Saturday, June 25, 2016

#19 Laurette Luez

An unusual combination of Portugese, Hawaiian, and Australian, Laurette Luez was typically cast as the sexy, sultry exotic. She was the star – as Tigri, queen of the Island of Women – of one of the worst B movies ever, Prehistoric Women. Her active social life (including catfights and secret marriages) kept her in the tabloids.

Embarrassing Movies
  • Killer Shark
  • Bomba and the African Treasure
  • Love That Brute
  • Jungle Gents
  • Prehistoric Women *
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines
  • She lived on the edge of violence!
  • Savage! Primitive! Deadly!
  • She's got a luscious torso...and when she shakes it's even more so! 

Embarrassing Characters
  • Samal
  • Orena
  • Anatta
  • Felena
  • Laluli

Number of Marriages:  4

Shortest Marriage:  3 months

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • Samuel Goldwyn Jr.
  • Bobby Darin

Whiffs of Scandal
  • 30 October 51 – Secretly weds Edward A. Harrison, real estate investor, in Tijuana, Mexico.
  • 15 January 52 – Files for an annulment of her marriage to Harrison. She claims that Harrison had not received his final decree of divorce from his previous wife, and that she had not received a final decree dissolving her marriage to her previous spouse. She charges that Harrison threatened her life and her career. 
(from Glam Girls)

Interesting Tidbits
  • Made her stage debut at age 3, dancing the hula
  • Claimed she gave Marilyn Monroe her stage name

Where can I learn more?

For me?

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

#20 Nancy Kovack

Nancy Kovack is a unique combination of beauty and brains. Unfortunately, the first tended to outshine the second, and Nancy never really got the serious roles she longed for. Instead, she racked up the credits as a game show hostess, an Elvis girl, a Star Trek babe, and a Matt Helm Slaygirl (What? You’ve never heard of the Slaygirls?). She also did turns on Batman, Bewitched, Love American Style, and a Vincent Price horror flick. She gave it all up, though, to marry the famous conductor Zubin Mehta. I kid you not.

Real Name:  Nancy Kovach (I guess the “k” helped ensure correct pronunciation)

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Flint, MI

Cheesy Pageant Titles
  • Miss Flint
  • Miss Austin Healey
  • Witch of the Year, Charlie Weaver's Hobby Lobby

Embarrassing Movies
  • Jason and the Argonauts
  • Tarzan and the Valley of Gold
  • The Brain-Killer Affair
  • The Outlaws Is Coming (with the Three Stooges)

Embarrassing Taglines
  • It's Elvis as Johnny and oh, Lordy, how he can love! 
  • Follow his secret from bedroom to bedlam, with guns, girls and dynamite! 
  • The epic story that was destined to stand as a colossus of adventure!

Embarrassing Characters
  • Mallotte DuClasse
  • Athelstone Scone
  • Clio Vanita
  • Chou Chou
  • Big Shirley

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • Cary Grant
  • William Shatner
  • Zubin Mehta

Whiffs of Scandal:  
  • Sued Nancy MacDougal (of Whitewater fame) for embezzlement
  • Husband had illegitimate child while married to Nancy

Interesting Tidbits
  • Attended Univ. of Michigan at age 15 (and graduated at age 19)
  • Has a reported IQ of 158
  • Studied Farsi at UCLA
  • Won 8 beauty contests before age 20
  • Was a radio DJ at age 16
  • Got an Emmy nomination for a guest appearance on Mannix
  • Is a Christian Scientist

Where can I learn more?

Nice hat!

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

#21 Sherry Jackson

Sherry Jackson started out as an adorable child star, on things like the Ma and Pa Kettle series and the Danny Thomas Show. She quickly, however, “grew totally out of her pert and pretty teen figure into a ravishing stunner” (IMDb). Unfortunately, all that really meant was more TV (but this time as a “bewitching and capricious vixen”) and cheap exploitation flicks. 

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Wendell, ID

Embarrassing Movies
  • Wild on the Beach
  • The Mini-Skirt Mob *
  • Curse of the Moon Child
  • Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
  • Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines
  • She's tempting to look at – dangerous to know!
  • Get wrecked! Get chased! Get smashed! Get it on! The big red hot one is in town! 
  • They're hog-straddling female animals on the prowl

Embarrassing Characters
  • Abigail Bratkowski
  • Rebecca Snipe
  • Comfort Gatewood
  • Girl in Iron Lung


Absolutely amazing!

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • Troy Donahue
  • Elvis

Whiffs of Scandal
  • Shot some nude scenes for a European version of a movie (which later made their way into Playboy)
  • Sued the estate of her deceased boyfriend (and lost)

Interesting Tidbits
  • First work was dancing on tabletops at her parents’ Idaho saloon at age 2
  • Was discovered at a bus stop with her mother (maybe)
  • Another story has her discovered while eating ice cream
  • First film work at age 6
  • TV work included Lost in Space, Batman, The Twilight Zone, Charlie’s Angles, and Gomer Pyle

Where can I learn more?

Nice hair!

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Friday, June 3, 2016

#22 Vikki Dougan

It can be argued that Vikki Dougan invented the butt crack. Known as “The Back,” Vikki’s main claim to fame was appearing in dresses with a low plunging back. “Buttage,” if you will. This seemed to keep her constantly in the press, though all the publicity never really panned out to many acting credits (IMDb has her down for only ten). 

Embarrassing Real Name:  Edith Tooker

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Brooklyn

Cheesy Pageant Titles
  • Miss General Electric
  • New York Skate Queen
  • California Chiropractic Assoc. Perfect Posture Week Queen

Embarrassing Movies
  • Tunnel of Love
  • The Rebel Set *
  • Here Come the Jets
  • Hootenanny Hoot
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines
  • The Free-Living World of the Over-Teens!
  • Hilarious Sophisticated Entertainment for ADULTS ONLY!
  • 30 MINUTES TO LIVE - Head-hunter Drums grew louder in the jungle and a condemned criminal held 9 lives in his hands
  • B-GUYS! (The Beatnicks) Living and Loving for strange kicks! JET DOLLS! Ready and willing to go into orbit! KING OF BEATSVILLE! Master mind behind a million dollars worth of murder! THE "WEIRDIES"! Nobody knows what makes them tick!

Embarrassing Characters
  • Blonde
  • Karen, the Waitress
  • Putzi
  • B Girl

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • John Barrymore, Jr.
  • George Hormel (the meat heir)
  • Melvin Belli (the lawyer)
  • Lance Fuller (Ed Wood favorite)
  • George Raft
  • Frank Sinatra

Whiffs of Scandal
  • Disqualified from Miss Rheingold contest for being underage
  • First marriage at age 16
  • Appeared in Modern Man, Playboy, Cavalier, and Nugget
  • Lawsuits with the middle two
  • Was on the dole

Interesting Tidbits
  • Started modeling at age 11
  • Was “immortalized” in a song by the Limeliters
  • She was seen smoking a pipe, wearing a monocle, and sporting toe rings, long before the ‘60s really took off
  • Possible model for Jessica Rabbit

Where can I learn more?

I rest my case

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