Friday, September 16, 2016

#7 Mara Corday

Ava Gardner look-alike Mara Corday is pretty much forgotten today. The brunette sexpot was quite active during the ‘50s though – as pin-up; Playboy playmate; and star of sci-fi and exploitation flicks, as well as two-bit TV shows (The Man from Blackhawk, anyone?). She pretty much gave up acting at age 30 to raise her family.

Embarrassing Real Name:  Marilyn Watts (Mara’s from Marilyn, Corday came from a perfume ad she saw in a magazine)

Cheesy Pageant Titles
  • Go Girl
  • Ich Bon Girl
  • Honorary Fire Chief, Universal City, CA

Embarrassing Movies
  • Undersea Girl
  • Girls on the Loose
  • Problem Girls
  • Tarzan and the She-Devil
  • The Giant Claw *
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines
  • The daring and startling story of wild young love!
  • Nothing can tame them, scandal can't shame them!
  • The hideous inhuman being that defied every law of nature
  • More terrifying than any horror known to man comes a creeping, crawling monster whose towering fury no one can escape!

Embarrassing Characters
  • Nono
  • Paca
  • Stick Lady
  • Moccasin Mary

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • Lex Barker (former Tarzan)
  • Audie Murphy 
  • John Wayne

Quite possibly, my favorite cheesecake pic of all time

Whiffs of Scandal
  • Worked as an underage showgirl
  • Appeared in mags such as Cover Girl Models, Modern Man, He, and The Male Point
  • Appeared in Playboy (though times were so innocent she managed to keep her clothes on and still be Playmate of the Month)

Interesting Tidbits
  • Fascinated by movies from an early age, was an autograph hound and an usherette
  • Was once the most photographed woman in the world, posing for over 10,000 pictures
  • Shared top billing once with a mule (Francis Joins the WACS)
  • Still does bit parts for friend Clint Eastwood

Where can I learn more?

And you call that cheesecake?

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