Samantha Juste
Television personality, singer
Samantha Juste
Samantha Juste, became known on British television in the mid-1960s as the “disc girl” on the BBC’s Top of the Pops. In 1968 she married Micky Dolenz of the Monkees. Their daughter is the actress Ami Dolenz.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 69
    Juste suffered a stroke in her sleep on 2 February 2014 and died on 5 February 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2002
    Age 57
    In 2002 Juste was photographed with Dolenz at Ami's wedding in Beverly Hills to actor and martial artist Jerry Trimble and, a few months later, attended Dolenz's own wedding in Calabasas to his third wife Donna Quinter.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 31
    While in California, Juste began her own fashion business, which she moved to Acapulco, Mexico, in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details She taught design in Ireland, then returned to Southern California, where she and Ami began an online jewelry business, Bluebell Boutique.
  • 1975
    Age 30
    Juste and Dolenz divorced in 1975, Juste retaining custody of their daughter, although they were reconciled as friends by the early 1990s.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 26
    The Monkees disbanded in 1971, and Dolenz's self-indulgence took its toll on his marriage.
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  • 1968
    Age 23
    Juste and Dolenz were married in July 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Dolenz's stepfather, Dr. Robert Scott, officiated. The couple's daughter, Ami Bluebell Dolenz, became an actress. Dolenz and Juste hosted parties attended by musicians and celebrities; Ringo Starr of the Beatles dubbed Juste "Earth Mother" for her having made him a chip butty (a french-fry sandwich) and eggs when he arrived after a "rip-roaring all-nighter". Their friend, the songwriter Harry Nilsson, invited Dolenz and Juste to travel with him to Ireland to lend credibility (in Dolenz's words, "Samantha maybe... but me?") when he met the parents of a woman he thought he might marry. Juste's father, Leslie Slater, helped Dolenz construct a studio used for "jam" sessions by John Lennon, Brian Wilson and Alice Cooper.
    In 1968 she married Micky Dolenz of the Monkees.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter is actress Ami Dolenz. Sandra Slater was born in Manchester, England to a dressmaker named Phyllis and studied textile and dress design at Rochdale College of Art. The tall, long-legged blonde soon became a teenage model and took the name Samantha Juste. Top of The Pops was a weekly half-hour programme of current popular music, initially conceived and produced by Johnnie Stewart (1917–2005). It was first broadcast from a converted church in Rusholme, Manchester on 1 January 1964. Samantha Juste was an assistant to Cecil Korer, the programme's assistant producer. After the first few episodes, Juste replaced Denise Sampey; for 3½ years she sat alongside the host (initially disc jockeys Jimmy Savile, David Jacobs, Alan Freeman and Pete Murray), to place records on a turntable and apply the needle as the artist was about to perform. Simon Dee, who first introduced the show in 1966, recalled that "I got my introduction right and didn't get too distracted by the luscious Samantha Juste, my lovely co-host".
  • 1967
    Age 22
    For much of 1967, Juste and Dolenz spent time together in England and California.
    More Details Hide Details Rick Klein, a friend of Dolenz and best man at his wedding, described a vacation with him in England during which Juste acted as "permanent guide", travelling with them to Stratford-upon-Avon in a rented Triumph car. Then, a few days later, savouring "Swinging" London: Micky and I went to the Carlton Towers to see Samantha Juste in a fashion show and she looked outasite. After the show, we took off for Carnaby Street again and we went crazy buying clothes... Micky really dug all the clothes at Biba's and Susan Lockes and practically bought out the stores. He also bought a dress for Samantha. It was the same dress that Sam wore in the fashion show and it looked fantastic on her. Juste wrote articles for the teenage magazine 16 about time with the Monkees. She gave up Top of the Pops and moved with Dolenz to California, where they lived in Laurel Canyon in the Hollywood Hills. In June 1967, they attended the Monterey pop festival.
  • 1966
    Age 21
    Juste performed No One Needs My Love Today, written by Phil Phillips, on Top of the Pops on 24 November 1966.
    More Details Hide Details This record was produced by Miki Dallon, the backing music provided by an orchestra conducted by Ken Woodman, who had worked with Chris Andrews and Sandie Shaw and is best known for Town Talk, which became the theme tune of The Jimmy Young Show when BBC Radio 1 opened in 1967. No One Needs My Love Today was not a hit, but it was featured as a climber by the offshore "pirate" station Radio London in the week beginning 20 November. One critic commented that "any vocal shortcomings on this single are outweighed by her charming delivery". Both No One Needs My Love Today and its "B" side, Pierre Tubbs' If Trees Could Talk, were available on compilation discs and to download 40 years later. During Top of the Pops Juste met artists who contributed to the British rock boom of the mid-1960s. In January 1967 an American group called the Monkees, formed for an eponymous television series, reached the top of the British charts with I'm a Believer, by Neil Diamond. The drummer Micky Dolenz (b. 1945) recalled (in the third person) that he spotted Juste as he passed a studio cafeteria: She is tall, blonde, beautiful, and wearing an emerald green outfit that ends up in a short skirt (very short) which tops off her unbelievably gorgeous legs... She holds his glance briefly then looks quickly away with that haughty sophistication that only the British can do so well.
  • 1965
    Age 20
    Juste appeared briefly in the 1965 Swinging London film The Knack and How to Get It, directed by Richard Lester, and also released a 45 single the following year.
    More Details Hide Details She was one of two British women signed to Strike Records (whose first single and only "hit", Neil Christian's That's Nice, was issued in February 1966) and its subsidiary Go. The other was Jacki Bond, a secretary with Strike who, like Juste, had little musical experience.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on May 31, 1944.
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