznavour, Charlton Heston, Tony Curtis, and Charles Bronson
  • Worked in France, Italy, Britain, and the USA
  • Is a Chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  • Not to be confused with Michel Mercier and his detangling brush

Where can I learn more?

Nice, er, hat!

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