Tag Archives: 1960s

George Barris, 1925 – 2015

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

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Best always, B. A. Sassoon

Beverly Adams: married to celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon (1928 – 2012) from Feb 1967 to Jan 1981.  

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Tom Nardini

Tom Nardini: born 16 April 1945, Los Angeles CA. First credit: The Lieutenant (TV 1964); select credits: Cat Ballou (1965) with Michael Callan and Dwayne Hickman; Winter A-Go-Go (1965); Cowboy In Africa (TV 1967) with Dodie Marshall; Born Wild (AIP … Continue reading

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Merritt Andrews

Dolores Hart (born 1938) 10 films in Hollywood, including the lead role of Merritt Andrews in Where the Boys Are (1960) and two movies with Elvis Presley, before retiring to join a convent.

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a candid and refreshing novel

Frederick Kohner’s 1957 novel, Gidget, which sprang from his daughter’s adventures with a gang of Malibu surfers, sold nearly two million copies and spawned seven sequels, a hit single by James Darren, a 1959 movie starring Sandra Dee and a … Continue reading

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Diane Varsi 1938 – 1992

Diane Varsi (born 23 February 1938, San Mateo California; died 19 November 1992, Hollywood California). Movie debut: Peyton Place (1957) in the lead role of Allison MacKenzie; retired 1960 – 1965; 8 more credits 1966 – 1977, including Wild in … Continue reading

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Donnie Brooks

Donnie Brooks (6 February 1936 – 23 February 2007). Rockabilly singer in three 1960s teen movies: Get Yourself A College Girl (1964), A Swingin’ Summer (1965) and The Love-Ins (1967).

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Jackie DeShannon

Jackie DeShannon (born 21 August 1941, Hazel Kentucky): three movie credits: Surf Party (1964), Intimacy (1966) and C’mon, Let’s Live A Little (1967).

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Russ, Jackie and Bobby

C’mon, Let’s Live A Little (1967): veteran Canadian character actor Russ Conway (1913 – 2009) with folk-rock singer Jackie deShannon (born 1941) and pop singer Bobby Vee (1943 – 2016).

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Hollywood tragedy

Brenda Benet: born Brenda Ann Nelson, 14 August 1945, Hollywood California; died 7 April 1982 West Los Angeles California – suicide.

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The Trip (1967)

The Trip (released 23 August 1967) American International Pictures; produced and directed by Roger Corman, written by Jack Nicholson. Girls: Susan Strasberg, Salli Sachse, Luree Holmes; boys: Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper, Michael Nader, Michael Blodgett; olds: Dick Miller.

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The Love-Ins (1967)

The Love-Ins (released 26 July 1967) . “This lurid melodrama, which Sam Katzman has produced and Arthur Dreifuss directed, is a gaudy, gleeful glorification of the fun that hippies have at their jolly outdoor love-ins and on their phantasmagorical trips.” … Continue reading

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C’mon, Let’s Live A Little (1967)

C’mon, Let’s Live a Little (released 3 March 1967): Jackie DeShannon, Suzie Kaye, Kim Carnes (born 1945 – only movie credit); Bobby Vee, Eddie Hodges, Frank Alesia, Patsy Kelly, Russ Conway (The Lively Set).

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Mimsy Farmer

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

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Hollywood cocktail party

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).

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A zany satire on teenage girls!

Glendon Swarthout, an associate professor of English at MSU, was teaching an honors class in 1958 when he overheard one of his students talking about spring break. When Swarthout asked his students for more specifics, he was invited to join … Continue reading

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Beverly Powers

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

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Gari Hardy

Gari Hardy: born Garyfalia Julia Hardy, 26 August 1948, Bakersfield California, USA. “Dumb Blonde” in Speedway (1968).

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Sinatra, Ercolani and Crocetti

Nancy Sinatra, daughter of Frank (1915 – 1998), James Darren, born James Ercolani, and Claudia Martin, daughter of Dino Crocetti (1917 – 1995) in a publicity photo for For Those Who Think Young (1964).

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the girl in the yellow bikini

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

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Miss April 1965

Sue Williams aka Hamilton: born Los Angeles 1940, Playboy Magazine Miss April 1965, five AIP beach movies and three episodes of Gidget between July 1965 and June 1966, final appearance as Sue Williams Playboy Playmate in September 1966; divorced in … Continue reading

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slightly spicy beach movies

Walt Disney told Annette Funicello that he had been approached by American International Pictures about her making a beach movie. He said he thought it sounded like “good clean fun,” but asked her not to expose her navel. She readily … Continue reading

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Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude

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

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Spies in love

Troy Donahue (centre) and Valerie Allen (to the right of Troy) and others on set for the bikini spy caper Come Spy With Me (1967). Donahue and Allen married in Ireland after filming in October 1966, before the film was … Continue reading

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Daphne Dutton

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

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The Mini-Skirt Mob 1968

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.

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Maryjane 1968

Maryjane (released 13 March 1968 American International Pictures), director: Maury Dexter, writer: Maury Dexter (story), Dick Gautier, Peter Marshall; girls: Diane McBain, Patty McCormack, Linda Cooper, Teri Garr,  Jo Ann Harris, Dodie Warren; boys: Fabian, Kevin Coughlin (1946-76), Gary Marshall, … Continue reading

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Miss America 1959

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.

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Martin Milner 1931 – 2015

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’, Ski Fever (1966), Valley of the Dolls (1967), … Continue reading

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the most ravishingly beautiful thing

Tisha Sterling (Village of the Giants) “Tisha was the most ravishingly beautiful thing, like a fawn,” says Ms. Sothern, ”but she had a low estimation of herself. It’s not my fault I’m a star, but it was tough for her … Continue reading

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Shelley is a dream

Shelley Fabares in medieval costume for a dream sequence that appears over one of the songs in the Sam Katzman musical Hold On! (1966) – a vehicle for UK Beatles-imitators “Herman’s Hermits.” The musical numbers and Shelley Fabares are the … Continue reading

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Beverly in a head scarf

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

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