Mamie Van Doren
American actress, model and singer
Mamie Van Doren
Mamie Van Doren, born Joan Lucille Olander, is an American actress, model, singer and sex symbol that is known for being one of the first actresses to imitate or "clone" the look of Marilyn Monroe. Van Doren is perhaps best remembered for bringing the rock 'n' roll-style of music alive in the B-musical Untamed Youth (1957), and for many other films of this exotic nature.
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Sandra Piller, chart-topping country artist, will appear April 19-21 at The Hollywood Show 2013 in Los Angeles
California News Wire - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Featuring in-person appearances of more than five dozen celebrities from classic motion pictures and television, The Hollywood Show has emerged as one of the world's most celebrated autograph and photo-opportunities for fans, and the upcoming 2013 event will feature country singer, and Shady Hill Records recording artist, Sandra Piller on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19-21. The chart-topping Shady Hill Records recording artist will be appearing at a vendor table with her mother, actress Sandra Giles, whose credits include roles in "Columbo," "Quincy, M.E.," "Land of the Giants," and many more. "We always have a great time at The Hollywood Show," Piller says, "and I'm especially happy to meet fans of my music as well as fans of my late husband, Michael Piller." As the writer and producer of several hundred episodes in the Star Trek film and television franchise, Michael Piller is fondly remembered by fans across the world. "Not on ...
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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: 2 More Screen Vixens Who Possibly Were Cursed!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Cinema sirens Joi Lansing and Janet Munro from the 1950s may have been plagued by a deadly curse, each dying at a relatively young age! Conceivably, negative forces may have been infuriated by their appearances in movies which touched upon the sacred subject matter of their shadowy domain! Here are the details: - Joi Lansing (1929-1972): This sizzling blonde (born Joyce Wassmansdorff) had brief stints as galpals in 1958's Queen of Outer Space, which starred Zsa Zsa Gabor as a Venusian, and 1959's The Atomic Submarine, where Arthur Franz led a crew of humans in a battle against an extraterrestrial craft situated beneath the arctic circle. She was the leading lady, Boots Malone, in Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967), a comic-horror entry that featured Basil Rathbone (beloved of horror buffs as Wolf von Frankenstein in 1939's The Son of Frankenstein), Lon Chaney Jr. (immortalized as filmdom's Lawrence "The Wolfman" Talbot) and John Carradine (Dracula in 1944's House o ...
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Yesterday In Mexico - Mexico Ledger
Google News - over 5 years
Now showing at the Liberty Theatre: 'The Private Lives of Adam and Eve' with Mickey Rooney and Mamie Van Doren.” “Penny Montague, of Mexico, and her husband Gary left today for a week-long vacation in Hawaii. She was winner of the trip in a Polynesian
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Un 29 agosto nació el desaparecido “rey del pop” Michael Jackson - Andina
Google News - over 5 years
Mamie Van Doren, considerada la "sex symbol" de los años 50, se casa con el músico Ray Anthony. 1958.- Nace el cantante estadunidense Michael Jackson, "El Rey del Pop". Aunque su vida es muy controvertida, resalta su trabajo como cantautor con altos
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Philip Moody dies at 89 - Variety
Google News - over 5 years
... Sahara, and Flamingo hotels with such stars as Betty Grable, Jimmy Durante, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Mamie Van Doren, Debra Paget, Margaret Whiting, the Ritz Brothers and Mae West, whose nightclub act he and sister-in-law Pony Sherrell co-wrote
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Spiotta and DeLillo: You Must Remember This - New Yorker (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It quickly became a meta-reading experience, because the passage I was reading was the one in which Denise is having trouble remembering the name of a movie star: I came up with Mamie Van Doren. And I knew that is not who I was trying to think of
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The MOD Quad: Blood Bath, Burn Witch Burn, Harry In Your Pocket, and Keaton's Cop - Film School Rejects
Google News - over 5 years
THE GIRL IN THE BLACK STOCKINGS (1956) Stars Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, Mamie Van Doren. Directed by Howard W. Koch. HELL BOUND (1957) Stars John Russell, June Blair, Stuart Whitman. Directed by William J. Hole, Jr. MY GUN IS QUICK (1957) Stars Robert
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Lawyer/musician Seymour Rosenberg lived 'interesting' life - DeSoto Appeal
Google News - over 5 years
"I started on piano but when I was growing up, Harry James was married to Betty Grable and Ray Anthony was married to Mamie van Doren. It looked like trumpet players were getting the girls." Early in his career, he managed Charlie Rich,
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Milos Stehlik views Rupert Murdoch through 'Citizen Kane' - WBEZ
Google News - over 5 years
According to Mamie van Doren, the key to Parsons' longevity was her opportune presence on Hearst's yacht, the Oneidam, when director Thomas Ince paid too much attention to Hearst's longtime girlfriend, actress Marion Davies. According to Van Doren,
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Doing it Wrong: Shut Up, Casino Pauma - InsideARM
Google News - over 5 years
Also Mamie Van Doren showed up in an episode one time and let's just take a moment to look at the picture of Ms. Van Doren at right, a spry 76 year-old who owes her ageless looks to water, sleep, and exercise. (2) That one episode of Murder, She Wrote,
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History on the block: San Elizario iconic theater on market for $2M - El Paso Times
Google News - over 5 years
Over the years, the Horseshoe attracted various stage and Hollywood television and movie actors of an era gone by: Tab Hunter, Gloria De Haven, June Lockhart, Guy Madison, Pat Carroll, Mamie Van Doren, Gale Storm, Bob Denver, Tom Poston, Ann B. Davis,
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Jorge Tartarini - Página 12
Google News - over 5 years
Fidel Pintos y Alberto Castillo en El alma de bohemio, Mamie Van Doren y la ciudad que pone un pie en los años '60 de Un americano en Buenos Aires, Tito Lusiardo en Adiós, Buenos Aires, La calle Corrientes y otros films de fines de los '30
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Card Corner: 1971 Topps, Dean Chance - Hardball Times
Google News - over 5 years
While closing bars throughout Hollywood, Chance made friends with some of the entertainment world's most notable partiers, including Ann-Margret, Mamie Van Doren and a fellow named Hugh Hefner. For a guy like Chance, who wanted nothing more badly than
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Battle Red Bag, Vol. 3: Well, a Mail Bag's a Mail Bag, but they call it "Le ... - Battle Red Blog (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It's not just the dancing part, though that's certainly a huge reason; I just can't see Stoltz talking about Mamie Van Doren or Jayne Mansfield. Given that this was the date that made up so much of the conversation earlier in the movie, I don't see how
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Does Christina Aguilera Need to Fire Her Stylist? This Celebrity Mom May Need ... - Babble (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Think a little Mamie Van Doren, a little Betty Page and a whole lot of Jane Mansfield (or perhaps a bit more Real Housewives of Orange County). But she's a pop singer not a rockabilly chick so this looks and seems, although it does do well with her
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เทศกาลภาพยนตร์เมืองคานส์ ครั้งที่ 64 (2) - ไทยโพสต์
Google News - over 5 years
... ซิดนีย์ ปอยเตียร์ ดาราหญิงที่แสดงคู่ อย่างเช่น PIPER LAURIE, DEBBIE REYNOLDS และ MAMIE VAN DOREN รวมทั้งลูกสาว JAMIE LEE CURTIS ลูกสาวที่เกิดกับแจแนต ลีห์ ที่พิเศษสุดในคืนรอบฉาย JILL VANDENBERG ภรรยาคนที่ 5 ซึ่งโทนี เคอร์ติส แต่งงานกับเธอในปี 1998
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Felekten Bir Gece 2 - Malatya Güncel
Google News - over 5 years
Oyuncular: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Zach Galifianakis, Paul Giamatti, Heather Graham, Juliette Lewis, Jamie Chung, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Mike Tyson, Todd Phillips, Mamie Van Doren, Alex Revan, Cat Doss, Jamie Noel, Jeffrey Tambor,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mamie Van Doren
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 71
    To this date Van Doren's last film appearance was a cameo role in Slackers in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Van Doren's guest appearances on television include Jukebox Jury, What's My Line, The Bob Cummings Show, The Jack Benny Show, Fantasy Island, Burke's Law, Vega$, and L.A. Law.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1990
    Age 59
    One of her rock 'n' roll films, Untamed Youth, was later featured in the 1990 Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "Untamed Youth".
    More Details Hide Details Some of Van Doren's more noteworthy movies include Teacher's Pet (1958) at Paramount Pictures, Born Reckless (1958) at Warner Brothers, High School Confidential (1958), and The Beat Generation (1959), the latter two at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. But Van Doren was just as well known for her provocative roles. She was in prison for Girls Town (1959), which provoked censors with a shower scene where audiences could see Van Doren's naked back. As Eve in The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960) she wore only fig leaves, and in other films, like The Beautiful Legs of Sabrina (1959), Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) and Vice Raid (1960) audiences were clued in as to the nature of the films from the titles. Many of Van Doren's film roles showcased her ample curves, and her onscreen wardrobe usually consisted of tight sweaters, low-cut blouses, form-fitting dresses, and daring (for the era) swimsuits, but she and such other blonde bombshell contemporaries as Jayne Mansfield, Cleo Moore, Sheree North, Anita Ekberg, Barbara Lang, Joi Lansing, Greta Thyssen, and Barbara Nichols did not attain the same level of superstar status as Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn, Mamie, and Mansfield were known as "The Three M's." But by comparison, where Monroe succeeded in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Mansfield had big success replacing Van Doren in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Universal stuck Van Doren with Francis the Talking Mule in Francis Joins the WACS, in 1954.
  • 1987
    Age 56
    Van Doren released her autobiography, Playing the Field, in 1987 which brought much new attention and proved to be her biggest media splash in over 25 years.
    More Details Hide Details Since the book's publication she has often been interviewed and profiled and has occasionally returned to acting. She has consistently denied in interviews ever having breast implants. In 2006, Mamie posed for photographs for Vanity Fair with Pamela Anderson as part of its annual Hollywood issue.
  • FORTIES
  • 1980
    Age 49
    In 1980, Van Doren was referenced in the controversial Canadian Top 20 hit "High School Confidential" by the popular 1980s Canadian new wave band Rough Trade.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, "High School Confidential" was named the 38th greatest Canadian song of all time on the CBC Radio One series 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version. In recent years Van Doren has made use of multimedia including Facebook and Twitter. She and her husband Thomas maintain her website where various merchandise along with home-made short films starring herself, such as A Girl and Her Banana, are available. It also provides contemporary topless and nude photos and her outspoken political views. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard. In 2005, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.
  • 1972
    Age 41
    Her fourth marriage was to businessman Ross McClintock in 1972. They met while working on President Nixon's reelection campaign; the marriage was annulled in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details Since 1979 she has been married to Thomas Dixon, an actor and dentist. In her autobiography, Van Doren acknowledged numerous affairs with celebrities. These include Clark Gable, Howard Hughes, Johnny Carson, Elvis Presley, Burt Reynolds, Jack Dempsey, Steve McQueen, Johnny Rivers, Robert Evans, Eddie Fisher, Warren Beatty, Tony Curtis, Steve Cochran and Joe Namath. Claiming fidelity to each lover, she said about Hollywood life, "I don't wear panties anymore – this startles the Hollywood wolves so much they don't know what to pull at, so they leave me alone." She posed twice for Playboy in 1963 to promote her movie 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964), though she was never a Playmate. By this point in her career, her figure measured 38DD-26-36 (self-described in 1997). She said about her chest measurement, "I don't even want to say double-D, because they're even bigger than that."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1971
    Age 40
    In 1971, Van Doren had a supporting role in The Arizona Kid.
    More Details Hide Details Since then, Van Doren has appeared only in cameo appearances in low-budgeted films.
  • 1967
    Age 36
    In 1967, she appeared in You've Got to Be Smart, and starred in another sci-fi film, Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968), the following year, directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
    More Details Hide Details This film featured a completely unknown cast other than Van Doren. In 1968, she was offered the role of a murder victim in the independent horror film The Ice House as a replacement for Mansfield, who died the previous year. She turned the offer down, however, and was replaced by Sabrina. Van Doren also developed a nightclub act and did live theater. She performed in stage productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Dames at Sea at the Drury Lane Theater, Chicago, and appeared in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and The Tender Trap at the Arlington Park Theater. In the 1970s, Van Doren performed a nightclub act in Las Vegas as well.
  • 1964
    Age 33
    When Van Doren's early 1960s, highly publicized, on-again off-again engagement to baseball player Bo Belinsky ended in 1964, she married baseball player Lee Meyers in 1966. They were divorced in 1967.
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    In 1964, Tommy Noonan convinced Van Doren to appear in 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt.
    More Details Hide Details Van Doren had turned down Noonan's previous offer to star opposite Jayne Mansfield in Promises! Promises!, and was replaced with Marie McDonald. In 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt, Mamie did a beer-bath scene, but is not seen nude. She posed for Playboy to promote the film. Van Doren next appeared in The Las Vegas Hillbillys (1966) released by Woolner Brothers. This film co-starred Mansfield; this was the only time two of "The Three M's" appeared together in a film. A sequel was titled Hillbillys in a Haunted House, but Van Doren turned this role down, and was replaced by Joi Lansing. She then appeared in The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966), a science-fiction film.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 30
    Following the completion of the 1961 Argentine film The Blonde from Buenos Aires, Van Doren took time off from her career.
    More Details Hide Details She came back to the screen in The Candidate (1964), which was soon followed by The Sheriff Was a Lady, both of which were low-budget films that left little impact.
  • 1959
    Age 28
    After Universal Studios chose not to renew her contract in 1959, Van Doren was now a free agent and had to struggle to find work.
    More Details Hide Details Some of her later movies were foreign and independent productions, which would do little to keep her image in the public's eye. Many of the productions were low-budget B-movies with some having gained a cult following for their high camp value. The first of these later films was Sex Kittens Go to College in 1960, which co-starred Tuesday Weld.
  • 1956
    Age 25
    In 1956, Van Doren appeared opposite a young and unknown (at the time) Clint Eastwood in the Western, Star in the Dust.
    More Details Hide Details Though Van Doren garnered prominent billing alongside John Agar and Richard Boone, she appears rather briefly, as the daughter of a ranch owner. By this time, Van Doren had grown tired of Universal, which was only casting her in non-breakthrough roles. Therefore, Van Doren began accepting bigger and better roles in better movies, from other studios. Van Doren went to star in several bad girl movies that later became cult films. She also appeared in some of the first movies to feature rock 'n' roll music and became identified with this rebellious style, and made some rock records.
  • 1955
    Age 24
    Her second marriage was to bandleader, composer and actor Ray Anthony whom she married in 1955. They had one son, Perry Ray Anthony, born March 18, 1956. The couple later divorced in 1961.
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    In 1955, she had a supporting role in the musical Ain't Misbehavin' and starred in the crime-drama, Running Wild.
    More Details Hide Details Soon thereafter, Van Doren turned down a Broadway role in the play Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, and was replaced by newcomer Jayne Mansfield.
  • 1953
    Age 22
    On January 20, 1953, Van Doren signed a contract with Universal Studios.
    More Details Hide Details They had big plans for her, hoping she would bring the same kind of success that 20th Century Fox had with Marilyn Monroe. Van Doren, whose signing day coincided with the inauguration of President Eisenhower, was given the first name Mamie for Ike's wife, Mamie Eisenhower. Other Van Dorens, who were unrelated to Mamie, were a prominent and noted family of American intellectuals; these Van Dorens included two Pulitzer Prize winning brothers, Carl (biographer) and Mark (poet), and Mark's wife Dorothy, an academic and historian. Mark and Dorothy's son, Charles Van Doren, made front page news both by winning $129,000 on a television game show in 1957, then admitting in 1959 that the program was rigged. The publicity around this scandal kept the 'Van Doren' name in the newspapers and tabloids. Universal first cast Van Doren in a minor role as a singer in Forbidden, starring Tony Curtis. Interested in Van Doren's allure, Universal then cast her in The All American (1953), (also starring Tony Curtis), playing her first major role as Susie Ward, a wayward girl who is the man-trap at a campus beer joint. In Yankee Pasha (1954), starring Jeff Chandler and Rhonda Fleming, she played a slave girl, Lilith, in a supporting role.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1951
    Age 20
    The following year, 1951, she posed for famous pin-up girl artist Alberto Vargas, the painter of the glamorous "Vargas Girls."
    More Details Hide Details Van Doren did a few more bit parts in movies at RKO, including His Kind of Woman (1951) starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell and Vincent Price. About her appearance in that one, Van Doren has said, "If you blinked you would miss me. I look barely old enough to drive." Van Doren then began working on the stage. She was a showgirl in New York in Monte Proser's nightclub version of Billion Dollar Baby. Songwriter Jimmy McHugh discovered her for his musicals, then decided she was too good for the chorus line and should have dramatic training. She studied with Ben Bard and Bliss-Hayden. While appearing in the role of Marie in a showcase production of Come Back, Little Sheba, Van Doren was seen by Phil Benjamin, a casting director at Universal International.
  • 1950
    Age 19
    Van Doren has been married five times. Her first marriage was to sportswear manufacturer Jack Newman whom she married and divorced in 1950.
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  • 1949
    Age 18
    In the summer of 1949, at age 18, she won the titles "Miss Eight Ball" and "Miss Palm Springs."
    More Details Hide Details She was engaged to boxer Jack Dempsey, but broke off the engagement upon signing a contract with Universal. Van Doren was discovered by producer Howard Hughes when she was crowned Miss Palm Springs. The pair dated for several years. Hughes launched her career by placing her in several RKO films. Hughes provided Van Doren with a bit part in Jet Pilot at RKO Radio Pictures, which was her film debut. Her line of dialogue consisted of one word, "Look!" and she appears uncredited in the film. Though production of the movie was from 1949 to 1953 (delays by Hughes), it was not released until 1957.
  • 1946
    Age 15
    In early 1946, Van Doren began working as an usher at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she had a bit part on an early television show. She also sang with Ted Fio Rito's band and entered several beauty contests. She was married for a brief time at seventeen when Van Doren and her first husband, Jack Newman, eloped to Santa Barbara. The marriage was dissolved quickly, upon her discovery of his abusive nature.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Age 0
    Born on February 6, 1931.
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