Saturday, December 27, 2014

#94 Yvonne Furneaux *

* - author has her autograph

I’m a little surprised at how little I was able to find about Yvonne Furneaux. I always figured she must have been a major babe back in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

I do know that her career featured an interesting combination of B’s (sword and sandal seemed to be a particular specialty) as well as some real classics (how about La Dolce Vita and Polanski’s Repulsion?).

Embarrassing Real Name:  Elisabeth Scatcherd

Embarrassing Movies

  • Dark Avenger
  • The Mummy *
  • Slave Queen of Babylon
  • The Death Ray Mirror of Dr. Mabuse *
  • Frankenstein’s Great Aunt Tillie
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines
  • The nightmare world of a virgin's dreams becomes the screen's shocking reality!
  • Psycho Puppet or Cold-Blooded Killer?
  • Flaming With the Barbaric Cruelties And Infamous Conquests of the Dark Age of Terror!
  • Its evil look brings MADNESS! Its evil spell ENSLAVES! Its evil touch KILLS KILLS KILLS!

Embarrassing Characters
  • Maria Maddalena Masanet
  • Ananka
  • Jassa

Interesting Tidbits
  • Went to Oxford
  • She was half French / half English, though born in France
  • She was trilingual - English, French, and Italian

Where can I learn more?

<#95          #93>

Saturday, December 20, 2014

#95 Stefanie Powers

Did you ever turn the TV on during the past 50 years? Well, you’ve probably seen Stefanie Powers then. She’s actually made more than 200 appearances on the little screen (though you may know her best for Hart to Hart).

She was one of those typical TV stars from another era who managed to portray sexiness and wholesomeness at the same time. I’m thinking actresses like Lori Saunders, Yvonne Craig, Barbara Eden …

Stefanie’s also done her fair share of work on the silver screen as well, though definitely not in any Citizen Kanes or Seven Samurais.

Oh yeah … She still looks incredible today.

Embarrassing Real Name: Stephanie Zofya Federkiewicz

Embarrassing Movies

  • The Astral Factor *
  • Skyway to Death
  • Experiment in Terror
  • Die! Die! My Darling!
  • Herbie Rides Again
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines

  • The night the loving ended and the killing began!
  • The ultimate in SHEER SHOCK!
  • Never such a tender love story! Never such a savage showdown! Never such restless natives!

Embarrassing Characters

  • Dottie Del Mar
  • Montana Gray
  • Kelly Green
  • April Dancer
  • Little Moon

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends

  • Eddie Fisher
  • William Holden

Interesting Tidbits

  • Is half Jewish
  • As a child, took a ballet class with Lana Wood and Jill St. John
  • Was a Hollywood High cheerleader
  • Signed a movie deal at age 15
  • Made her first movie under the name of Taffy Paul
  • Has cut a CD
  • Plays polo
  • Speaks six different languages
  • Is also a screenwriter

Where can I learn more?   

<#96          #94>

Saturday, December 13, 2014

#96 Lynn Bari

A curvaceous brunette with decent acting skills, Lynn Bari never really got her break. It’s not that she didn’t try – she was a contract player with Fox for 10 years, and tallied 168 total credits over a 35-year career. She usually played bad girls – villainesses, “man-killers,” and “the other woman.” Frustrated with her roles on the silver screen, she devoted the later years of her career primarily to the stage.

Embarrassing Real Name:  Margaret Fisher (the screen name comes from actress Lynn Fontaine and author J.M. Barrie)

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Roanoke, VA

Embarrassing Movies

  • Bottoms Up!
  • Charlie Chan in Paris
  • Ali Baba Goes to Town
  • The Amazing Mr. X
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Cops

Embarrassing Taglines
  • Slapstick chases!... Pies in faces!... Shapely beauts in bathing suits!
  • It's a fast life and a thrilling one for the motorcycle squad! Coffee pot cuties! Speed demon debs!...and big time thrills around every corner!
  • Love flamed in the shadow of death!

Embarrassing Characters
  • Young Townswoman
  • Second Hotel Switchboard Operator
  • Adelaide Frost Rickenbacker
  • Leota Van Cleef
  • Captain Fifi

Number of Marriages:  3

Whiffs of Scandal
  • Domineering alcoholic mother
  • Exploitative marriages
  • Lots of lawsuits over child custody, child support, alimony, etc.

Interesting Tidbits
  • Started out as a platinum blonde
  • Was a very popular WWII pinup
  • Was known as the "Woo-Woo Girl"

Where can I learn more?

What, no swimmies?

<#97          #95>

Saturday, December 6, 2014

#97 Claudine Auger

Claudine Auger is our first Bond girl, our first mademoiselle, and our first beauty queen. You’ll find those themes returning in this blog again and again.

Claudine was able to parlay her Bond stint into a photo shoot in Playboy and a spot on a TV special with Bob Hope and Danny Thomas (I know, hard to get any more glamorous than that).

After that, Claudine did little more on this side of the pond. Instead, she became something of a staple in French, Italian, and Spanish B’s, retiring with 80 credits total.

Embarrassing Real Name:  Claudine Oger (I guess that was too much like “ogre”)

Cheesy Pageant Titles

  • Miss France World
  • Miss World, first runner up

Embarrassing Movies

  • The Devil in Love
  • Kali Yug, the Goddess of Vengeance
  • Bay of Blood (AKA Twitch of the Death Nerve)
  • Sons of Satan
  • Black Belly of the Tarantula

Embarrassing Taglines

  • Madman or Mastermind? Who was using a comic strip as a BLUEPRINT FOR MURDER?
  • Dynamite is the drug in this brutal fight for survival!
  • With needles dipped in deadly venom the victims are paralyzed - so they must lie awake and watch themselves die!
  • The first motion picture to require a face to face warning. May be the last shock film you will ever want to see! Every ticket holder must pass through The Final Warning Station. We must warn you face-to-face!

Embarrassing Characters

  • Amrita
  • Isolina
  • Concettina

Whiffs of Scandal:  Married a man twice her age (he was 41, she was 18)

Interesting Tidbits

  • Was discovered by the Bond crew on the beach while vacationing in the Bahamas
  • Was 20 when she starred in Thunderball
  • Had her first child at age 49

Where can I learn more?

<#98          #96>

Saturday, November 29, 2014

#98 Marguerite Chapman

Like a number of actresses, Marguerite Chapman started out on the silver screen but then later moved almost exclusively to the smaller one. Her cinematic credits include some real winners (The Seven Year Itch, working with Edward G Robinson and Charlie Chaplin), but also some real B’s (just see below). Her TV credits include some standards (Marcus Welby  MD, Hawaii Five-O, Perry Mason), as well as several I’d never even heard of before in my life (Frontier Circus, The Whistler, Schlitz Playhouse). This beautiful brunette was also a successful model and a popular WWII pinup girl.

Embarrassing Movies

  • Bloodhounds of Broadway
  • A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob
  • Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum
  • Flight to Mars
  • The Amazing Transparent Man *
* - author has seen

Cheesy Pageant Titles
  • Girl with the Most Beautiful Hands, NY Photographers Guild
  • America's Number One Brunette, Coiffure Creation Council
  • Miss Breathless of 1943
  • The Gal it Would Be Nicest to Go ‘Chuting With, 541st Parachute Infantry Regiment

Embarrassing Taglines
  • A chamber of horrors becomes a murder hideout!
  • Female against Male ... in a savage land the law forgot ... but which the Nazis remembered!

Embarrassing Characters
  • Peasant
  • Sextette Member
  • Comrade Lisa
  • Mary Boleslavski
  • Nanon de Lartigue
  • Luella Purdy

Shortest Marriage:  1 year

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • Errol Flynn
  • Howard Hughes

Whiffs of Scandal:  Was arrested and charged with DUI after rear-ending another car and then refusing to take a sobriety test

Interesting Tidbits
  • Her childhood nickname was “Slugger”
  • Was discovered while working as a switchboard operator
  • During World War II, she entertained troops, sold war bonds and appeared in a string of war-themed movies
  • Was a decent painter
  • Was asked to audition for the “Old Rose” role in Titanic, but was too ill to do so

Where can I learn more?   

 Ommm ...

<#99          #97>

Saturday, November 22, 2014

#99 Kay Lenz

Kay Lenz has been acting pretty much since she was born. Her first credit was at six weeks, being held by Betty White in a TV show her dad produced. From there, she did lots more TV, a handful of decent flicks, and some real turkeys. Overall, she has 110 credits to her – well – credit, as well as two Emmys!

Embarrassing Movies
  • Sanctuary of Fear *
  • Trapped in Space
  • Trial by Terror
  • Prisoners of the Lost Universe
  • Stripped to Kill
  • Hitler’s Daughter
  • Shakespeare’s Plan 12 from Outer Space
* -  author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines
  • A family vacation takes a detour into terror.
  • It's A Fender Bending, Body Smashing Demolition Chase That Will Rip Off Your Roof!
  • A Maniac is Killing Strippers. Detective Sheehan Has One Weapon to Stop Him. Her Body.

Embarrassing Characters
  • Jerri Kane Hummer
  • Thursday
  • Breezy
  • Peep
  • Moke

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • Clint Eastwood
  • David Cassidy

Whiffs of Scandal:  Depression and near bankruptcy

Interesting Tidbits

  • Her mother was a radio engineer
  • Was a teen rider on the rodeo circuit
  • Was writer Ron Shelton’s first choice for “Annie” on Bull Durham

Where can I learn more?

< #100          #98>

Monday, November 17, 2014

#100 Dolores Faith

Let’s start this thing out with someone a little on the obscure side. Poor Dolores Faith doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry. And that’s not too surprising, given that she only has 13 credits to her name. But what credits they were (just see below) ... And what a babe she was (see below again).

Embarrassing Real Name:  Dolores Hedges

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Cleveland

Cheesy Pageant Titles:  Hollywood Deb Star, 1962

Embarrassing Movies:
  • The Phantom Planet *
  • The Human Duplicators *
  • Mutiny in Outer Space *
  • House of the Black Death
  • V.D. (AKA Damaged Goods)
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines:
  • Made to Kill or Love on Command!
  • Astounding adventure from the center of the moon!
  • Shocking! Startling! Shameful!
  • See! A 6 ft. astronaut shrink to 6 inches before your very eyes! See! The Moon Maidens! See! The attack of the Fire People! Starring DOLORES FAITH the Girl from Outer Space!

Embarrassing Characters:
  • Lorelei Lancer
  • Tanya Rovag
  • Zetha
  • The Rani

Whiffs of Scandal:  Spent some of her youth in an orphanage

Interesting Tidbits:
  • Completely deaf between the ages of 4 and 9
  • A natural blonde, she dyed her hair brunette
  • Had a feature story done on her in LIFE

Where can I learn more?

< Honorable Mention          #99>

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Best of the Rest

Man, that was hard! Narrowing down these babes to a mere 100 was one of the more difficult things I’ve had to do in quite a long time. I could easily have done 100 more.

But you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do, right? That said, I feel I have to at least give these other 100 some kind of recognition. So, here are my top 10 of the second 100.


#10  Christiane Schmidtmer

Christiane Schmidtmer is in here for meritorious service in babes-behind-bars movies. In particular, she was the sadistic, Lesbian commandant in The Big Bird Cage. Other than that, though, she only had 25 credits total, with her only other classic B title being The Giant Spider Invasion. A buxom, Germanic blonde, Christiane did make several appearances in Playboy


#9  Peggy Cummins

Peggy Cummins is in here mostly for a single movie, Gun Crazy. In that film, she plays a bad girl who convinces her “good” husband to go on a crime spree. The posters for that movie are the best part, with Cummins in a tight sweater, beret, and long, split skirt; holding a smoking gun; and looking totally hard-ass.

Like Christiane Schmidtmer, Peggy Cummins simply wasn’t in enough B’s to really make it into the top 100. She has only 27 credits total, with her only other classic B title being Night of the Demon.


#8  Barbara Payton

Barbara Payton was the ultimate B-movie bad girl. And by that, I don’t mean the roles she played, but her own persona and history instead. To wit:
  • Eloping at age 16
  • Dropping out of high school
  • Four marriages, as well as affairs with Howard Hughes, Bob Hope, and many others
  • Alcoholism and drug abuse
  • Arrests for passing bad checks and prostitution
  • Sleeping on park benches
  • Dying before age 40 of liver failure


#7  Diana Dors

Diana Dors was the UK’s answer to Marilyn Monroe. Unfortunately, Diana had none of Marilyn’s looks, acting skills, mystery, or fame. Some interesting tidbits (or titbits, as they tend to call them across the pond) about Diana:

  • Her real last name was Fluck
  • She was married to Hogan’s Heroes star and serial MC Richard Dawson
  • She used to put on orgies, invite well-known celebrities, and surreptitiously film them
  • She was denounced by the Archbishop of Canterbury as a “wayward hussy”
  • She was in a video by Adam Ant


#6  Senta Berger

Senta Berger would definitely have made the top 100 if she had only been in a few more B’s. She did appear in a couple of real beauties – The Terror of Dr. Mabuse and Kali Yug: Goddess of Vengeance – but that was about it. She’s actually a good representative of the decent actress who has a few skeletons in her closet. You’ll be seeing more of those types later in this blog.

#5  Joy Harmon

Joy Harmon is here, not for a single movie, but for a single scene in a single movie. In Cool Hand Luke, she famously – and very suggestively – washes a car in front of a sex-starved chain gang. If you’ve never seen it before, you need to stop everything and go check it out on YouTube RIGHT NOW!

Like Christiane Schmidtmer and Peggy Cummins, Joy Harmon notched only a handful of credits (27, to be exact). She was also in the cult classic Village of the Giants (which IMDb describes as, “Delinquent teen-agers ingest a substance and grow thirty feet tall, then proceed to take over a small town”).


#4  Virginia Leith

Virginia Leith is in here for one movie only, The Brain That Would Not Die. Poor thing, she spends most of that movie as a head on a tray. A very classy brunette, she really never seemed quite right for B’s – this one in particular.

Like other babes in this short list, Leith’s career was very limited (24 total credits). Her only other claim to fame is being in Stanley Kubrick’s first feature-length, the rather obscure Fear and Desire.


#3  Sybil Danning

Sybil Danning is just slightly out of our date range. Otherwise, she’d probably be in our top 10. In case, you can’t tell from the picture, she’s quite the babe. She’s also got 79 mostly B-grade credits to her name, including soft porn, babes-behind-bars movies, horror, sci-fi, peplum … you name it. Some of her titles include Naughty Nymphs, Chained Heat, Reform School Girls, Women on the Moon, and The Long Swift Sword of Siegfried.


#2  Acquanetta

Acquanetta, “The Venezuelan Volcano” … was actually born Mildred Davenport, in Ozone WY. She was Arapaho though.

Like the other actresses in this post, her credits were quite limited (11 total). She had some great ones, though – Jungle Woman, Tarzan and the Leopard Woman, Captive Wild Woman

#1  Tandra Quinn

Tandra Quinn may be the most obscure actress of any I considered. She has only five credits to her name. But what credits they are – Problem Girls, Girls in the Night, The Neanderthal Man, Mesa of Lost Women ... That last one is an all-time classic, and Tandra’s dance sequence is an absolute scene-stealer.