Category Archives: Fireball 500

Those sunglasses!

Annette Funicello in Fireball 500 (1965). Stock car racer “Fireball” Dave Owens (Frankie Avalon) arrives at the racing town of Spartanburg, South Carolina, to compete against local champion Leander Fox (Fabian). Dave wins both the first race and the admiration … Continue reading

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New Year 1966

Sue Hamilton: Playboy Playmate of the Month April 1965 as Sue Williams. See Sue Williams / Sue Hamilton Mystery for biographical details and discussion.

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A surfer girl in a wild bikini

Mary Hughes (born Mary Cecilia Hughes, 25 Feb 1944 Hollywood, California; died 13 Dec 2007 Malibu, California) Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) surfer girl Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) beach girl Pajama Party (11 Nov 1964) pyjama girl Beach Blanket Bingo … Continue reading

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Fireball 500 (1966) half-sheet poster

Fabian slugs Frankie Avalon on this poster, in front of a larger Annette Funicello and a dyed-blonde Julie Parrish.

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Frankie slugs Fabian in ‘Fireball 500’ (1965)

Frankie Avalon and Fabian Forte play rival drivers in American International Pictures‘ stock-car racing comedy-drama, Fireball 500 (1966)

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Frankie and Fabian and dates at the 1959 Academy Awards

Frankie Avalon: married to Kathryn “Kay” Diebel since 19 January 1963, eight children. Fabian Forte: marriages to (1) Kathleen Regan 1966 – 1975, two children; (2) Kate Netter 1980 – 1990; (3) Andrea Patrick since 1998.

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Len Lesser

Len Lesser: born Leonard King Lesser, 3 December 1922 New York City, New York; died 16 February 2011, Burbank California. ‘Uncle Leo’ in Seinfeld (TV 1991-98) First credit: Studio One in Hollywood (TV 1949) ‘Two Sharp Knives’ … How to … Continue reading

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Karla Conway on a surfboard

Karla Conway, born Karla Jo Musacchia, 5 July 1946, Pasadena, California; Playboy’s Miss April 1966; and stock-car racing fan in Fireball 500, released 7 June 1966.

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Karla Conway and Johnny Fain sitting on the beach

Playboy Playmate Karla Conway and professional surfer Johnny Fain in Conway’s April 1966 pictorial, “Malibu Beachnik”. Fain appears in six AIP Beach Party movies but Conway only appears in the AIP stock-car racing movie Fireball 500 (1966).

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Patti Chandler shops for Sheer Magic at Grants

If you dug Patti’s fantastic face and wiggy figure in “Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine“, just watch the action in her wild new movies, “Ghost in the Invisible Bikini” and “Fireball 500.”

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