MAMIE VAN DOREN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Mamie Van Doren was born on February 6th, 1931 in Rowena, South Dakota with the birth name Joan Lucille Olander, to parents Warner Carl Olander and Lucille Harriet Bennett. When she was eight years old, her family relocated to Sioux City, Iowa and then in May 1942, they moved again to Los Angeles, California.
In 1946, Joan found employment working as an usher at the Pantage Theatre in Hollywood, California. The next year she was cast in a small part on a television show. Joan entered the Miss Palm Springs contest in 1948 at the age of fifteen and won the title.
Howard Hughes discovered her after watching her be crowned Miss Palm Springs. He helped get her career started and also dated her for five years. He got her a small part in the film, "Jet Pilot" starring John Wayne and Janet Leigh, with RKO not released until 1957.
Joan was working as a actress and also a model. She posed as a famous pin up girl for artist, Albert Vargas. She was cast in a couple more bit parts in films such as, "His Kind of Woman" (1951)
She next took to work on the stage as a showgirl in New York at a nightclub. She had a musical talent as well and when songwriter, Jimmy McHugh discovered her musical talents he felt she was too good to just be in the chorus line. She went on to receive some dramatic training with Ben Bard and Bliss-Hayden. She was then cast in the play, "Come Back, Little Sheba" where Phil Benjamin who was a casting director for Universal International discovered her.
At the age of eighteen she was signed by Universal in 1953, with goals to make her Universals next Marilyn Monroe. Mamie's first movie for Universal was called, "Forbidden" (1953) followed by her first starring role in, "All-American" (1953). She also had the chance to play opposite Clint Eastwood in the film, "Star in the Dust" (1956). She took on her stage name and first name, "Mamie" from 'First Lady' Mamie Eisenhower.
Van Doren's career was heading in the right direction. She starred in a number of 'bad girl' films that later became considered cult films. She was also the first woman to sing rock and roll in a Hollywood Musical called, "Untamed Youth" (1957) which was at one time condemned by the Catholic Legion, but this publicity only helped make the film an even bigger hit.
She starred in a number of successful films, some of the more well known films were, "Teacher's Pet" (1958), "Born Reckless" (1958), "High School Confidential" (1958) and "The Beat Generation" (1959).
Van Doren was a US sex symbol and that was highly emphasized in many films roles she undertook such as her role in, "Girls Town" (1959), "The Private Lives of Adam and Eve" (1960), "Kittens Go To College" (1960) and "Vice Raid" (1960). There were many female bombshell beauty's in Hollywood and many did not reach the same level of stardom that Marilyn Monroe achieved, however, she was one of the three female actresses known as the three M's, alongside Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.
As her career progressed Universal chose not to renew her contract. She continued to work in the industry but mostly on low budget films or independent films as she was now a freelance actress searching for her own work. Some films she took on later in her career were ,"The Blonde from Buenos Aires" (1961) and "Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women" (1968).
To promote her film, "3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt" (1964) she posed for Playboy to help increase the films popularity. As her popularity was beginning to fade she published three autobiographies to try and increase interest in her, "My Naughty, Naughty Life" (1961), "I Swing" (1965) and "My Wild Love Experiences" (1965).
During the Vietnam War, Van Doren toured for the US troops for three months to perform. She also visited hospitals and tried to assist to make the burn victims and victims of amputees smile in any way she could.
Her personal life in itself was highly interesting, with a total of five marriages and numerous affairs. Van Doren was married very briefly to Jack Newman from 1950 to 1952, a sportswear manufacturer. She then married a bandleader, actor and composer, Ray Anthony from 1955-1961 with who she had one son, Perry Ray Anthony born on March 18th, 1956. Her third marriage was too a baseball player, Lee Meyers from 1966 to 1967. Marriage number four was to Ross McClintock in 1972 and again divorced in 1973. Van Doren's final marriage was to another actor, Thomas Dixon whom she married in 1979 and is still presently married to him.
In her autobiography's she acknowledged numerous affairs with Clark Gable, Howard Hughes, Johnny Carson, Elvis Presley, Burt Reynolds, Johnny Rivers, Robert Evans, Warren Beatty and Tony Curtis among many others.
Along with her film and stage career she also made a variety of appearances on television on such shows as, "What's My Line", "The Bob Cummings Show", "The Jack Benny Show", "Fantasy Island" and "Burke's Law" among others.
In 1987, she published yet another autobiography titled, "Playing the Field" which was a huge help to bringing back her popularity to the public view. She also now owns a website that her and her current husband, Thomas operate. The site sells 'nipple prints' and home made short films. She has a variety of topless and nude photographs posted and along with her openness of her political views, she has created a large fan following.
Van Doren was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the Motion Picture Industry. Mamie Van Doren resides in California with her husband, maintains her website and continues to make music and occasional public appearances.
1999 The Vegas Connection
1987 Glory Years
1986 Free Ride
1979 Fantasy Island
1975 That Girl from Boston
1971 The Arizona Kid
1968 Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women
1967 You've Got to Be Smart
1966 The Navy vs. the Night Monsters
1966 The Las Vegas Hillbillys
1966 Mister Roberts
1964 Burke's Law
1964 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
1964 Valentine's Day
1964 In the Wild West
1964 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt
1964 The Candidate
1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV series)
1961 The Blonde from Buenos Aires
1960 The Private Lives of Adam and Eve
1960 The Comedy Spot
1960 Sex Kittens Go to College
1960 College Confidential
1960 The Red Skelton Hour
1960 Vice Raid
1959 Alcoa Theatre
1959 Girls Town
1959 The Big Operator
1959 Le bellissime gambe di Sabrina
1959 The Beat Generation
1959 The Bob Cummings Show
1959 Guns, Girls, and Gangsters
1958 Born Reckless
1958 High School Confidential!
1958 Teacher's Pet
1957 Jet Pilot
1957 The Girl in Black Stockings
1957 Untamed Youth
1956 Star in the Dust
1955 Running Wild
1955 The Second Greatest Sex
1955 Ain't Misbehavin'
1954 Francis Joins the WACS
1954 Yankee Pasha
1954 Hawaiian Nights
1953 The All American
1951 Two Tickets to Broadway
1951 His Kind of Woman
1951 Footlight Varieties