Bronwyn Fitzsimons (1940 – 2016), Aron Kincaid (1940 – 2011) and Bronwyn’s mother, Hollywood Golden Age actress Maureen O’Hara (1920 – 2015) at “Donald’s Nite” – occasion, year and location unknown. Advertisements
Of all the surfer-girl starlets, Patti Chandler got the biggest career push, but her career never rose above the B level, even though she was absorbed into the young-Hollywood scene. Sheila Weller, Vanity Fair October 2006
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Gardner McKay (born 1932 New York New York; died 2001 Oahu, Hawaii); artist-turned-model-turned-actor-turned-writer; star of I Sailed To Tahiti With An All Girl Crew (1968) – his final acting credit — “My life is defined by what I’ve quit.”
Bob Denver (of For those Who Think Young and The Sweet Ride) with his pet chimp Henry, co-star of S2E11 ‘The Chimp Named Sam’ of The Good Guys (TV 1969) – a sitcom starring Denver as taxi driver Rufus Butterworth … Continue reading
If you can’t remember a time when Frankie Avalon wasn’t a part of your life, you aren’t alone. This talented performer can look back on a career that spans three generations of music, television and motion pictures which he feels … Continue reading
James Darren: ‘Moondoggie’ in three Gidget movies EW: Interesting for the title character of a film series to be played by different actors but the costar to stay the same… JD: They had me under contract. I was a prisoner. … Continue reading
Karen Jensen: born 18 August 1944, San Francisco, California; on screen 1964 – 1979 including the lead female role in Out of Sight (1966).
KEENAN WYNN IS DEAD AT 70; THIRD-GENERATION PERFORMER. Keenan Wynn – who played a clowning thug in ”Kiss Me Kate,” blasted a vending machine in ”Dr. Strangelove” and was one of Hollywood’s most versatile supporting actors – was a third-generation … Continue reading
Keenan Wynn (1916 – 1986): villain Harvey Huntington Honeywagon in Bikini Beach (1964). Veteran character player from the stage, a prolific staple at MGM in the 1940s and 50s, mostly as pals to the male stars of the films in … Continue reading
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George Barris (20 November 1925 – 15 November 2015): creator of Kustom cars, supplying vehicles to Hollywood including the cherry red Villa Riviera for For Those Who Think Young (1964), the spymobile ZZR for Out of Sight (1966) and the … Continue reading
Danielle Aubry: born Renée Aubry, 15 October 1931, France or Canada. Married to Charles B. Penrose 1954 – 1972 Married to 1940s independent movie producer Leo Popkin until his death in 2011 In American pageants and pin-up mags from 1957 … Continue reading
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Darlene Lucht (born Darlene 17 Mar 1938 Franklin, Wisconsin; died 5 Mar 2011, Milwaukee, Wisconsin): Miss Milwaukee 1958, Myrtle Beach Miss Sun Fun USA 1961, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Miss December 1961, Muscle Beach Party (1964), Bikini Beach (1964).
Darlene Lucht of Bikini Beach and Sebastian Cabot in an episode of the Doug McClure vehicle Checkmate (TV 1962, S2E12), also featuring Tina Louise ~ McClure and Anthony George operate a San Francisco detective agency, aided by British criminologist Cabot. … Continue reading
August 29, 1958: Four members of water ballet group who appeared in Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks 1958 Water Carnival pose on paddle boards at edge of pool before performance. Ready for plunge in Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks pool are from left, Mary … Continue reading
Valora Noland — ‘Rhonda’ in Beach Party (1963) and ‘Animal’ in Muscle Beach Party (1964) — in a photo to promote the John Wayne western The War Wagon (1967).
Eva Six (born Eva Klein 1937 in Budapest, Hungary) the blonde bombshell in Beach Party (1963). APRIL 1963. THE REDS INVADE… But lovely, blonde EVA SIX was not there! Meet the Hungarian actress who arrived in Hollywood as a refugee … Continue reading
Donna Russell (born 1944) beach girl in Beach Party (1963), Surf Party (1964), For Those Who Think Young (1964) and Catalina Caper (1967). One of these Valley College coeds will be the college’s 1963 Spring Prom Queen. The winner and … Continue reading
Donna Russell (born 1944) beach girl in Beach Party (1963), Surf Party (1964), For Those Who Think Young (1964), Catalina Caper (1967) and credited roles in My Three Sons (TV 1964) S05E13 and Wagon Train (TV 1965) S08E19.
Los Angeles local Pamela Colbert would appear in the first Beach Party movie, released in August 1963.
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Yvette Carmen Mimieux, born 8 January 1942, Hollywood California; first three film credits: Platinum High School (13-May-1960), The Time Machine (17-Aug-1960), Where the Boys Are (28-Dec-1960).
Plays were the thing when Paula Prentiss attended graduate school at Northwestern to study acting: “All of us had our noses in the air, we were going to go directly to theater and have nothing to do with movies.” So much … Continue reading
Beverly Adams: married to celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon (1928 – 2012) from Feb 1967 to Jan 1981.
Laura Lynn: 20 Mar 1946 – 24 Oct 1991 (suicide) as Marcy in Blood Feast (1963).
Sue Williams: Playboy Magazine Miss April 1965. also known as Sue Hamilton: actress for American International Pictures 1965 – 1966. unrelated to Karen Sue Hamilton (1945 – 1969): Arizona model and minor Hollywood actress.
Burt Metcalfe: born 19 March 1935, Saskatchewan Canada; on screen 1955 – 1965, including ‘Lord Byron’ in Gidget (1959) and Father of the Bride (TV 1961 – 1962) with Myrna Fahey, before producing the TV hit M*A*S*H (1972 – 1983).
Robert Ellis: born 24 Aug 1933 Chicago; died 23 Nov 1973 Los Angeles (kidney failure); a child star of sorts on radio and TV from 1948; Pvt. Joe Rattigan in Space Master X-7 (1958) and ‘Hot Shot’ in Gidget (1959); final credit … Continue reading
Tom Laughlin: born 10 Aug 1931, Milwaukee; died 12 Dec 2013, Thousand Oaks; on screen from 1955, including South Pacific (1957), Senior Prom (1958), and Gidget (1959) as Lover Boy; wrote, directed and starred The Young Sinner (1961) costarring Stefanie … Continue reading
Doug McClure (1935 – 1996) – played ‘Waikiki’ in Gidget (1959) – and Michael Landon – played ‘Little Joe’ in Bonanza (TV 1959 – 1973).
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Shary Marshall: born Sharlayne Adell Williamson 29 March 1935, Monmouth Oregon; died Shari Santilli 31 May 2014, Laguna Hills California. Moving to Hollywood after winning a beauty contest, she had two TV credits in 1958 as ‘Shary Layne’, before appearing … Continue reading
Sue George: born Sue Ellen Weber, Los Angeles CA, 15 Apr 1933, on screen 1955 – 1961 three feature film credits: Rock, Pretty Baby (1956), The Dalton Girls (1957) and Gidget (1959).
Patti Kane: born Patricia F. Kane, 20 December 1932, Reseda CA. Only one film credit: Gidget (1959).
Jo Morrow was 18 years old when shooting Gidget in the summer of 1958. She appeared uncredited in Ten North Frederick (1958). She shot Juke Box Rhythm after Gidget, but it was released a week before the surf movie in … Continue reading
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Jo Morrow: born Beverly Jo Morrow, 1 November 1939, Cuero Texas. First credit: Sam Katzman’s Juke Box Rhythm (1959); second credit: Gidget (1959) as Mary Lou.
Horror House a.k.a. The Haunted House of Horror (released 15 April 1970 USA) Tigon (UK) / American International Pictures. Starring Frankie Avalon and Jill Haworth.
The Horror of Party Beach 1964. The first horror monster musical! An Iselin-Tenny Production | Released by 20th Century-Fox.
One day in 1961, when the surf was small, two older men walked down the beach fully clothed and covered with camera equipment. They even had shoes on! “Hi, my name is Allan Grant and we’re from Life Magazine. We’re … Continue reading
Dick Miller (born 25 December 1928, The Bronx New York). First credit: Apache Woman (1955). Select credits: The Girls on the Beach (1965) First Waiter; Beach Ball (1965) Cop #1; Wild Wild Winter (1966) Gangster; The Wild Angels (1966) Rigger; … Continue reading
Patty McCormack (born 21 August 1945, Brooklyn New York). First credit: Man Against Pain (1953); continuous credits until three year hiatus 1965 – 67, then Maryjane, The Mini-Skirt Mob, The Young Runaways, The Young Animals (1968). Still acting (2017).
Laurie Mock (born 11 September 1944, Orange County California). First credit: The Great Adventure (TV 1964); select credits: Riot on Sunset Strip, Hot Rods to Hell (1967); final appearance: Dirty Harry (1971).
Hot Rods to Hell (27 January 1967) Four Leaf Productions — MGM. Producer: Sam Katzman. “a harrowing account of the harassment of a nice, All-American family by some animalistic teen-agers, murderously careering around in flashy cars.” NY Times.
Hortense Petra (born Hortense Petrimoulx 9 December 1904, Mississippi; died 8 July 1982 Los Angeles California). First credit: Is Your Daughter Safe? (1927), appeared in movies produced by husband Sam Katzman (1901 – 1972) including: Kissin’ Cousins, Get Yourself A … Continue reading
Brenda Benet: born Brenda Ann Nelson, 14 August 1945, Hollywood California; died 7 April 1982 West Los Angeles California – suicide.
Mimsy Farmer (born 28 February 1945, Chicago Illinois). First screen appearance: Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) uncredited girl in hotel lobby. Selected Hollywood credits: Bus Riley’s Back in Town (1965), Hot Rods to Hell (1967), Riot on Sunset Strip (1967), Devil’s … Continue reading
Riot on Sunset Strip (released 2 March 1967). “This 1967 quickie – made to reference recent confrontations between Hollywood police and the local youth – is so earnestly trying its best to be fair that it sometimes doesn’t seem to … Continue reading
Attending a recent cocktail party in Hollywood are actress Brenda Benet, costarring in Elvis‘ new picture Harum Scarum, and Anthony Hayes (Ride the Wild Surf and Winter A-Go-Go).
Daniel (Fess Parker) and Mingo (Ed Ames) are entrusted with an Indian princess (Brenda Benet) and asked to escort her to her betrothed in order to unite the two tribes and avert war. The young princess does not want the … Continue reading
Frank Alesia (4 Jan 1944 Park Ridge Illinois – 27 Feb 2011 Carlsbad California).
Dick Gautier (1931 – 2017) with Barbara Stuart (1930 – 2011), married 1967 – 1979. Dick Gautier played ‘Mark Hillman’ in ‘Gidget Gadget,’ Gidget (TV 1965) episode five, and an uncredited prisoner in Maryjane (1968); famous for ‘Hymie the robot’ … Continue reading
Martin Milner: born 28 December 1931, Detroit Michigan; died 6 September 2015, Carlsbad California. Select credits: Sex Kittens Go to College (1960), Gidget (TV 1965): S1E3 The Great Kahuna – ‘Kahuna’, Ski Fever (1966), Valley of the Dolls (1967), Adam … Continue reading
Doug McClure (11 May 1935, Glendale Los Angeles – 5 February 1995, Sherman Oaks Los Angeles). First credit: South Pacific (1957) – pilot in hospital. Selected credits: Gidget (1959) – Waikiki; The Lively Set (1964) – Chuck Manning. Final credit: … Continue reading
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Tab Hunter: born Arthur Andrew Kelm, 11 July 1931, New York City New York. Lt. Morgan Hayes in Operation Bikini (1963 with Frankie Avalon and Eva Six), and Steamer Lane in Ride the Wild Surf (1964).
A bikini-clad Yvonne Craig (1937 – 2015); does not appear in a bikini in Kissin’ Cousins (1964) or Ski Party (1965).
Donna Michelle: Playboy Playmate of the Year 1964 BIRTHPLACE: Los Angeles, California USA BUST: 38″ D WAIST: 22″ HIPS: 37″ HEIGHT: 5′ 4″ WEIGHT: 118 lbs AMBITIONS: To act in legitimate theater. TURN-ONS: Sports. HOBBIES: Music, playing concert piano, ballet, modern … Continue reading
Michael Callan (Gidget Goes Hawaiian) and Barbara Eden (Ride the Wild Surf), co-stars in The New Interns (1964) directed by John Rich (Roustabout and Clambake) advertsing Coppertone.
Beverly Powers: born Beverly Jean Montgomery, 7 August 1939, Los Angeles California. First film credit: Nightclub Stripper in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) as Miss Beverly Hills. Other credits include American International Pictures The Comedy of Terrors (1963 – photo above), … Continue reading
Gari Hardy: born Garyfalia Julia Hardy, 26 August 1948, Bakersfield California, USA. “Dumb Blonde” in Speedway (1968).
Nancy Sinatra: Elvis Presley’s blonde co-star in Speedway (released 12 June 1968). By then, Nancy was a popstar: These Boots are Made For Walking reached #1 on the Billboard Singles Chart in February 1966, How Does That Grab You Darlin’? … Continue reading
Nancy Sinatra: born 8 June 1940, Jersey City Jersey, first child of Frank Sinatra. All movie credits: For Those Who Think Young (1964), Get Yourself a College Girl (1965), Marriage on the Rocks (1965) The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini … Continue reading
Born Karen Sue Levitt in Queens, New York, November 14, 1945. Graduated from Bayside High School, New York, in January 1962.
Karen Sue Hamilton (1945 – 1969): part-time model and aspiring actress; never appeared in Playboy Magazine, never acted in a Beach Party movie. She committed suicide less than four months after her engagement announcement.
A neighbor and friend of Sue Williams/Hamilton provided information that enabled me to establish that the woman once known as ‘Sue Williams’ (Playboy) and ‘Sue Hamilton’ (Sergeant Dead Head) is indeed alive and living in the USA. The story got … Continue reading
Lori Saunders (aka Linda Saunders): born Linda Marie Hines, 4 October 1941, Kansas City Missouri. First credit: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV 1960) – as Linda Hines … The Girls on the Beach (1965) Patricia Johnson (as Linda … Continue reading
“Tab Hunter typically played soldiers and surfers and other totems of wholesome American masculinity.” From The New Yorker Magazine review of the brilliant 2015 documentary “Tab Hunter Confidential.”
LOS ANGELES, April 8, 1982 — Brenda Benet, an actress who played on the soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” shot and killed herself, the police said.
Roddy McDowall: born 17 September 1928, London England; died 3 October 1998, Los Angeles USA. First credit: Murder in the Family (UK 1938), moved to the US the following year, on screen until 1998. Selected credits: Lord Love a Duck … Continue reading
Diane McBain (born 1940): from Surfside 6 (TV 1960-62) 44 episodes as Daphne Dutton, to I Sailed to Tahiti with an All Girl Crew (1968). Save
The Mini-Skirt Mob (released 3 May 1968 American International Pictures); director: Maury Dexter, writer: James Gordon White; girls: Diane McBain, Sherry Jackson, Patty McCormack, Barbro Hedström, Jackie Rohr; boys: Jeremy Slate, Ross Hagen, Harry Dean Stanton, Ronnie Rondell Jr.
Mary Ann Mobley, who stepped into the spotlight as the first Miss Mississippi to become Miss America and later hit the silver screen opposite Elvis Presley, has died. She was 77. LA Times Obituary, LA Times December 2014.
I’ll Take Sweden (1965): starring Frankie Avalon (born 1939), Tuesday Weld (born 1943), Jeremy Slate (1926-2006), Rosemarie Frankland (1943-2000), Bob Hope (1903-2003) and Dina Merrill (born 1923).
Jocelyn Lane: Tickle Me (1965), Hell’s Belles (AIP 1969), A Bullet for Pretty Boy (AIP 1970)
Jocelyn Lane: Tickle Me (1965), Hell’s Belles (AIP 1969), A Bullet for Pretty Boy (AIP 1970)
Michael Callan (born 1935). “The heroine—the Cat Ballou—of Jane Fonda is a big-eyed, big-hearted grown-up child. The lads who would like to assist her—Michael Callan (Gidget Goes Hawaiian), Dwayne Hickman (Ski Party, How To Stuff A Wild Bikini), and Tom … Continue reading
Annette Funicello | People | July 27, 1992. With her thick eyebrows, towering bouffant and rounded 5’2″ frame, Funicello stood apart from the blue-eyed blondes on the beach. Yet as a preteen Mouseketeer in the mid-’50s and, later, as the … Continue reading
Sandra Dee, 62; Actress Was a Teen Idol in 1960s as Star of ‘Gidget,’ ‘Tammy’ Films February 21, 2005|Myrna Oliver | Times Staff Writer. “Sandra Dee, the blond all-American girl next door whose star turns as “Gidget” and “Tammy” made … Continue reading
Noreen Corcoran, who starred as the teenager adopted by her uncle (John Forsythe) on the 1950s-’60s sitcom Bachelor Father, has died. She was 72. On Bachelor Father, which aired on CBS, NBC and ABC from 1957-62, the cute Corcoran starred … Continue reading
Aron Kincaid, who appeared in many of the popular beach party pics of the 1960s, died Jan. 6 in Los Angeles of heart failure. He was 70. Kincaid was featured in “The Girls on the Beach,” “Beach Ball,” “Ski Party,” … Continue reading
The Glory Stompers (22 November 1968) American International Pictures
Deborah Walley; Actress, 57. SEDONA, Ariz., May 14, 2001 — Deborah Walley, who appeared in a series of 1960s beach movies, died on Thursday at her home. She was 57. The cause was esophageal cancer, said Julie Parrish, a friend. … Continue reading
Beginning with “Beach Party,” the 1963 American International Pictures comedy starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, Jody McCrea appeared in “Muscle Beach Party,” “Bikini Beach” “Pajama Party,” “Beach Blanket Bingo” and “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini.” McCrea’s character in … Continue reading
Chris Noel: born Sandra Louise Noel, 2 July 1941, West Palm Beach Florida. First credit: Soldier in the Rain (1963).
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Pete Brown (Ride The Wild Surf), Etchika Choureau and Edd Byrnes (Beach Ball) – co-stars in war movie Darby’s Rangers (1958) – directed by William A. Wellman, father of William Wellman Jr. (A Swingin’ Summer) who also featured in the … Continue reading
The Sweet Ride could sum up as Hell’s Angels’ Bikini Beach Party in Valley of the Dolls near Peyton Place. Though well-mounted and interesting in the spotlighting of Michael Sarrazin and Jacqueline Bisset, overall result is a flat programmer, with … Continue reading
The Sweet Ride Begins Run – VINCENT CANBY – The New York Times June 13, 1968. TOWARD the end of “The Sweet Ride,” Jacqueline Bisset is raped by a psychotic cyclist and beaten by a television producer, and goes home … Continue reading
Deborah Walley married American International contract actor John Ashley on April 28, 1962, and their son, Anthony, was born on May 4, 1963. Walley and Ashley acted in a few pictures together, including Beach Blanket Bingo and Sergeant Dead Head, … Continue reading
Elizabeth Montgomery (1993 – 1995), married for ten years (1963 – 74) to Beach Party director William Asher (1921 – 2012), made a cameo appearance as Buster Keaton‘s daughter in How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965).
Beverly Adams’ daughter killed by drug overdose. The Telegraph 05 Jan 2002. THE eldest daughter of actress Beverly Adams and Vidal Sassoon, the British hairdresser, has died of a suspected drug overdose after attending a New Year’s Eve party at … Continue reading
Beverly Adams around the time of her appearance in the comedy Birds Do It 1966. Cinema Retro: “Adams’ career was short-lived. She married Vidal Sassoon in 1967 and went on to use the Sassoon name to launch a line of … Continue reading
John Ashley made his screen debut in Dragstrip Girl (1957), one of the first films distributed by American International Pictures. His Beach Party credits include: Beach Party (1963) ‘Ken’, Muscle Beach Party (1964) ‘Johnny,’ Bikini Beach (1964) ‘Johnny’, Beach Blanket … Continue reading
James Stacy (A Swingin’ Summer, Winter A-Go-Go) and Connie Stevens (Palm Springs Weekend): married 12 October 1963 – 2 November 1966).
Frankie Avalon married Kathryn “Kay” Diebel 19 January 1963.
Newlyweds Kay Diebel and Frankie Avalon coming out of at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Hollywood, 19 January 1963.
Left to right: Connie Stevens, unidentified, Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette (Donahue’s wife), Arte Johnson, unidentified, obscured, obscured, Jim Stacy (Stevens’ husband). Save
Karen Jensen – ingenue star of bikini-spy-comedy Out Of Sight (1966) – as Soviet spy ‘Elissa Lang’ in the thriller The Salzburg Connection (1972).
Donna Loren (born Donna Zukor 7 Mar 1947): Dr Pepper Girl 1963 – 1968. Six Beach Party Gang movies: Muscle Beach Party (1964), Bikini Beach (1964), Pajama Party (1964), Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), Sergeant Deadhead (1965), Dr. Goldfoot and the … Continue reading
Chris Noel: star of Beach Ball (1965) and Wild Wild Winter (1966): I prayed, “Please God, help me to be able to do something to help these young men in war.” My opportunity soon came. I learned through my boyfriend … Continue reading
Annette Funicello married Hollywood agent Jack Gilardi, 9 January 1965. She was 22 years old and he was 34. They had 3 children before separating in 1981 and divorcing in 1983.
“Shindig!” publicity booklet featuring Shindig dancer Carole Shelyne (Out of Sight 1966) and regular singer Donna Loren (Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach etc.).