Marie McDonald

Marie McDonald (September 8, 1944 issue of YANK magazine) Born Cora Marie Frye
July 6, 1923(1923-07-06)
Burgin, Kentucky, U.S. Died October 21, 1965 (aged 42)
Calabasas, California, U.S. Spouse(s) Richard Allord (m. 1940–1940) «start: (1940)–end+1: (1941)»”Marriage: Richard Allord to Marie McDonald” Location: (linkback:
Victor M. Orsatti (m. 1943–1947) «start: (1943)–end+1: (1948)»”Marriage: Victor M. Orsatti to Marie McDonald” Location: (linkback:
Harry Karl (m. 1947–1954) «start: (1947)–end+1: (1955)»”Marriage: Harry Karl to Marie McDonald” Location: (linkback:
Harry Karl (m. 1955–1958) «start: (1955)–end+1: (1959)»”Marriage: Harry Karl to Marie McDonald” Location: (linkback:
Louis Bass (m. 1959–1960) «start: (1959)–end+1: (1961)»”Marriage: Louis Bass to Marie McDonald” Location: (linkback:
Edward F. Callahan (m. 1962–1963) «start: (1962)–end+1: (1964)»”Marriage: Edward F. Callahan to Marie McDonald” Location: (linkback:
Donald F. Taylor (m. 1963–1965) «start: (1963)–end+1: (1966)»”Marriage: Donald F. Taylor to Marie McDonald” Location: (linkback:

Marie McDonald (July 6, 1923 – October 21, 1965) was an American singer and actress known as “The Body Beautiful” and later nicknamed “The Body”.


Born Cora Marie Frye in Burgin, Kentucky, she was the daughter of a Ziegfeld Follies girl. After her parents divorced, she eventually moved with her mother and stepfather to Yonkers, New York. At the age of 15, McDonald began modeling and competed in numerous beauty pageants and was crowned Miss New York in 1939.[1] At 17, she landed a showgirl role in a 1940 Broadway production at the Earl Carroll Theatre called Earl Carroll’s Vanities. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Hollywood hoping to develop a career in show business. She continued to work for the owner of the Broadway theatre as a showgirl at his Sunset Boulevard nightclub.

Marie McDonald’s singing voice brought work with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra on his radio show and she later performed with other Big bands. In 1942, she was put under contract by Universal Studios and immediately appeared in several minor roles. That year, she appeared in three motion pictures, most notably, Pardon My Sarong, which earned her the nickname “The Body” for her shapely physique.[2] The following year she co-starred in A Scream in the Dark, a “B” detective mystery for Republic Pictures that met with reasonable success. However, that would be it as far as starring roles until 1945 when she worked for a small independent production company in another “B” film called Getting Gertie’s Garter. She costarred with Gene Kelly in MGM‘s Living in a Big Way (1947). Despite her talent she would become more known for her figure than for any of film roles.

Marie McDonald re-enacts scene from her story of kidnaping at home in Encino.During World War II, McDonald became one of Hollywood’s most popular pin-up girls and she posed for the United States military magazine, YANK. She had married for the first time in 1940 but this marriage quickly ended. Her second marriage, to her agent Vic Orsatti, lasted four years.[3] She was also one of Bugsy Siegel‘s mistresses at the time. In all, she married seven times, including twice to millionaire Harry Karl, who later married Debbie Reynolds.[4] There were also romances with Eddie Fisher and Michael Wilding. McDonald’s tumultuous personal life soon overshadowed her career. Tabloids regularly reported on her rocky romances, car accidents, and an escape from an Australian psychiatric clinic.[5] She also made headlines when, in 1957, she claimed she was kidnapped by two men.[6]Despite various personal problems, McDonald recorded an LP for RCA Victor in 1957, The Body Sings, backed by Hal Borne and His Orchestra, which consisted of twelve standard ballads. She also toured the world in a very successful nightclub act. Between 1945 and 1950 she appeared in only two films and then again not until 1958 when she was cast in a slapstick comedy opposite Jerry Lewis in The Geisha Boy. In 1963, she made her last appearance in the film, Promises! Promises!, opposite a naked Jayne Mansfield.

In 1965, McDonald was found dead of a drug overdose[7] in her Calabasas, California home. She was laid to rest in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.[8]Three months after McDonald’s death, her sixth husband Donald F. Taylor, who was a producer had occasionally acted under the name Don Taylor, committed suicide in January 1966. McDonald’s three surviving children were raised by Harry Karl and his wife, Debbie Reynolds.

Year Film Role Notes
1941 It Started with Eve Cigarette girl Uncredited
1942 You’re Telling Me Girl Uncredited
Pardon My Sarong Ferna
Lucky Jordan Pearl (Secretary)
1943 Tornado Diana Linden
A Screa
in the Dark
Joan Allen
Riding High Bit part Uncredited
Alternative title: Melody Inn
Caribbean Romance Alternative title: Musical Parade: Caribbean Romance
1944 Standing Room Only Opal Uncredited
I Love a Soldier Gracie
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay Blonde Uncredited
Guest in the House Miriam Alternative title: Satan in Skirts
1945 Getting Gertie’s Garter Gertie
It’s a Pleasure Gale Fletcher
1947 Living in a Big Way Margo Morgan
1949 Tell It to the Judge Ginger Simmons
1950 Once a Thief Flo
Hit Parade of 1951 Michele
1958 The Geisha Boy Lola Livingston
1963 Promises! Promises! Claire Banner
Year Title Role Notes
1954 The Danny Thomas Show 1 episode
1957-1959 The Steve Allen Show Herself 4 episodes
1959 The Red Skelton Show Lil 1 episode
1961 Here’s Hollywood Herself 1 episode

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    Mamie Van Doren

    Mamie Van Doren

    Van Doren at the launch of her new wine in November 2007 Born Joan Lucille Olander
    February 6, 1931 (1931-02-06) (age 79)
    Rowena, South Dakota Years active 1950 – present Spouse(s) Jack Newman (1950–1950)
    Ray Anthony (1955–1961)
    Lee Meyers (1966–1969)
    Ross McClintock (1972–1973)
    Thomas Dixon (1979–present) Website

    Mamie Van Doren (born February 6, 1931) is an American actress and sex symbol.


    Van Doren was born Joan Lucille Olander in Rowena, South Dakota, the daughter of Warner Carl Olander (March 30, 1908 – June 4, 1992) and Lucille Harriet Bennett (January 21, 1912 – August 27, 1995). She is of three-quarters Swedish ancestry; the remainder is mixed English and German. Her mother named her after Joan Crawford. In 1939, the family moved to Sioux City, Iowa. In May 1942, they moved to Los Angeles.In early 1946, Joan began working as an usher at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The following year, she had a bit part on an early television show. She also sang with Ted Fio Rito‘s band and entered beauty contests. Van Doren was married for a brief time at seventeen. She and first husband, Jack Newman, eloped to Santa Barbara. The marriage dissolved quickly, upon her discovery of his abusive nature. In the summer of 1949, at age 18, she won the titles “Miss Eight Ball” and “Miss Palm Springs”.Joan was discovered by famed producer Howard Hughes on the night she was crowned Miss Palm Springs. The pair dated for several years. Hughes launched her career by placing her in several RKO films.[1]

    Hughes provided Van Doren with a bit part in Jet Pilot at RKO, which was her motion picture debut. Her line of dialogue consisted of one word, “Look!” and she appears uncredited in the film.[1] Though production of the movie was from 1949 to 1953 (delays by Hughes), it was not released until 1957. The following year, 1951, she posed for famous pin-up girl artist Alberto Vargas, the painter of the glamorous “Vargas Girls.” His painting of Van Doren was on the July cover of Esquire.Van Doren did a few more bit parts in movies at RKO, including His Kind of Woman (1951) starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell and Vincent Price. About her appearance in that one, Van Doren has said, “If you blinked you would miss me. I look barely old enough to drive.”Van Doren then began working on the stage. She was a showgirl in New York in Monte Proser’s nightclub version of Billion Dollar Baby. Songwriter Jimmy McHugh discovered her for his musicals, then decided she was too good for the chorus line and should have dramatic training. She studied with Ben Bard and Bliss-Hayden. While appearing in the role of Marie in a showcase production of Come Back, Little Sheba, Van Doren was seen by Phil Benjamin, a casting director at Universal International.

    On January 20, 1953, Van Doren signed a contract with Universal Studios. The studio had big plans for her, hoping she would bring the same kind of success that 20th Century Fox had with Marilyn Monroe, the reigning sex symbol of the era. Van Doren, whose signing day coincided with the inauguration of President Eisenhower, was given the first name Mamie for Ike’s wife, Mamie Eisenhower. Other Van Dorens, who were unrelated to Mamie, were a prominent and noted family of American intellectuals; these Van Dorens included two Pulitzer Prize winning brothers, Carl (biographer) and Mark (poet), and Mark’s wife Dorothy, an academic and historian. Mark and Dorothy’s son, Charles Van Doren, made front page news both by winning $129,000 on a television game show in 1957, then admitting in 1959 that the program was rigged. The publicity around this scandal kept the name ‘Van Doren’ in the newspapers and tabloids.Van Doren’s first movie for Universal was Forbidden (1953), playing a singer. She then made All-American (1953), playing Susie Ward, a wayward girl who is the man-trap at a campus beer joint. In Yankee Pasha (1954) starring Jeff Chandler and Rhonda Fleming, she played a slave girl, Lilith. In 1956 she played opposite a pre-fame Clint Eastwood in Star in the Dust.Van Doren starred in several bad girl movies that later became cult films. She also appeared in some of the first movies to feature Rock & Roll music and became identified with this rebellious style, and made some rock records. In the film Untamed Youth in 1957, she was the first woman to sing rock and roll in a Hollywood musical (Eddie Cochran did the music for the film).[2] This film was later featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s “Untamed Youth” (1990).Some of Van Doren’s more noteworthy movies include Teacher’s Pet (1958) at Paramount, Born Reckless (1958) at Warner Bros., High School Confidential (1958), and The Beat Generation (1959), the latter two at MGM. But Van Doren was just as well known for her provocative roles. She was in prison for Girls Town (1959), which provoked censors with a shower scene where audiences could see Van Doren’s naked back. As Eve in The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960) she wore only fig leaves, and in other films, like The Beautiful Legs of Sabrina (1959), Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) and Vice Raid (1960) audiences were clued in as to the nature of the films from the titles.Many of Van Doren’s film roles showcased her ample curves, and her on screen wardrobe usually consisted of tight sweaters, low-cut blouses, form-fitting dresses, and daring (for the era) swimsuits. While she and other blonde bombshell contemporaries as Cleo Moore, Sheree North, Jayne Mansfield, and Diana Dors did not attain the same level of superstar status as Marilyn Monroe, Van Doren did become a very famous star and notable Hollywood sex symbol. Marilyn, Mamie and Jayne Mansfield were known as the “Three M’s.”
    But by comparison, where Monroe succeeded in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Mansfield had a big success with Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, (a part that was originally written for Van Doren, who turned it down), Universal stuck Van Doren with Francis the Talking Mule in Francis Joins the WACS.

    As Van Doren’s career progressed, many of the productions she starred in were low-budget B-movies. They are largely unknown to later generations, though some have gained a following for their high camp value.In 1959, Universal chose not to renew her contract. Van Doren was now a free agent and had to struggle to find work. Some of her later movies were foreign and independent productions, such as Sex Kittens Go to College (1960), The Blonde from Buenos Aires (1961), The Candidate (1964), The Navy vs the Night Monsters (1966) as well as Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968), directed by Peter Bogdanovich, who used the pseudonym ‘Derek Thomas’ for the film.[3]

    Van Doren has been married five times: to sportswear manufacturer Jack Newman (married 1950-divorced 1950); to bandleader, composer and actor Ray Anthony (married 1955-divorced 1961); to baseball player Lee Meyers (married 1966-divorced 1967); to businessman Ross McClintock (married 1972-divorced 1973); and to actor Thomas Dixon (married 1979–present).She and Anthony had one son, Perry Ray Anthony (born March 18, 1956).Van Doren’s early 1960s, highly publicized, on-again off-again engagement to baseball player Bo Belinsky ended for good in 1964. She acknowledged numerous affairs in her autobiography, including ones with Clark Gable, Howard Hughes, Johnny Carson, Elvis Presley, Burt Reynolds, Jack Dempsey, Steve McQueen, Johnny Rivers, Robert Evans, Eddie Fisher, Warren Beatty, Tony Curtis, Steve Cochran, and Joe Namath. Claiming fidelity to each lover, she said about Hollywood life, “I don’t wear panties anymore – this startles the Hollywood wolves so much they don’t know what to pull at, so they leave me alone.”[1]She posed twice for Playboy in 1963 to promote her movie 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964), though she was never a Playmate. By this point in her career, her voluptuous figure measured 38DD-26-36 (self-described in 1997).[citation needed] She said about her curves, “I don’t even want to say double-D, because they’re even bigger than that.” [1]In 1964, Van Doren was a guest at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood when The Beatles were at the club visiting with Jayne Mansfield, and an inebriated George Harrison accidentally threw his drink on her when trying to throw it on some bothersome journalists.[4]Van Doren developed a nightclub act and did live theatre. She performed in stage productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Dames at Sea at the Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago, and appeared in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and The Tender Trap at the Arlington Park Theatre.During the Vietnam War, she did tours for U.S. troops in Vietnam for three months in 1968, and again in 1970. In addition to USO shows, she visited hospitals, including the wards of amputees and burn victims that many other celebrities avoided.[citation needed]Van Doren’s guest appearances on television include What’s My Line, The Bob Cummings Show, The Jack Benny Show, Fantasy Island, Burke’s Law, Vega$, and L.A. Law.In the 1970s, Van Doren performed a nightclub act in Las Vegas.

    in Los Angeles, 1987Van Doren’s autobiography, Playing the Field (1987), brought much new attention to the veteran sex symbol and proved to be her biggest media splash in over 25 years. Since the book’s publication she has often been interviewed and profiled and has occasionally returned to acting.[5] She has consistently denied in interviews ever having breast implants. In 2006, Mamie posed for photographs for Vanity Fair with Pamela Anderson, as part of its annual Hollywood issue.Van Doren and her husband, Thomas, maintain her web site. There, she sells autographed “nipple prints” and home-made short films starring herself, such as A Girl and Her Banana. Her contemporary topless and nude photos, and outspoken political views, have helped create a larger fan base than at any time in her career. Van Doren has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard.

    Year Film Role Co-Stars Notes
    1951 Footlight Varieties Blonde in theater (uncredited) Jack Paar, Leon Errol
    His Kind of Woman Lodge guest at bar (uncredited) Jane Russell, Robert Mitchum
    Two Tickets to Broadway Showgirl (uncredited) Janet Leigh, Tony Martin, Gloria DeHaven, Ann Miller
    1953 The All American Susie Ward Tony Curtis, Lori Nelson first starring role.
    Forbidden Singer (uncredited) Tony Curtis, Joanne Dru
    1954 Hawaiian Nights (short subject) Glamour Girl Pinky Lee, Lisa Gaye
    Yankee Pasha Lilith, Harem Slave Jeff Chandler, Rhonda Fleming
    Francis Joins the WACS Cpl. Bunky Hilstrom Donald O’Connor, Julie Adams Fifth in the Francis the Talking Mule series.
    1955 Ain’t Misbehavin’ Jackie Piper Laurie, Rory Calhoun, Jack Carson
    The Second Greatest Sex Birdie Snyder Jeanne Crain, George Nader, Bert Lahr
    Running Wild Irma Bean William Campbell, Keenan Wynn
    1956 Star in the Dust Ellen Ballard John Agar, Richard Boone
    1957 Untamed Youth Penny Lowe Lori Nelson, John Russell one of her favourite movies.
    The Girl in Black Stockings Harriet Ames Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft
    Jet Pilot WAF (uncredited) John Wayne, Janet Leigh (filmed from 1949–1953)
    1958 Teacher’s Pet Peggy DeFore Clark Gable, Doris Day, Gig Young Her part was larger when filmed but was cut before release.
    High School Confidential Gwen Dulaine Russ Tamblyn, Jan Sterling, John Drew Barrymore
    Born Reckless Jackie Adams Jeff Richards
    1959 Guns, Girls, and Gangsters Vi Victor Gerard Mohr, Lee Van Cleef, Grant Richards
    The Beat Generation Georgia Altera Steve Cochran, Ray Danton star Steve Cochran had an affair with her.
    The Beautifu

    l Legs of Sabrina

    Sabrina Antonio Cifariello, Rossana Marini
    The Big Operator Mary Gibson Mickey Rooney, Steve Cochran, Ray Danton
    Girls Town Silver Morgan Mel Torme considered to be her signature film
    1960 Vice Raid Carole Hudson Richard Coogan
    College Confidential Sally Blake Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows
    Sex Kittens Go to College Dr. Mathilda West Tuesday Weld, Mijanou Bardot
    The Private Lives of Adam and Eve Evie Simms/Eve Mickey Rooney
    1961 The Blonde from Buenos Aires Jean-Pierre Aumont
    1964 The Candidate Samantha Ashley June Wilkinson, Ted Knight
    3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt Saxie Symbol Tommy Noonan, Ziva Rodann, Paul Gilbert, John Cronin co-star Tommy Noonan also directed
    The Sheriff Was a Lady Olivia Freddy Quinn
    1966 The Las Vegas Hillbillys Boots Malone Jayne Mansfield, Ferlin Husky starred opposite Jayne Mansfield. This was the only time the two blonde bombshell’s appeared together in a film.
    The Navy vs. the Night Monsters Nora Hall Anthony Eisley, Billy Gray
    1967 You’ve Got to Be Smart Miss Hathaway Tom Stern, Roger Perry, Gloria Castillo
    1968 Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women Moana Mary Marr, Paige Lee
    1971 The Arizona Kid Girlfriend Chiquito, Gordon Mitchell
    1975 That Girl from Boston George ‘Buck’ Flower
    1986 Free Ride Debbie Stockwell Gary Hershberger, Reed Rudy, Dawn Schneider
    1999 The Vegas Connection Rita Ashley F. Brooks, Robert Carradine
    2002 Slackers Mrs. Van Graaf Devon Sawa, Jaime King cameo role

  • ^ a b c d e Biography at Internet Movie DataBase
  • ^ Mamie Van Doren Interview, at Entertainment Zone, Gary James
  • ^ Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968) at the Internet Movie Database
  • ^ Mamie Van Doren, at Br’err Wabbit, Donald Bryan
  • ^ Playing the Field: My Story, ISBN 9780399132407, New York: G. P. Putnam, 1987
  • Carole Landis

    Carole Landis

    in Topper Returns (1941) Born Frances Lillian Mary Ridste
    January 1, 1919(1919-01-01)
    Fairchild, Wisconsin, U.S. Died July 5, 1948 (aged 29)
    Pacific Palisades, California, U.S. Occupation Actress Years active 1937–1948 Spouse(s) Irving Wheeler (1934 annulled; 1934–1939 divorced)
    Willis Hunt Jr. (1940 divorced)
    Thomas C. Wallace
    (1943–1945) (divorced)
    W. Horace Schmidlapp
    (1945–1948) (her death)

    Carole Landis (January 1, 1919 – July 5, 1948) was an American film and stage actress whose break-through role was as the female lead in the 1940 film One Million B.C.. Landis has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,[1] at 1765 Vine Street.


    Landis was born Frances Lillian Mary Ridste in Fairchild, Wisconsin. Her mother was a Polish farmer’s daughter.[2] A Time magazine article published the month of her death identifies her father as a “drifting railroad mechanic”[2]; according to a 2005 biography, the mother was married to Norwegian Alfred Ridste, who abandoned the family before Carole was born, and it was Charles Fenner, her mothers’s second husband, who most likely was Carole’s biological father.[3] Carole was the youngest of five children, two of whom died in childhood. She was raised Roman Catholic[4].In January 1934, 15-year-old Landis married her 19-year-old neighbor, Irving Wheeler, but the marriage was annulled in February 1934. They later remarried on August 25, 1934. Wheeler named Busby Berkeley in an alienation of affections lawsuit in 1938 involving Landis,[3] and they divorced in 1939.

    Landis dropped out of high school at age 15 and set forth on a career path to show business. She started out as a hula dancer in a San Francisco nightclub and later sang with a dance band.[2]. She dyed her hair blonde and changed her name to “Carole Landis” after her favorite actress, Carole Lombard. After saving $100 she moved to Hollywood.[2]

    Her 1937 film debut was as an extra in A Star Is Born; she also appeared in various horse operas.[2] She posed for hundreds of cheesecake photographs.[2] She continued appearing in bit parts until 1940 when Hal Roach cast her as a cave girl in One Million B.C.. The movie was a sensation and turned Carole into a star. A press agent nicknamed her “The Ping Girl” (because “she makes you purr”).[2]

    Carole Landis at Armed Forces Radio Studio, ca.1940sLandis appeared in a string of successful films in the early forties, usually as the second female lead. In a time when the singing of many actresses was dubbed in, Landis’s own voice was considered good enough and was used in her few musical roles. Landis landed a contract with 20th Century Fox and began a sexual relationship with Darryl F. Zanuck. She had roles playing opposite fellow pin-up girl Betty Grable in Moon Over Miami and I Wake Up Screaming, both in 1941. When Carole ended her relationship with Zanuck, her career suffered and she was assigned roles in B-movies.

    In 1942, she toured with comedienne Martha Raye, dancer Mitzi Mayfair and actress Kay Francis with a USO troupe in England and North Africa. Two years later, she entertained soldiers in the South Pacific with Jack Benny. Landis traveled more than 100,000 miles during the war and spent more time visiting troops than any other actress. Landis became a popular pin-up with servicemen during World War II.

    In 1945 she starred on Broadway in the musical A Lady Says Yes with Jacqueline Susann, with whom she reportedly had an affair[5]. Susann purportedly based the character Jennifer North in her book Valley of the Dolls on Landis.

    Landis wrote several newspaper and magazine articles about her experiences during the war, including the 1944 book Four Jills in a Jeep, which was later made into a movie, costarring Kay Francis, Martha Raye, and Mitzi Mayfair. She also wrote the foreword to Victor Herman‘s cartoon book Winnie the WAC.

    Busby Berkeley, director-choreographer, proposed to her in June 1939, but later broke it off. In 1940 she married yacht broker Willis Hunt Jr., a man she called “sarcastic” and left after two months.[2] Two years later, she met an Army Air Corps captain named Thomas Wallace in London, and married him in a church ceremony; they divorced a couple of years later.[2]She nearly died from amoebic dysentery and malaria she contracted while traveling overseas while entertaining American troops.In 1945, Landis married Broadway producer W. Horace Schmidlapp. By 1948, her career was in decline and her marriage with Schmidlapp was collapsing. She entered into a romance with actor Rex Harrison, who was married to actress Lilli Palmer at the time. Landis was reportedly crushed when Harrison refused to divorce his wife for her; unable to
    pe any longer, she committed suicide at her Pacific Palisades home by taking an overdose of Seconal.[6] [7] She had spent her final night alive with Harrison. The next afternoon, he and the maid discovered her on the bathroom floor. Harrison called a doctor and the police.[8] According to some sources, Landis left two suicide notes, one for her mother and the second for Harrison who instructed his lawyers to destroy it.[9] During a coroner’s inquest, Harrison denied knowing any motive for her suicide and told the coroner he did not know of the existence of a second suicide note.[10]Carole Landis was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California in plot 814 of the “Everlasting Love” section. Among the celebrities at her funeral were Cesar Romero, Van Johnson, and Pat O’Brien.[11] Harrison attended with his wife.[2] On her family’s official web site they claim that Carole’s death was not a suicide, they believe someone murdered her.

    Year Film Role Notes
    1937 A Star Is Born Girl in beret at Santa Anita bar Uncredited
    A Day at the Races Dance Extra
    Fly Away Baby Blonde at Airport
    The Emperor’s Candlesticks Bit
    Broadway Melody of 1938 Dancer
    Varsity Show Student
    Hollywood Hotel Hat Check Girl with Coat
    1938 The Invisible Menace Woman wanting to go with her Johnnie
    A Slight Case of Murder Partygoer Leaning on Piano During Song
    Gold Diggers in Paris Golddigger Alternative title: The Gay Impostors
    Four’s a Crowd Myrtle, Lansford’s 2nd Secretary
    1939 Three Texas Steers Nancy Evans Alternative title: Danger Rides the Range
    Daredevils of the Red Circle Blanche Granville
    1940 One Million B.C. Loana
    Turnabout Sally Willows
    1941 Topper Returns Ann Carrington
    Moon Over Miami Barbara Latimer, aka Miss Sears
    I Wake Up Screaming Vicky Lynn Alternative title: Hot Spot
    1942 My Gal Sal Mae Collins
    Orchestra Wives Natalie Mercer
    1943 Wintertime Flossie Fouchere
    Show Business at War Herself
    1946 A Scandal in Paris Loretta de Richet Alternative title: Thieves’ Holiday
    1947 Out of the Blue Mae Earthleigh
    1948 Noose Linda Medbury Alternative title: The Silk Noose
    Brass Monkey Kay Sheldon Alternative title: Lucky Mascot

  • ^ Carole Landis from the Hollywood Walk of Fame website
  • ^ a b c d e f g h i j “Casually in Hollywood”. Time. July 19, 1948.,8816,798846,00.html. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  • ^ a b Fleming, E.J. (2005). Carole Landis: A Tragic Life in Hollywood. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Co. ISBN 978-0-7864-2200-5, p. 49
  • ^
  • ^ Nicholas Wapshott (1991) Rex Harrison, p. 111
  • ^ Parish, James Robert (2002). The Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More Than 125 American Movie and TV Idols (3 ed.). Contemporary Books. pp. 315. ISBN 0-809-22227-2. 
  • ^ Gans, Eric Lawrence (2008). “The Good Die Young (1948)”. Carole Landis: A Most Beautiful Girl. University Press of Mississippi. pp. 197–199. ISBN 9781604730135.,M1. Retrieved 13 June 2009. 
  • ^ Mosby, Aline (July 06, 1948). “Carole Landis Mystery Death Clues Hunted”. Oakland Tribune. p. 1. 
  • ^ Gans, Eric Lawrence (2008). Carole Landis: A Most Beautiful Girl. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 190. ISBN 1-604-73013-7. 
  • ^ Actor Rex Harrison answering questions from coroner Ira Nance at inquiry on Carol Landis’ suicide, a July 1948 Los Angeles Times photograph from the UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library website
  • ^ Mosby, Aline (July 11, 1948). “Scores Attend Funeral of Carole Landis”. Oakland Tribune. p. 1. 
  • Toby Wing

    Toby Wing

    Born Martha Virginia Wing
    July 14, 1915(1915-07-14)
    Amelia Courthouse, Virginia, U.S. Died March 22, 2001 (aged 85)
    Mathews, Virginia, U.S. Years active 1924–1938 Spouse(s) Dick Merrill (1938-1982) (his death) 2 children

    Toby Wing (July 14, 1915 – March 22, 2001) was an American actress and showgirl.


    Born Martha Virginia Wing, she began working onscreen at age 9; her father, Paul Wing, was an assistant director for Paramount Pictures. In 1931 she became one of the first Goldwyn Girls, and in 1932 she was seen in Mack Sennett-produced comedies made by Paramount, one starring Bing Crosby. Wing made an impression with producers and moviegoers but she seldom broke through to leading roles. Many of her roles were small and barely clothed, before the introduction of the 1934 Production Code, but she became widely recognized as a sex symbol. Since her contracted studio was mired in bankruptcy during much of her career, much of her work was done on loan, primarily at Warner Bros. and later, after her release, on extremely low budget efforts on a per-film basis. Wing enjoyed a far more successful sideline doing product endorsements and was featured in innumerable fan magazines from 1933-38. She was also well known offscreen for her romances, and was linked to Jackie Coogan (to whom she was engaged during much of 1935), Maurice Chevalier, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr.Toby Wing played a few leading roles in B features and short subjects. In 1936 and 1937 she worked opposite singer-songwriter Pinky Tomlin in two of his low budget musical features, With Love and Kisses and Sing While You’re Able. The two stars were engaged briefly during late 1937. Although the romance ended before their planned marriage, they remained close until Tomlin’s death.Her last leading role was in The Marines Come Thru (filmed in Florida in 1938, but not seeing general release until 1942 as Fight On, Marines!). She retired from movies after marrying the pilot Dick Merrill, more than twenty years her senior, in 1938. Wing completed her acting career on Broadway in the unsuccessful Cole Porter musical, “You Never Know” that starred Lupe Velez, Clifton Webb, Libby Holman and Harold Murray. The couple retired to DiLido, Florida, where Merrill was assigned Eastern Airlnes’ New York- Miami route for the remainder of his career. Wing became successful in real estate in California and Florida. Wing and Merrill later settled in Virginia, where they lived together until Merrill’s death in 1982.The Merrills had two sons, and survived both of them. Their first child died of what was then-termed as “Crib Death” and her second son, Ricky, was murdered in their Miami home in September, 1982 at age 42. His murder was related to his involvement in a large scale marijuana smuggling operation in New Orleans. At the time of his death he was free on appeal of a drug smuggling conviction. The Merrills were living in Virginia at the time and the case is still listed as unsolved.Wing’s father, who was a career reserve Army officer, was reactivated for service prior to WW2 and was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines in 1942. He survived the Bataan Death March and was later rescued in the Raid at Cabanatuan by U.S. Army Rangers and Filipino guerillas, a story told in The Great Raid (2005). Paul Wing died in 1957.The couple was survived by 2 granddaughters and Ricky Merrill’s estranged wife, Hella.Her sister, Pat Wing (Gill) (1916–2002) was also an actress and chorus girl, who largely worked for Warner Bros.Her Brother, Paul Reuben Wing (1926–1998) was a billionaire real estate mogul who led a quiet life away from the limelight of “Hollywood Fame” in Lake Elsinore, California.


    • A Boy of Flanders (1924)
    • A Woman Who Sinned (1924)
    • Circe, the Enchantress (1924)
    • The Pony Express (1925)
    • American Pluck (1925)
    • Double Daring (1926)
    • Palmy Days (1931)
    • The Kid from Spain (1932)
    • The King’s Vacation (1933)
    • 42nd Street (1933)
    • The Little Giant (1933)
    • Central Airport (1933) (scenes deleted)
    • Private Detective 62 (1933)
    • Baby Face (1933)
    • College Humor (1933)
    • She Had to Say Yes (1933)
    • This Day and Age (1933)
    • Torch Singer (1933)
    • Search for Beauty (1934)
    • School for Girls (1934)
    • Come on Marines (1934)
    • Murder at the Vanities (1934)
    • Kiss and Make Up (1934)
    • One Hour Late (1934)
    • Thoroughbred (1935)
    • Two for Tonight (1935)
    • Forced Landing (1935)
    • Mister Cinderella (1936)
    • With Love and Kisses (1936)
    • Silks and Saddles (1936)
    • Sing While You’re Able (1937)
    • The Women Men Marry (1937)
    • True Confession (1937)
    • Mr. Boggs Steps Out (1938)
    • The Marines Come Thru (1938)
    • Sweethearts (1938)

    Short Subjects:

    • Jimmy’s New Yacht (1932)
    • The Loud Mouth (1932)
    • The Candid Camera (1932)
    • Alaska Love (1932)
    • Ma’s Pride and Joy (1932)
    • Blue of the Night (1933)
    • Rhythm on the Roof (1934)
    • Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove (1934)
    • Hollywood Extra Girl (1935)
    • La Fiesta de Santa Barbara (1935)
    • Hill-Tillies (1936)
    • Rhythmitis (1936)
    • Sunday Night at the Trocadero (1937)

    BenHur Baz

    Ben-Hur Baz (1906–2003) was a painter of pin-up art.Born in Mexico in 1906, Baz was a pin-up and glamour artist who became known in the late 1940s and 1950s for his association with Esquire magazine. He painted pin-ups for their Gallery of Glamour and contributed to their calendars and centerfolds as well.Baz was extremely prolific. In addition to his work for Esquire, he provided story illustrations for mainstream magazines, worked on a number of national advertising campaigns, and was a successful paperback novel cover artist.

    • Pin-up girl
    • List of pinup artists

    • The Great American Pin-Up, by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, ISBN 3-8228-1701-5

    Yvonne De Carlo

    Text document with red question mark.svg This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Please improve this article by introducing more precise citations where appropriate. (September 2010) Yvonne De Carlo

    as Sephora in The Ten Commandments (1956) Born Margaret Yvonne Middleton
    September 1, 1922(1922-09-01)
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Died January 8, 2007 (aged 84)
    Woodland Hills, California, U.S. Years active 1941–1995 Spouse Bob Morgan (1955-1974) (divorced) 2 children

    Yvonne De Carlo (September 1, 1922 – January 8, 2007) was a Canadian-born American film and television actress, dancer and singer. She began her film career by starring in small film roles for Columbia Studios, Paramount Pictures, Universal International.During her six-decade career, her most prolific appearances in film came in the 1940s and 1950s and included her best-known film roles, such as of Anna Marie in Salome Where She Danced (1945), Anna in Criss Cross (1949), Sephora the wife of Moses in The Ten Commandments (1956), starring Charlton Heston, and Amantha Starr in Band of Angels (1957) with Clark Gable. As her film career faded, De Carlo accepted an offer to play Lily Munster for CBS television series The Munsters, alongside with Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis.


    The daughter of an aspiring actress, Marie De Carlo, and a salesman, William Middleton, De Carlo was born as Margaret Yvonne Middleton in Vancouver, British Columbia, and nicknamed ‘Peggy’. “I was named Margaret Yvonne – Margaret because my mother was very fond of one of the derivatives of the name. She was fascinated at the time by the movie star Baby Peggy, and I suppose she wanted a Baby Peggy of her own.”[1] Her maternal grandfather, Michael de Carlo, was Sicilian-born, and her maternal grandmother, Margaret Purvis, was Scottish-born. Margaret’s mother ran away from home, when she was 16 to become a ballerina, after a couple of years working as a shop girl, she was finally married in 1924. Little Peggy was three years old when her father abandoned the family. She lived with her grandparents. By the time she entered grade school, she found that her strong singing voice brought her the attention she longed for. Although her mother recognized Peggy’s singing talent, she had already decided that her daughter would be a dancer. As a teenager Peggy was taken by her mother to Hollywood where she enrolled her in dancing school, also attending Le Conte Middle School in Hollywood. Margaret also lived in a downtown apartment, with her mother, where Marie took on odd jobs such as a waitress. Mother and daughter were uprooted when their visas expired, she would have to make three trips, the first from Los Angeles to Vancouver, within a few years, where they returned, unable to find work.She attended and dropped out of Vancouver‘s now-defunct King Edward High School, to focus more on her dance studies. She then attended the B.C. School of Dancing. It was there that Canadian dance instructor, June Roper, started her in a new direction, for which she was grateful and relieved. The following year at the Orpheum Theatre, Peggy appeared as a hula dancer in the famous revue Waikiki. A new nightclub, the Palomar, opened in Vancouver, and she acquired a week-long booking. Hoping to present more sophisticated image, she combined her middle name with her mother’s maiden name, which turned out to be “Yvonne De Carlo”.[citation needed]The pair made several such trips until 1940, when De Carlo was first runnerup to “Miss Venice Beach” and was hired by showman Nils Granlund as a dancer at the Florentine Gardens.[2] She had been dancing for Granlund only a short time when she was arrested by immigration officials and deported to Canada,[3] but in January 1941, Granlund sent a telegram to Canadian immigration officials pledging his sponsorship of De Carlo in the United States, and affirmed his offer of steady employment, both requirements to reenter the country.[4]Before she worked at Florentine, she also got her first job at 16, working at Vancouver‘s Palomar, where it expanded from a ballroom to a nightclub in 1938. Her time at the nightclub ended when she allegedly was pressured to expose her breasts.[citation needed]. Seeking contract work in the movies, she abruptly quit the Florentine Gardens after less than a year, landing a role as a bathing beauty in the 1941 B-movie Harvard, Here I Come.[5] Other roles were slow to follow, and De Carlo took a job in the chorus line of Earl Carroll, another Hollywood showman. Her sixth film appearance was at the request of Nils Granlund, and the film Rhythm Parade was set at the Florentine Gardens nightclub in Hollywood.In December 1941, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor signaled America’s entrance into World War II. During this period she engaged in morale boosting performances for U.S. servicemen. De
    arlo was a favorite leading lady in the 1940s, and a recipient of many letters from GI‘s.[citation needed]She was a Paramount starlet, but the studio apparently signed her mainly for her slight resemblance to Dorothy Lamour, as it was common then for studios to sign lookalikes in order to remind the stars in question that they easily could be replaced should their behavior become difficult or their box-office appeal begin to wane. When she moved to Universal Studios, she was utilized as a B-movie version of Maria Montez, one of the studio’s reigning divas.[citation needed]

    Her break came in 1945 playing the title role in Salome, Where She Danced. Though not a critical success, it was a box office favorite, and De Carlo was hailed as an up-and-coming star. Of the role, she was less sure, saying of her entrance, “I came through these beaded curtains, wearing a Japanese kimono and a Japanese headpiece, and then performed a Siamese dance. Nobody seemed to know quite why.”[citation needed]In 1947 she played her first leading role in Slave Girl and then in 1949 had her biggest success. As the female lead opposite Burt Lancaster in Criss Cross, she played a femme fatale, and her career began to ascend. She starred in the 1953 film The Captain’s Paradise, as one of two wives a ship captain (Alec Guinness) keeps in separate ports. Cast in The Ten Commandments (1956) in a leading role as Sephora Moses‘ wife (a role originally chosen for Anne Baxter), De Carlo became part of a major hit. The 1957 film Band of Angels featured her opposite Clark Gable in an American Civil War story, along with Sidney Poitier and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. The actress worked steadily for the next several years, although many of the films failed to advance her career.

    Prior to becoming a full-fledged moviestar, De Carlo also became a character actress, and made her debut on a 1952 episode of Lights Out. The part led to other roles in The Ford Television Theatre, Shower of Stars, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Bonanza, Screen Directors Playhouse, Playhouse 90, Burke’s Law, Follow the Sun (2 episodes), Adventures in Paradise, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Custer, The Name of the Game and The Virginian (2 episodes), among others.

    The year 1964 was a rocky one for De Carlo, as she was deeply in debt. After having worked for over 30 years, her film career came to a sudden end, and she was suffering from depression. She signed a contract with Universal Studios after receiving an offer to perform the female lead role in The Munsters opposite Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster. She was also the producers’ choice to play Lily Munster when Joan Marshall, who played Phoebe, was dropped from consideration for the role. The short-lived cult sitcom also starred familiar actor Al Lewis as Lily’s father, Grandpa Munster, and new actors Beverley Owen/Pat Priest as Marilyn Munster and Butch Patrick as Eddie Munster.During its second season, ratings began to drop, due in part to the debut of Batman, which dominated the ratings, early in 1966. Later that year, De Carlo accepted an offer to reprise her role in a color Munster movie, Munster, Go Home! (1966), partially in hopes of renewing interest in the TV series. Despite the attempt, The Munsters was cancelled after only 72 episodes.When E! Online asked Butch Patrick if De Carlo didn’t mind playing Lily Munster, he thought, “She seemed to be all right with it,” he then said, “She seemed to have no problem with the Munster thing.” Patrick also said about his professional relationship with her on- the set, as well as off- the set as a friend, “She was sweet and kind, a good TV mother.” In the many years De Carlo has had a long career in movies, before she transferred to television, where she’d became a household word to millions of people, he said, “She had a big presence,” said Butch, “When she walked into a room, everybody knew it.” Compared to many Munsters fans or fans of Yvonne De Carlo’s, he wasn’t unaware of his mother’s past, the last thing he told us was, “My mom kind of told me what a big star she was.” After the series’ cancellation, both De Carlo & Patrick continued to be friends for over 4 decades until her death, but have never kept in touch of one another. In addition, Patrick was too old to reprise his Eddie Munster role in the reunion movie, The Munsters’ Revenge (1981), but was very busy working on other projects, before focusing on his own rock band, Eddie And The Monsters, which he founded, after the character he played, almost 2 decades ago. He got the chance to be reunited with De Carlo three times, once in 1994 on a daytime talk show, Vicki, and the following year in the movie Here Come the Munsters (1995). Marie (Yvonne’s real-life mother) death in 1993, followed by, Michael (Yvonne’s real-life son) death, 4 years later, in 1997, drew De Carlo & Patrick, very strongly, as Patrick was growing more concerned about his mentor’s losses, in retrospective years. His concerned escalated, when De Carlo herself was hospitalized with a stroke, in 1998, Patrick once said a prayer to her and was soon recovered. Just a few weeks before De Carlo’s death, Patrick was her caregiver for one last time at a nursing home, where he spent his Thanksgiving holiday, being right by her side. After De Carlo’s own death, Patrick was very devastated and was so close that he’d loved her so very much, and she taught him some valuable lessons, growing up.

    For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Yvonne De Carlo was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6124 Hollywood Blvd. and a second star at 6715 Hollywood Blvd. for her contribution to television.

    Trained in opera and a former chorister at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Vancouver, when she was a child, De Carlo possessed a powerful contralto voice and released an LP of standards called Yvonne De Carlo Sings in 1957. This album was orchestrated by the movie composer John Williams. She sang and played the harp on at least one episode of The Munsters.From 1967 onward she became increasingly active in musicals, appearing in off-broadway productions of Pal Joey and Catch Me If You Can. In early 1968 she joined Donald O’Connor in a 15 week run of Little Me staged between Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas, performing 2 shows per night.[1] But her defining stage role came with her big break on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim‘s Follies, which ran from February 1971 until July 1, 1972. As “Carlotta Campion” she introduced the song “I’m Still Here”, which would become an anthem of sorts. The show opened later in Los Angeles with the original Broadway cast on July 22, 1972, and closed 11 weeks later.[1] She was the last lead female performer from the original production to die (having been predeceased by Alexis Smith, Dorothy Collins, Ethel Shutta, Mary McCarty , and Fifi D’Orsay). DeCarlo received recognition for her work in various B-horror films and thrillers, such as The Power, The Seven Minutes, House of Shadows, Sorority House Murders, Cellar Dweller, The Man with Bogart’s Face, Mirror, Mirror, Blazing Stewardesses, and American Gothic.

    De Carlo circa 1979.She also made a cameo a

    ppearance on The Late Show which was hosted by comedian Ross Shafer in 1988, to talk about her own autobiography, she’d written Yvonne: An Autobiography in 1987.

    De Carlo’s final appearance on the big-screen was as Aunt Rosa in the 1991 Sylvester Stallone comedy Oscar, directed by John Landis. De Carlo also appeared on the talk show, Vicki, hosted by her lifelong fan, Vicki Lawrence, on a special episode Sitcom Legends, along with Dawn Wells, Jamie Farr, Dick Sargent, Donna Douglas and former co-star Butch Patrick in 1994.She had a small cameo role on the Munsters TV movie remake Here Come the Munsters in 1995. Her last TV movie appearance was as Norma, in the 1995 Disney remake of The Barefoot Executive, opposite Eddie Albert.Her last TV interview appearance was on January 20, 2002, in a segment of Larry King Live which also featured Richard Hack, author of Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters.

    • Yvonne: “Men, no matter what their promises, rarely leave their spouses… the louses.” (Source: Behind The Bedroom Doors of Famous Women)
    • Yvonne on writing her own autobiography: “If I could, I’d change a lot of things because I’m not proud of everything I’ve done in my life. But to those people who helped me, and there were a lot, I say, thank you. They’re the reason I wrote this book.” (Source:
    • Yvonne on The Munsters: “It meant security. It gave me a new, young audience I wouldn’t have had otherwise. It made me ‘hot’ again, which I wasn’t for a while.” (Source:
    • Yvonne on using a car that would be perfect for The Munsters: “I thought it would be fun to drive around.” (Source:
    • Yvonne when Stephen Sondheim invited her to join the musical, Follies: “He wrote it for me, just for me!” (Source:
    • Yvonne when asked in 1972 about her affair with Howard Hughes before he turned into a legendary recluse: “Howard taught me how to land a plane and how to take off. But he never taught me anything about flying in between. He thought that I had learned the difficult parts, and that was enough.” (Source:
    • Yvonne on Howard Hughes‘s romance, after watching Salome Where She Danced (1945): “A man came over … he said ‘Mr. Hughes would like to meet you.’ Well, I was not too much aware of Mr. Hughes at the time — who he was or anything. So, I said, ‘Oh, yes, fine!’ And so, I looked and thought, ‘Wow, this would be a terrific boyfriend for my aunt.'” (Source:
    • Yvonne who told the media in 1971 about her stars, if she was really nervous about residing in New York City: “I’m from Hollywood, I’m too dumb to be nervous about New York.” (Source:
    • Yvonne: “I was on cloud nine all the time. After I made my hit in Salome, Universal sent me to New York so I could learn to be a proper movie star.” (Source:

    While starring in The Gal Who Took the West (1949), De Carlo not only walked away with the picture, but she walked away with Jock Mahoney, who was her boyfriend at the time. She and Jock were going to start a family, and in 1949, they were engaged. In her first trimester, she suffered a miscarriage, and her relationship with Jock was unsuccessful, hence, De Carlo called off the engagement.She was married to the stuntman Robert Morgan, whom she met on the set of Shotgun, from November 21, 1955 to June 1974, when they divorced. They had two sons, Bruce and Michael. Morgan also had a daughter, Bari, from a previous marriage. De Carlo was a naturalized citizen of the United States. In her autobiography, published in 1987, she listed 22 intimate friends, including Aly Khan, Billy Wilder, Burt Lancaster, Howard Hughes, Robert Stack and Robert Taylor.She received a phone call from Phoenix, Arizona that Morgan had been run over by a train, while doing stunt work on How the West Was Won (1962). A distraught De Carlo quickly went to the hospital to be by her husband’s side. The doctors did everything they could to fix her husband’s body. When his left leg was amputated, Morgan received a prosthetic leg after months of surgeries. However, his contract with MGM assumed no responsibility for the accident. De Carlo & Morgan filed a $1.4 million lawsuit against the studio, claiming her husband was permanently disabled.Her mother Marie died in 1993 from a fall. Her son Michael died in 1997; causes were unknown, although a Santa Barbara Police report contains concerns about possible foul play. De Carlo had a stroke the following year, but soon recovered.

    Later, she moved to a home in the Black Lake Retirement Community, near Solvang, California, but in declining health, she then became a resident of the Motion Picture & Television Hospital, in Woodland Hills, California, where she spent her last years. Her son Bruce R. Morgan was Yvonne’s key caregiver during her last days. There, on January 8, 2007, she died of natural causes. A memorial service was held a few days later at The Woodland Hills MGM Theater, among those attending the service was television and film producer Kevin Burns. She is survived by her son, Bruce R. Morgan, who is filming ProjectLodestar, a film featuring a cameo appearance by De Carlo.

    • Harvard, Here I Come! (1941)
    • This Gun for Hire (1942)
    • Road to Morocco (1942)
    • Youth on Parade (1942)
    • Lucky Jordan (1942)
    • Rhythm Parade (1942)
    • The Crystal Ball (1943)
    • Salute for Three (1943)
    • So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
    • For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
    • Let’s Face It (1943)
    • Deerslayer (1943)
    • True to Life (1943)
    • Standing Room Only (1944)
    • The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
    • Kismet (1944) – Handmaiden (uncredited)
    • Rainbow Island (1944)
    • Here Come the Waves (1944)
    • Practically Yours (1944)
    • Bring on the Girls (1945)
    • Salome, Where She Danced (1945)
    • Frontier Gal (1945)
    • Song of Scheherazade (1947)
    • Brute Force (1947)
    • Slave Girl (1947)
    • Black Bart (1948)
    • Casbah (1948)
    • River Lady (film) (1948)
    • Criss Cross (1949)
    • Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949)
    • The Gal Who Took the West (1949)
    • Buccaneer’s Gal (1950)
    • The Desert Hawk (1950)
    • Tomahawk (1951)
    • Hotel Sahara (1951)
    • Silver City (1951)
    • The San Francisco Story (1952)
    • Scarlet Angel (1952)
    • Hurricane Smith (1952)
    • Sombrero (1953)
    • Sea Devils (1953)
    • The Captain’s Paradise (1953)
    • Fort Algiers (1953)
    • Border River (1954)
    • Happy Ever After (1954)
    • Passion (1954)
    • Shotgun (1955)
    • La Contessa di Castiglione (1955)
    • Flame of the Islands (1956)
    • Raw Edge (1956)
    • Magic Fire (1956)
    • The Ten Commandments (1956) – Sephora
    • Death of a Scoundrel (1956)
    • Band of Angels (1957)
    • The Sword and the Cross (1958)
    • Timbuktu (1959)
    • McLintock! (1963)
    • A Global Affair (1964)

    • Law of the Lawless (1964)
    • Forbidden Temptations (1965) (documentary)
    • Munster, Go Home! (1966)
    • Hostile Guns (1967)
    • The Power (1968)
    • Arizona Bushwhackers (1968)
    • The Delta Factor (1970)
    • The Seven Minutes (1971)
    • Black Fire (1975)
    • Blazing Stewardesses (1975)
    • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1975)
    • House of Shadows (1976)
    • Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) (cameo)
    • Satan’s Cheerleaders (1977)
    • Nocturna: Granddaughter of Dracula (1979)
    • Guyana: Cult of the Damned (1979)
    • Black Fire (1979) (Spanish version)
    • The Man with Bogart’s Face (1980)
    • Silent Scream (1980)
    • Liar’s Moon (1981)
    • Play Dead (1981)
    • Vultures (1983)
    • Flesh and Bullets (1985)
    • American Gothic (1988)
    • Cellar Dweller (1988)
    • Mirror, Mirror (1990)
    • Oscar (1991)
    • The Naked Truth (1992 direct-to-video)
    • Seasons of the Heart (1993) (voice only)

    • I Look at You (1941)
    • The Kink of the Campus (1941)
    • The Lamp of Memory (1942)
    • Fun Time (1944)

    • Bonanza: A Rose For Lotta (1959) – Miss Lotta Crabtree
    • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Night the Monkey Died (1964)
    • The Munsters (1964–1966) – Lily Munster
    • Custer (1 episode, 1967)
    • The Girl on the Late, Late Show (1974)
    • The Mark of Zorro (1974)
    • Roots (1977) (miniseries)
    • The Munsters’ Revenge (1981)
    • Murder, She Wrote: Jessica Behind Bars (1985) (guest star)
    • A Masterpiece of Murder (1986)
    • Tales From the Crypt (1995)
    • Here Come the Munsters (1995) (cameo)
    • The Barefoot Executive (1995)

    • De Carlo, Yvonne; Warren, Doug (1987). Yvonne: An Autobiography. USA: St Martins Press. ISBN 0312002173. 

  • ^ a b c De Carlo, Yvonne; Warren, Doug (1987). Yvonne: An Autobiography. USA: St Martins Press. Correction from Laura: I had lunch with Yvonne de Carlo in Palmerston North in 1974 when she toured in the musical No, No Nanette, having an exclusive interview with her for a Hawke’s Bay newspaper. Regarding the above paragraph, William Middleton was not her father. Her father was, in fact, a half-Maori New Zealander who had had a relationship with her mother when she was with a small Canadian show playing in Sydney at the time. He, too, was spending a short time in Sydney. They had a romance, and on her mother’s return to Canada she found that she was pregnant with Yvonne. For a time the baby girl, Yvonne, was raised as her grandmother’s child and sister to her real mother. Yvonne told me that Clark Gable used to tease her about “her Maori mouth”. She also told me that one of her sons felt right at home in Auckland and chose to stay on, having found work as a swimming coach. ‘You should see him, with his big brown eyes!’ she said. Bringing her sons to New Zealand, to the land of their grandfather, was one of the reasons why she agreed to tour with the show.’ Not many people were aware of her father’s identity, and it was something that she regarded as a personal matter. (Another reason was that, while in Sydney, she was able to indulge in her passion for what she called ‘dirt track racing.’ Fellow drivers called her Peggy and not Yvonne, she told me.) – Laura. ISBN 0312002173. 
  • ^ Nils Thor Granlund: The Swedish Showman Who Invented American Entertainment; Hoefling, Larry J.; Inlandia Press, OK, 2008, p. 259
  • ^ De Carlo, Yvonne; Warren, Doug (1987). Yvonne: An Autobiography. USA: St Martins Press. ISBN 0312002173.  p. 12
  • ^ Nils Thor Granlund: The Swedish Showman Who Invented American Entertainment; Hoefling, Larry J.; Inlandia Press, OK, 2008, p. 262
  • ^ Yvonne: An Autobiography; De Carlo, Yvonne & Warren, Doug; St. Martins Press (1987), p. 60
  • Olive Thomas

    Olive Thomas

    Born Oliva R. Duffy
    October 20, 1894(1894-10-20)
    Charleroi, Pennsylvania, U.S. Died September 10, 1920 (aged 25)
    Neuilly-sur-Seine, France Occupation Actress, Socialite, Ziegfeld girl Years active 1916–1920 Spouse Bernard Thomas (m. 1911–1913) «start: (1911)–end+1: (1914)»”Marriage: Bernard Thomas to Olive Thomas” Location: (linkback:
    Jack Pickford (m. 1916–1920) «start: (1916)–end+1: (1921)»”Marriage: Jack Pickford to Olive Thomas” Location: (linkback:

    Olive Thomas (October 20, 1894 – September 10, 1920) was an American silent film actress and socialite. She was a Ziegfeld girl and the original flapper. She is best remembered for her marriage to Jack Pickford and her death.[1]


    Thomas was born Oliva R. Duffy[2] though sometimes she claimed her birth name was Oliveretta Elaine Duffy.[3] She was born into a working class Irish American family in Charleroi, Pennsylvania.[4] Her father died when she was young and, due to the strained financial situation, she was forced to leave school to help support her mother and two younger brothers, James and Williams. In April 1911, at the age of 16, she married Bernard Krugh Thomas in McKees Rocks, another small mill town. During the two year marriage, she reportedly worked as a clerk in Kaufman’s department store in Pittsburgh. After her divorce, she went to stay with a family member in New York City where she found work in a Harlem department store.[5]In 1914, after answering a newspaper ad, she won “The Most Beautiful Girl in New York City” contest run by the celebrated commercial artist, Howard Chandler Christy. She then modeled for artist Harrison Fisher and eventually landed on the cover of Saturday Evening Post.[4]

    On a 1916 Midnight Frolic posterFisher wrote a letter of recommendation to Flo Ziegfeld resulting in Thomas being hired by the Ziegfeld Follies. However, Thomas later disputed this claiming she walked right up and asked for the job.[4] She subsequently performed in the much more risqué Midnight Frolic, a show staged after hours in the roof garden of the New Amsterdam Theatre. Unlike in the Follies, the women in the Midnight Frolic maintained a strict decorum on stage no matter how skimpy the costumes. The performers were clad only in balloons, allowing the virtually all male audience the opportunity to burst the balloons with their cigars. Thomas’s reputation may be the reason the Pickford family later rejected her. However, the rest of society did not frown on these performers. Former stage performers who took on similar arrangements included Céleste Mogador, who became the Duchess of Chibrillon, Liane de Pougy, who became Princess Ghika, and Sarah Bernhardt, who became a legendary actress.[2]The Midnight Frolic was primarily a show for famous male patrons with plenty of money to bestow on the young and beautiful female performers. Before long, the attractive Thomas was the center of attention of the in-crowd associated with Condé Nast. She soon found herself being pursued by a number of very wealthy and powerful men. She received expensive gifts from her admirers, with rumors that the German Ambassador had given her a $10,000 string of pearls.[4]

    1920 Alberto Vargas painting of ThomasAs part of her sudden fame, she posed nude for Peruvian artist Alberto Vargas,[6] and signed with International Film Company as the leading lady in the Harry Fox movies.[4] Thomas went on to appear in more than twenty Hollywood films over the next four years. She made her debut under her married name, “Olive Thomas”, in the film A Girl Like That. Thomas then appeared in her final short of Beatrice Fairfax. In October 1916, Thomas moved to Triangle Pictures where she worked with Thomas Ince.[7] Shortly after, news broke of her engagement to Jack Pickford, whom she had actually married a year prior. Of her marriage, Thomas said, “I didn’t want people to say that I’m succeeding because of the Pickford name.”[4] During her time with Triangle, Thomas was referred to as “The Triangle Star”.[4]In December 1918, Thomas was persuaded by Myron Selznick to sign with Selznick Pictures Company. She hoped for more serious roles, believing that with her husband signed to the same company, she would have more influence. She soon became the first Selznick star and created the image of the “baby vamp“. In 1920, Thomas once again played a teenager in the Frances Marion movie The Flapper. In a time when actors were defined by the type of role they played, Thomas felt she had no film type, saying, “But I want to create a certain role, you see Mary is the kid in pictures; Norma does drama; Constance is the flippant, flighty wife; Dorothy the hoyden; Nazimova is exotic and steeped in mystery, my Jack does boys, while I–I–why don’t you see, I am just nothing at all!”[4]Thomas was the first actress to be described by the term flapper, preceding the likes of Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, and Joan Crawfor
    d.[2] She would go on to play the flapper role in her final films including A Youthful Folly, and her final film Everybody’s Sweetheart. The formula proved successful and by the time of her death, Thomas was making $3,000 a week.[4]

    Scarce autographed photo of Olive Thomas, circa 1916Thomas was always close to her mother, speaking of her desire to see her on her death bed. Her mother remarried to Harry VanKirk giving Thomas a step sister, Harriet Duffy, born in 1914. She had two brothers: James Duffy (born 1896) and William Duffy (born 1899). She helped James set up an electrical shop while William was in the Marines. Later, William worked as a cameraman. By the time of her death, both brothers were employed with Selznick Productions.[4]Thomas was known for her partying and wild ways which was also increased after marrying Pickford. Alcohol began playing a large role in Thomas’ life (alcoholism ran in the Pickford family), fueling most of the drama with her husband and possibly car crashes as well.[2] She had three automobile accidents in two years, one seriously injuring a 9 year old. She eventually hired a chauffeur.[8]Thomas met actor Jack Pickford, brother of one of the most powerful silent stars Mary Pickford, at a beach cafe on the Santa Monica Pier. Pickford was known for his wild partying and together the pair was trouble. Screenwriter Frances Marion remarked, “…I had seen her often at the Pickford home, for she was engaged to Mary’s brother, Jack. Two innocent-looking children, they were the gayest, wildest brats who ever stirred the stardust on Broadway. Both were talented, but they were much more interested in playing the roulette of life than in concentrating on their careers.”[9][unreliable source?]Thomas eloped with Pickford on October 25, 1916 in New Jersey. None of their family was present, with only Thomas Meighan as their witness. The couple would never have children of their own, and in 1920, they adopted her then six year old nephew when his mother died.[4]By most accounts, she was the love of Pickford’s life, the marriage was stormy and filled with highly-charged conflict, followed by lavish making up through the exchange of expensive gifts. In a March 1920 issue of Motion Picture magazine, Thomas said of the drama-fueled relationship, “He’s always sending me something and then I send him something back. You see, we have to bridge the distance in some way. At first I just couldn’t get used to the idea of living this way, but I suppose one gets used to anything, given time. When we were together we used to use up the time fighting over things. I’d say, ‘You were out with this person or that person,’ and he’d come back at me in the same way, and we’d have a lively time of it, but we’re over that now. We know that we can’t sit home by the fireside ALL the time just because we cannot be together.”[4]Pickford’s family did not always approve of Thomas though most of the family did attend her funeral. In Mary Pickford‘s autobiography Sunshine and Shadows, she wrote, “I regret to say that none of us approved of the marriage at that time. Mother thought Jack was too young, and Lottie and I felt that Olive, being in musical comedy, belonged to an alien world. Ollie had all the rich, eligible men of the social world at her feet. She had been deluged with proposals from her own world of the theater as well. Which was not at all surprising. The beauty of Olive Thomas is legendary. The girl had the loveliest violet-blue eyes I have ever seen. They were fringed with long dark lashes that seemed darker because of the delicate translucent pallor of her skin. I could understand why Florenz Ziegfeld never forgave Jack for taking her away from the Follies. She and Jack were madly in love with one another but I always thought of them as a couple of children playing together…”[10]

    For many years, the Pickfords had intended to vacation together. Both Pickford and Thomas were constantly traveling and had little time to spend together. With their marriage on the rocks, the couple decided to take a second honeymoon.[4] In August 1920, the pair headed for Paris, France, hoping to combine a vacation with some film preparations.[11]On the night of September 5, 1920, the Pickfords went out for a night of entertainment and partying at the famous bistros in the Montparnasse Quarter of Paris. Returning to their room in the Hotel Ritz around 3:00 a.m., Pickford either fell asleep or was outside the room for a final round of drugs. It was rumored that Thomas may have taken cocaine that night though it was never proven. An intoxicated and tired Thomas accidentally ingested a large dose of a mercury bichloride liquid solution, which had been prescribed for her husband’s chronic syphilis. Being liquid it was supposed to be applied topically, not ingested.[4]She had either thought the flask contained drinking water or sleeping pills; accounts vary. The label was in French which may have added to the confusion. She screamed, “Oh, my God!”, and Pickford ran to pick her up in his arms. However, it was too late, she had already ingested a lethal dose.[9] She was taken to the American Hospital in the Paris suburb of Neuilly, where Pickford, together with her former in-law Owen Moore, remained at her side until she succumbed to the poison a few days later. Soon after her death, rumors began that she tried to commit suicide or had been murdered. A police investigation followed as well as an autopsy, and Thomas’ death was ruled accidental.[4]Of that night Pickford gave his account, on September 13 to the Los Angeles Examiner:”…We arrived back at the Ritz hotel at about 3 o’clock in the morning. I had already booked airplane seats for London. We were going Sunday morning. Both of us were tired out. We both had been drinking a little. I insisted that we had better not pack then, but rather get up early before our trip and do it then. I went to bed immediately. She fussed around and wrote a note to her mother. … She was in the bathroom. Suddenly she shrieked: ‘My God.’ I jumped out of bed, rushed toward her and caught her in my arms. She cried to me to find out what was in the bottle. I picked it up and read: ‘Poison.’ It was a toilet solution and the label was in French. I realized what she had done and sent for the doctor. Meanwhile, I forced her to drink water in order to make her vomit. She screamed, ‘O, my God, I’m poisoned.’ I forced the whites of eggs down her throat, hoping to offset the poison. The doctor came. He pumped her stomach three times while I held Olive. Nine o’clock in the morning I got her to the Neuilly Hospital, where Doctors Choate and Wharton took charge of her. They told me she had swallowed bichloride of mercury in an alcoholic solution, which is ten times worse than tablets. She didn’t want to die. She took the poison by mistake. We both loved each other since the day we married. The fact that we were separated months at a time made no difference in our affection for each other. She even was conscious enough the day before she died to ask the nurse to come to America with her until she had fully recovered, having no thought she would die. She kept continuall

    y calling for me. I was beside her day and night until her death. The physicians held out hope for her until the last moment, until they found her kidneys paralyzed. Then they lost hope. But the doctors told me she had fought harder than any patient they ever had. She held onto her life as only one case in fifty. She seemed stronger the last two days. She was conscious, and said she would get better and go home to her mother. ‘It’s all a mistake, darling Jack,’ she said. But I knew she was dying. She was kept alive only by hypodermic injections during the last twelve hours. I was the last one she recognized. I watched her eyes glaze and realized she was dying. I asked her how she was feeling and she answered: ‘Pretty weak, but I’ll be all right in a little while, don’t worry, darling.’ Those were her last words. I held her in my arms and she died an hour later. Owen Moore was at her bedside. All stories and rumors of wild parties and cocaine and domestic fights since we left New York are untrue…[4]

    The mausoleum of Olive Thomas PickfordPickford brought her body back to the United States. Several accounts state Pickford tried to commit suicide en route but was talked out of it. According to Mary Pickford’s autobiography, “Jack crossed the ocean with Ollie’s body. It wasn’t until several years later that he confessed to Mother how one night during the voyage back he put on his trousers and jacket over his pajamas, went up on deck, and was climbing over the rail when something inside him said: ‘You can’t do this to your mother and sisters. It would be a cowardly act. You must live and face the future.'”On September 29, 1920, an Episcopalian funeral service was held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New York for Thomas. According to the New York Times a police escort was needed and the entire church was jammed. Several women fainted at the ceremony and several men had their hats crushed in the rush to view the coffin. Thomas was interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York. Her effects were later sold off for her estate on November 20, 1920. The sale netted $26,931 with Mabel Normand and Lewis Selznick buying several items.[4]

    Thomas’ ghost is said to haunt the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.[12]In 2004, with funding from Timeline Films, and with the help of Hugh Hefner and his film preservation organization, Sarah J. Baker premiered her documentary on Olive Thomas’ short life titled Olive Thomas: Everybody’s Sweetheart.In 2007, McFarland Publishing Company released a biography entitled Olive Thomas: The Life and Death of a Silent Film Beauty, written by Michelle Vogel.[13]

    Year Film Role Notes
    1916 Beatrice Fairfax Rita Malone Alternative title: Letters to Beatrice
    Beatrice Fairfax Episode 10: Playball Rita Malone
    1917 A Girl Like That Fannie Brooks
    Madcap Madge Betty
    An Even Break Claire Curtis
    Broadway Arizona Fritzi Carlyle
    Indiscreet Corinne Corinne Chilvers
    Tom Sawyer Choir Member Uncredited
    1918 Betty Takes a Hand Betty Marshall
    Limousine Life Minnie Wills
    Heiress for a Day Helen Thurston
    1919 Toton the Apache Toton/Yvonne
    The Follies Girl Doll
    Upstairs and Down Alice Chesterton Alternative title: Up-stairs and Down
    Love’s Prisoner Nancy, later Lady Cleveland
    Prudence on Broadway Prudence
    The Spite Bride Tessa Doyle
    The Glorious Lady Ivis Benson
    Out Yonder Flotsam
    1920 Footlights and Shadows Gloria Dawn
    Youthful Folly Nancy Sherwin Writer
    The Flapper Ginger King
    Darling Mine Kitty McCarthy
    Everybody’s Sweetheart Mary

  • ^ Lowe, Denise (2005). An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films, 1895-1930: 1895-1930. Haworth Press. pp. 526. ISBN 0-789-01843-8. 
  • ^ a b c d Memories of Olive. The E Pluribus Unum Project: Assumption College. Worcester, MA.
  • ^ Golden, Eve (2001). Golden Images: 41 Essays on Silent Film Stars. McFarland. pp. 181. ISBN 0-786-40834-0. 
  • ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Long, Bruce. Editor. The Life and Death of Olive Thomas. Taylorology Newsletter. Issue 33, September 1995.
  • ^ Golden, Eve (2001). Golden Images: 41 Essays on Silent Film Stars. McFarland. pp. 181. 
  • ^ Cawthorne, Nigel (1997). Sex Lives of the Hollywood Goddesses. Prion. pp. 4. ISBN 1-853-75250-9. 
  • ^ Golden, Eve (2001). Golden Images: 41 Essays on Silent Film Stars. McFarland. pp. 182. ISBN 0-786-40834-0. 
  • ^ Vogel, Michelle (2007). Olive Thomas: The Life and Death of a Silent Film Beauty. McFarland. pp. 39. ISBN 0-786-42908-9. 
  • ^ a b Lussier, Tim. The Mysterious Death of Olive Thomas.
  • ^ Pickford, Mary (Doubleday). Sunshine and Shadow. 1955. pp. 330. 
  • ^ Golden, Eve (2001). Golden Images: 41 Essays on Silent Film Stars. McFarland. pp. 183. 
  • ^ Neibaur, James L.. “The Olive Thomas Collection”.
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  • Vaughan Alden Bass

    Vaughan Alden Bass was an American painter of pin-up art.Bass was a Chicago artist who started his career working for the Louis F. Dow Company in St. Paul during the mid-1930s. Bass created his own pin-ups for Brown & Bigelow, but he worked for Dow as a “paint over” artist, redoing work that other artists (notably Gil Elvgren) had done for the company.Bass’ style was often compared with that of Elvgren, Al Buell, and Joyce Ballantyne. In the late 1950s, Bass did a series of wrestling scenes that demonstrated his comfort with any subject matter. He created the Wonder Bread Girl in the 1950s. His portrait of President Dwight D. Eisenhower is in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

    • Pin-up girl
    • List of pinup artists

    • Martignette, Charles G.; and Louis K. Meisel (1996). The Great American Pin-up. Cologne: Taschen. ISBN 3-8228-1701-5. 

    Vilma Bánky

    Vilma Bánky

    Vilma Bánky in 1927 Born Vilma Koncsics
    January 9, 1901(1901-01-09)
    Nagydorog, Austria-Hungary (now Nagydorog, Hungary) Died March 18, 1991 (aged 90)
    Los Angeles, California, U.S. Other names Vilma Banky Occupation Actress Years active 1919–1933 Spouse(s) Rod La Rocque (m. 1927–1969) «start: (1927)–end+1: (1970)»”Marriage: Rod La Rocque to Vilma Bánky” Location: (linkback:

    The native form of this personal name is Koncsics Bánky Vilma. This article uses the Western name order.Vilma Bánky (January 9, 1901 – March 18, 1991) was a Hungarian-born American silent film actress, although the early part of her acting career began in Budapest, spreading to France, Austria, and Germany.


    She was born Vilma Koncsics[1] on January 9, 1901[1] to János Koncsics and Katalin Ulbert in Nagydorog, Austria-Hungary. Her father was a bureau chief under Franz Joseph‘s Austro-Hungarian Empire. Shortly after her birth, her father was transferred to Budapest, and the family relocated.She had two siblings – an older brother, Gyula (who would later go on to work in Berlin as a writer and cinematographer), and a younger sister, Gisella. After graduation from secondary school, Bánky took courses to work as a stenographer, but was offered a role in a film. Acting had been her interest since she was a young girl.Her first film appearance was in the now lost film, Im Letzten Augenblick, directed by Carl Boese in Germany in 1919. On a trip to Budapest in 1925, Hollywood film producer Samuel Goldwyn discovered and signed her to a contract. Both her mother and father were vehemently against Bánky’s acting career as was her fiancé; nonetheless she left for the United States in March 1925, arriving to a great deal of fanfare.

    She was hailed as “The Hungarian Rhapsody” and was an immediate hit with American audiences. The New York Times remarked in its review of her first American film, The Dark Angel, that she “is a young person of rare beauty … so exquisite that one is not in the least surprised that she is never forgotten by Hillary Trent”[2] (the movie’s leading male character who decides to allow his family and fiancee to believe him dead rather than place what he perceives as the burden on them of a life caring for a blinded war veteran).She appeared opposite silent greats Rudolph Valentino in The Eagle (1925) and The Son of the Sheik (1926) and Ronald Colman in a series of love stories, including The Dark Angel and The Winning of Barbara Worth. It is commonly believed that her thick Hungarian accent cut her career short with the advent of sound; however, she began losing interest in films and wanted to settle down with Rod La Rocque and simply be his wife. By 1928, she had begun announcing her intention to retire in a few years.Of her twenty four films, eight exist in their entirety (Hotel Potemkin, Der Zirkuskönig [aka The King of the Circus with Max Linder], The Son of the Sheik, The Eagle, The Winning of Barbara Worth, The Night of Love, A Lady to Love, and The Rebel), and three exist in fragments (Tavaszi szerelem in scattered bits, the first five reels of The Magic Flame, and an incomplete copy of Two Lovers).

    Her post Hollywood years were spent selling real estate with her husband and playing golf, her favorite sport. In 1981, Bánky established an educational fund called the Banky – La Rocque Foundation, which is still in operation.

    She married actor Rod La Rocque in 1927; they remained married until his death in 1969. They had no children.[3]Vilma Bánky died on March 18, 1991, from cardiopulmonary failure, aged 90, but notice of her death was not made public until the following year.[3][4] Her ashes were scattered at sea where her husband’s had been.For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Vilma Bánky has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.


    Year Title Role Notes
    1919 Im letzten Augenblick
    1921 Veszélyben a pokol
    1921 Tavaszi szerelem
    1921 Galathea
    1922 Schattenkinder des Glücks
    1922 Kauft Mariett-Aktien
    1922 Halott szerelme, AA Halott szerelme Alternative title: Das Auge des Toten
    1923 Bildnis, DasDas Bildnis Alternative title: L’image
    1924 Zirkuskönig, DerDer Zirkuskönig Alternative title: King of the Circus
    1924 letzte Stunde, DieDie letzte Stunde Alternative title: Hotel Potemkin
    1924 verbotene Land, DasDas verbotene Land Alternative title: Das Leben des Dalai Lama
    1924 schöne Abenteuer, DasDas schöne Abenteuer Alternative title: The Lady from Paris
    1925 Dark Angel, TheThe Dark Angel Kitty Vane
    1925 Soll man heiraten? Alternative title: Intermezzo einer Ehe in sieben Tagen
    1925 Eagle, TheThe Eagle Miss Mascha Troekouroff Credited as Vilma Banky
    1926 Son of the Sheik Yasmin, André’s Daughter Credited as Vilma Banky
    1926 Winning of Barbara Worth, TheThe Winning of Barbara Worth Barbara Worth
    1927 Night of Love, TheThe Night of Love Princess Marie
    1927 Magic Flame, TheThe Magic Flame Bianca, the Aerial Artist
    1927 Dame von Paris, DieDie Dame von Paris Alternative title: The Lady from Paris
    1928 Two Lovers Donna Leonora de Vargas
    1928 Awakening, TheThe Awakening Marie Ducrot
    1929 This Is Heaven Eva Petrie
    1930 Lady to Love, AA Lady to Love Lena Shultz
    1930 Sehnsucht jeder Frau, DieDie Sehnsucht jeder Frau Mizzi
    1933 Rebel, TheThe Rebel Erika Leroy

    • Schildgen, Rachel A. More Than a Dream: Rediscovering the Life & Films of Vilma Banky ISBN 9780982770924.

  • ^ a b Hungarian civil registration document from Nagydorog, available through LDS records; film number 1793002 Items 4–5
  • ^ The New York Times Directory of Film, ‘The Dark Angel’ film review by Mordaunt Hall, October 12, 1925, p. 17, Arno Press and Random House, USA, 1971
  • ^ a b “Vilma Banky, Hollywood Star With Short but Influential Career”. The New York Times. 1992-12-12. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  • ^ Donnelley, Paul (2003-06-01). Fade To Black: A Book Of Movie Obituaries (2 ed.). Omnibus Press. pp. 108. ISBN 0-711-99512-5. 
  • Tawny Kitaen

    Tawny Kitaen Born Julie Kitaen
    August 5, 1961 (1961-08-05) (age 49) Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Spouse David Coverdale (1989–1991)
    Chuck Finley (1997–2002) Children Wynter Merin Finley (b. 1993)
    Raine Finley (b. 1998)

    Julie “Tawny” Kitaen (pronounced /kɨˈteɪ.ən/; born August 5, 1961)[1] is an American actress and media personality in Southern California. She became famous in the 1980s for appearing in several heavy metal music videos for the band Whitesnake, including the hit “Here I Go Again“. Kitaen was married to Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale from 1989–1991. She had recurring parts on multiple television series such as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and co-hosted America’s Funniest People from 1992–1994. She was arrested for drug possession in 2006,[2] has been in and out of rehab programs, was part of The Surreal Life cast in 2006, and was one of the patients in Season 2 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.


    Julie Kitaen was born in San Diego, California in 1961 to a Jewish-American father, Terry Kitaen, who was an employee of a neon sign company, and Linda Taylor Kitaen, a housewife and a former beauty pageant queen (runner-up in the Miss San Diego pageant to Raquel Welch)[citation needed]. Julie began using the name “Tawny” at the age of 12, on her own initiative.[3]Kitaen was romantically linked at various times to Tommy Lee, O.J. Simpson, Jerry Seinfeld, Chuck Finley, and Jon Stewart. Kitaen married David Coverdale in 1989, but the two divorced in 1991. After her marriage to Coverdale ended, she married baseball pitcher Chuck Finley in 1997. They had two daughters — Wynter Finley in 1993 and Raine Finley in 1996 — and appeared in a feature of professional athletes and their wives in the 1999 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

    Kitaen began her acting career in 1983 with a minor role in the television movie, Malibu. In 1984, she starred as the title character of the erotic-adventure movie The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak (a.k.a. Gwendoline). She also co-starred in the movie Bachelor Party as the bride-to-be of a young Tom Hanks and was the star of the 1986 horror movie Witchboard.Kitaen became associated with the glam metal scene because of her high school sweetheart, Ratt guitarist and founder Robbin Crosby.[citation needed] Her legs appeared on the cover of Ratt’s self-titled EP wearing black stockings and red pumps, pictured with white rats. Then, in ripped-up clothes, she appeared on the cover of Ratt’s Out of the Cellar. She also can be seen at the beginning of the Ratt video “Back for More” as the girl in the 50s-style skirt at the juke box.In 1987, her boyfriend was David Coverdale, the lead singer of Whitesnake, and she appeared in several of the band’s music videos. Probably most famous was “Here I Go Again,” in which she did the splits and rolled around on the hood of two Jaguars wearing a white negligee. She also appeared in the videos for “Is This Love” and “Still of the Night.” In 1989, she appeared in video for “The Deeper the Love.”After her music-video appearances, Kitaen took on a number of television roles. She was co-host of America’s Funniest People with Dave Coulier from 1992 to 1994, and was a regular cast member on The New WKRP in Cincinnati from 1991 to 1993. She guest-starred in an episode of the sitcom Seinfeld in 1991 and in an episode of Married… with Children in 1994. She had a recurring role as Deianira in three of the Kevin Sorbo Hercules television movies in 1994, and then in the regular television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. From 1992 until 1996, she provided the voice of “Annabelle” in the animated television show Eek! The Cat.Kitaen was one of the cast of the sixth edition of The Surreal Life, a reality television show on VH1, which began airing in March 2006.Kitaen appeared in the second season of the VH1 reality TV show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which began in October 2008.[4][5][6] Dr. Drew Pinsky voiced concern for her use of triazolam after she admitted to using more than 0.5 mg per use. Pinsky guaranteed her that taking the drug (as with any benzodiazepine) in such high doses will eventually cause her to have a seizure. For fear of her life, Pinsky cut the dosage in half, despite Kitaen’s protests.

    In 2002, Kitaen was charged with committing domestic violence against then-husband major league baseball player Chuck Finley.[7] Three days later, Finley filed for divorce.[7] After a plea bargain, Kitaen agreed to “enter a spousal battery counseling program and avoid contact with Finley.”[7] The couple was married for five years and have two daughters, Wynter and Raine.[8]In November 2006, prosecutors charged Kitaen with possessing 15 grams of cocaine in her San Juan Capistrano home in Orange County. They said her two children were home at the time, and Kitaen had given deputies permission for the search.[9] In December 2006, she entered a six-month rehabilitation program in exchange for the dismissal of a felony drug possession charge.[2][10][11]On September 26, 2009, Kitaen was arrested for driving under the influence in Newport Beach, California.[12]

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  • ^ “”Celebs Check Into Rehab 2 With Dr. Drew”;; June 10, 2008.”.
  • ^ a b c “Kitaen Files $12-Mil Lawsuit Against Ex”. People Magazine. September 24, 2002.,,624669,00.html
  • ^ “Wife accepts Chuck Finley plea bargain”. cbcsports. 2002-09-18.
  • ^ Faber, Judy (November 22, 2006). “Tawny Kitaen Faces Felony Drug Charges”. CBS News Online. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  • ^ Vyas, Sunil; ‘Bachelor Party’ actress Tawny Kitaen in cocaine possession row; November 23, 2006
  • ^ Reuters; Tawny Kitaen enters drug rehab for cocaine msnbc; December 18, 2006
  • ^ “Actress Tawny Kitaen arrested in Calif. for DUI”. Associated Press. 2009-09-26.