Gloria Pall

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Gloria Pall (July 15, 1927 – December 30, 2012) was an American model, showgirl, actress, author and businesswoman.

Gloria Pallatz was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927. During World War II, she worked as an aircraft mechanic in upstate New York at Rome Army Air Depot. On July 28, 1945 she was employed by the USO headquarters office on the 56th floor of the Empire State Building in New York City when a U.S. Army B-25 Mitchell bomber crashed into the 79th floor.[1]

In 1947, she entered and won a "Miss Flatbush" contest which opened the door to work as a model. She worked as a showgirl in both Reno and Las Vegas as well as in Hollywood where for a time she was chosen to be "Miss Earl Carroll" from the huge cast of beauties. This was at the Earl Carroll Theatre on Sunset Blvd. in 1952. She dated Howard Hughes for a time.[citation needed]

Pall got her first acting job on television in 1951 and went on to a successful career as an actress for ten years, primarily in secondary and minor roles. In 1958, she was cast as Blanche Golden in "Abracadabra" of the western aviation adventure series, Sky King. She had a small role in The Twilight Zone episode, "And When the Sky Was Opened".

She had small roles in feature films such as Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation (1953), Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953), The French Line (1954), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), The Night of the Hunter (1955), Jailhouse Rock (1957), The Brothers Karamazov (1958), The Crimson Kimono (1959) and Elmer Gantry (1960).[2]

She appeared on the cover of several national celebrity magazines and twice was a centerfold in Esquire.[3]

In late 1954 and early 1955, she developed a television show called "Voluptua" for KABC-TV that caused a furor for what was then seen as obscenity. In a 2011 radio interview with author and broadcaster R. H. Greene, Pall reminisced about the Voluptua program, explaining the show's format, re-enacting character dialogue, and explaining how Christian and PTA groups labelled the character "Corruptua" and pressured KABC to take her off the air.[4]

Cancelled after seven weeks, Voluptua got Pall feature stories in Life and Playboy magazines. In 1959, Pall began developing a career in real-estate and in 1962 opened her own office on Sunset Strip. In later years she turned to writing books about Hollywood, penning self-published books under Showgirl Press, including the following:

  • Voluptua: Story of a TV Love Goddess (1992)
  • Cameo Girl of the 50's (1993)
  • I Danced Before the King (2000)
  • The Marilyn Monroe Party (2002)

Later years[edit]

In later years, Pall continued her real-estate career and occasionally made public appearances at autograph shows and special events in the Los Angeles area. She made documentary interviews from time to time, about her life and career. According to her Los Angeles Times obituary, Pall dressed frequently in shades of purple and drove a Ford Thunderbird of that color. A sign outside her lavender-colored real-estate office read: "Call Pall".[citation needed]

Marriages[edit]

On August 11, 1956, she wed actor Robert Purdy Eaton on a whim. They divorced a year later due to his infidelity. She married Allen Kane in 1965; they divorced on August 28, 1984. By her second marriage, she had her only child, her son, Jefferson Kane.[2]

Death[edit]

Pall died in Burbank, California on December 30, 2012, aged 85, from heart failure. A memorial service was held on January 20, 2013. Her sole immediate survivor was her son.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gerber, Marisa (5 January 2013). "Gloria Pall dies at 85; Voluptua character deemed too sexy for TV". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Gloria Pall on IMDb
  3. ^ "Gloria Pall - The Private Life and Times of Gloria Pall. Gloria Pall Pictures". Glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  4. ^ Voluptua: The Love Goddess (2010). KPCC 89.3 FM, radio documentary.
  5. ^ Gerber, Marisa (2013-01-05). "Gloria Pall dies at 85; Voluptua character deemed too sexy for TV". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-01-06.

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