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Girl Happy (1965): Lyn Edgington (1935 – 2005), Shelley Fabares, and Chris Noel.

Loving Elvis

19 year old Dolores Hart and 22 year old Elvis Presley in Loving You (1957): “How do you explain ‘love’?” she laments, as she sits in her cluttered, monastic cell with her pet bird. “I was in love with God.” God Is The Bigger Elvis.

Loving Dolores

“Uh need somebody,” Elvis informs the smitten young Dolores Hart, squinting over her shoulder (probably toward the nearest exit) – New York Times review of Loving You (1957).

Willa in the Hangout

Karen Hamilton in the non-speaking and uncredited role of ‘Willa’ in Speedway (1968).

Batgirl in a big bikini

Yvonne Craig, actor and dancer, born 16 May 1937; died 17 August 2015. The dark-haired beauty, a native of Taylorville, Ill., began her theatrical career at age 17 as the youngest member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She traveled the U.S. and was with the troupe for three years when she was discovered…

Easy Dodie

Dodie Marshall: born Rhoda Bailey Wolf 1934; on screen 1964-67, including Spinout (1966) and Easy Come Easy Go (1967). In 1991 claimed to have achieved a perfect score of 200 on a self-administered IQ test (LA Times); from 1977 to 2004 lived in the Hotel Del Flores, 409 North Crescent Drive Beverly Hills LA; in…

Brunette Shelley

Shelley Fabares: short blonde hair in Ride The Wild Surf, short redhead in Girl Happy, shoulder length blonde hair in Hold On!, shoulder length light brown hair with a fringe in Spinout, long dark brown hair in Clambake, long black hair in this photo.

Sultry and Dark vs Blonde and Blue-Eyed

There is, unfortunately, no guaranteed formula leading to Hollywood stardom. Elvis Presley’s two new leading ladies in MGM’s “Live A Little, Love A Little,” demonstrate divergent approaches to successful screen careers.

Blonde and Blue-Eyed vs Dark and Sultry

Celeste Yarnall: supporting role in Live A Little Love A Little (1968). “Michele Carey, dark and sultry, and Celeste Yarnall, blonde and blue~eyed, both aspire to stardom. That is about all the two glamor girls, who lead Presley astray in the comedy, have in common. Miss Carey developed her interest in acting only after working…

When I leave the studio my life is my own

Michele Carey promoting Live A Little, Love A Little (1968): “Miss Carey, whose film credits include “El Dorado,” “The Sweet Ride” and “Changes,” is absorbed in her career and is seldom seen at premieres, studio parties or on the interview route. Miss Carey: “When I leave the studio, my life is my own.” Colorado Springs Gazette,…

Absorbed in her career

Michele Carey promoting Live A Little, Love A Little (1968): “Miss Carey, whose film credits include “El Dorado,” “The Sweet Ride” and “Changes,” is absorbed in her career and is seldom seen at premieres, studio parties or on the interview route. Miss Carey: “When I leave the studio my life is my own.” Colorado Springs Gazette,…

Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall:  born 26 July 1944, Long Beach California. On screen from 1962. Gidget (TV 1966) ‘Independence: Gidget Style’ – 2nd Girl (as Celeste Yarnell); Elvis Presley’s Live a Little, Love a Little (1968) Ellen. More after the jump.

Kiss My Firm But Pliant Lips

Elvis Presley and Celeste Yarnall in Live A Little, Love A Little (1968). “I originally auditioned for Michelle Carey’s role. And I know they liked me. And it must have gotten pretty close between she and me. So they created the role of Ellen for me. The original title of the script was ‘Kiss My…

Michael A. Hoey

Michael A. Hoey: screenwriter (Live A Little Love A Little), dialogue coach (Tickle Me, Sergeant Dead Head, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, Spinout, Speedway); producer (Palm Springs Weekend), writer-director (The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966); born 8 September 1934, London, England; died 17 August 2014, San Clemente, California, USA. Obituary below.

Coach, Director, Co-Star and King

Speedway (1968): dialogue coach Michael A. Hoey, Academy Award-winning director Norman Taurog, Nancy Sinatra and Elvis Presely on set. Hoey worked with Taurog on five Elvis movies and two Beach Party movies.

Dodie in 1961

Dodie Marshall (Spinout 1965, Easy Come, Easy Go 1967). Born 22 December 1934, UK, educated in Philadelphia USA, married and divorced advertising executive Barry Marshall in her 20s, worked as a model before dancing on Broadway, then moving to Hollywood. Since the end of her acting career, has continued to live in Beverly Hills as…

The Dane, Bernice and the King

The swinging sixties were a time of great confusion in Hollywood and a perfect example of that is Live a Little, Love a Little (1968), Elvis Presley’s 28th movie. For the first time, you see a studio wrestling with the dilemma of trying to make Elvis relevant to the new, emerging pop culture. Based on…

The Meanest Girl In Town

Girl Happy (1965): Shelley Fabares and Elvis Presley. “In his eighteenth feature, Elvis Presley is cast as Rusty Wells, a rock ‘n roll singer (no stretch there) who is hired by a Chicago mobster to play chaperone to his daughter Valerie (Shelley Fabares). In between fending off wild, wanton collegegirls and keeping Valerie out of…

Valerie and Rusty

Girl Happy (1965): Shelley Fabares and Elvis Presley. “Elvis and three pals in a music combo arrive on the scene to keep an eye on their boss’s daughter, Shelley Fabares, and a cute chick she is. And guess what happens. That’s it—that’s the picture.” Howard Thompson, New York Times.  

Seadrift Motel

Girl Happy (1965): Shelley Fabares and Elvis Presley. “Elvis and three pals in a music combo arrive on the scene to keep an eye on their boss’s daughter, Shelley Fabares, and a cute chick she is. And guess what happens. That’s it—that’s the picture.” Howard Thompson, New York Times.

The Frightened Stripper

Girl Happy (1965): Gary Crosby, Elvis Presley, Joby Baker, and Jimmy Hawkins playing in snowy Chicago before escaping to sunny Florida.

Gene Nelson

Gene Nelson: dancer/actor-turned-director, born 24 March 1920, Seattle Washington; died: 16 September 1996, Los Angeles California. On screen 1947 – 1987, TV and B-grade movie director from 1960. Biography and photo below.

Jimmy Hawkins

Jimmy Hawkins: born 13 November 1941, Los Angeles California: Girl Happy (1965) and Spinout (1966), Gidget (TV 1966).

Diane McBain

Diane McBain: born: 18 May 1941, Cleveland Ohio. On screen between 1959 and 2001.

Will Hutchins

Will Hutchins: born 5 May 1930, Los Angeles California: two Elvis Presley movies: Deborah Walley’s love interest in Spinout (1966) and Elvis’ identity-swap in Clambake (1967).

Polka Dot Bikini

Chris Noel: star of Beach Ball (1965), Wild Wild Winter (1966), supporting roles in Get Yourself A College Girl (1964), Girl Happy (1965), American International Pictures‘ The Glory Stompers (1967) and For Singles Only (1968).

Rooftop dancers

A blonde Suzie Kaye dances with Elvis in Clambake (1967). Towards the end of his movie career, Elvis Presley made Clambake (1967); it was number 25 of 31 total feature films he would make. Co-starring Shelley Fabares, Will Hutchins, and Bill Bixby, Clambake is a rock ‘n roll twist on Mark Twain’s The Prince and…

Shelley in a pearly shell

Shelley Fabares in a publicity photo for Clambake (1967) Born Michele Marie Fabares January 19, 1944 Santa Monica, California. Starred in the surf movie Ride The Wild Surf (released 5-Aug-1964) Brie Matthews. Three movies with Elvis Presley: Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) Valerie Spinout (17-Oct-66) 1966) Cynthia Foxhug Clambake (4-Dec-1967) Diane Carter One movie with Herman’s Hermits:…

The lifeguard turned actor

Bill Bixby, TV Actor, Dies at 59; Starred in 3 Long-Running Series. LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22, 1993 — Bill Bixby, whose long career in television included starring roles in three popular series, died on Sunday at his home in Century City. He was 59. … A native of San Francisco, Mr. Bixby attended San Francisco…

Elvis favorites

Shelley Fabares and Bill Bixby in a publicity photo for Clambake (1967). These Actors Clearly Owe Their Success to Elvis Presley: Bill Bixby — Clambake (1967), Speedway (1968). When Bixby appeared in Clambake — the first of two Presley movies he showed up in, with the other being Speedway, a movie which also featured the…

May 23, 1965 Sunday NEW YORK NEWS

Chris Noel was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. She started as a model, and broke into show business doing ‘Mister Roberts’ on stage with Hugh O’Brien. Called “the next Marilyn Monroe,” sexy new starlet Chris Noel landed a role opposite Steve McQueen in Soldier In The Rain (1963), then appeared as “Sue Ann Mobley”…

Hell’s Belle, it’s Elvis’ co-star

Jocelyn Lane: Elvis Presley’s co-star in Tickle Me (1965). “[Elvis] gets good comedy backing from a competent cast and a flock of young beauts cavorting in near-Bikini attire. Romance and sub-plot are offered in the shapely person of Jocelyn Lane … Miss Lane delivers a sharp enactment of the gal Presley falls for, and Julie…

Chris Noel studies her script

Chris Noel: star of Beach Ball (1965), Wild Wild Winter (1966), supporting roles in Get Yourself A College Girl (1964), Girl Happy (1965), American International Pictures‘ The Glory Stompers (1967) and For Singles Only (1968)

Jocelyn Lane smiling in the sun

Jocelyn Lane: Austrian-born British actress who headed to Hollywood in 1964, and became Elvis Presley‘s co-star in Tickle Me (1965).

Dolores Hart dramatic portrait

Dolores Hart: star of Where The Boys Are (1960), the original Florida holiday beach movie, and two Elvis Presley movies: Loving You (1957) and King Creole (1958).

Jocelyn Lane

Jocelyn Lane: born: Jocelyn Lane Bolton, 16 May 1937, Vienna Austria. Younger sister of British 1950s pin-up, Mara Lane, Jocelyn followed her sister into British pin-ups as ‘Jackie Lane’, then progressed to UK television and Italian epics. In 1964 she moved to Hollywood and relaunched her acting career as Jocelyn Lane. Her career never rose…

Elvis leaning on a palm tree and Shelley Fabares

An overweight and sickly-looking Elvis Presley with a worried-looking Shelley Fabares in Clambake (1967). Shelley Fabares’ third and final film with Elvis Presley. Generally regarded as one of the worst Elvis movies, marginaly better than Double Trouble and Harum Scarum. I like it.

The Tatum Family in ‘Kissin’ Cousins’ (1964)

Kissin’ Cousins (1964): Yvonne Craig (Azalea Tatum) and Pamela Austin (Selena Tatum) listen to Arthur O’Connell (Pappy Tatum) negotiate with Elvis Presley (Josh Morgan) while Glenda farrell (Ma Tatum) and Donald Woods (General Dornford) watch.

Dodie Marshall

Dodie Marshall: born Rhoda Bailey Wolf, 22 December 1934, Philadelphia USA, married and divorced advertising executive Barry Marshall in her 20s, worked as a model before dancing on Broadway, then moved to Hollywood. Since the end of her acting career, has continued to live in Beverly Hills as “Dr Dodie Bailey Marshall”.

Rusty Allen

Rusty Allen: born Terry Kay Dennis, 10 March 1944, Taylor County Texas; died 1 November 2004, Las Vegas Nevada. Married circus producer Alexandroff Dobritch twice – March 1965 and November 1970; Dobritch married stripper Brandy Wilde (aka Clarice Gillis) in Las Vegas in 1968. Dobritch committed jumped to his death from a hotel window in…

Pamela Curran

Pamela Curran, Rusty Allen and Gail Gilmore in Girl Happy (1965) Pamela Curran: born Pamela Helene Dudley Curran, 6 February 1930, New York New York. First credit: The Blob (1958) teenager … Girl Happy (1965) Bobbie … Final credit: Love, American Style (TV 1971) ‘Love and the Note’ Ingrid

Fabrizio Mioni

Fabrizio Mioni: born 3 September 1930, Rome Italy. Hercules (1958) Jason … Get Yourself A College Girl (1964) Armand Girl Happy (1965) Romano … Final credit: Love, American Style (1972) ‘Love and the Latin Lover’ Cesare Donelli

Nita Talbot

Nita Talbot: born Anita Sokol, 8 August 1930, New York City New York. Signed to Warner Brothers at 18 years of age. First credit: This Side of the Law (1950) Miss Goff … Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) Sunny Daze … That Funny Feeling (25-Aug-1965) Audrey … The Cool Ones (12-Apr-1967) Dee Dee Howitzer … Final credit:…

Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret: born Ann-Margret Olsson, 28 April 1941, Valsjöbyn Jämtlandslän Sweden; arrived in USA 1947. 1960s movie credits: Screen debut: Pocketful of Miracles 1961) Louise State Fair (1962) Emily Porter Bye Bye Birdie (1963) Kim McAfee Viva Las Vegas (20-May-1964) Rusty Martin Kitten with a Whip (4-Nov-1964) Judy Dvorak The Pleasure Seekers (25-Dec-1964) Fran Hobson Bus…

Pamela Austin

Pam Austin: Pamela Joan Akert, 20 December 1941, Omaha Nebraska. First credit: Blue Hawaii (1961) Selena “Sandy” Emerson (as Pamela Kirk) … Hootenanny Hoot (1963) Billie-Jo Henley … Kissin’ Cousins (1964) Selena Tatum … The Perils of Pauline (1967) Pauline … Final credit: The Dressmaker (1988) Singer

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig: born Yvonne Joyce Craig, 16 May 1937, Taylorville Illinois; died 17 August 2015, Pacific Palisades California (cancer). First credit: Eighteen and Anxious (1957) Gloria Dorothy McCormick Selected credits: Gidget (1959) Nan It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) Dorothy Johnson Kissin’ Cousins (1964) Azalea Tatum Ski Party (1965) Barbara Norris One Spy Too…

Michele Carey

Michele Carey:  born 26 February 1943, Annapolis, Maryland. First credit: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV 1964) ‘The Double Affair’ – Maggie … How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (14-Jul-1965) Michelle – uncredited … The Sweet Ride (22-May-68) Thumper Stevens Live a Little, Love a Little (23-Oct-1968) Bernice … Final credit: In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro…

Barbara Eden

Barbara Eden: born Barbara Jean Morehead, 23 August 1931, Tucson Arizona, Barbara Jean Huffman from 1945, Barbara Eden from 1956. First credit: West Point (TV 1956) ‘Decision’ – Toni DeWitt … Flaming Star (1960) Roslyn Pierce … Ride the Wild Surf (Columbia 5-Aug-1964) … I Dream of Jeannie (TV 1965-1970 – 139 episodes) Jeannie ……

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley: born Elvis Aron Presley, 8 January 1935, Tupelo Mississippi; died 16 August 1977, Memphis Tennessee. 31 movies from Love Me Tender (1956) to Change of Habit (1969)

Nancy Czar

Nancy Czar: born Nancy Jean Czarnecki, 4 January 1944, Milwaukee Wisconsin. USA. US Figure Skating Champion 1960. Wild Guitar (1962) Vickie Wills Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) blonde on the beach – uncredited Winter A Go-Go (28-Oct-1965) Jonesy Perry Mason (TV 1965) ‘The Case of the Golden Girls’ – Teddy Bear #2 Spinout (Euterpe 14-Dec-1966) platinum beauty…

Blue Hawaii Actresses

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

Mary Ann Mobley

Mary Ann Mobley: born 17 February 1937, Biloxi Mississippi; died 9 December 2014, Beverly Hills Los Angeles California. Miss Mississippi 1958 and Miss America 1959. Get Yourself A College Girl (18-Dec-1964) Girl Happy (MGM 14-Apr-1965) Harum Scarum (Four-Leaf 15-Dec-1965) Three on a Couch (1 March 1966) For Singles Only (Columbia 5-Jun-1968) Final credit: Hardball (TV…

Deanna Lund

Deanna Lund: born 30 May 1937, Oak Park Illinois. First credit: Burke’s Law (TV 1965) ‘Peace, It’s a Gasser’ – Secretary Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (6-Nov-1965) Robot Out of Sight (12-May-1966) Tuff Bod Paradise, Hawaiian Style (9 June 1966) uncredited The Swinger (14-Nov-1966) model – uncredited Spinout (14-Dec-1966) uncredited Land of the Giants…

Suzie Kaye

Suzie Kaye: born Susan Helene Klein, 2 September 1941, New York City New York; died 5 March 2008, Delray Beach Florida. West Side Story (1961) Rosalia … Wild Wild Winter (5-Jan-1966) Sandy C’mon, Let’s Live a Little (3-Mar-1967) Bee Bee Vendemeer It’s a Bikini World (19-Apr-1967) Pebbles Clambake (4-Dec-1967) Sally … Final credit: Love Is…

Brenda Benet 1945 – 1982

Brenda Benet: born Brenda Ann Nelson, 14 August 1945, Hollywood California; died 7 April 1982 – suicide – West Los Angeles California. First credit: The Young Marrieds (5-Oct-1964) Jill McComb #2 Beach Ball (29-Sep-1965) Samantha Harum Scarum (15-Dec-1965) Emerald Track of Thunder (15-Sep-1967) Shelly Newman Final credit: Father Murphy (1982) ‘The Heir Apparent’ – Rachel…

Chris Noel

Chris Noel: born Sandra Louise Noel, 2 July 1941, West Palm Beach Florida. First credit: Soldier in the Rain (27-Nov-1963) Frances McCoy Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) Betsy Beach Ball (29-Sep-1965) Susan Get Yourself A College Girl (18-Dec-1965) Sue Ann Mobley Wild Wild Winter (5-Jan-1966) Susan The Glory Stompers (28-Mar-1968) Chris For Singles Only (5-Jun-1968) Lily

Peter Brooks

Peter Brooks: born Jan Zajaczowski First credit: Ichabod and Me (TV 1961) ’Teenage Journalist’ Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) Clay Anderson Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) Brentwood Von Durgenfeld The Girls on the Beach (12-May-1965) Stu Rankin Gidget (TV 1965) ‘Too Many Cooks’ Corky Final credit: Hogan’s Heroes (TV 1968) Christopher Downes

Gail Gilmore

Gail Gilmour: born Gail Gerber, 4 October 1937, Edmonton Canada; died: 2 March 2014, Sharon, Connecticut. Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) Nancy The Girls on the Beach (12-May-1965) Georgia – as Gale Gerber Beach Ball (29-Sep-1965) Deborah Village of the Giants (Embassy 20-Oct-1965) Elsa Harum Scarum (Four-Leaf 15-Dec-1965) Sapphire

Irene Tsu

Irene Tsu (born 5 April 1943, Shanghai China) First screen credit: Take Her, She’s Mine (13-Nov-1963) … How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) native girl … Paradise, Hawaiian Style (15-Jun-1966) Pua … Continuous film and television credits to 2012: IMDB

Deborah Walley

Deborah Walley (Aug 12, 1941, Bridgeport, Connecticut – May 10, 2001, Sedona, Arizona – esophageal cancer). Married to John Ashley 1962 – 66. Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) … Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) Ski Party (1965) Sergeant Dead Head (1965) Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) Spinout (1966)…

Beverly Adams

Beverly Adams (born 7 November 1940, Edmonton Alberta, Canada) First screen credit: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV 1963) ‘Wally’s Pen Pal’ Gloria Roustabout (1964) Cora – uncredited Girl Happy (1965) girl #2 – uncredited How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (14-Jul-1965) Cassandra Gidget (TV 1965) ‘In God, and Nobody Else, We Trust’ Treasure…

Julie Parrish

Julie Parrish: Ruby Joyce Wilbar, 21 Oct 1940 (Middlesboro, Kentucky) – 1 Oct 2003 (Los Angeles, California). First credit: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV 1962) ‘Strictly for the Birds’ –  Betsy Dolly Martha Trueblood The Nutty Professor (1963) college girl Winter A-Go-Go (28-Oct-1965) Dee Dee Boeing, Boeing (1965) pretty girl – uncredited Paradise,…

Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra: born 8 June 1940, Jersey City Jersey, first child of Frank Sinatra. All movie credits: For Those Who Think Young (3 Jun 1964) Karen Cross Get Yourself a College Girl (18-Dec-1965) Lynne Marriage on the Rocks (1965) Tracy Edwards The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (6-Apr-1966) Vicki The Last of the Secret Agents?…

Shelley Fabares

Shelley Fabares: born Michele Marie Fabares January 19, 1944 Santa Monica, California. Ride The Wild Surf (5-Aug-1964) Brie Matthews Girl Happy (14-Apr-1965) Valerie Hold On! (22-Jun-1966) Louisa Page Spinout (17-Oct-66) 1966) Cynthia Foxhugh Clambake (4-Dec-1967) Diane Carter

Sharon Garrett

Sharon Garrett The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV Series 1962) girl Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) brunette yoga girl – uncredited Mission: Impossible (TV 1967) A Cube of Sugar dancer – uncredited Speedway (1967) dancer – uncredited