Friday, September 25, 2015

#55 Yvonne Craig

Green-eyed, petite brunette Yvonne Craig possessed a unique combination of sexiness and wholesomeness. She’s probably best known for playing the motorcycle-riding, high-kicking Batgirl on the Batman TV series. She also, however, was a two-time Elvis girl (and girlfriend) and a Star Trek babe as well (and a green-skinned one at that). Sadly, she passed away just less than a month ago.

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Taylorvile, IL

Embarrassing Movies

  • Ski Party
  • Eighteen and Anxious
  • Mars Needs Women *
  • Seven Women from Hell
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines

  • Parents may be shocked, but youth will understand!
  • Women... captured and enslaved – forced to the inhuman demands of barbarian conquerors!
  • When the SKI NICKS meet the SKI CHICKS it's called SNOW-A-GO-GO

Embarrassing Characters

  • Luluwa
  • Elena de la Madrid
  • Azalea Tatum
  • Ecstasy La Joie
  • Vickie Malone, Meter Maid

Shortest  Marriage:  Less than 2 years

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • Jimmy Boyd (sang "I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus" as an 11-year-old)
  • Mort Sahl (the comedian)
  • Bill Bixby
  • Elvis

Interesting Tidbits

  • A classically trained ballet dancer, was a member of the  Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at age 16
  • Attended UCLA, where she majored in Russian
  • Discovered at a Hollywood restaurant
  • Did her own stunts
  • Upon retirement, sold real estate, was an acting coach, produced industrial shows, and started a company doing prepaid phone cards

Where can I learn more?

Nice cone

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Friday, September 18, 2015

#56 Christa Linder

Christa Linder was your typical ‘60s/’70s Eurobabe. You know, the ones who did really cheesy B’s and soft-core porn in half a dozen different language and locations. In the midst of all her rather exotic credits, the one normal one – on Trapper John, M.D. – stands out like a sore thumb. Christa actually got her start as a Miss Austria.

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Berchtesgaden (yup, Der Fuhrer’s old hangout)

Pageant Titles:  Miss Austria

Embarrassing Movies

  • Condemned to Sin
  • Countdown to Doomsday
  • Hot Snake
  • Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill
  • Alien Terror
  • Sinister Invasion
  • Dracula in the Provinces
  • Blue Demon and Zovek in the Invasion of the Zombies
  • Trinity Plus the Clown and a Guitar

Embarrassing Taglines

  • Harry Rheem’s Last Adult Film
  • The biggest, barest, bawdiest, romp... since Eve started wearing pants!
  • Alone, only a harmless pet... One thousand strong, they become a man-eating machine! (from Night of a Thousand Cats)

Embarrassing Characters

  • Gold Sister
  • Mi Mo
  • Monna Lisa [sic]
  • Helen of Troy

Whiffs of Scandal:  All that soft-core porn

Interesting Tidbits

  • Was discovered lounging at a pool
  • Has made movies in Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Hungary, Lebanon, Mexico, and the good ol’ USA
  • Her sister Hansi (yup, Hansi) is also an actress

Where can I learn more?   

 C'mon, Christa, give us a smile!

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Friday, September 11, 2015

#57 Claudia Jennings

Claudia Jennings was one of the few Playboy playmates to make a successful transition to the silver screen, where she was known as “Queen of the B’s.” The stunning redhead specialized in what’s been termed “hicksploitation” movies, a popular ‘70s genre that featured swamps, moonshine, bad Southern accents, a prominent lack of dentition, and jailbait in cutoff jean shorts. Cludia often played a feisty, lusty proto-feminist character who could stand up for herself. Tragically, Jennings died in a car accident before turning 30.

Embarrassing Real Name:  Mary Ellen (“Mimi”) Chesterton

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  St. Paul, MN

Embarrassing Movies

  • The Love Machine
  • Deathsport 
  • Group Marriage
  • Moonshine County Express
  • ‘Gator Bait *
  • Truck Stop Women *
  • Sisters of Death *
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines

  • A locker room look at the toughest broads in the world!
  • Half Clad – All Bad!
  • 100 Proof Women Running Shine 'Cross The County Line!
  • Double-clutchin'... gear-jammin' mamas who like a lot of hi-jackin' by day... a lot of heavy truckin' by night!

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends

  • Hugh Hefner
  • Warren Beatty
  • Ron Wood
  • Keith Richards
  • David Bowie

Whiffs of Scandal

  • Lots of appearances in Playboy
  • Drug abuse

Untimely Demise:  Car accident (fell asleep at the wheel), age 29

Interesting Tidbits

  • Her mom was a college professor
  • National Merit Scholar, class officer in high school 
  • Was actually a receptionist at Playboy before appearing as a playmate
  • Was going to replace Kate Jackson  on Charlie’s Angels, but the network got cold feet
  • Was once on The Brady Bunch

Where can I learn more?

It was a popular pose

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Friday, September 4, 2015

#58 Adrienne Barbeau *

* - author has her autograph

Most B-movie actresses typically don’t start out on Broadway. Adrienne Barbeau did though. In fact, she won a Theatre Guild Award and a Tony nomination for her role as Rizzo in Grease. So, it’s not exactly Lady MacBeth, but it is a notch up from the romantic interest in Swamp Thing.

Adrienne had no illusions about her appeal.  Of Cannonball Run, she once said, “All the talent I needed was in my breastbone.” And of her turn as Maude's daughter in the TV show, she remarked:

What I didn't know is that when I said [my lines] I was usually walking down a flight of stairs and no one was even listening to me. They were just watching my breasts precede me.

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Sacramento

Embarrassing Movies

  • Valentine Magic on Love Island
  • Scooby Doo on Zombie Island
  • The Darker Side of Terror
  • Swamp Thing *
  • Burial of the Rats *
  • Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines

  • Science transformed him into a monster. Love changed him even more!
  • Lock your doors. Bolt your windows. There's something in THE FOG!
  • Look closely at your neighbor ... Trust no-one ... They might be THE THING

Embarrassing Characters

  • Marquetta Dinovi
  • Helga Von Guggen
  • Dr. Letitia Peplau
  • Cretak
  • Toluca Lake
  • Serksi the Gallactic Witch

Whiffs of Scandal:   

  • Worked as a go-go dancer in a Mafia-run New York City nightclub (check out this great – and very weird – sample of her moves)
  • Was in an off-Broadway nudie musical called Stag Movie
  • A fair amount of nude photos out there

Interesting Tidbits

  • Is half Armenian
  • Won the Cannonball Run
  • Was a Star Trek babe
  • Was married to horror director John Carpenter
  • Gave birth to twins at age 51
  • Has authored three books (a bio & 2 vampire novels)
  • Has released an album of folk songs

Where can I learn more?   

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

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