Lorie Summers


Lorie Summers (aka Lorrie Summers aka Marilee Summers)

All credits:

The Real McCoy (TV 1963) Donna Oliver
The Man with the X Ray Eyes (1963) dancer – uncredited
Beach Party (7-Aug-1963)
Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964)
The Beverly Hillbillies (TV 1965) 4th beach girl – as Marilee Summers

Bill Dana (photo above): American comedian, born 5 Oct 1924 (www.bill-dana.com)

From the website of 60s pop composer Al Hazan:
“Marilee Summers, well known actress, model and talent agent, was Al’s girlfriend in the 1960s and recorded his song “Every Beat of My Heart” which he wrote especially for her”
(produced by Jack Nitzsche but unreleased).


Screenshots of Lorrie Summers / Marilee Summers in The Man with the X-Ray Eyes and The Beverly Hillbillies here: Aveleyman – Actor, Film & TV Vidcaps


from McNeil’s Movie Korner

“So I was at my parents the other day and they casually mentioned that when they were in high school, someone they knew left town after graduation and took off for Hollywood. It wasn’t long before they saw this gal in a Jerry Lewis movie as well as an episode of Petticoat Junction. I have no idea why I hadn’t heard this story before. To top it off, my parents began arguing over her name. Her real name was Mary Lee H_______. She had two sisters: Mary Ruth and Mary Ann. But when Mary Lee went to Hollywood she changed her name to, my mom says, Marilee Summers. My dad disagreed, of course, having nothing to do with my mom’s obvious fabrication of this Marilee business. Anyway, it went on and on….Then my mom couldn’t remember if she were actually in high school when she saw the pic or not…or if Dean Martin was with Jerry Lewis or not. I went through a lot of ‘full cast and crew’ lists looking for Marilee Summers. Turns out everyone was wrong. The real girl is Lorrie Summers. She was on Beverly Hillbillies, not Petticoat Junction….and Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, and The Man with the X Ray Eyes instead of The Patsy (which is what I was rooting for). Anyway, Lorrie Summers ended up marrying the heir to the Lear Jet fortune – so I guess she didn’t move back to Mississippi.”

In 2000, Marilee Lear had been a resident of Las Vegas for 25 years, running a casting business and film and TV studios (Las Vegas Sun):

Lear runs a casting service and produces a twice-a-year publication called the Nevada Players Directory, a photo album of of Nevada actors and actresses who will appear in films, as models and as stuntpeople… Lear herself had roles in the film version of “Bye Bye Birdie” and television’s “The Real McCoys” and “The Beverly Hillbillies,” under the name Marilee Summers.

Marilee Lear Casting – Facebook & IMDB

Her husband is John Lear:

JOHN LEAR, of full age, being duly sworn, deposes and says:
I am 65 years of age, a retired airline captain and former CIA pilot… I am the son of Learjet inventor, Bill Lear… I flew secret missions for the CIA in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa between 1967 and 1983… I hold 17 world records including Speed Around the World in a Lear Jet Model 24 set in 1966… I have 4 daughters, 3 grandchildren and live with my wife of 37 years, Las Vegas business woman Marilee Lear in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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