Angelyne

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Angelyne
Born c. 1938–49
Idaho, United States
Occupation Billboard model, singer, actress
Years active 1974–present

Angelyne is an American singer, actress and model[1] who is known for purchasing billboards advertising herself. The main trademark[citation needed] of her celebrity persona is a pink Corvette.

Biography[edit]

A significant part of her "mystique" consists of her refusal to answer questions (or giving contradictory information); therefore, much of Angelyne's actual biographical information is unknown or doubtful.[2]

Angelyne drives a pink Chevrolet Corvette with the vanity plate "ANGELNN" (formerly "ANGLYNE", originally "LEANLUV"). She has a pink Maltese dog named Buddha.[3] She began to gain local attention in the early 1980s when a series of handbills, and later billboards, popped up around Los Angeles featuring her in various poses.[3] Around this time, she made her first appearance on national television as a guest on the late night talk show Thicke of the Night hosted by Alan Thicke, and featuring a young Arsenio Hall.[citation needed] She made a few cameo appearances in movies as well.[4] She was parodied as a robot (named "Angelyne" but pronounced "angle-een") in the Futurama episode "Bendless Love." Her billboard is on display in nearly every episode of BoJack Horseman. Instead of Angelyne, the billboard says Angelfish.

Although it has been claimed that billboard companies or a wealthy husband pays for her billboards, Angelyne, who is single, credits "investors" for financing the outdoor advertising.[3] Angelyne compares herself to Barbie, stating that "Kids think I'm a Barbie doll,"[3] and in one billboard, "Barbie wishes she were me."[5]

Angelyne was one of the candidates in the 2003 California recall election, finishing 28th in a field of 135 candidates (garnering 2,533 votes).[3] Her slogan during the campaign was "We’ve had Gray, we’ve had Brown, now it’s time for some blond and pink."[3] She was also a candidate a year earlier for the Hollywood City Council (if Measure H, which would have allowed that part of Los Angeles to secede and become a separate city, had passed), finishing seventh in a field of 24 candidates.[6]

In 1995 a documentary about her entitled Angelyne was released.[7]

Recently Angelyne decided to recreate herself as an artist. She began painting in 1998 and has produced over 100 pieces since then. She has had several successful art shows in Los Angeles in 2012 and 2013. Angelyne keeps an art studio in Hollywood. [8]

Her billboards have gained more fame than she has, and have appeared in several television shows and movies, including the opening titles of the 1980s television series Moonlighting, in the films Get Shorty, Another You, Volcano, and a quick parody during the credits of Futurama.[3] She has also been featured in the songs "Culver Moon" on Jackson Browne's 1996 album Looking East[9] and "Angelyne" on Psykick Girl's 2007 album We Are Electro.[10] As of 2011 most of her billboards have disappeared from Los Angeles.

In May 2011, a replica of her first and most famous billboard was placed over a re-creation of the Hollywood Sunset Strip in the north part of Downtown Miami on N.W. 14th Street built for the 2012 Tom Cruise film Rock of Ages.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Kiss Me LA (l978)
  • Rock n' Roll Rebel / Fantasy Man (1978)
  • Too Much to Touch / Mystified (1979)
  • Too Much to Touch / Emotional (1981)
  • My List / Skin Tight (1983)
  • Flirt / Dreamin' About You (1986)
  • Animal Attraction (1988)
  • I'm So Lucky (2003)

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

TV and documentaries[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Billboard appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Angelyne. Nytimes.com (January 18, 2007). Retrieved on June 17, 2014.
  2. ^ Ryan Jiminez, "Mysterious Angelyne", The Daily Trojan, February 17, 1999, pp. 7, 14.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Bob Pool, Angelyne seeks enhanced deal, Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2007
  4. ^ Schwartz, Todd David (September 13, 1987) "Angelyne And The Temple Of Hope", Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Scaffolding Goes Up Around Angelyne, TMZ.com, June 20, 2007.
  6. ^ League of Women Voters' archived results of November 14, 2002 Los Angeles General Election. Smartvoter.org. Retrieved on June 17, 2014.
  7. ^ Angelyne (1995). Nytimes.com. Retrieved on June 17, 2014.
  8. ^ Kreuzer, Nikki (April 9, 2013) "Offbeat L.A.: Angelyne- Pretty in Pink","The Los Angeles Beat".
  9. ^ Scherman, Tony (February 16, 1996) Looking East. Entertainment Weekly
  10. ^ Psykickgirl.com

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