Saturday, October 10, 2015

#53 Marla English

I always considered Marla English the poor man’s Elizabeth Taylor … or perhaps Vivien Leigh with a little oomph. She looked amazingly like them both.

Unbelievably, she gave up her acting career at the ripe old age of 21. And she did it right before her “big break” – starring in an A movie opposite Spencer Tracy.

Nonetheless, she somehow managed to garner 17 credits in her four-year career, most of them in classic B’s, and typically as the “bad girl.” In the end, though, she really just wanted to get married (she and her husband had been married 56 years when Marla died in 2010), have kids (she ended up with five), and live a normal life.

Cheesy Pageant Titles
  • Fairest of the Fair, Del-Mar Fair
  • Miss Scorpion, U.S. Air Force's "Flying Tiger" Squadron
  • Miss Fiber Flower, National Florist Design Association

Embarrassing Movies

  • Runaway Daughters
  • Casanova’s Big Night
  • Hell’s Horizon
  • The She Creature *
  • Voodoo Woman
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines

  • They called her "JAILBAIT"!
  • Hypnotized! Reincarnated as a monster from hell!
  • A woman by day... a monster by night!
  • So savage, so stark, so vicious, it'll make your skin crawl!
  • If ever a picture was crammed with guts, this is it.

Embarrassing Characters

  • Sami
  • Myia
  • Princess Zara
  • Wild Willow

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • Dean Martin
  • Howard Hughes

Whiffs of Scandal:   

  • Playboy appearance
  • Appearances in mags such as Plush, Mr., and Scamp

Interesting Tidbits
  • Was a champion water skier as a teen
  • Began modeling at age 12
  • Had a bit part in Rear Window
  • Became a born-again Christian after attending a Bill Graham crusade
  • Lived on a remote ranch in northern Nevada for many years
  • After retiring from the movies, was notoriously private and reclusive

Where can I learn more?

Marla and friend

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