Saturday, February 28, 2015

#85 Marianna Hill

Marianna Hill bounced back and forth between movies and TV – she was an Elvis girl as well as a Star Trek babe. Her versatility took her from cornball TV shows like Mayberry RFD to art films like Medium Cool and the under-appreciated Messiah of Evil. And her expertise with dialects and a willingness to don wigs of all styles and colors made her something of a Meryl Streep of the B’s. Though she appeared in The Godfather II and also opposite Clint Eastwood in High Plains Drifter, she never really received roles worthy of her talent. 

By the way, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen her strip scene in El Condor. This is a family-oriented blog, so I won't include any links to that (cough, cough, YouTube, cough, cough).

Embarrassing Real Name:  Mariana Schwarzkopf

Embarrassing Movies

  • Chief Zabu
  • Paradise, Hawaiian Style
  • Messiah of Evil *
  • Death at Love House *
  • Blood Beach *
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines

  • Here comes the speed breed!
  • Fang and claw killers stalk the city streets!
  • The biggest, most violent adventure ever to explode you out of your seat!
  • A Criminally Insane Murderer Escapes From The Institution – By Becoming Invisible!

Embarrassing Characters

  • Belladonna
  • Lani Kaimana
  • Gundred Herzallerliebst
  • Bliss Joy

Interesting Tidbits

  • Yes, she is related to Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf
  • Of English, Spanish, Jewish, and Native American descent
  • Grew up in the US, UK, and Spain
  • Lives in London
  • Coached acting at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Studio there
  • Once dated Henry Kissinger
  • Claimed to have an IQ of 165

Where can I learn more?

Paging Ralphie Parker. Paging Mr. Ralphie Parker ...

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

#86 Yvette Mimieux

Hard to believe, but Yvette Mimieux is not really French! Yes, it is true that her father was a French native. Her mother, however, was Mexican. And Yvette herself was born in L.A.

That said, she always did remind me of a poor man’s Catherine Deneuve. She has the same elegant, demure, vulnerable, rather girl-like, and – I’ll admit – very French persona. Unlike Mlle. Deneuve, though, Mlle. Mimieux was in more than her share of classic B’s.

One of my personal favorites of those is The Time Machine, where Yvette portrays a very fetching Eloi. In fact, I’m pretty sure I had a major crush on her Weena back when I was ten or so.

BTW, she still looks great today.

Embarrassing Movies
  • The Neptune Factor
  • The Delta Factor
  • Hit Lady
  • Journey into Fear
  • Snowbeast *
  • Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell *
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines

  • DEAN GOES FOR YVETTE...YVETTE GOES FOR DEAN...and the whole town goes ape over a quartet of olive-pickin' chimps!
  • Mickey Spillane. His Gut-Ripping! ... Face Splattering! ... Adventure Turns a Caribbean Paradise into a Bullet-Riddled Island of Hell!
  • The storekeeper's daughter! The midnight fight! In the path of the speeding killer-cruiser! "The Three Brutes!" (?!?!)

Embarrassing Characters

  • Weena
  • Lorinda Nibley
  • Deliverance
  • Chi Chi Desnoyer

Number of Marriages:  3

Interesting Tidbits

  • Once made a recording reading Beaudelaire’s Le Fleurs du Mal with Ali Akbar Khan’s ragas in the background
  • Is into yoga, and created her own yoga fitness video
  • Is an amateur anthropologist (?!?!)

Where can I learn more?   

Yvette and friend

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

#87 Corinne Clery

Most of us know Corinne Clery from one of two incarnations:
  • As Moonraker’s Corinne Dufour, one of Hugo Drax’s many henchwomen. (Yes, she’s the one who makes out with Bond and then, in retribution, is chased down by Drax’s Dobermans.)
  • As the female lead (i.e., O) in The Story of O.
The latter is actually much more representative of Mlle. Clery’s oeuvre. In fact, her cinematic career is mostly soft porn. I actually had a hard time finding pictures of her with her clothes on!

Embarrassing Real Name:  Corinna Piccolo

Embarrassing Movies

  • Striptease
  • Holiday Hookers
  • Fleshy Doll
  • White Cobra Express
  • The Humanoid
  • Yor, the Hunter from the Future

Embarrassing Taglines

  • She was depraved, debauched, lying, conniving, cheating, scheming, lewd, shrewd ... Everything he ever wanted in a woman!
  • He is from a future world. Trapped in prehistoric times. Searching for his past. A hunter of incredible power and strength. In his quest for his origin, he and the woman he loves must fight hostile tribes. Battle deadly beasts. And try to survive the violent forces of a newly born Earth.
  • The Masterpiece of Bizarre Love That Stormed France. A Portrait of Love and Submission to Disorder the Senses.

Embarrassing Characters

  • Senine
  • Ponyette
  • Ka-Laa
  • O

Number of Marriages:  3

Whiffs of Scandal:
  • First marriage at age 17
  • The Story of O and all that other soft porn 

Where can I learn more?
"Bloody Peanuts"???

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Friday, February 6, 2015

#88 Chelo Alonso

Chelo Alonso was born in Cuba, was half Mexican, and was known for that very Italian genre, the sword and sandal epic. The highlight of each of these seemed to be her doing some hot and sexy dancing before some Hercules or Samson or whoever.

Her acting skills appear to have run the gamut from fiery Latina A to fiery Latina B. Obviously, though, she wasn’t there for her thespian skills. Her nickname was the “The Cuban H-Bomb.” You really have to check out some of her “dance sequences” on YouTube.

Boring Real Name:  Isabella Garcia

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Central Lugareno, Cuba

Cheesy Pageant Titles:  Italian Cinema's Female Discovery of 1959

Embarrassing Movies

  • The Pirate and the Slave Girl
  • Sheba and the Gladiator
  • Goliath and the Barbarians
  • Atlas Against the Cyclops
  • The Huns

Embarrassing Taglines
  • Passionate Savages Fighting For Their Lives ... Their Loves ...

Embarrassing Characters
  • Suleima
  • Karima
  • Tanya, Queen of the Tartars
  • Queen Smedes

Interesting Tidbits
  • 36-21-36
  • Was the main star of the Folies-Bergeres, and was hailed as the next Josephine Baker
  • Was asked by Che Guevara personally to return to Cuba after the revolution
  • Upon retirement, became a cat breeder, hotelier & restaurateur

Where can I learn more?

Nice hat!

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