Friday, January 29, 2016

#40 Judith Brown

Judith Brown is a painter, track and field athlete, historian, dancer, and the wife of Jerry Lee Lewis. Wait... Wrong Judith Brown. (Hey, it’s a common name.) 

Our Judith Brown was the queen of babes-behind-bars movies, starring in the classics The Big Doll House and Women in Cages. You’ll find her frequently as Judy Brown (guess she couldn’t make up her mind). 

Embarrassing Real Name:  Judith Brownstein

Cheesy Pageant Titles:  Miss Golden Globe, Most Promising Newcomer

Embarrassing Movies
  • Slaughter’s Big Ripoff
  • Willie Dynamite
  • Psychic Killer *
  • Bloodeaters (AKA Toxic Zombies)
  • Women in Cages *
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines
  • They caged their bodies … but not their desires
  • NOTHING prepared the world for the HORROR ...
  • Soft young girls behind hard prison bars
  • Naked lust that builds to a climax of death

Embarrassing Characters
  • Gorgia
  • Norja
  • Collier
  • Badmouth in bar

That's Roberta Collins on the right, by the way

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • Elvis *
  • Henry Kissinger

Whiffs of Scandal
  • Some nudity
  • First movie, the X-rated Danish Threesome, was impounded by the US government 

Interesting Tidbits
  • Cut a 45 when she was fourteen *
  • Was once on Mister Rogers Neighborhood
  • Currently lives in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, where she runs a bed and breakfast

Where can I learn more?

* This is such a common name, that this might just be another Judith/Judy Brown.

Possibly not the right Judith Brown

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Friday, January 22, 2016

#41 Victoria Vetri

Victoria Vetri was your typical Playmate turned B movie babe until something went wrong … very wrong. Under the heading “Legal Difficulties,” Victoria’s Wikipedia entry explains:

Vetri was charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting [husband Bruce] Rathgeb from close range inside the Hollywood apartment they were then sharing after an argument on Saturday, October 16, 2010. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division arrested Vetri the same day, and she was jailed on $1.53 million bail, which the judge refused to reduce, pending trial. In January of 2011, the same judge denied her attorney's request for a reduction of the charge of attempted murder, and she was ordered to stand trial on that charge. However, between January and September of 2011, the charge against Vetri was reduced to attempted voluntary manslaughter, to which she eventually pleaded no contest. The judge sentenced her to nine years in state prison.

The National Inquirer adds that “the couple were both high on methamphetamine and had been drinking at the time of the incident.” Sounds like my kind of gal!

Cheesy Pageant Titles:  Hollywood Deb Star

Embarrassing Movies
  • Group Marriage
  • When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth *
  • Invasion of the Bee Girls *
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines
  • Ordinary housewives turn into ravishing creatures
  • They'll Love the Very Life Out of Your Body!
  • Enter an age of unknown terrors, pagan worship and virgin sacrifice ...

Embarrassing Characters
  • Dolly Daly
  • Charisma Highcloud
  • Florence of Arabia
  • Isis (human form)
  • Ixzubin

Number of Marriages:  4

Whiffs of Scandal
  • Multiple Playboy shoots
  • Um, how about murder charges?
  • Nine years in prison then?

Interesting Tidbits
  • Her parents were immigrants from Italy
  • Also went by the name Angela Dorian (after the liner Andrea Doria)
  • Turned down the Sue Lyon role in Lolita 
  • Suffered two broken ribs when she fell out of a hammock on a Playboy photo shoot
  • Worked as a waitress and bartender after her movie career was over
  • Former friend of B movie babe Claudia Jennings

Where can I learn more?

Nice, um, claw thing

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Friday, January 15, 2016

#42 Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall’s IMDb profile states that she “is an amazing woman of many talents who has been very successful in a diverse number of fields. There appears to be nothing she cannot do when she puts her mind to it.” It does seem that she’s accomplished quite a bit after retiring as an actress, including:
  • Running her own real estate company
  • Managing a number of screenwriters
  • Earning a Ph.D. in nutrition from Pacific Western University (and acting as adjunct professor there)
  • Writing two books on pet nutrition, Natural Cat Care and Natural Dog Care

Before retirement? Well, we've got some classic B's, a handful of well-known flicks, and tons of TV. She was also an Elvis and a Star Trek babe.

Cheesy Pageant Titles
  • Miss Rheingold
  • Most Photogenic Beauty of the Year, Cannes
  • Most Promising New Star, National Association of Theatre Owners

Embarrassing Movies
  • Elvis Found Alive
  • Blood Devils (AKA Beast of Blood)
  • The Velvet Vampire *
* -  author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines
  • They desired her body... She craved their blood.
  • See Human Heads Transplanted!
  • She's waiting to love death! Climax after climax of terror and desire...where the living change places with the dead.
  • See natives eaten alive by giant vultures!

Embarrassing Characters
  • Girl
  • 2nd Girl
  • College Girl
  • The Mark's Girl
  • Volvo Boss

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • Shel Silverstein
  • William Shatner
  • Elvis (really more like a crush though)

Whiffs of Scandal:  Just a touch of nudity

Interesting Tidbits
  • Discovered by Rick and Ozzie Nelson while walking past their offices
  • Lists playing the pedal harp and dancing Argentine tango as hobbies
  • Is married to "noted British artist" Nazim Artist (and, yes, I do believe that's his real name)

Where can I learn more?

Oh, Pavel!

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Friday, January 8, 2016

#43 Julie Ege

Julie Ege was one of those perfect Scandinavian sexpots that were popular in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Think Anita Ekberg, Brit Ekland, Ursula Andress, and Ann-Margaret. 

Starting out as a Bond girl, Julie later did some Hammer flicks, then eventually moved onto the wink-wink-nudge-nudge sex comedies that kept the British film industry off life support. That last bunch includes such classics as:
  • Not Now Darling
  • It’s Not the Size That Counts
  • Rentadick

Now, she may not have been Merryl Streep, but Julie appears to have been a genuinely down-to-earth, warm, caring and very genuine person.  Too bad she's not still around (she died of breast cancer in 2008, at age 64).

Embarrassing Real Name:  Julie Dzuli

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Hoyland, Norway

Pageant Titles:  Miss Norway

Embarrassing Movies
  • The Last Days of Man on Earth
  • Creatures the World Forgot
  • The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires *
  • The Amorous Milkman
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines
  • Deadly Horrors! Dragon Thrills! The First Kung Fu Horror Spectacular!
  • See prehistoric love rites! See primitive chieftains duel in naked fury! See the young lovers sacrificed! See staked girl menaced by giant python!

Embarrassing Characters
  • Inga Giltenburg
  • Utta Armitage
  • Wenche Berg
  • Miss Dazzle 
  • Voluptua

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends:  Peter Sellers

Whiffs of Scandal:  Penthouse Pet

Interesting Tidbits
  • Began modelling at 16
  • Once worked in a bicycle factory
  • Came to the UK as an au pair
  • Cut a couple of 45s
  • Was in a Norwegian stage version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Worked as a nurse after retiring as an actress
  • Grew her own food and made her own clothes

Where can I learn more?

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Friday, January 1, 2016

#44 Evelyne Kraft

A stunning Nordic blonde, Evelyne Kraft had only 23 credits to her name, but somehow managed to get in some classic stinkers. The best of these, though, has to be the unbelievable Mighty Peking Man, AKA Goliathon. That title was rereleased by none other than Quentin Tarantino, who praised its “certain level of insane genius.” Be sure to get on YouTube and check out Evelyne’s “dances with leopards” clip from this film.

Interesting Real Birthplace:  USSR

Embarrassing Movies
  • Lady Dracula
  • The French Sex Murders
  • Ooh La La … The Little Blondes Are Here
  • Superbug: The Craziest Car in the World

Embarrassing Taglines
  • Action...Excitement...Spectacle beyond your wildest dreams!
  • A BUGgy ride to hi-hilarity!

Embarrassing Characters
  • Countess Barbara von Weidenborn
  • Sister Engelmunda
  • Janina Schluep
  • False Secretary

Interesting Tidbits: 
  • Married a wealthy real estate mogul
  • Gave up acting for charity work

Where can I learn more?

Dances with leopards

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