At the Miss Exotic World Pageant, 2006. Photo Michael Albov
|Born||Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins
April 14, 1926
|Died||January 22, 2007
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Spouse(s)||? (about 1941)
Paul W. McLain (1944–?)
Thomas W. Freeman (1966–?)
Gerald E. Heidebrink (1976–1983)
She was born Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins on April 14, 1926 in Chandler, Arizona to "evangelical parents."
She was known more as a performer with ties to celebrities, usually actors, rather than as an actor herself. Nevertheless, she did play the lead role in John Waters' film Desperate Living and also appeared on an episode of Adam-12 as a burlesque dancer who calls the police about a peeping tom outside her home (Season 5, November 1972, show entitled "Harry Nobody"). On stage, she and her daughter, Brenda, toured with a striptease act. The act ended when tragically, her daughter Brenda committed suicide on her 39th birthday in 1982.
In a tell all book about her many relationships with men both famous and not so famous entitled My First 2,000 Men, she claimed flings with Joe DiMaggio, Regis Philbin, and Cary Grant, among many other male celebrities. Renay's other books include My Face for the World to See and Staying Young (Lyle Stuart, 1982). My Face for the World to See was reissued in 2002, headlined "A Cult Classic," with a foreword by John Waters. Waters integrated the title into the dialogue of his film Female Trouble (1974), prior to working on his film Desperate Living with Renay.
Liz was married a total of seven times, being divorced five times and widowed twice. Her first marriage, which lasted two weeks, had occurred by the time she was fifteen years old. This marriage produced one daughter, Brenda. From her marriage to Paul McLain, she had one son, Johnny Allen McLain Sr. (August 22, 1945 – February 19, 2012).
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