Liz Renay
American exotic dancer
Liz Renay
Liz Renay, née Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins was an American author, actress and convicted felon, who appeared in John Waters' film Desperate Living. She was born Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins on April 16, 1926 in Chandler, Arizona to "evangelical parents. " Renay was mobster Mickey Cohen's girlfriend. Renay was convicted of perjury and served 27 months at Terminal Island.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 80
    Renay died at age 80 on January 22, 2007, in her adopted hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, from cardiac arrest and gastric bleeding.
    More Details Hide Details She was survived by a son, John McLain, from her second marriage. Liz was married a total of seven times, being divorced five times and widowed twice. Her first marriage, which lasted two weeks, had occurred by the time she was fifteen years old. This marriage produced one daughter, Brenda, who would go on the road with her mother to perform a mother-daughter stripping act. Brenda committed suicide on her 39th birthday. From her marriage to Paul McLain, she had one son, Johnny Allen McLain Sr. (1945-2012).
  • 2002
    Age 75
    My Face for the World to See was reissued in 2002, headlined "A Cult Classic," with a foreword by John Waters.
    More Details Hide Details Waters integrated the title into the dialogue of his film Female Trouble (1974), prior to working on his film Desperate Living with Renay.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1982
    Age 55
    The act ended when Brenda committed suicide on her 39th birthday in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Renay's other books include My Face for the World to See and Staying Young (Lyle Stuart, 1982).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    She was born Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins on April 16, 1926 in Chandler, Arizona to "evangelical parents."
    More Details Hide Details Renay was mobster Mickey Cohen's girlfriend. Renay was convicted of perjury and served 27 months at Terminal Island. In her book, My First 2,000 Men, she claimed flings with Joe DiMaggio, Regis Philbin, and Cary Grant among many other male celebrities. She and her daughter, Brenda, toured with a striptease act.
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