Blue Hawaii Actresses

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Left to right: Pamela Austin, Darlene Tompkins, Joan Blackman, Elvis Presley, Jenny Maxwell, Kay Christian, in a publicity photo for Blue Hawaii (1961).

Pamela Austin: born Pamela Akert, 20 December 1941, Omaha Nebraska. Billed as ‘Pamela Kirk’ for her screen debut in Blue Hawaii (1961). After appearing in a second Elvis movie, Kissin’ Cousins (1964),  Austin became the “Dodge Rebellion Girl”, featured in twenty commercials for Dodge cars between 1966 and 1967. IMDB

Joan Blackman: born 18 May 1938, San Francisco California. Played oppostive Elvis in two movies: as Maile Duval in Blue Hawaii (1961) and Rose Grogan in Kid Galahad (1962). Was married to Joby Baker – Wilbur in Girl Happy (1965). Retired from acting in 1990. IMDB

Christian Kay: born Christian Milano Kay, 21 December 1941, Los Angeles California. Two screen credits: Beverly Martin in Blue Hawaii (1961) and Suzy Carter in My Three Sons (TV broadcast 19 Jan 1961) ‘Mike in a Rush’. IMDB

Jenny Maxwell: born Jennifer Helene Maxwell, 3 September 1941, New York New York; died 10 June 1981, Beverly Hills California (unsolved murder). As Ellie Corbett in Blue Hawaii (1961), she received a butt-spanking from Elvis. She appeared in  Take Her, She’s Mine (1963), and then as Honey Bee in the Ed Wood-scripted Shotgun Wedding (1963). She acted on television until 1968. IMDB

Darlene Tompkins: born Darlene Perfect, 16 November 1940, Chicago Illinois. Played Patsy Simon in Blue Hawaii (1961), had minor film and TV roles including uncredited appearances in Wake Me When It’s Over (1960 – girl in bikini), Fun In Acapulco (1963 – Miss Stevers) and A Guide for the Married Man (1967 – bosomy blonde). She was a stuntwoman in 19 episodes of Starsky and Hutch (TV 1978-79). IMDB

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