|Mamie Van Doren|
Van Doren at the launch of her new wine in November 2007
|Born||Joan Lucille Olander|
February 6, 1931
Rowena, South Dakota
|Years active||1950 - present|
Mamie Van Doren (born February 6, 1931 some sources say 1933) is an American actress and sex symbol. Events 46 BC - Julius Caesar defeats the combined army of Pompeian followers and Numidians under Metellus Scipio Year 1931 ( MCMXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Rowena is an unincorporated community in Minnehaha County, South Dakota along South Dakota State Highway 42. The year 1950 in film involved some significant events Events February 15 - Walt Disney Studios Events 46 BC - Julius Caesar defeats the combined army of Pompeian followers and Numidians under Metellus Scipio Year 1931 ( MCMXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1933 ( MCMXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works A sex symbol is a famous person of either gender typically an Actor, Musician, model, Teen idol, or Sports star
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). Rowena is an unincorporated community in Minnehaha County, South Dakota along South Dakota State Highway 42. Events 240 BC - 1st recorded Perihelion passage of Halley's Comet. Year 1908 ( MCMVIII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year Events 781 BC - The first historic Solar eclipse is recorded in China. Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar) Events 1189 - Philip II of France and Richard I of England begin to assemble troops to wage the Third Crusade. Year 1912 ( MCMXII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year starting Events 479 BC - Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 She is of three-quarters Swedish ancestry; the remainder is mixed English and German. "Sverige" redirects here For other uses see Sweden (disambiguation and Sverige (disambiguation. Her mother named her after Joan Crawford. Joan Crawford (born Lucille Fay LeSueur; ( March 23, 1905 - May 10, 1977) Crawford was signed to a motion picture In 1939, the family moved to Sioux City, Iowa. Sioux City (ˌsuːˈsɪti is a city located in northwest Iowa in the United States. In May 1942, they moved to Los Angeles. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West
In early 1946, Joan began working as an usher at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The Pantages Theatre, formerly known as RKO Pantages Theatre, is located at Hollywood and Vine (6233 Hollywood Boulevard) Hollywood California The following year, she had a bit part on an early television show. Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic She also sang with Ted Fio Rito's band and entered beauty contests. Theodore Salvatore Fiorito ( December 20, 1900, Newark New Jersey - July 22, 1971, Scottsdale Arizona) used Ted Fio A beauty contest or beauty pageant is a competition based mainly though not always entirely on the physical beauty of its contestants and often incorporating Personality 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. Howard Robard Hughes Jr (December 24 1905 – April 5 1976 was an American Aviator, Industrialist, Film producer / director, Philanthropist The pair dated for several years. Hughes launched her career by placing her in several RKO films. 
Hughes provided Van Doren with a bit part in Jet Pilot at RKO, which was her motion picture debut. Jet Pilot is a 1957 Cold War Romantic comedy film starring John Wayne and Janet Leigh. Her line of dialogue consisted of one word, "Look!" and she appears uncredited in the film. A dialogue (sometimes spelled dialog) is a reciprocal Conversation between two or more entities.  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 "Varga Girls. A pin-up girl or pin-up model is a model whose mass-produced pictures see wide appeal as Pop culture. Alberto Vargas ( 9 February 1896 &ndash 30 December 1982) was a noted painter of Pin-up girls and Erotica. " His painting of Van Doren was on the July cover of Esquire. Esquire is a Men's magazine by the Hearst Corporation with a strong literary tradition
Van Doren had been married for a brief time at seventeen, when she and first husband, Jack Newman, eloped to Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is a city in Santa Barbara County California, United States. The marriage dissolved quickly, upon discovery of his abusive nature.
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. His Kind of Woman is a Black-and-white 1951 Comedy drama Film noir starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell The year 1951 in film involved some significant events Events Sweden - May Britt is scouted by Italian Robert Charles Durman Mitchum ( August 6, 1917 &ndash July 1, 1997) was an Academy Award nominated American film Jane Russell (born June 21) is an American film actress and Sex symbol. Vincent Leonard Price Jr ( May 27 1911 &ndash October 25 1993) was an American Film Actor, remembered 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. Theatre (or theater, see spelling differences) is the branch of the Performing arts defined by Bernard Beckerman as what "occurs when one She was a showgirl in New York in Monte Proser's nightclub version of Billion Dollar Baby. The City of New York A nightclub (or "night club" or "club" is a drinking, dancing, and entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark Songwriter Jimmy McHugh discovered her for his musicals, then decided she was too good for the chorus line and should have dramatic training. A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both James Francis McHugh ( July 10 1894 - May 23 1969) was a US Composer. A chorus line is a substantial group of Dancers who together perform Synchronized routines usually in Musical theatre. 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. This article is about the play by William Inge For its film and television adaptations see Come Back Little Sheba. Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or Universal City Studios) a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is a major Global American
On January 20, 1953, Van Doren signed a contract with Universal Studios. Events 250 - Emperor Decius begins a widespread persecution of Christians in Rome. Year 1953 ( MCMLIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A contract is an exchange of promises between two or more parties to do or refrain from doing an act which is enforceable in a court of law Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or Universal City Studios) a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is a major Global American 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. A movie studio (aka film studio) is in the established sense of the term a company that distributes films. Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson, June 1 1926 &ndash August 5 1962 baptized Norma Van Doren, whose signing day coincided with the inauguration of President Eisenhower, was given the first name Mamie for Ike's wife, Mamie Eisenhower. An inauguration is a ceremony of formal Investiture whereby an individual assumes an office or position of authority or power The President of the United States is the Head of state and Head of government of the United States and is the highest political official in United States by Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (October 14 1890 – March 28 1969 was President of the United States from 1953 until 1961 and a five-star general Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower (November 14 1896 – November 1 1979 was the wife of President Dwight D A prominent and noted family of American intellectuals, the Van Dorens included two Pulitzer Prize winning brothers, Carl (biographer) and Mark (poet), and Mark's wife Dorothy, an academic and historian. The Pulitzer Prize, ˈpʊlɨtsɚ PULL-it-sər is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in Newspaper journalism, Ironically, in 1957 Mark and Dorothy's son Charles Van Doren made front page news both by winning $129,000 on a television game show, then admitting the program was rigged. Charles Lincoln Van Doren (born February 12, 1926) a noted American Intellectual, writer and editor who was involved in a television 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. The year 1953 in film involved some significant events Events September 16 — The Robe debuts as She then made All-American (1953), playing Susie Ward, a wayward girl who is the man-trap at a campus beer joint. All American is a musical with a book by Mel Brooks, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. The year 1953 in film involved some significant events Events September 16 — The Robe debuts as In Yankee Pasha (1954) starring Tony Curtis and Rhonda Fleming, she played a slave girl, Lilith. The year 1954 in film involved some significant events Events May 12 - The Marx Brothers' Zeppo Marx Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz June 3, 1925) is an American film actor Rhonda Fleming (born Marilyn Louis in Hollywood California, August 10 1923 is an American Motion picture and Television actress
Van Doren starred in several bad girl movies that later became cult films. " Bad girl movies " are a subcategory of Film noir labeled by latter-day movie buffs to describe the dark films of the 1940s and 1950s starring beautiful A cult film is a Film that has acquired a highly devoted but relatively small group of fans. 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. Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African A gramophone 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). Raymond Edward "Eddie" Cochran ( October 3, 1938 He took music lessons in school but quit the band to play drums  This film was later featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000's 'Untamed Youth' (1990). Mystery Science Theater 3000 is an American Cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced
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. Teacher's Pet is a 1958 Romantic comedy film starring Clark Gable and Doris Day, directed by George Seaton and written The year 1958 in film involved some significant events Events February 16- " In the Money " by William Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and Distribution company, based in Hollywood California. Born Reckless is a 1930 American Crime comedy directed by Andrew Bennison and John Ford written by Donald Warner Bros Entertainment Inc (or Warner Bros, Warner Bros Pictures) is one of the world's largest producers of Film and High School Confidential is a 1958 film directed by Jack Arnold. The Beat Generation is a 1959 film by MGM starring Steve Cochran and Mamie Van Doren, with Ray Danton, Fay Spain The year 1959 in film involved some significant events Events The Three Stooges make their 180th and last short film 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. Girls Town was a 1959 film produced by MGM, starring Mamie Van Doren, Mel Tormé and Ray Anthony; Paul Anka 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 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. Cleouna "Cleo" Moore ( October 31 1928 - October 28 1973) was a blonde bombshell of 1950s Hollywood films Sheree North ( January 17, 1932 – November 4, 2005) was a two-time Emmy Award -nominated American actress Diana Dors ( October 23, 1931 &ndash May 4, 1984) was an English actress and Sex symbol. "Super Star" redirects here for the Sibel Tüzün song see Süper Star. Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson, June 1 1926 &ndash August 5 1962 baptized Norma Marilyn, Mamie and Jayne Mansfield were known as the "Three M's. Jayne Mansfield (April 19 1933 – June 29 1967 was an American actress working both on Broadway and in Hollywood. " 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. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1953 film adaptation of the 1949 stage musical, released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Howard Hawks Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? is an original stage Comedy in three acts and four scenes that opened on Broadway October 13, Francis the Talking Mule was a Mule celebrity featured in seven movie comedies in the 1950s Francis Joins the WACS is a 1954 Comedy film starring Donald O'Connor, Julie Adams, and Chill Wills.
As Van Doren's career progressed, many of the productions she starred in were low-budget B-movies. A B movie is a motion picture made on a low or modest budget Originally the term was used for films intended for distribution as the less-publicized second half of a Double They are largely unknown to later generations, though some have gained a following for their high camp value.
In 1959, Universal chose not to exercise the option in 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. The year 1960 in film involved some significant events Events April 20 - for the first time since coming home from military The year 1961 in film involved some significant events Events Last Year at Marienbad ( L'année dernière The Candidate is an American film released in 1972, starring Robert Redford. The year 1964 in film involved some significant events Events January 29 - The film Dr The year 1966 in film involved some significant events Events Walt Disney, well known for his creation of Mickey Mouse died on Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women is a 1968 film directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The year 1968 in film involved some significant events Events October 30 - The film The Lion in Winter Peter Bogdanovich ( Serbian Cyrillic: Петар Богдановић Latin: Petar Bogdanović (born July 30, 1939, is an American 
Van Doren has been married five times; sportswear manufacturer Jack Newman (married 1950-divorced 1950), bandleader, composer and actor Ray Anthony (married 1955-divorced 1961), baseball player Lee Meyers (married 1966-divorced 1967), businessman Ross McClintock (married 1972-divorced 1973) and actor Thomas Dixon (married 1979-present). Ray Anthony (born Raymond Antonini January 20 1922, in Bentleyville Pennsylvania) is an American Bandleader, Trumpeter
She and Anthony had one son, Perry Ray Anthony (born March 18, 1956). Events 37 - The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius ' will and proclaims Caligula emperor Year 1956 ( MCMLVI) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
Van Doren's early 1960s highly publicized on-again off-again engagement to baseball player Bo Belinsky broke off for good in 1964. Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each Robert "Bo" Belinsky (born December 7 1936, in New York NY &ndash November 23 2001) was an American Left-handed In her tell-all autobiography, she acknowledged numerous affairs, 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. An autobiography, from the Greek αὐτός autos "self" βίος bios "life" and γράφειν graphein "to write" Clark Gable (February 1 &ndashNovember 16) was an iconic American Actor nicknamed "The King of Hollywood" in his heyday Howard Robard Hughes Jr (December 24 1905 – April 5 1976 was an American Aviator, Industrialist, Film producer / director, Philanthropist John William “Johnny” Carson ( October 23, 1925 &ndash January 23, 2005) was an American Television host and Burton Leon Reynolds Jr (born February 11 1936 is an American Actor. Jack "Manassa Mauler" Dempsey ( June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983) was an American boxer who held the world Terrence Steven "Steve" McQueen (March 24 1930 – November 7 1980 was an American movie Actor, nicknamed "The King of Cool" Johnny Rivers (born John Henry Ramistella, 7 November 1942, in New York) is an American Rock and roll Singer Robert Evans may refer to Bob Evans (race driver (born 1947 Formula One driver from England Bob Evans (restaurateur (1918&ndash2007 Edmund John "Eddie" Fisher (born August 10, 1928) is an American Singer and Entertainer. Warren Beatty (born Henry Warren Beaty; March 30 1937 is an American Academy Award - and Golden Globe -winning Actor, producer Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz June 3, 1925) is an American film actor Film actor Steve Cochran ( May 25, 1917 - June 15, 1965) was born Robert Alexander Cochran in Joseph William Namath (born May 31 1943, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania) also known as Broadway Joe or Joe Willie, is a former Claiming fidelity to each lover, of Hollywood life she said, "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. "
In 1963, twice she posed for Playboy to promote her movie Three Nuts In Search of a Bolt (1964), though she was never a Playmate. Playboy is an American Men's magazine, founded in Chicago Illinois, by Hugh Hefner and his associates which has grown into Playboy For the word "playmate" in the common sense see its definition in Wiktionary. By this point in her career, her voluptuous figure measured 38DD-26-36 (self-described in 1997). Of her curves she said, "I don't even want to say double-D, because they're even bigger than that. " 
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 he was really trying to throw it on some bothersome journalists. For a fire at the similarly named nightclub in Brisbane, Australia, see Whiskey Au Go Go fire. The Sunset Strip is the name given to the mile and a half stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through West Hollywood California. West Hollywood, a city in Los Angeles County California, was incorporated on November 29, 1984. The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 Jayne Mansfield (April 19 1933 – June 29 1967 was an American actress working both on Broadway and in Hollywood. George Harrison, MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001 was an English rock Guitarist Singer - Songwriter, Author 
Van Doren also developed a nightclub act and did a lot of 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. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a musical with a book by Joseph Fields and Anita Loos, lyrics by Leo Robin, and music by Jule Styne Dames at Sea is a musical with book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller and music by Jim Wise The Drury Lane Theatre is a live Theater located at the intersection of Kingery Highway, Butterfield Road, and Illinois Route 38 ( Roosevelt Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? is an original stage Comedy in three acts and four scenes that opened on Broadway October 13,
During the Vietnam War, she did tours for U. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam Conflict, occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia S. troops in Vietnam, for three months in 1968 and again in 1970. Vietnam (ˌviːɛtˈnɑːm Việt Nam) officially In addition to USO shows, she visited hospitals, including the wards of amputees and burn victims that many other celebrities stayed away from. "USO" redirects here for other uses see USO (disambiguation The United Service Organizations Inc A hospital is an institution for Health care providing treatment by specialised staff and equipment and often but not always providing for
Van Doren's guest appearances on TV include The Bob Cummings Show, The Jack Benny Show, Fantasy Island, Burke's Law, Vega$, and L.A. Law. The David Post Show!!!!!! (also known as Love That Post!) is an American Television Sitcom which was produced from Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky February 14, 1894 - December 26, 1974) was an American Comedian, vaudevillian This article is about the television series For the Amusement park, see Martin's Fantasy Island or Fantasy Island UK Burke's Law is a detective series which ran on ABC from 1963 to 1965 and was revived on CBS in the 1990s Vega$ is an American Detective Television Drama series that aired on ABC between 1978 and 1981 LA Law is an American television Legal drama that ran from 1986 to 1994.
In the 1970s, Van Doren did a nightclub act in Las Vegas. Las Vegas ( Spanish: "The Meadows" is the most populous City in the state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally
Van Doren's autobiography, Playing the Field, 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. 
At age 60, she underwent cosmetic surgery. Plastic surgery is a medical specialty interested in the correction of form and function In interviews, she has consistently denied ever having breast implants. A breast implant is a Prosthesis used to enlarge the size of a woman's Breasts (known as breast augmentation, breast enlargement, mammoplasty In 2006, Mamie posed for photographs for Vanity Fair with Pamela Anderson as part of their annual Hollywood issue. Vanity Fair is an American magazine of Culture, Fashion, and Politics published by Condé Nast Publications. Pamela Denise Anderson (born July 1 1967 is a Canadian -born actress, Sex symbol, glamour model, producer, Author, and
In 2006 — at age 75 — Van Doren and her husband, Thomas, maintain her popular and controversial web site http://www.mamievandoren.com. Here she sells autographed "nipple prints" and homemade 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 remarkable career, arguably the longest career of any Hollywood sex symbol, with the possible exception of Mae West, Van Doren's childhood idol. Mae West (August 17 1893 &ndash November 22 1980 was an American actress, Playwright, Screenwriter, and Sex symbol.
Van Doren has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a Sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood Los Angeles California, USA, that