Betty Brosmer

Betty Brosmer Born 2 August 1935
Pasadena, California Occupation Model Spouse Joe Weider

Betty Brosmer is an American former model born in Pasadena, California on 2 August 1935. She was a popular pin-up at the height of her career in the 1950’s. Her measurements were believed to be 38-18-35.[citation needed]In 1961 she married Joe Weider, co-founder of the International Federation of BodyBuilders. Brosmer is the co-founder of Shape Magazine,[1] a health and fitness publication for women and currently writes two magazine columns which appear in other health and fitness magazines.

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  • Peggy Lipton

    Peggy Lipton


    Clarence Williams III, Michael Cole, Lipton, Tige Andrews in a publicity photo for the television series The Mod Squad. Born August 30, 1946 (1946-08-30) (age 64)
    New York City, New York, U.S. Occupation Actress Years active 1965–present

    Peggy Lipton (born August 30, 1946) is an American television actress. She played “Julie Barnes” in The Mod Squad, and Norma Jennings in Twin Peaks.

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    Lipton was born in New York City, the daughter of Rita Hetty (née Benson), an artist, and Harold Lipton, a corporate lawyer.[1] Her paternal grandparents were Russian Jews and her Dublin-born mother was also Jewish, descended from Eastern European immigrants.[2] Lipton was raised in Lawrence, Nassau County, New York on Long Island with her brothers, Robert, an actor, and Kenneth. She attended Lawrence Junior High School and the Professional Children’s School.[3]

    Lipton signed with the Ford Modeling Agency and enjoyed a successful career.[4] In 1964 her family moved to Los Angeles and she signed a contract with Universal Pictures the same year. She made her debut as a student at a private girls’ academy in San Francisco in the NBC sitcom The John Forsythe Show (1965–1966). In 1967, Lipton appeared in the series finale, “Elizabeth’s Odyssey”, of NBC’s western series The Road West starring Barry Sullivan and Kathryn Hays.Lipton’s star rose on The Mod Squad in 1968, and the show was a runaway hit until 1973. Her performance on the show earned her four Golden Globe nominations during her tenure. In 1971, Lipton won a Golden Globe Award in the category of Best TV Actress in a Drama. Lipton also enjoyed some success as a singer, with three of her singles landing on the Billboard Charts: “Stoney End” (1968, later successfully covered by Barbra Streisand and “Lu” (1970), both compositions by Laura Nyro), and “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” (1970) written by Donovan. “Stoney End” is also included in her only 1968 album PEGGY LIPTON (Ode Records), which has yet to be released on CD. In the 1990s, Lipton returned to acting and joined the cast of David Lynch‘s television series Twin Peaks. Lipton also had a recurring role on the TV show Popular.

    Spiritually curious, Lipton explored several religions including Hinduism and Scientology.[citation needed] She dated Elvis Presley for a while, but their relationship reportedly ended after she tried to convince Elvis to join the Church of Scientology (which he regarded as a scam).[citation needed]In 1974, Lipton married Quincy Jones and began a self-imposed hiatus from acting in order to devote herself to their growing family.[citation needed] The couple had two children: Kidada Jones, a fashion stylist, and Rashida Jones, an actress. They amicably divorced in 1990 and remain close friends. In 2001, she collaborated with Jones on Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones.

    In 2004, Lipton was diagnosed with colon cancer. She has undergone treatment and she has had a proctocolectomy and appears to be in remission. During her year-long treatment, anonymous sources informed the New York Post, she may have been supplied with 24-hour chauffeured car service at the expense of the state of New York, according to the same story in the New York Post (November 25, 2006 edition). The car, which the unnamed sources said reportedly took Lipton to chemotherapy appointments as well as on personal errands, is suspected to have been supplied by Jack Chartier, reportedly a close friend of Lipton’s as well as a staffer for Alan Hevesi, the former New York State Comptroller, who was forced to resign due to a similar ethics investigation. Lipton “is not accused of any wrongdoing,” the story added. The situation was being investigated by the Albany County, New York District Attorney for possible ethics violations. As the New York Post reported, “David Neustadt, a spokesman for the comptroller’s office, yesterday wouldn’t comment on the investigation or answer whether Chartier has repaid the state any money for the Lipton driver.”[5]

    In 2005, she published her memoir Breathing Out, in which she revealed she had a tryst with Paul McCartney before finding fame on The Mod Squad.[citation needed]

    • Rules of Engagement , Adam’s Mom, Fay, TV—2007
    • Jackpot, Janice—2001
    • Skipped Parts, Laurabel Pierce—2000
    • The ’70s, Gloria Steinem—2000
    • The Intern, Roxanne Rochet—2000
    • The Postman, Ellen March—1997
    • Justice For Annie: A Moment Of Truth Movie, Carol Mills, TV—1996
    • Deadly Vows, Nancy Wilson, TV—1994
    • The Spider And The Fly, Helen Stroud, TV—1994
    • Wings (NBC TV series)—1994
    • Angel Falls, Hadley Larson, TV Series—1993
    • Dangerous: The Short Films, Mother, (‘Black or White’ video)—1993
    • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Norma Jennings—1992
    • Secrets, Olivia Owens TV Series—1992
    • True Identity, Rita—1991
    • Fatal Charm, Jane Sims—1990
    • Twin Peaks, Norma Jennings TV Series—1990
    • Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects, Kathleen Crowe—1988
    • Purple People Eater, Mom—1988
    • I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Uncredited—1988
    • War Party, TV Correspondent—1988
    • Addicted to His Love, Assistant DA TV—1988
    • Return of the Mod Squad, Julie Barnes TV—1979
    • A Boy…a Girl—1969
    • The Mod Squad, Julie Barnes TV Series—1968
    • Blue, Laurie Kramer—1968
    • Mosby’s Marauders, Oralee Prentiss—1967
    • The Virginian, Dulcie Colby TV Series—1966
    • The John Forsythe Show, Joanna TV Series—1965

  • ^ “Peggy Lipton Biography”. Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/77/Peggy-Lipton.html. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
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    n, Peggy (May 2005). Breathing Out. St. Martin’s Press. pp. 15, 18. ISBN 0312324138. 
  • ^ “‘Bored? Creatively I’m Bored, But…'”, The New York Times, March 19, 1972. Accessed September 15, 2008. “The girl from uptight Lawrence, L. I., was now cool, worldly; Peggy Lipton had become, in the stone-age language of the sixties, a groovy chick, and Mod Squad had found its Julie.”
  • ^ People:Can You Dig It? the Mod Squad’s Peggy Lipton, One Marriage and 15 Years Later, Returns to Acting. April 04, 1988 Vol. 29 No. 13
  • ^ Hevesi Aide Eyed By Fraud Squad[dead link]
  • Virginia Bruce

    in The Mighty Barnum (1934) Born Helen Virginia Briggs
    September 29, 1910(1910-09-29)
    Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Died February 24, 1982 (aged 71)
    Woodland Hills, California Years active 1929–1981 Spouse(s) John Gilbert (m. 1932–1934) «start: (1932)–end+1: (1935)»”Marriage: John Gilbert to Virginia Bruce” Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Bruce) 1 child
    J. Walter Ruben (m. 1937–1942) «start: (1937)–end+1: (1943)»”Marriage: J. Walter Ruben to Virginia Bruce” Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Bruce)
    Ali Ipar (m. 1946–1951) «start: (1946)–end+1: (1952)»”Marriage: Ali Ipar to Virginia Bruce” Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Bruce)(m.1952–1964)

    Virginia Bruce (September 29, 1910 – February 24, 1982) was an American actress and singer.

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    Born Helen Virginia Briggs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she went with her family to Los Angeles intending to enrol in the University of California when a friendly wager sent her seeking film work. She got it as an extra in Why Bring That Up?. She was also in the Ziegfeld Follies. In 1930 she appeared on Broadway in the musical Smiles, followed by America’s Sweetheart in 1931.Bruce returned to Hollywood in 1932, where she married John Gilbert, her co-star in the film Downstairs. She retired briefly after the birth of their daughter Susan Ann Gilbert. The couple divorced in 1934, and Virginia returned to a hectic schedule of film appearances. Gilbert died in 1936. That same year, Bruce introduced the Cole Porter standard “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” in the film Born to Dance and costarred in the MGM musical The Great Ziegfeld. One of her final film appearances was in the 1960s Strangers When We Meet. Her final film appearance was in Madame Wang’s in 1981.

    Bruce married film director J. Walter Ruben in 1937, making the Wallace Beery western The Bad Man of Brimstone together that year, and they had a son named Christopher, but she was widowed in 1942. In 1946 she married Ali Ipar. They divorced in 1951 in order for him to receive a commission in the Turkish Military (which forbade promotions of men married to foreigners), but remarried in 1952.Virginia Bruce died of cancer on February 24, 1982 in Woodland Hills, California.

    Year
    Film
    Year Title Role Notes
    1929 Blue Skies Party guest Uncredited
    The Love Parade Lady-in-Waiting Uncredited
    1930 Whoopee! Goldwyn Girl Uncredited
    Let’s Go Native Chorus Girl Uncredited
    Paramount on Parade Chorus Girl Uncredited
    Follow Thru Bit in Ladies Locker Room Uncredited
    1931 Hell Divers Girl Scenes deleted
    1932 The Miracle Man Margaret Thornton
    Kongo Ann Whitehall
    1934 Jane Eyre Jane Eyre
    The Mighty Barnum Jenny Lind
    1935 Shadow of Doubt Trenna Plaice
    The Murder Man Mary Shannon
    1936 The Great Ziegfeld Audrey Dane
    Born to Dance Lucy James
    1937 When Love Is Young Wanda Werner
    The Bad Man of Brimstone Loretta Douglas
    1938 Arsène Lupin Returns Lorraine de Grissac
    Yellow Jack Frances Blake
    There Goes My Heart Joan Butterfield
    1939 Society Lawyer Pat Abbott
    Stronger Than Desire Elizabeth Flagg
    1940 Flight Angels Mary Norvell
    The Invisible Woman Kitty Carroll
    1941 Adventure in Washington Jane Scott Alternative title: Female Correspondent
    1942 Pardon My Sarong Joan Marshall
    Careful, Soft Shoulder Connie Mathers
    1944 Action in Arabia Yvonne Danesco
    Brazil Nicky Henderson Alternative title: Stars and Guitars
    1945 Love, Honor and Goodbye Roberta Baxter
    1948 Night Has a Thousand Eyes Jenny Courtland
    1949 State Department: File 649 Margaret “Marge” Weldon Alternative title: Assignment in China
    1954 Salgin Nurse Alternative titles: Epidemic
    Istanbul
    1955 Reluctant Bride Laura Weeks Alternative title: Two Grooms for a Bride
    1960 Strangers When We Meet Mrs. Wagner
    1981 Madame Wang’s Madame Wang
    Television
    Title Role Notes
    1953 General Electric Theater Adele 1 episode
    1955 Letter to Loretta Dee Norman 1 episode
    Science Fiction Theatre Dr. Myrna Griffin
    Jean Gordon
    2 episodes
    1957 The Ford Television Theatre Ruth Crest 1 episode

    Julie Newmar

    Julie Newmar


    Newmar at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan in 2009. Born Julia Chalene Newmeyer
    August 16, 1933 (1933-08-16) (age 77)
    Los Angeles, California,
    United States Occupation Actress, dancer, singer, businesswoman, writer Years active 1952—present Spouse J. Holt Smith (1977-1983)

    Julie Newmar (born Julia Chalene Newmeyer on August 16, 1933) is an American actress, dancer and singer. Her most famous role is that of Catwoman in the Batman television series.

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    Born in Los Angeles as Julia Chalene Newmeyer[1], Julie Newmar is the eldest of three children of Don and Helen Jesmer Newmayer. Her father was head of the Physical Education Department at Los Angeles City College and had played American football professionally in the 1920s. Her brother is John Newmeyer, Harvard Ph.D, a San Francisco-based epidemiologist, author, and Napa Valley winemaker.Newmar was a “dancer-assassin” in Slaves of Babylon (1953) and the “gilded girl” in Serpent of the Nile (1953), in which she was clad in gold paint. She danced in several other films, including The Band Wagon and Demetrius and the Gladiators, and was a ballerina with the Los Angeles Opera. She also worked as a choreographer and dancer for Universal Studios.

    Her first major role, billed as “Julie Newmeyer”, was as one of the brides in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). Her three minute Broadway appearance as the leggy “Stupefyin’ Jones” in the musical Li’l Abner in 1956 led to a reprise in the 1959 film version. She was also the female lead in a low-budget comedy, The Rookie. She also featured in many further films including the 1969 production, Mackenna’s Gold.Newmar had first appeared on Broadway in 1955 in Silk Stockings which starred Hildegarde Neff and Don Ameche. She also appeared in the 1961 play, The Marriage-Go-Round, which starred Charles Boyer and Claudette Colbert. Newmar developed the role of the Swedish vixen and won a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress. She later appeared on stage with Joel Grey in the national tour of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off and as “Lola” in Damn Yankees! and “Irma” in Irma La Douce.Newmar appeared in a pictorial, in the May 1968 issue of Playboy magazine, which featured Playmate Elizabeth Jordan.


    from the trailer for The Maltese Bippy (1969)Newmar’s fame stems mainly from her television appearances. She starred as “Rhoda the Robot” in the TV series My Living Doll (1964-1965), and is known for her recurring role in the 1966-67 TV series Batman as the Catwoman, the “purrfect” villainess, (played in the 1966 feature film by Lee Meriwether and in the series’ final season by Eartha Kitt).In 1962, Newmar appeared twice as motorcycle-riding, free-spirited heiress Vicki Russell on Route 66, filmed in Tucson, Arizona (“How Much a Pound is Albatross”) and in Tennessee (“Give the Old Cat a Tender Mouse”). She guest-starred on The Twilight Zone, F Troop, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Get Smart. In 1967, she guest-starred as April Conquest in the most popular episode of The Monkees, and was a pregnant princess in the Star Trek episode “Friday’s Child“. She had guest roles in Columbo and The Bionic Woman during the 1970s.Newmar appeared in several low-budget films during the next two decades. She guest-starred on TV, appearing on The Love Boat, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Hart to Hart, CHiPs and Fantasy Island. She was seen in George Michael’s video clip Too Funky in 1992, and appeared as herself in a 1996 episode of Melrose Place.The 1995 film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar pays homage to the actress; Newmar herself makes a cameo appearance near the film’s end.In 2003, Newmar appeared as herself in the TV-Movie Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt alongside former Batman co-stars Adam West, Burt Ward, Frank Gorshin and Lee Meriwether. Julia Rose played Newmar in flashbacks to the production of the TV series.Fashion designer Thierry Mugler, selected her as his model-muse for the catwalk of his 20 year couture celebration in Paris.


    Julie Newmar at the 2007 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Ribbon of Hope CelebrationNewmar holds three United States patents: numbers 3,914,799 and 4,003,094 for “Pantyhose with shaping band for Cheeky derriere relief” and 3,935,865 for a brassiere. Newmar began investing in Los Angeles real estate in the 1980s. A women’s magazine stated that “Newmar is partly responsible for improving the Los Angeles neighborhoods on La Brea Avenue and Fairfax Avenue near the Grove.”[2]

    Briefly engaged to novelist Louis L’Amour in the early 1950s, Newmar married J. Holt Smith, a lawyer, on August 5, 1977. They divorced in 1984. She has one child, John Jewl Smith, who is deaf and has Down syndrome.A legal battle with her neighbor, Jim Belushi, ended amicably with an invitation to co-star on his sitcom According to Jim in an episode (“The Grumpy Guy”) that poked fun at the feud. An avid gardener, Newmar initiated at least a temporary ban on leaf blowers with the Los Angeles City Council.[3]In the mid-1960’s, she dated Major League Baseball pitcher Tracy Stallard (with the New York Mets at that time), who was famous as the the pitcher who g
    av
    e up Roger Maris‘s 61st home run in 1961.

    In 2008, Newmar was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which encouraged her to begin a career as a writer. She began working on 3 books.[4]

    • Just for You (1952)
    • Serpent of the Nile (1953)
    • The Band Wagon (1953)
    • Slaves of Babylon (1953)
    • Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
    • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
    • Li’l Abner (1959)
    • The Rookie (1959)
    • The Marriage-Go-Round (1961)
    • For Love or Money (1963)
    • Mackenna’s Gold (1969)
    • The Maltese Bippy (1969)
    • Mother (1970)
    • Hysterical (1983)
    • Love Scenes (1984)
    • Streetwalkin’ (1985)
    • Evils of the Night (1985)
    • Deep Space (1987)
    • Nudity Required (1988)
    • Body Beat (1988)
    • Cyber-C.H.I.C. (1989)
    • Ghosts Can’t Do It (1990)
    • Oblivion (1994)
    • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) (cameo)
    • Oblivion 2: Backlash (1996)
    • If… Dog… Rabbit… (1999)

    • The Phil Silvers Show (1957) (guest appearance)
    • Route 66 (1962) (guest appearances)
    • The Twilight Zone (1963) (guest appearance)
    • My Living Doll (1964–1965)
    • Batman (1966)
    • F Troop (1966)
    • The Monkees (1966) (guest appearance)
    • Star Trek: The Original Series (1966)
    • Get Smart (1968) (guest appearance)
    • It Takes a Thief (1968)
    • McCloud (1970) (guest appearance)
    • Bewitched (1971) (guest appearance)
    • The Feminist and the Fuzz (1971)
    • A Very Missing Person (1972)
    • Columbo: Double Shock (1973)
    • Sin, American Style (1974)
    • Terraces (1977)
    • Jason of Star Command (1978)
    • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
    • Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt (2003)
    • According to Jim (2006)
    • Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2010)

  • ^ Some sources indicate Julia Charlene Newmeyer
  • ^ “Holy Catsuit! To the Original Catwoman, Her Son is the Cat’s Meow”
  • ^ Gumbel, Peter (1997-12-03). “Actress Julie Newmar and Others Struggle With Noisy Leaf Blowers”. The Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB881101258401263000.html?mod=googlewsj. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  • ^ Towle, Patricia (2008-07-28). “‘Batman’ icon Julie Newmar says Angelina Jolie should play her old role”. New York: Nydailynews.com. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2008/07/27/2008-07-27_batman_icon_julie_newmar_says_angelina_j.html. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  • Joyce Ballantyne

    Joyce Ballantyne (April 4, 1918 – May 15, 2006) was a painter of pin-up art. She is best known as the designer of the Coppertone girl, whose swimming costume is being pulled down by a dog.

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    She was born in Norfolk, Nebraska during World War I, and grew up in Omaha. She attended the University of Nebraska for two years and then transferred to the Art Institute of Chicago to study commercial art and the American Academy of Art.After two years at the Art Institute, Ballantyne joined Kling Studios, where she painted Rand McNally maps and illustrated books for Cameo Press. She then moved to the Stevens-Gross Studio, where she remained for more than a decade. While at the studio, she became part of a group of artists that included Gil Elvgren, Al Moore, and Al Buell.

    In 1945 Ballantyne began painting pin-ups for Brown & Bigelow, having been recommended by Gil Elvgren. While there, she designed direct mail pin-up brochures for the company, and was eventually given the honor of creating an Artist’s Sketch Pad twelve page calendar. She often used herself as a model.[1] In 1954, Ballantyne painted twelve pin-ups for a calendar published by Shaw-Barton. Upon the calendar’s release in 1955, demand was so great that the company reprinted it many times.Ballantyne then went on to paint one of the most famous advertising images ever, when Coppertone suntan lotion asked her to create a billboard image in 1959. That image, of a pigtailed girl with her bathing suit being tugged down by a small dog, has become an American icon. Her daughter Cheri Brand was used as the model for the girl.[1]

    Joyce Ballantyne eventually moved into the realm of portraits and fine art, painting the portraits of scores of entertainment and sports personalities as well as luminaries from the business, social, and academic worlds. Subjects included comedian Jonathan Winters, Robert Smalley of Hertz, and Major General John Leonard Hines.In 1974, Ballantyne moved with her husband to Ocala, Florida where she lived until her death.

    • Pin-up girl
    • List of pinup artists

  • ^ a b “Artist who created Coppertone Girl dies”Seattle Post-Intelligencer 2006-05-17 retrieved 2006-05-18]
    • The Great American Pin-Up, by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, ISBN 3-8228-1701-5

    Maila Nurmi

    Maila Nurmi


    Nurmi in Plan 9 from Outer Space Born Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi
    December 11, 1922(1922-12-11)
    Petsamo, Finland (now Pechenga, Russia) Died January 10, 2008 (aged 85)
    Los Angeles, California, U.S. Other names Maila Syrjaniemi Nurmi
    Vampira Occupation Actress Spouse Dean Riesner (1949 -19??
    Fabrizio Mioni (1961 – 19??)

    Maila Nurmi (December 11, 1922 – January 10, 2008)[1] was a Finnish-American actress who created the campy 1950s character Vampira. She portrayed Vampira as TV’s first horror host and in the Ed Wood cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space.[2]

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    Born as Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi, she claimed to be the niece of the Finnish athlete Paavo Nurmi, who began setting long-distance running world records in 1921, the year before her birth.[3] She moved to the United States with her family when she was two years old and grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio, home to the largest Finnish-American community in the state. She and her family lived in Ashtabula until 1939, when they moved to Oregon.She graduated high school in Astoria, Oregon ,[4] before arriving in Los Angeles . She modeled for Alberto Vargas, Bernard of Hollywood and Man Ray, gaining a foothold in the film industry with an uncredited role in Victor Saville‘s 1947 film, If Winter Comes.She reportedly was fired by Mae West from the cast of West’s Broadway play Catherine Was Great in 1944 because West feared that she was being upstaged. On Broadway, she gained much attention after appearing in the horror-themed midnight show Spook Scandals, in which she screamed, fainted, lay in a coffin and seductively lurked about a mock cemetery. She also worked as a showgirl for the Earl Carroll Theatre and as a high-kicking chorus line dancer at the Florentine Gardens along with famous stripper Lili St. Cyr. In the 1950s she supported herself mainly by posing for pin-up photos in men’s magazines such as Famous Models, Gala and Glamorous Models. Before landing her role as ‘Vampira’, she was working as a hat-check girl in a cloakroom on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip.[5]

    The idea for the Vampira character was born in 1953 when Nurmi attended choreographer Lester Horton‘s annual Bal Caribe Masquerade in a costume inspired by a character in The New Yorker cartoons of Charles Addams. Her appearance with pale white skin and tight black dress caught the attention of television producer Hunt Stromberg, Jr. (1923–86), who wanted to hire her to host horror movies on the Los Angeles television station KABC-TV, but Stromberg had no idea how to contact her. He finally got her phone number from Rudi Gernreich, later famed as the designer of the topless swimsuit. The name Vampira was the invention of Nurmi’s husband, Dean Riesner.On April 30, 1954, KABC-TV aired a preview, Dig Me Later, Vampira, at 11:00 p.m. The Vampira Show premiered on the following night, May 1, 1954. For the first four weeks, the show aired at midnight, moving to 11:00 p.m. on May 29. Ten months later, the series aired at 10:30 p.m., beginning March 5, 1955. Each show opened with Vampira gliding down a dark corridor flooded with dry-ice fog. At the end of her trance-like walk, the camera zoomed in on her face as she let out a piercing scream. She would then introduce (and mock) that evening’s film while reclining barefoot on a skull-encrusted Victorian couch. Her horror-related comedy antics included ghoulish puns such as encouraging viewers to write for epitaphs instead of autographs and talking to her pet spider Rollo. She also ran as a candidate for Night Mayor of Hollywood with a platform of “dead issues”. In another publicity stunt, KABC had her cruise around Hollywood in the back of a chauffeur-driven 1932 Packard touring car with the top down, where she sat, as Vampira, holding a black parasol. The show was an immediate hit, and in June 1954 she appeared as Vampira in a horror-themed comedy skit on The Red Skelton Show along with Bela Lugosi, Peter Lorre, and Lon Chaney Jr..[6] That same week Life magazine ran an article on her, including a photo-spread of her show-opening entrance and scream (June 14, 1954, pp. 107, 108, 110).When the series was cancelled in 1955, she retained rights to the character of Vampira and took the show to a competing Los Angeles television station, KHJ-TV. Several episode scripts and a single promotional kinescope of Nurmi re-creating some of her macabre comedy segments are held by private collectors. Several clips from the rare kinescope are included in the 2006 documentary Vampira: The Movie.Nurmi made television history as the first horror movie hostess. In 1957, Screen Gems released a syndicated package of 52 horror movies, mostly from Universal Pictures, under the program title Shock Theater. Independent stations in major cities all over the U.S. began showing these films, adding their own ghoulish host or hostess (including Vampira II and other lookalikes) to attract more viewers.Nominated for an Emmy Award as ‘Most Outstanding Female Personality’ in 1954, she returned to films with Too Much, Too Soon, followed by The Big Operator and The Beat Generation. Her most notable film appearance was in Ed Wood‘s camp classic, Plan 9 from Outer Space, as a Vampira-like zombie (filmed in 1956, but released in 1959). In 1960 she appeared in I Passed for White and Sex Kittens Go to College, followed by 1962’s The Magic Sword. The classic clip from Plan 9 from Outer Space featuring Vampira walking out of the woods with her hands pointing straight out, was used to start the original opening sequence of WPIX Channel 11 New York‘s Chiller Theatre in the 1960s.

    In the early 1950s, Nurmi was close friends with James Dean, and they spent time together at Googie‘s coffee shop on the corner of Crescent Heights and Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. She explained their friendship by saying, “We have the same neuroses.”[citation needed] Dean may not have been particularly smitten. As Hedda Hopper related in a 1962 memoir that included a chapter on Dean: “We discussed the thin-cheeked actress who calls herself Vampira on television (and cashed in, after Jimmy died, on the publicity she got from knowing him and claimed she could talk to him ‘through the veil’). He said: ‘I had studied The Golden Bough and the Marquis de Sade, and I was interested in finding out if this girl was obsessed by a satanic force. She knew absolutely nothing. I found her void of any true interest except her Vampira make-up. She has no absolute.'” [7]On June 20, 1955, Nurmi was the victim of an attempted murder when a man forced his way into her apartment and proceeded to terrorize her for close to four hours. Nurmi eventually escaped and managed to call the police, with assistance from a local shop owner.[8]

    She married her first husband, Dean Riesner, in 1949, a former child actor in silent films and later the screenwriter of Dirty Harry, Charley Varrick, Play Misty for Me and numerous other movies and TV episodes. She married actor Fabrizio Mioni on June 20, 1961 in Orange County, California.[9] She had no children.


    Maila Nurmi as she appeared in the 2001 documentary Schlock! The Secret History of American MoviesBy 1962, Nurmi was making a living installing linoleum flooring.[10] “And if things are slow in linoleum, I can also do carpentry, make drapes or refinish furniture”, she told the Los Angeles Times.In the early 1960s, Nurmi opened Vampira’s Attic, an antiques boutique on Melrose Avenue. She also sold handmade jewelry and clothing. She made items for several celebrities, including Grace Slick of the music group Jefferson Airplane and the Zappa family.In 1981, Nurmi was asked by KHJ-TV to revive her Vampira character for television. She worked closely with the producers of the new show and was to get an executive producer credit, but Nurmi eventually left the project over creative differences. According to Nurmi this was because the station cast comedic actress Cassandra Peterson in the part without consulting her. “They eventually called me in to sign a contract and she was there”, Nurmi told Bizarre magazine in 2005. “They had hired her without asking me.”[11]Unable to continue using the name Vampira, the show was abruptly renamed Elvira’s Movie Macabre with Peterson playing the titular host. Nurmi soon filed a lawsuit against Peterson. The court eventually ruled in favor of Peterson, holding that “likeness’ means actual representation of another person’s appearance, and not simply close resemblance.” Peterson claimed that Elvira was nothing like Vampira aside from the basic design of the black dress and black hair; Nurmi claimed that the entire Elvira persona, which included comedic dialogue and intentionally bad graveyard puns, infringed on her creation’s “distinctive dark dress, horror movie props, and…special personality.”[12] Nurmi herself claimed that Vampira’s image was in part based on the Charles Addams The New Yorker cartoon character Morticia Addams, though she told Boxoffice magazine in 1994 that she had intentionally deviated from Addams’ mute and flat-chested creation, making her own TV character “campier and sexier” to avoid plagiarizing Addams’ idea.[13]In 1986, she appeared alongside Tomata du Plenty of The Screamers in Rene Daalder‘s punk rock musical Population: 1, which was released on DVD in October 2008.[14]In 2001, Nurmi opened her official website, and began selling autographed memorabilia and original pieces of art on eBay. Until her death, Nurmi lived in a small North Hollywood apartment.Unlike Elvira, Nurmi authorized very few merchandising contracts for her Vampira character, though the name and likeness have been used unofficially by various companies since the 1950s. In 1994, Nurmi authorized a Vampira model kit for Artomic Creations, and a pre-painted figurine from Bowen Designs in 2001, both sculpted by Thomas Kuntz. In 2004, she authorized merchandising of the Vampira character by Coffin Case.


    Nurmi’s grave at Hollywood ForeverOn January 10, 2008, Nurmi died of natural causes at her home in Hollywood, aged 85.[15] She was buried in the Griffith Lawn section of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

    • Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), Ed Wood‘s infamous film. A DVD release in 2000 from Image Entertainment contains a bonus two-hour documentary Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The Plan 9 Companion with extensive interviews with Nurmi and other cast members. Another DVD containing both a colorized version and a digitally restored black and white print was released by Legend Films in 2006.
    • Ed Wood (1994), Tim Burton‘s bio-pic features actress-model Lisa Marie as Maila Nurmi. The film also recreates parts of The Vampira Show.
    • About Death, Sex and Taxes (1995) – a Finnish documentary about Nurmi by Mika J. Ripatti.
    • The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. This 1995 Brett Thompson documentary about the life and films of Ed Wood also includes a recreation of The Vampira Show.
    • I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998) features Nurmi’s last dramatic film role.
    • Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001), Ray Greene’s documentary about the American exploitation and sexploitation films of the 1950s and 1960s features Nurmi alongside cult filmmakers Roger Corman, Doris Wishman, David F. Friedman, and others.
    • American Scary (2006) a documentary about local late-night horror movie hosts includes an interview with Nurmi.
    • Vampira: The Movie (2006) Maila Nurmi stars in this labor-of-love documentary about her career as horror host, directed by Kevin Sean Michaels. It was released by Alpha Video in 2007.
    • Pretty Bloody: The Women of Horror (2009) Documentary on Scream Queen‘s / women in the horror industry.

    • Being the originator of the Television Horror Host sub-genre of movie shows, Maila Nurmi and The Vampira Show received a special citation at a ceremony on the event of the 50th Anniversary of the television Emmy Awards. Escorting her to this ceremony was long time friend Sid Terror.
    • Nurmi was inducted into “The Horror Drunx” Hall Of Fame as Horror royalty in 2007.
    • Nurmi was inducted posthumously into the Monster Kid Hall of Fame at the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. “Vampira: The Movie” won a Rondo for Best Independent Production as a tribute to Nurmi.

    • In 1958, singer Bobby Bare recorded a song about Nurmi’s character titled “Vampira.”
    • London Punk pioneers The Damned paid homage to Vampira with the track “Plan 9 Channel 7” on their 1979 album Machine Gun Etiquette. A video of this song was made by The Damned’s record label, which featured Damned singer David Vanian’s then wife Lori as Vampira.
    • The New Jersey ho

      rror-punk group The Misfits also recorded an original song named after and based on Nurmi’s character. Versions of the song date to 1979, but it was not released until 1982 on their first full-length LP Walk Among Us.

    • The Devin Townsend Band had two songs, “Vampolka” and “Vampira”, on the album Synchestra. “Vampira”, the first single from the album, was made into a music video.
    • The Greg Kihn novel Horror Show has a character based on Vampira.
    • In 2004 The Moon-Rays band out of Chicago recorded “Blues For Vampira” that was featured in the Horror Host Documentary American Scary during the Maila Nurmi segment.

  • ^ Maila Elizabeth Nurmimioni [sic], Social Security Death Index
  • ^ “Actress, TV horror film hostess Vampira”. LA Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jan/16/local/me-nurmi16. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  • ^ “Maila Nurmi”. timesonline.co.uk. 2008-01-16. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article3196978.ece. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  • ^ “Vampira: The haunting of Astoria High School”. The Daily Astorian. October 31, 2008. http://www.dailyastorian.com/Main.asp?SectionID=2&ArticleID=55578. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  • ^ Filmfax #13, December 1988
  • ^ FILMFAXplus, April/June 2007
  • ^ Hopper, Hedda. The Whole Truth and Nothing But (1962). Doubleday & Company, Inc., p. 171
  • ^ The Monster Show – A Cultural History of Horror by David J. Skal, 1993 by Penguin Books, p. 245
  • ^ Ancestry.com, California Marriage Index, 1960–1985 [database on-line], Provo, Utah, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.
  • ^ Paul Coates, “Vampira and Voluptua, the Chill and Charm Girls, Try a New Life”, Los Angeles Times, April 17, 1962, p. A6
  • ^ BIZARRE Magazine interview
  • ^ Court document, “Maila Nurmi v. Cassandra Peterson”
  • ^ BOXOFFICE 1994 Interview
  • ^ Population: 1 website
  • ^ “Maila ‘Vampira’ Nurmi dies”. variety.com. 2008-01-14. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117979011.html?categoryid=25&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  • Hazel Court

    Hazel Court Born February 10, 1926(1926-02-10)
    Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, England Died April 15, 2008 (aged 82)
    Lake Tahoe, California, USA Years active 1944–1981 Spouse(s) Don Taylor (1963-1998) (his death) 2 children
    Dermot Walsh (1949-1963) (divorced) 1 child

    Hazel Court (10 February 1926 – 15 April 2008) was an English actress known for her roles in horror films during the 1950s and early 1960s.Court was born in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. Her father was G.W. Court, a notable cricketer who played for Durham CCC. At the age of fourteen, she studied drama at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Alexandra Theatre, also in Birmingham. At the age of sixteen she met the director Anthony Asquith in London, which won her a brief part in the 1944 film Champagne Charlie.Court won a British Critics Award for her role as a crippled girl in Carnival (1946). She also appeared in Holiday Camp (1947) and Bond Street (1948). Her first role in a fantasy film was in Ghost Ship (1952). She also appeared in the campy Devil Girl from Mars (1954) and Doctor Blood’s Coffin (1961).Hazel Court wanted to act in comedy films, and from 1957 to 1958 she was in the TV comedy series Dick and the Duchess. But she continued to appear in horror movies. In 1957 she had a part in the film The Curse of Frankenstein, where she gained the status of a “cult siren,” partly due to her display of cleavage. In the 1957-1958 television season, she appeared in the CBS sitcom filmed in England, Dick and the Duchess, in the role of Jane Starrett, a patrician Englishwoman married to an American insurance claims investigator living in London, a role played by Patrick O’Neal. Court travelled back and forth between Hollywood and England, appearing in four episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. She had parts in A Woman of Mystery (1958) and The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959) among others.By the early 1960s, Court had permanently moved to the United States. She was featured in the Edgar Allan Poe horror movies The Premature Burial (1962), The Raven (1963) and The Masque of the Red Death (1964), the last two with Vincent Price.From 1949 until 1963, when they divorced, she was married to Irish actor Dermot Walsh. They had a daughter, Sally Walsh, who appeared with her mother in The Curse of Frankenstein.From 1964 until his death in 1998, she was married to American actor Don Taylor, who was divorced in 1955 from actress Phyllis Avery. Court retired from the film acting business in 1964 to concentrate on being a wife and mother. Court and Taylor met while they were shooting an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. They had a son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Courtney.In 1981 she appeared briefly in the third Omen film, The Final Conflict, although she was uncredited. She also appeared in episodes of several TV series, including Mission: Impossible, Dr. Kildare, Danger Man, Twelve O’Clock High, Burke’s Law, Sam Benedict, and The Twilight Zone.In addition to acting, she was also a painter and sculptor, and studied sculpting in Italy. Court wrote her autobiography, Hazel Court – Horror Queen, which was published in the UK in December 2007 and due to be published by Tomahawk Press in the US in 2008. [1]Court died of a heart attack at her home near Lake Tahoe, California, on April 15, 2008, aged 82.[2] She was survived by her three children (daughters Sally Walsh and [[Courtney Taylor and son Jonathon Taylor)[3] and two stepdaughters, Anne Taylor Fleming and Avery Taylor.

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    • 1944: Champagne Charlie
    • 1944: Dreaming
    • 1946: Carnival
    • 1946: Gaiety George
    • 1947: Holiday Camp
    • 1947: Dear Murderer
    • 1947: Meet Me at Dawn
    • 1947: The Root of All Evil
    • 1948: Bond Street
    • 1948: My Sister and I
    • 1949: Forbidden
    • 1953: Counterspy
    • 1953: Ghost Ship
    • 1953: Undercover Agent
    • 1954: A Tale of Three Women
    • 1954: Devil Girl from Mars
    • 1954: The Scarlet Web
    • 1956: Behind the Headlines
    • 1956: The Narrowing Circle
    • 1957: A Woman of Mystery
    • 1957: Hour of Decision
    • 1957: The Curse of Frankenstein
    • 1959: Breakout
    • 1959: The Man Who Could Cheat Death
    • 1960: Model for Murder
    • 1960: The Man Who Was Nobody
    • 1960: The Shakedown
    • 1960: Bonanza: The Last Trophy
    • 1961: Doctor Blood’s Coffin

    1961: Mary Had A Little

    • 1962: The Premature Burial
    • 1963: The Raven
    • 1964: The Masque of the Red Death
    • 1981: Omen III: The Final Conflict

  • ^ Hazel Court – Horror Queen: An Autobiography – ISBN 0953192687
  • ^ BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Horror actress Court dies aged 82
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  • Samantha Fox

    This article is about the English model and singer. For the American pornographic actress, see Samantha Fox (pornographic actress).Samantha Fox


    Samantha Fox performing in 2005 Background information Birth name Samantha Karen Fox Also known as Sam Fox Born 15 April 1966 (1966-04-15) (age 44)
    Mile End, London, England Origin London Genres Dance-pop Occupations Singer, Former glamour model, Actress, TV personality Instruments Vocals Years active 1983–1998 (model)
    1982–present (singer) Labels Jive Records (1982–1998)
    Ichiban Records (1998) Associated acts Stock Aitken Waterman, Full Force, Günther, Marc Mysterio Website www.samfox.com

    Samantha Karen “Sam” Fox (born 15 April 1966 in Mile End, London) is an English dance-pop singer, actress, and former glamour model. In 1983, at the age of 16, she began modelling topless as a Page Three girl in The Sun tabloid newspaper, and went on to become one of the most popular glamour models of the era. In 1986, aged 19, she launched her pop music career with her debut single “Touch Me (I Want Your Body),” which became a Number 1 hit in Canada, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, and Sweden, as well as reaching Number 3 on the UK charts and Number 4 in the US. Fox has since sold over 30 million albums worldwide.[1] She has also appeared in a number of films and in several reality television shows.

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    The eldest daughter of the late John Patrick Fox and Carole Ann Wilken, Samantha Karen Fox comes from a family of market traders in the East End of London. She has a sister, Vanessa, who is six years younger, and a half-sister, Frederica, from her father’s second marriage.She attended St Thomas More RC School, Haringey and took a keen interest in the theatre from an early age. She first appeared on a theatre stage at the age of three, and was enrolled in the Anna Scher Theatre School from the age of 5. Her first television appearance came in 1976, at the age of 10, in a BBC play entitled No Way Out. Following on from this, she started at the Judi Dench Mountview Theatre School, near her home in Haringey, at the age of 11.Interested in music from an early age, she formed her first band, with Richard Smart on guitar, Edward Gallagher on triangle and Bob Day on tambourine, at the age of 14. Her first record deal came a year later, with Lamborghini Records. However, both her theatre and music careers went on hold when her modelling career took off.

    In early 1983, Carole Fox photographed her teenage daughter wearing lingerie and submitted several pictures to The Sunday People newspaper’s “Face and Shape of 1983” amateur modeling contest. Judged joint runner-up in the contest, Fox had her pictures published, and was soon after invited for a test shoot for The Sun newspaper’s Page Three feature. Her parents gave their consent for their daughter to pose topless, and on Tuesday, 22 February 1983, Fox’s first Page Three photograph was published under the headline “Sam, 16, Quits A-Levels for Ooh-Levels”.Fox’s cockney background, bubbly-blonde looks, winning smile, and 36D breasts made her an enormously popular Page Three model. After famously insuring her breasts for a quarter of a million pounds sterling, she won The Sun’s Page Three Girl of the Year award for three consecutive years between 1984 and 1986. She also posed nude for several British men’s magazines and was a UK Penthouse Pet, but very few full-frontal shots were ever published.Fox retired from Page Three modelling in 1986, at the age of 20, by which time she had arguably become Britain’s premiere sex symbol of the era. In 1995, aged 29, she made a one-off appearance in The Sun to promote Page Three’s 25th anniversary week. After receiving an overwhelmingly positive reader response, she appeared in the slot every day during the anniversary week, with Friday’s final topless picture given away as an A3-sized poster. In 1996, aged 30, she appeared in the October issue of Playboy magazine.Samantha Fox was, in a online vote held by the British Newspaper the Daily Star, voted by its readers, as “The best page 3 pin up ever” in September 2008. As a result of the poll win, she appeared topless for the first time in 12 years in the Daily Star although on page 5, not page 3.

    In the late-1980s, Fox began a successful singing career, producing three albums in three years (1986–1988), and working with notable music producers such as Stock Aitken Waterman and Full Force.

    She released her debut single, “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)“, when she was 19 years old in March 1986. The single made the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic (#3 in the UK; #4 in the US). It also topped the charts in many countries, including Canada, South Africa and Australia. Her debut live performance came at Peter Stringfellow‘s club Hippodrome. Her second single “Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)” also made #10 in the UK though fared less well in the US. The third release from the album, “Hold On Tight” managed to secure a top 30, placing in the UK singles chart (#26) while the final single, “I’m All You Need” just narrowly missed the UK Top 40 (#41).Within a year, Fox had released her 2nd album in 1987 for Jive Records titled Samantha Fox. The first single released from the album, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now“, enabled her to achieve her third (and final) top ten hit in the UK (#8), though it only managed to peak at #80 on the US Billboard charts. The track was produced by the legendary production team Stock/Aitken/Waterman. The second single release, “I Surrender (To the Spirit of the Night)“, failed to match the success of its predecessor in the UK and peaked a
    t
    #25 in the UK. The next two releases, “I Promise You (Get Ready)” and “True Devotion“, both failed altogether to make the UK Top 40 singles chart. “True Devotion” was a substantial radio hit in Canada. The fifth and final single, “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)“, turned the fortunes of the album around and managed to secure a top ten placing on the US Billboard charts (#3), becoming her biggest hit to date in the US and scoring Fox another Top 40 hit on the UK singles chart (#31). The track was a different sound for Fox, being produced by the US hip-hop producers Full Force. They would continue to work with Samantha on subsequent albums and achieve similar success with her stateside, whereas her changed sound did not fare as well for her with European listeners, who preferred the Euro-pop sound of her earlier music.The following year, Fox released her 3rd album in 1988 for Jive Records, titled I Wanna Have Some Fun. The album was produced by various producers covering the Euro-pop sound. Two tracks, “Next to Me” and the title track, reunited her for Full Force, where another reunion with Stock Aitken Waterman saw her record a cover of Dusty Springfield‘s “I Only Want to Be with You“, and the SAW original “You Started Something”. The first single released from the album was “Love House“. The second single released in the UK, “I Only Wanna Be with You“, managed to secure her her biggest hit in over a year, peaking in the Top 20 at #16. The first single release in the US fared even better. The title selection, “I Wanna Have Some Fun“, produced by Full Force, managed to peak in the US Top Ten at #8 (though released as the third single in the UK, it only managed a #63 placing). The American release, as the follow-up, of “I Only Wanna Be with You” peaked inside the US Billboard Top 40 at #31. No further singles were released from the album.

    After a 3-year break, Fox released her fourth album for Jive Records in 1991, titled Just One Night. The first single lifted from the album, “(Hurt Me! Hurt Me!) But the Pants Stay On” was another Full Force production. However, the lead single failed to make an impression in either the UK or US charts. Second single, “Another Woman“, originally produced by Ralf-Rene Maue, was remixed by PWL stable-mate Phil Harding for release and performed moderately on some European charts. A third single, the albums title track, was also released. A bonus track, “Now I Lay Me Down” (again a Full Force production), was featured in the film A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child and on the accompanying soundtrack.In 1992, Jive released Samantha’s first official compilation, Greatest Hits, which featured three new tracks. Fox co-wrote and performed the track “Go for the Heart” for UK submission in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1995. It was performed as Sox featuring Chris Bonacci and Lorraine McKintosh. The song placed 4th in preliminary public voting and was therefore not selected as the representative track. “Go for the Heart” was a modest hit throughout some European territories.In 1997, she released a new album, 21st Century Fox. It performed moderately throughout Europe and Scandinavia. Without a worldwide distribution deal the album suffered from little promotion and a staggered release schedule. Singles “The Reason Is You“, “Deeper“, “Let Me Be Free” and “Perhaps” made little chart impression (although “Let Me Be Free” was a Top 20 hit in The Netherlands) despite Fox making numerous television appearances to promote the album. In 1999 Sam was cast in her first stage musical, Tayla Goodman’s Virus, but she had to withdraw when the backer pulled his money.

    In 2004, Fox teamed up with Mats Söderlund (alias Günther) in order to do a remake of “Touch Me“. In November 2005, Fox released her latest album, Angel with an Attitude in Canada produced by Joe Barrucco. It was reissued in Australia to coincide with the Countdown Tour and included a new version of “Touch Me”. 2008 saw the release of “Midnight Lover”, a Euro-dance collaboration with Greek production team Zante Dilemma. In the summer of the same year Samantha Fox performed at Sopot Festival in Poland, during a concert dedicated to the music of the 1980’s, alongside Sandra, Sabrina Salerno and Modern Talking.In September 2009, Fox was a guest vocalist on the track “Tomorrow” by Marc Mysterio and in October 2009 Fox’s first three albums were reissued in the US with bonus tracks. In December 2009 her latest compilation was issued, Greatest Hits, both in single CD and double CD formats[2]. In 2010 Samantha teamed up with trance superstar 4 Strings to release a new track titled “Forever”. Summer 2010 saw the release of a duet with Italian singer Sabrina Salerno in which they performed a cover version of Blondie‘s hit “Call Me“. The single, released in Italy on June 15, peaked at #4 in the Italian Dance Singles Sales Chart on the first week of July[3].

    Fox’s pictures gained her such fandom in India that she was invited to star in a Bollywood film Rock Dancer. This was written and directed by V. Menon, starring Shammi Kapoor, Kamal Sadanah, Ronit Roy, Sharon Prabhakar, and Johnny Lever among others. It also featured guest appearances from Govinda, and was produced by Subbir Mukherjee.In 1989, Fox co-presented the BRIT Awards with Mick Fleetwood, which became notorious for turning into a shambles; Fox has asserted in interviews since that the autocue did not work properly that night, leading to utter chaos during the show’s live TV broadcast. She spent a year in New York presenting pop promo videos for MTV, and she made other attempts at TV presenting, including an interview with Rolf Harris, which was ill-fated even before it started as Fox referred to her interviewee as “Ralph” on several occasions, although he got his own back by resting his beard against her neck and tickling her with it.She appeared on the sitcom Charles in Charge in 1990 where she played the role of Samantha Steele, a fictional rock star whose agent pushes her to romance Charles (Scott Baio) in order to get the paparazzi to print it in the tabloids.Fox featured in the ITV programme An Audience with… Ken Dodd, during which she asked him how he liked to use his famous tickling stick, a multicoloured feather duster. Dodd responded by nonchalantly moving into the audience and letting the item stroke Fox’s collar, before violently plunging down it her cleavage, making her scream and giggle.Fox also featured in It’s Been Real, written and directed by Steve Varnom and starring John Altman, and The Match, written and directed by Michael Davis and starring Pierce Brosnan, Ian Holm, Tom Sizemore, Neil Morrissey, David Hayman and Ilar Blair.In 2003, she appeared in a reality television show The Club, competing against Richard Blackwood and Dean Gaffney by trying to run the most successful bar in The Club, which was full of celebrity guests such as Katie “Jordan” Price.In 2008, Fox and her partner, Myra, took part in Celebrity Wife Swap, exchanging with Freddie Starr and his wife Donna.In November 2009 she took part in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. She was voted out on the 16th day.

    In 1986 Fox was featured in a strip poker game (Samantha Fox Strip Poker) for Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, MSX, BBC Micro, and Amstrad CPC.She also appeared in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for Spring Break, where she sang her various then current hits to thousands of college students.On From Under the Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy have a track called “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me” which references the movie Sixteen Candles an

    d Samantha Fox’s album Touch Me.

    Fox’s father Patrick, a former carpenter, managed her career until 1991, when Fox hired accountants to trace over £1 million that she believed he had embezzled from her accounts. She then sued her father, who by then had divorced and remarried, and in May 1995 she was awarded a £363,000 court settlement[4]. Patrick Fox died in 2000, at which time he and Fox had not spoken for almost a decade[5].In 1994, it was reported that Fox had become a born-again Christian[6]. That year, she played at the Christian arts festival Greenbelt[7].She became distant from Peter Foster and said:I’m old enough now to know that I’d never be taken in again by the likes of Peter Foster. But then, I was 22 and impressionable. My parents had split and here was a man who was clever, manipulative and domineering. I came close to marrying him because I was so vulnerable.—Samantha Fox, [8]Some time after the Bai Lin Tea controversy he suggested that Samantha and he make a film about their lives, but she sent a refusal via her lawyer[9].Rumours regarding Fox’s sexual orientation began to surface in 1999 when she judged a lesbian beauty pageant, and gossips started to circulate that the woman she lived with at the time, Australian Cris Bonacci, formerly guitarist with Girlschool, was more than just her manager.In February 2003, she made a statement about her personal life:[10][11]I have slept with other women but I’ve not been in love before Myra Stratton. People say I’m gay. I don’t know what I am. But I can’t keep saying, ‘Maybe’, or denying it. It is time to let people know where my heart is. People keep trying to say I’m a lesbian. I don’t know what I am. All I know is that I’m in love with Myra [Stratton, her manager]. I love her completely and want to spend the rest of my life with her.Part of her reluctance to come out was due to fears of how some of her fans might react to her being in relationship with a woman, as she had already had to deal with obsessed fans and stalkers[9].In August 2009, Samantha Fox announced her plans to have a civil partnership with her long term girlfriend and manager, Myra Stratton[12].

    Samantha Fox donated her favourite bra to a charity auction which allowed fans to buy a piece of celebrity clothing[13]. Sense-National Deafblind and Rubella Association‘s Strip It Off three-day auction which began on 4 March 2008 saw members of the public bidding for stars’ garments in order to raise money for the deaf blind charity.

    Main article: Samantha Fox discography

    • 1986: Touch Me
    • 1987: Samantha Fox
    • 1988: I Wanna Have Some Fun
    • 1991: Just One Night
    • 1992: Greatest Hits
    • 1998: 21st Century Fox
    • 2002: Watching You, Watching Me
    • 2005: Angel with an Attitude
    • 2009: Greatest Hits

  • ^ Samantha Fox The Wife Swapping Experience
  • ^ Sam Fox to release new ‘Greatest Hits’
  • ^ Italian Dance Singles Sales Chart – Week 01/07/2010
  • ^ Christa D’Souza, “The Curse of Page 3: Sam Fox on Her New Life—and Today’s Topless Pretenders”, The Express, 18 February 1997.
  • ^ Sam Fox: I Love a Woman but I’m No Lesbian – Mirror.Co.Uk
  • ^ “Samantha Fox charged with DUI”. BBC News. 28 October 1998. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/202953.stm. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  • ^ Porter, Stanley E. (1996). The Nature of Religious Language: A Colloquium. Continuum International. p. 118. ISBN 9781850755807. http://books.google.ca/books?id=LR8i-zH2MkwC&pg=PA118
  • ^ Serial fraudster who keeps bouncing back, Jeevan Vasagar, The Guardian, 6 December 2002, retrieved 27 May 2009.
  • ^ a b She’s still up front, Harriet Lane, The Guardian, 2 February 2003, retrieved 27 May 2009.
  • ^ The Mail on Sunday 2 February 2003, page 12, Rebecca Hardy. Retrieved from Infotrac Newspapers Online on 2006-09-12.
  • ^ AfterEllen.com – Samantha Fox Needs Love Too
  • ^ “Fox wants Lemmy to give her away”. Metro.co.uk. 11 August 2009. http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/717781-fox-wants-lemmy-to-give-her-away. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  • ^ “Samantha Fox has donated her favorite bra to charity”, Charities Aid Foundation, 2008-03-03. Retrieved on 2008-03-04.
  • Hedy Lamarr

    Hedy Lamarr


    Lamarr in The Conspirators (1944) Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler
    November 9, 1913(1913-11-09)
    Vienna, Austria Died January 19, 2000 (aged 86)
    Orlando, Florida, U.S. Years active 1930–1958, 1990 Spouse Fritz Mandl (1933–1937) (divorced)
    Gene Markey (1939–1941) (divorced) 1 child
    John Loder (1943–1947) (divorced) 2 children
    Teddy Stauffer (1951–1952) (divorced)
    W. Howard Lee (1953–1960) (divorced)
    Lewis J. Boies (1963–1965) (divorced)

    Hedy Lamarr (pronounced /ˈheɪdi/, commonly /ˈhɛdi/) (November 9, 1913 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian-born American actress of Jewish descent. Though known primarily for her film career as a major contract star of MGM‘s “Golden Age”, she also co-invented an early technique for spread spectrum communications, a key to many forms of wireless communication.[1]

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    Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, to Jewish parents Gertrud (née Lichtwitz), a pianist and Budapest native who came from the “Jewish haute bourgeoisie“, and Lemberg-born Emil Kiesler, a successful bank director.[2][3] She studied ballet and piano at age 10. When she worked with Max Reinhardt in Berlin, he called her the “most beautiful woman in Europe”. Soon the teenage girl played major roles in German movies, alongside stars like Heinz Rühmann and Hans Moser.In early 1933 she starred in Gustav Machatý‘s notorious film Ecstasy, a Czechoslovak film made in Prague, in which she played the love-hungry young wife of an indifferent old husband. Closeups of her face and long shots of her running nude through the woods gave the film notoriety.On 10 August 1933 she married Friedrich Mandl, a Vienna-based arms manufacturer 13 years her senior. In her autobiography Ecstasy and Me, Lamarr described Mandl as an extremely controlling man who sometimes tried to keep her shut up in their mansion. The Austrian bought as many copies of Ecstasy as he could possibly find, objecting to her in the film, and “the expression on her face”. (Lamarr later claimed the looks of passion were the result of the director poking her in the bottom with a safety pin.)[4]Mandl prevented her from pursuing her acting career, and instead took her to meetings with technicians and business partners. In these meetings, the mathematically talented Lamarr learned about military technology. Otherwise she had to stay at the castle Schloss Schwarzenau. She later related that, even though Mandl was part-Jewish, he was consorting with Nazi industrialists, which infuriated her. In Ecstasy and Me, Lamarr wrote that dictators Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler both attended Mandl’s grand parties. She related that in 1937 she disguised herself as one of her maids and fled to Paris, where she obtained a divorce, and then moved on to London. According to another version of the episode, she persuaded Mandl to allow her to attend a party wearing all her expensive jewelry, later drugged him with the help of her maid, and made her escape out of the country with the jewelry.

    First she went to Paris, then met Louis B. Mayer in London. After he hired her, at his insistence, she changed her name to Hedy Lamarr, choosing the surname in homage to a beautiful film star of the silent era, Barbara La Marr,[4] who had died in 1926 from a drug overdose.


    Lamarr and Robert Walker in Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945)In Hollywood, she was usually cast as glamorous and seductive. Her American debut was in Algiers (1938). Her many films include Boom Town (1940), White Cargo (1942), and Tortilla Flat (1942), based on the novel by John Steinbeck. White Cargo, one of Lamarr’s biggest hits at MGM, contains arguably her most famous film quote, “I am Tondelayo”. In 1941, she was cast alongside two other Hollywood beauties, Lana Turner and Judy Garland in the musical extravaganza Ziegfeld Girl.She made 18 films from 1940 to 1949 even though she had two children during that time (in 1945 and 1947). She left MGM in 1945; Lamarr enjoyed her biggest success as Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille‘s Samson and Delilah, the highest-grossing film of 1949, with Victor Mature as the Biblical strongman. However, following her comedic turn opposite Bob Hope in My Favorite Spy (1951), her career went into decline. She appeared only sporadically in films after 1950, one of her last roles being that of Joan of Arc in Irwin Allen‘s critically panned epic The Story of Mankind (1957). The publication of her autobiography Ecstasy and Me (1967) took place about a year after accusations of shoplifting, and a year after Andy Warhol‘s short film Hedy (1966), also known as The Shoplifter. The controversy surrounding the shoplifting charges coincided with a failed return to the screen in Picture Mommy Dead (1966). The role was ultimately filled by Zsa Zsa Gabor. Ecstasy and Me begins in a despondent mood, with reference to this:On a recent evening, sitting home alone suffering and brooding about my treatment at the police station because of an incident in a department store, and being replaced by Zsa Zsa Gabor in a motion picture (imagine how that pleased the ego!) I figured out that I had made — and spent — some thirty million dollars. Yet earlier that day I had been unable to pay for a sandwich at Schwab’s drug-store.In the ensuing years, Lamarr retreated from public life, and settled in Florida. She returned to the headlines in 1991 wh
    en
    the 78-year-old former actress was again accused of shoplifting $21.00 worth of goods, although charges were eventually dropped.Lamarr became a naturalized citizen of the United States on April 10, 1953.For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Hedy Lamarr has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6247 Hollywood Blvd.[5]

    Avant garde composer George Antheil, a son of German immigrants and neighbor of Lamarr, had experimented with automated control of musical instruments, including his music for Ballet Mecanique, originally written for Fernand Léger‘s 1924 abstract film. This score involved multiple player pianos playing simultaneously.Together, Antheil and Lamarr submitted the idea of a secret communication system in June 1941. On August 11, 1942, U.S. Patent 2,292,387 was granted to Antheil and “Hedy Kiesler Markey”, Lamarr’s married name at the time. This early version of frequency hopping used a piano roll to change between 88 frequencies and was intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder for enemies to detect or jam.The idea was not implemented in the USA until 1962, when it was used by U.S. military ships during a blockade of Cuba[6] after the patent had expired. Perhaps owing to this lag in development, the patent was little-known until 1997, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation gave Lamarr an award for this contribution.[1] In 1998, Ottawa wireless technology developer Wi-LAN, Inc. “acquired a 49 percent claim to the patent from Lamarr for an undisclosed amount of stock” (Eliza Schmidkunz, Inside GNSS);[7] Antheil had died in 1959.Lamarr’s and Antheil’s frequency-hopping idea serves as a basis for modern spread-spectrum communication technology, such as COFDM used in Wi-Fi network connections and CDMA used in some cordless and wireless telephones.[8] Blackwell, Martin, and Vernam’s 1920 patent Secrecy Communication System (1598673) seems to lay the communications groundwork for Kiesler and Antheil’s patent which employed the techniques in the autonomous control of torpedoes.Lamarr wanted to join the National Inventors Council, but she was told that she could better help the war effort by using her celebrity status to sell War Bonds. She once raised $7,000,000 at just one event.For several years during the 1990s, the boxes of the current CORELDRAW software suites were graced by a large Corel-drawn image of Hedy Lamarr, in tribute to her pre-computer scientific discoveries. These pictures were winners in CORELDRAWs yearly software suite cover design contests. Far from being flattered, however, Lamarr sued Corel for using the image without her permission. Corel countered that she did not own rights to the image. They reached an undisclosed settlement in 1999.[9]

    Lamarr died in Altamonte Springs, Florida (near Orlando) on January 19, 2000. Her son Anthony Loder took her ashes to Austria and spread them in the Wienerwald forest, in accordance with her wishes.[10]


    John Hodiak and Lamarr in A Lady Without Passport (1950)In 2003, the Boeing corporation ran a series of recruitment ads featuring Hedy Lamarr as a woman of science. No reference to her film career was made in the ads.[11]In 2004, the game Half-Life 2, which contains many references to important names, situations and facts in science, made an homage to Hedy, by giving the name Lamarr to Dr. Kleiner’s beloved pet headcrab. Later on in the game, Dr. Kleiner specifically refers to the pet as Hedy.In 2005, the first Inventor’s Day in German-speaking countries was held in her honor on November 9, on what would have been her 92nd birthday.[citation needed]

    Briefly engaged to the German actor, Fred Doederlein and later, actor George Montgomery in 1942.[12] Lamarr was also married to:

    • Friedrich Mandl (1900–1977), married 1933–1937; chairman of Hirtenberger Patronen-Fabrik, a leading armaments firm founded by his father, Alexander Mandl. Mandl, partially of Jewish descent, was a supporter of Austrofascism, although not Nazism.
    • Gene Markey (1895–1980), screenwriter and producer, married 1939–1941; son (adopted in 1941, after their divorce), James Lamarr Markey (b. 1939).[13] When Lamarr and Markey divorced — she claimed they had only spent four evenings alone together in their marriage — the judge advised her to get to know any future husband longer than the four weeks she had known Markey.
    • John Loder (born John Muir Lowe, 1898–1988), actor, married 1943–1947; two children: Anthony Loder (b. 1947) and Denise Loder (b. 1945). Loder adopted Hedy’s son, James Lamarr Markey, and gave him his surname. James Lamarr Loder later challenged Hedy Lamarr’s will in 2000, which did not mention him. He later dropped his suit against the estate in exchange for a lump-sum payment of $50,000. Anthony Loder is featured in the European documentary film Calling Hedy Lamarr (2004).[10]
    • Ernest “Ted” Stauffer (1909–1991), nightclub owner, restaurateur, and former bandleader, married 1951–1952.
    • W. Howard Lee (1909–1981), a Texas oilman, married 1953–1960. In 1960, he later married film star Gene Tierney.
    • Lewis J. Boies (b. 1920), a lawyer (her divorce lawyer), married 1963–1965.

    The final affair mentioned in Ecstasy and Me is when Lamarr is around fifty and is with a much younger man, an artist called Pierre who Lamarr describes as ‘a very handsome young man … he was a sensitive man; I liked him immediately.’ During this affair, Lamarr collaborated with Pierre on his paintings and lives a somewhat bohemian lifestyle ‘In the new house we didn’t have electricity or gas and it was freezing cold. We found a few candles and we sat near them trying to keep warm … we just painted, made love and ate once in a while.’

    • Das Geld liegt auf der Straße (Money on the Street, 1930)
    • Die Frau von Lindenau (Storm in a Water Glass, 1931)
    • Die Abenteuer des Herrn O. F. (The Adventures of Mr. O. F., 1931)
    • Man braucht kein Geld (We Need No Money, 1932)
    • Ekstase / Symphonie der Liebe (Ecstasy, 1933)
    • Algiers (1938) (download or play it)
    • Hollywood Goes to Town (1938) (short subject)
    • Screen Snapshots: Stars at a Charity Ball (1939) (short subject)
    • Lady of the Tropics (1939)
    • I Take This Woman (1940)
    • Boom Town (1940)
    • Comrade X (1940)
    • Come Live with Me (1941)
    • Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
    • H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941)
    • Tortilla Flat (1942)
    • Crossroads (1942)
    • White Cargo

      (1942)

    • Show Business at War (1943) (short subject)
    • The Heavenly Body (1944)
    • The Conspirators (1944)
    • Experiment Perilous (1944)
    • Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945)
    • The Strange Woman (1946) (download or play it)
    • Dishonored Lady (1947) (download or play it)
    • Let’s Live a Little (1948)
    • Samson and Delilah (1949)
    • A Lady Without Passport (1950)
    • Copper Canyon (1950)
    • My Favorite Spy (1951)
    • The Eternal Female (1954) (unfinished)
    • Loves of Three Queens (1954)
    • The Story of Mankind (1957)
    • The Female Animal (1958)
    • Instant Karma (film) (1990)

    • In 1965 Lamarr was arrested for shoplifting in Los Angeles; the charges were eventually dropped. In 1991 she was arrested on the same charge in Florida, this time for $21.48 worth of laxatives and eye drops. She pleaded “no contest” to avoid a court appearance, and in return for a promise to refrain from breaking any laws for a year, the charges were once again dropped.[14]
    • According to her autobiography, Ecstasy and Me (1966), once while running away from Friedrich Mandl, she slipped into a brothel and hid in an empty room. While her husband searched the brothel, a man entered the room and she had sex with him so she could remain hidden. She was finally successful in escaping when she hired a new maid who resembled her; she drugged the maid and used her uniform as a disguise to escape.[15] Lamarr later sued the publisher claiming that many of the anecdotes in the book, which was described by a judge as “filthy, nauseating, and revolting”, were fabricated by its ghost writer, Leo Guild.[16][17]
    • In an interview included in the DVD release of Blazing Saddles (1974), Mel Brooks claims that Hedy Lamarr threatened to sue the producers. He says she believed the film’s running “Hedley Lamarr” joke infringed her right of publicity. In one scene, Brooks’ character tells Hedley Lamarr, “This is 1874; you’ll be able to sue her.” Brooks says they settled out of court for a small sum.

    • Barton, Ruth. Hedy Lamarr: The Most Beautiful Woman in Film. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-8131-2604-3.

    • List of Austrian scientists
    • List of Austrians
    • Inventor’s Day

  • ^ a b Electronic Frontier Foundation (11 March 1997). “Movie Legend Hedy Lamarr to be Given Special Award at EFF’s Sixth Annual Pioneer Awards”. Press release. Archived from the original on May 18, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080518225429/http://w2.eff.org/awards/pioneer/1997.php. Retrieved 4 July 2007. 
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  • ^ Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “Hollywood Walk of Fame directory”. http://www.hollywoodchamber.net/icons/walk_directory.asp. Retrieved 2007-07-04. 
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  • ^ Player Pianos, Sex Appeal, and Patent #2,292,387, Inside GNSS September 2006 http://www.insidegnss.com/node/303
  • ^ MicroTimes: The Birth Of Spread Spectrum
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  • ^ “Hedy Lamarr Adopts Baby Boy”, The New York Times, 5 November 1941, p. 30
  • ^ Orlando Sentinel (Oct. 24, 1991): “Hedy Lamarr Won’t Face Theft Charges If She Stays In Line” [2] Retrieved 2010-6-10
  • ^ Hedy Lamarr, with Leo Guild and Cy Rice, “Ecstasy and Me: My Life as a Woman”, NY: Bartholomew House, 1966
  • ^ “Hedy Lamarr Loses Suit to Halt Book”, The New York Times, 27 September 1966, p. 74
  • ^ “Lamarr Autobiography Prompts Plaigarism Suit”, The New York Times, February 1967, p. 18
  • Eartha Kitt

    Eartha Kitt


    Kitt in 1973, by Allan Warren Born Eartha Mae Keith
    January 17, 1927(1927-01-17)
    North, South Carolina, U.S. Died December 25, 2008 (aged 81)
    Weston, Connecticut, U.S. Occupation Actress/Singer Years active 1943–2008 Spouse(s) John “Bill” McDonald (June 6, 1960-1965)[1]

    Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008)[2][3] was an American actress, singer, and cabaret star. She was perhaps best known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 hit Christmas song “Santa Baby“. Orson Welles once called her the “most exciting woman in the world.”[4] She took over the role of Catwoman for the third season of the 1960s Batman television series, replacing Julie Newmar, who was unavailable for the final season.

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    Kitt was born Eartha Mae Keith on a cotton plantation in the town of North, South Carolina, a small town in Orangeburg County near Columbia, South Carolina. Kitt’s mother was of Cherokee and African-American descent and her father of German or Dutch descent. Kitt claimed she was conceived by rape.[5][6]Kitt was raised by Anna Mae Riley, an African-American woman whom she believed to be her mother. Anna Mae went to live with a black man when Eartha was 8. He refused to accept Kitt because of her relatively pale complexion.[5] Kitt lived with another family until Riley’s death. She was then sent to live in New York City with Mamie Kitt, who she learned was her biological mother; she had no knowledge of her father, except that his surname was Kitt and that he was supposedly a son of the owner of the farm where she had been born.[5] Newspaper obituaries state that her white father was “a poor cotton farmer.”[7]


    Photo of Kitt by Carl Van Vechten, October 1952Kitt began her career as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company in 1943 and remained a member of the troupe until 1948. A talented singer with a distinctive voice, her hits include “Let’s Do It“, “Champagne Taste”, “C’est si bon“, “Just an Old Fashioned Girl”, “Monotonous”, “Je cherche un homme”, “Love for Sale“, “I’d Rather Be Burned as a Witch”, “Uska Dara“, “Mink, Schmink”, “Under the Bridges of Paris“, and her most recognizable hit, “Santa Baby“, which was released in 1953. Kitt’s unique style was enhanced as she became fluent in the French language during her years performing in Europe. Her English-speaking performances always seemed to be enriched by a soft French feel. She had some skill in other languages too, as she spoke four languages and sang in seven, which she effortlessly demonstrated in many of the live recordings of her cabaret performances.

    In 1950, Orson Welles gave Kitt her first starring role, as Helen of Troy in his staging of Dr. Faustus. A few years later, she was cast in the revue New Faces of 1952 introducing Monotonous and Bal, Petit Bal, two songs with which she continues to be identified. In 1954, 20th Century Fox filmed a version of the revue simply titled New Faces, in which she performed “Monotonous”, “Uska Dara” and “C’est si bon“.[8] Though it is often alleged that Welles and Kitt had an affair during her 1957 run in Shinbone Alley, Kitt categorically denied this in a June 2001 interview with George Wayne of Vanity Fair. “I never had sex with Orson Welles,” Kitt told Vanity Fair, “It was a working situation and nothing else”.[9] Her other films in the 1950s included The Mark of the Hawk (1957), St. Louis Blues (1958) and Anna Lucasta (1959).Throughout the rest of the 1950s and early 1960s, Kitt would record, work in film, television and nightclubs, and return to the Broadway stage in “Mrs. Patterson” during the 1954-55 season, “Shinbone Alley” in 1957, and the short-lived “Jolly’s Progress” in 1959. [10] In 1964, Kitt helped open the Circle Star Theater in San Carlos, California. Also in the 1960s, the television series Batman featured her as Catwoman after Julie Newmar left the role.In 1968, during the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson, Kitt encountered a substantial professional setback after she made anti-war statements during a White House luncheon.[11][12] Kitt was invited to a White House luncheon and was asked by Lady Bird Johnson about the Vietnam War. She replied: “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.” The remark reportedly caused Mrs. Johnson to burst into tears and led to a derailment in Ms. Kitt’s career.[13] The public reaction to Kitt’s statements was extreme, both pro and con. Publicly ostracized in the US, she devoted her energies to performances in Europe and Asia.

    During that time, cultural references to her grew, including outside the United States, such as the well-known Monty Python sketch “The Cycling Tour”, where an amnesiac believes he is first Clodagh Rodgers, then Trotsky and finally Kitt (while performing to an enthusiastic crowd in Moscow). She returned to New York in a triumphant turn in the Broadway spectacle Timbuktu! (a version of the perennial Kismet set in Africa) in 1978. In the musical, one song gives a “recipe” for mahoun, a preparation of cannabis,
    in
    which her sultry purring rendition of the refrain “constantly stirring with a long wooden spoon” was distinctive.


    Eartha Kitt in concert, 2007In 1978, Kitt did the voice-over in a TV commercial for the album Aja by the rock group Steely Dan. She wrote three autobiographies – Thursday’s Child (1956), Alone with Me (1976), and I’m Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten (1989).In 1984, she returned to the music charts with a disco song, “Where Is My Man“, the first certified gold record of her career. “Where Is My Man” reached the Top 40 on the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at #36;[14] The song also made the Top 10 on the US Billboard dance chart, where it reached #7.[15] The single was followed by the album I Love Men on the Record Shack label. Kitt found new audiences in nightclubs across the UK and the US, including a whole new generation of gay male fans, and she responded by frequently giving benefit performances in support of HIV/AIDS organizations. Her 1989 follow-up hit “Cha-Cha Heels” (featuring Bronski Beat), which was originally intended to be recorded by Divine, received a positive response from UK dance clubs and reached #32 in the charts in that country.In 1992, Kitt had a supporting role as Lady Eloise in the film Boomerang starring Eddie Murphy. In the late 1990s, she appeared as the Wicked Witch of the West in the North American national touring company of The Wizard of Oz. In November 1996, she appeared on an episode of Celebrity Jeopardy. In 2000, Kitt again returned to Broadway in the short-lived run of Michael John LaChiusa‘s The Wild Party opposite Mandy Patinkin and Toni Collette. Beginning in late 2000, she starred as the Fairy Godmother in the US national tour of Cinderella alongside Deborah Gibson and then Jamie-Lynn Sigler. In 2003, she replaced Chita Rivera in Nine. She reprised her role as the Fairy Godmother at a special engagement of Cinderella, which took place at Lincoln Center during the holiday season of 2004.One of her more unusual roles was as Kaa the python in a 1994 BBC Radio adaptation of The Jungle Book. Kitt lent her distinctive voice to the role of Yzma in Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove, for which she won her first Annie Award, and returned to the role in the straight-to-video sequel Kronk’s New Groove and the spin-off TV series The Emperor’s New School, for which she won two Emmy Awards and two more Annie Awards (both in 2007–08) for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production. She had a voiceover as the voice of Queen Vexus on the animated TV series My Life as a Teenage Robot.In her later years Kitt made annual appearances in the New York Manhattan cabaret scene at venues such as the Ballroom and the Café Carlyle.She was also a guest star in The Simpsons episode “Once Upon a Time in Springfield“, where she was depicted as one of Krusty’s past marriages.From October to early December, 2006, Kitt co-starred in the Off-Broadway musical Mimi le Duck. She also appeared in the 2007 independent film And Then Came Love opposite Vanessa Williams.Kitt was the spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics‘ Smoke Signals collection in August 2007. She re-recorded “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” for the occasion, was showcased on the MAC website, and the song was played at all MAC locations carrying the collection for the month.

    After romances with the cosmetics magnate Charles Revson and banking heir John Barry Ryan III, she was married to John William McDonald, an associate of a real-estate investment company, from June 6, 1960, to 1965.[16] They had one child, a daughter, Kitt (born November 26, 1961, married Charles Lawrence Shapiro).[17] Kitt had two grandchildren, Jason and Rachel Shapiro. A long-time Connecticut resident, Kitt lived in a converted barn on a sprawling farm in the Merryall section of New Milford for many years and was active in local charities and causes throughout Litchfield County. Subsequently moving to Pound Ridge, New York, then in 2002[18] Kitt moved to the southern Fairfield County town of Weston, Connecticut to be near her daughter’s family.Kitt became a vocal advocate for homosexual rights and publicly supported same-sex marriage, which she believed to be a civil right. She had been quoted as saying: “I support it [gay marriage] because we’re asking for the same thing. If I have a partner and something happens to me, I want that partner to enjoy the benefits of what we have reaped together. It’s a civil-rights thing, isn’t it?”[19]Kitt died from colon cancer[20] on Christmas Day, 2008 at her Weston, Connecticut, home.[3]

    Awards

    • 1960 Hollywood Walk of Fame – 6656 Hollywood Boulevard.[21]
    • 2001 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting by a Female Performer in a Featured Film – The Emperor’s New Groove
    • 2007 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production – The Emperor’s New School
    • 2007 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program – The Emperor’s New School
    • 2008 Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production – The Emperor’s New School
    • 2008 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program – The Emperor’s New School

    Nominations

    • 1966 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama – I Spy
    • 1978 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical – Timbuktu!
    • 1996 Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Living Single
    • 2000 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical – The Wild Party
    • 2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – The Wild Party
    • 2010 37th Daytime Emmy Awards – “THE WONDER PETS!” /ref:<http://www.emmyonline.org/mediacenter/daytime_37th_nominations_data_only_nominees.html>

    Features:

    • Casbah (1948)
    • New Faces (1954)
    • The Mark of the Hawk (1957)
    • St. Louis Blues (1958)
    • Anna Lucasta (1959)
    • Saint of Devil’s Island (1961)
    • Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1965)
    • Synanon (1965)
    • Up the Chastity Belt (1971)
    • Friday Foster (1975)
    • All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story (1982) (documentary)
    • The Serpent Warriors (1985)
    • The Pink Chiquitas (1987)
    • Dragonard (1987)
    • Master of Dragonard Hill (1989)
    • Erik the Viking (1989)
    • Living Doll (1990)
    • Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
    • Boomerang (1992)
    • Fatal Instinct (1993)
    • Unzipped (1995) (documentary)
    • Harriet the Spy (1996)
    • Ill Gotten Gains (1997)
    • I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)
    • Jungle Book: Mowgli’s St

      ory (1998) (direct-to-video)

    • The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) (voice) (Yzma)
    • The Making and Meaning of We Are Family (2002) (documentary)
    • The Sweatbox (2002) (documentary)
    • Anything But Love (2002)
    • Holes (2003)
    • Preaching to the Choir (2005)
    • Kronk’s New Groove (2005) (voice) (direct-to-video) (Yzma)
    • And Then Came Love (2007)

    Short Subjects:

    • All About People (1967) (narrator)

    • I Spy – “Angel” (1965)
    • Mission: Impossible (1967) (Tina Mara, Season 1, Episode 27)
    • Batman (recurring cast member from 1967 – 1968)
    • The Eartha Kitt Show (1969)
    • Lieutenant Schuster’s Wife (1972)
    • The Protectors – Episode – A Pocketful of Posies (1973)
    • To Kill a Cop (1978)
    • A Night on the Town (1983)
    • The Nanny (1996)
    • The Feast of All Saints (2001) (miniseries)
    • Santa Baby! (2001) (voice)
    • Holes (2003) (Madame Zeroni)
    • Living Single (2004) As her self
    • My Life as a Teenage Robot: Vexus (recurring from 2003 – 2009)
    • The Emperor’s New School: Yzma (2006 – 2008)
    • The Simpsons (season 21, Once Upon a Time in Springfield) (2010) [22]
    • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child: The Snow Queen (voice)
    • Sailor Moon:Queen Beryl (Voice)

    Main article: Eartha Kitt discography

    • “C’est Si Bon” (1954)
    • “Santa Baby” (1954)
    • “Under the Bridges of Paris” (1955) (UK #7)
    • “Just an Old Fashioned Girl” (1958)
    • “Che Vale Per Me” (1968)
    • “Where Is My Man” (1983) (Sweden #5; US Dance #7; Netherlands #20; UK #36)
    • “I Love Men” (1984) (UK #50)
    • “I Don’t Care” (1986)
    • “This Is My Life” (1986) (UK #73)
    • “Arabian Song” (1987)
    • “Cha Cha Heels” (featuring Bronski Beat) (1989) (UK #32)
    • “If I Love Ya Then I Need Ya” (1994) (UK #43)
    • “Santa Baby” (2007) (UK #84)

    • Blue Holiday (May 21 – May 26, 1945) (Broadway)
    • Carib Song (September 27 – October 27, 1945) (Broadway)
    • Bal Negre (November 7 – December 22, 1946) (Broadway and European tour)
    • Time Runs (1950)
    • Dr. Faustus (1951) (Paris and European tour)
    • New Faces of 1952 (May 16, 1952 – March 28, 1953) (Broadway)
    • Mrs. Patterson (December 1, 1954 – February 26, 1955) (Broadway)
    • Shinbone Alley (April 13 – May 25, 1957) (Broadway)
    • Jolly’s Progress (December 5 – December 12, 1959) (Broadway)
    • The Owl and the Pussycat (1965 – 1966) (national tour)
    • The High Bid (1970) (London)
    • Bunny (1972) (London)
    • A Musical Jubilee (1976) (national tour)
    • Timbuktu! (March 1 – September 10, 1978) (Broadway and national tour from 1979 – 1980)
    • New Faces of 1952 (Revival) (1982) (Off-Off-Broadway)
    • Blues in the Night (1985) (national tour)
    • Follies (1987) (London) (replacement for Dolores Gray)
    • Eartha Kitt in Concert (1989) (London)
    • Yes (1994) (One Woman Show) (Edinburgh)
    • Sam’s Song (1995) (Benefit Concert) (Unitarian Church of All Souls)
    • Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (1996) (Chicago)
    • The Wizard of Oz (1998) (national tour)
    • The Wild Party (April 13 – June 11, 2000) (Broadway)
    • Cinderella (2001) (Madison Square Garden)
    • Nine (replacement for Chita Rivera from October 5 – December 14, 2003) (Broadway)
    • Mimi le Duck (2006) (Off-Broadway)

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