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Mamie Van Doren
Van Doren in 1955
Joan Lucille Olander

(1931-02-06) February 6, 1931 (age 93)
  • Actress
  • model
  • singer
  • nightclub performer
Years active1951–present
  • Jack Newman
    (m. 1950; div. 1950)
  • (m. 1955; div. 1961)
  • Lee Meyers
    (m. 1966; div. 1967)
  • Ross McClintock
    (m. 1972; ann. 1973)
  • Thomas Dixon
    (m. 1979)

Mamie Van Doren (/ˈmeɪmi væn ˈdɔːrən/; born Joan Lucille Olander;[1] February 6, 1931)[1] is an American actress, singer, model, and sex symbol who rose to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s. A blonde bombshell,[2][3] she is known as one of the "Three M's"[4] along with Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield, who were friends and contemporaries.[5] In 1953, Van Doren, then named Joan Lucille Olander, signed a seven-year contract with Universal, which hoped that she would be their version of Marilyn Monroe. During her time at Universal, she starred in teen dramas, exploitation film, musical, and comedy films among other genres. She married five times, but notably had intimate affairs with many other Hollywood actors. She was ultimately one of the leading sex symbols of her time.

Van Doren was born and raised in Rowena, South Dakota, but her parents moved to Sioux City, Iowa and eventually to Los Angeles in 1942 before she married Jack Newman. In 1949, at the age of eighteen, she won Miss Palm Springs and Miss Eight Ball. As Miss Eight Ball, she was discovered by film producer Howard Hughes, who put her in the RKO films His Kind of Woman (1951),[6] Jet Pilot (1957),[6] and Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)[6] with minor roles.[6] In 1950, she was dating heavyweight boxer Jack Dempsey[7] in New York City and was engaged with him. However, she left him to go to back to Los Angeles. On January 20, 1953, Van Doren signed a contract with Universal, who wanted Van Doren to be their equivalent of Marilyn Monroe. While at Universal, she changed her name to Mamie Van Doren, with the "Van Doren" part coming from Universal telling her she was more Dutch than Swedish, and the "Mamie" part coming from then First Lady Mamie Eisenhower.[8]

During her time at Universal, Van Doren starred in movies such as The Second Greatest Sex (1955),[6] Running Wild (1955),[6] and The All American (1953)[6] for Universal.[6] Outside of Universal, she starred in Untamed Youth (1957),[6] Sex Kittens Go To College (1960),[6] Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1959)[6] Teacher's Pet (1958),[6] High School Confidential (1958),[6] Vice Raid (1959),[6] College Confidential (1960),[6] The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960),[6] Born Reckless (1958)[6] and The Beat Generation (1959).[6] She starred on television shows such as What's My Line?, The Jack Benny Program and The Bob Cummings Show. After Universal decided not to renew her contract in 1959, Van Doren struggled to find work as a free agent. She starred in many B movies, such as Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968),[6] The Las Vegas Hillbillys (1966)[6] with Jayne Mansfield, and, most notably, 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt[6] with Tommy Noonan.[6] Van Doren had previously denied Noonan's offer to star in Promises! Promises! (1963),[6] and was replaced. However, she starred as Saxie Symbol in 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964), which, according to Van Doren, was inspired by the success of Promises! Promises! (1963),[6] and notably filmed a nude beer bath scene. This film challenged the Hays Code, and the same year, she appeared in the June 1964 Playboy magazine with nude photos of her on the shoot of the film. She additionally appeared in many other nude magazines.

Van Doren went to Vietnam during the Vietnam War to entertain troops in the 1970s. Partially due to the deaths of Van Doren's friends Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe, Van Doren decided to quit acting as she struggled to find work as the blonde bombshell image was, in her own words, considered embarrassing. In 1987, Van Doren released her autobiography, Playing the Field, which brought some attention back to her. In 1994,[9] Van Doren received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1998, Van Doren created her website describing herself as “the first authentic kitten on Cyberspace".[10] On her website, she posed nude in photos and videos, told stories, and wrote many updates on her life. She continued her website until it shut down in the 2010s. In 2022, Van Doren released her second book, China & Me, and has recently started writing a third autobiography, Secrets of the Goddess.

Early life[edit]

Van Doren as a three-year-old, c. 1934

Van Doren was born Joan Lucille Olander on February 6, 1931 in Rowena, South Dakota,[11] nine miles out of Sioux Falls.[12] However, in her autobiography, Van Doren mistakenly stated she was born in 1933. She is the daughter of Warner Carl Olander (1908–1992) and Lucille Harriet Bennett (1912-1995). Olander and Bennett had met at a Swedish Lutherian Church, which had been partially built by them. They married in August 1930.[13][3] She was named after Joan Crawford, who Van Doren's mother was a fan of.[14] She is of three-quarters Swedish, and also mixed Irish, and German.[15] Van Doren's father, Warner Olander worked as a rock quarry to take care of her family, and was paid $0.35 cents a load, and sometimes $7.00.[16] According to Van Doren, the town consisted of a church, school, railroad station, and a connected filling station, grocery store, a grain elevator, and a hardware store owned by her great uncle.[16] Her maternal grandmother was Swedish, as she was born in Gothenburg, Sweden.[17]

In 1939, Van Doren's parents moved to Sioux City, Iowa since her father got a better job as a mechanic. This led to a young Van Doren moving to her maternal grandparents, the Bennett's, 160-acre farm in Rowena. Van Doren later reflected on this, saying in her 1987 autobiography Playing the Field "It was the Depression, times were that hard."[17] She described in her autobiography that her grandmother, whom she called "Dah", was an important household figure, while her grandfather, "Pa", would take Van Doren into town weekly.[16] She additionally lived with her maternal uncle on the farm. Van Doren also recalls in her autobiography her first experience flying a plane on the ranch.[17] Van Doren would walk a mile and a half to a two room schoolhouse on the ranch, often in different types of weather including snow, rain, and wind.

Van Doren grew up sickly on the ranch. Van Doren recalled having her temperature rise to 106°F (41.1°C). However, she was still brought to school when sick by her grandmother, who wanted only herself on the ranch.[18] She additionally had three operations before the age of seven.[19] She almost died at four from a hemorrhage, and had a cyst bump removed from her face.

However, Van Doren would move to Sioux City in 1939 to live with her parents, which was different to the rural area of Rowena. In Sioux City, she would often daydream or watch movies with actors such as Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Spencer Tracy, Fred Astaire, Katharine Hepburn, Jean Harlow, Mae West, and Ginger Rogers.[17] Van Doren yearned to be a movie star at this time, as it promised love and fairy-tale like stories.[17]

Van Doren, c. 1944

In May of 1942, when Van Doren was nine, she moved to Los Angeles with her family during World War II, only a few miles away from Hollywood. Her family quickly moved to an apartment, as many people were moving to the West Coast for the war effort at the time for jobs such as defense plants. After staying at a boardinghouse, Van Doren and her family moved to an apartment on Raymond Avenue, where Van Doren, a child, had to sneak through a door.[20]

At the Mocambo, a Hollywood nightclub, Van Doren saw actresses Bette Davis, and got an autograph signed by Mae West. After her thirteenth birthday, Van Doren was able to convince the manager of Hollywood Pantages Theatre to make her an usherette. This would allow her to watch big movies at the time. Van Doren often spent time at a drugstore, knowing of the story of the discovery of Lana Turner at Schwab's Pharmacy. At this point, Van Doren had already dyed her hair platinum blonde, which would go on to become her signature feature.[21]

After being commented on by Nils Thor Grunlund, known by his initials NTG, that she looked similar to Jean Harlow, she was able to be on his Hollywood TV show for a minor role. However, her parents were worried that she would get in trouble and feared that she would go on to be killed like Black Dahlia, who was, according to Van Doren, one of their closest friends.[22] Despite that, Van Doren went on Grunlund's show, coated in white pancake makeup and brown lipstick. Van Doren stated that Grulund's show was a prototype to the modern talk show. While making the show, she was known as Little Joanie, the Flower Girl. Van Doren and her mother became friends with Grunlund.[17][12]

At the Montecito Hotel in Palm Springs, Van Doren was suggested to be Miss Palm Springs, sponsered by the Montecito Hotel. She won the title, and at the Los Angeles Press Club, she was asked to be the club's beauty queen, Miss Eight Ball. The previous year, Marilyn Monroe had been crowned the title[23] Van Doren was crowned the title. Due to this, Van Doren had dropped out of high school, which she had hated.[24]

Van Doren met Jack Newman around 1949, with Newman one of her father's friends which she watched boxing matches with. They had a honeymoon in San Francisco.[12] She married him in 1950, and she initially enjoyed sexual relations with him. Additionally, Van Doren enjoyed Newman's wealthy lifestyle, as Newman had lived in a luxury apartment in Beverly Hills, California. However, she divorced him due to his abusive behavior, including a time that Van Doren described in her autobiography in which he threatened to throw her off a second-story balcony, which was quickly disbanded by neighbors.[25]

Van Doren in her teens, taken by the personal photographer of Howard Hughes, c. 1949


Van Doren in Footlight Varieties (1951)

1950-1953: Howard Hughes, films at RKO, and stage girl[edit]

Van Doren and her then fiancé, Jack Dempsey, c. 1951

Film producer Howard Hughes discovered Van Doren when she was crowned Miss Palm Springs, and, according to Van Doren, the first question he asked her was "Are you a virgin?"[12] Van Doren recalls that Howard Hughes was controlling and she even dated him. According to an interview in 2005, Hughes took Van Doren to a place on Vermont Street to have a braless photoshoot[26] in a white sweater.[24] Van Doren would often meet Howard Hughes at the Garden of Allah Hotel. [24]

Van Doren with Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell, c. 1950

In 1950, Hughes provided Van Doren with a bit part in Jet Pilot at RKO Radio Pictures. The film, which starred John Wayne and Janet Leigh, was her film debut. She recalls that she had a good experience with Janet Leigh, who allowed Van Doren to fly in her jet.[18] Her line of dialogue consisted of one word, "Look!" and she appears uncredited in the film.

Van Doren did a few more bit parts in movies at RKO, including His Kind of Woman (1951) starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell and Vincent Price. About her appearance in this movie, Van Doren said "If you blinked you would miss me. I look barely old enough to drive." She was on the film for three months, and because of the money she earned, bought an MG car from Humphrey Bogart. Van Doren also met Gloria Swanson who asked her "Is that your real color of hair?".[12]

Van Doren was coached by Natasha Lytess, who had also coached Marilyn Monroe. Monroe and Van Doren met several times when Van Doren was being coached by Lytess.[12]

Van Doren met an RKO worker, Danielle Cory, at a swimming pool. They quickly became friends, despite Cory admitting to Van Doren that she was lesbian. Cory suggested that Van Doren worked on stage for the play Billion Dollar Baby. Van Doren then began working on the stage. She was a showgirl in New York City in Monte Proser's nightclub version of Billion Dollar Baby. The show was held at the Proser Cafe Theatre, near Jack Dempsey's restaurant.

In New York City, she met boxer Jack Dempsey at the Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant. Dempesy frequented the Billion Dollar Baby show, and held a celebration for the cast.[12] Dempsey requested to have a dinner with Van Doren, and they later had it at the Stork Club, and had a conversation with Sherman Billingsley, the founder of the Stork Club. As Dempsey was treated as a celebrity, the couple was able to go to many other clubs, such as Copacabana and the 21 Club. [17] Dempsey eventually got engaged to Van Doren, but Van Doren eventually decided to move back to Hollywood because she thought it would be better for her career.[12]

Songwriter Jimmy McHugh discovered her for his musicals, then decided she was too good for the chorus line and should have dramatic training. She studied with Ben Bard and Bliss-Hayden. While appearing in the role of Marie in a showcase production of Come Back, Little Sheba, Van Doren was seen by Phil Benjamin, a casting director at Universal International.[citation needed]

1953-1960: Films at Universal Studios, Paramount, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer[edit]

Photo of "Universal starlets" in 1954 (left to right: Myrna Hansen, Mamie Van Doren, Allison Hayes, Colleen Miller)
Van Doren in a polka-dot swimsuit, c. 1958
Van Doren, c. 1954

On January 20, 1953, Van Doren signed a contract with Universal Studios. They had big plans for her, hoping she would bring the same kind of success that 20th Century Fox had with Marilyn Monroe. Van Doren, whose signing day coincided with the inauguration of President Eisenhower, was given the first name Mamie after Eisenhower's wife, Mamie Eisenhower.

Universal first cast Van Doren in a minor role as a singer in Forbidden, starring Tony Curtis. Interested in Van Doren's allure, Universal then cast her in The All American (1953), (also starring Tony Curtis), playing her first major role as Susie Ward, a wayward girl who is the man-trap at a campus beer joint. In Yankee Pasha (1954), starring Jeff Chandler and Rhonda Fleming, she played a slave girl in a supporting role. In 1955, she had a supporting role in the musical Ain't Misbehavin' and starred in the crime-drama Running Wild. Van Doren turned down a Broadway role in the play Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and was replaced by newcomer Jayne Mansfield.

In 1956, Van Doren appeared opposite an uncredited and unknown Clint Eastwood in Star in the Dust. Though Van Doren garnered prominent billing alongside John Agar and Richard Boone, she appears rather briefly, as the daughter of a ranch owner. By this time, Van Doren had grown tired of Universal, which was casting her in non-breakthrough roles. Van Doren began accepting bigger and better roles in better movies from other studios.

Van Doren went on to star in several bad girl movies that later became cult films. She also appeared in some of the first movies to feature rock 'n' roll music and became identified with this rebellious style, and she made some rock records. One of her rock 'n' roll films, Untamed Youth, was later featured in the 1990 Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "Untamed Youth".

Some of Van Doren's more noteworthy movies include Teacher's Pet (1958) at Paramount Pictures, Born Reckless (1958) at Warner Brothers, High School Confidential (1958), and The Beat Generation (1959), the latter two at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. But Van Doren was just as well known for her provocative roles. She was in prison for Girls Town (1959), which provoked censors with a shower scene where audiences could see Van Doren's naked back. As Eve in The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960) she wore only fig leaves, and in other films, like The Beautiful Legs of Sabrina (1959), Sex Kittens Go to College (1960), and Vice Raid (1960) audiences understood the nature of the films from the titles.

Van Doren at a swimming pool, c. 1955
Van Doren. c. 1958

Many of Van Doren's film roles showcased her ample curves, and her onscreen wardrobe usually consisted of tight sweaters, low-cut blouses, form-fitting dresses, and daring (for the era) swimsuits, but she and such other blonde bombshell contemporaries as Jayne Mansfield, Cleo Moore, Sheree North, Anita Ekberg, Barbara Lang, Joi Lansing, Greta Thyssen, and Barbara Nichols did not attain the same level of superstar status as Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn, Mamie, and Mansfield were known as "The Three M's", but by comparison, where Monroe succeeded in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Mansfield had big success replacing Van Doren in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Universal stuck Van Doren with Francis the Talking Mule in Francis Joins the WACS (1954).

After Universal Studios chose not to renew her contract in 1959, Van Doren became a free agent and struggled to find work. Some of her later movies were foreign and independent productions, which did little to keep her image in the public's eye. Many of the productions were low-budget B movies with some having gained a cult following for their high camp value.[27][28]

Van Doren in Paris, c. 1965

The first of these later films was Sex Kittens Go to College (1960), which co-starred Tuesday Weld. Following the completion of the Argentine film The Blonde from Buenos Aires (1961), Van Doren took time off from her career. She came back in The Candidate (1964), soon followed by Freddy in the Wild West, both of which were low-budget films that left little impact. In 1964, Tommy Noonan convinced Van Doren to appear in 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt. Van Doren had turned down Noonan's previous offer to star opposite Jayne Mansfield in Promises! Promises!, and was replaced with Marie McDonald. In 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt, Mamie did a beer-bath scene but is not seen nude. She posed for Playboy to promote the film.

Van Doren next appeared in The Las Vegas Hillbillys (1966) released by Woolner Brothers.[28] This film co-starred Mansfield; this was the only time two of "The Three M's" appeared together in a film. A sequel was titled Hillbillys in a Haunted House, but Van Doren turned this role down, and was replaced by Joi Lansing. She then appeared in The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966), a science fiction movie.[27] In 1967, she appeared in You've Got to Be Smart, and starred in the science fiction film Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968), the following year, directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

Van Doren also developed a nightclub act and did live theater. She performed in stage productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Dames at Sea at the Drury Lane Theater in Chicago as well as appeared in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and The Tender Trap at the Arlington Park Theater. In the 1970s, Van Doren performed a nightclub act in Las Vegas.

In 1970, Van Doren had a supporting role in the western comedy The Arizona Kid. In 1975, she starred in the film That Girl From Boston, adapted from a Robert Rimmer novel, but the film was never released. Since then, Van Doren has appeared only in cameos in low-budget films. Van Doren's last film appearance was a role in the direct-to-video drama The American Tetralogy (2013).[29]

Van Doren's guest appearances on television include Jukebox Jury, What's My Line, The Bob Cummings Show, The Jack Benny Show, Fantasy Island, Burke's Law, Vega$ and L.A. Law.

Van Doren in 2007

Van Doren released Playing the Field (1987), her autobiography, which brought much attention and proved to be her biggest media splash in over 25 years.[30] She has consistently denied in interviews ever having breast implants. In 2006, Mamie posed for photographs for Vanity Fair with Pamela Anderson as part of its annual Hollywood issue.

In an interview with Fox News in February 2020, Van Doren announced that she was working on a follow-up to her autobiography. She remarked that "...a lot has happened between 1987 and 2020. So now I'm writing about what it's like getting older and appreciating life a little more as you go along, as well as getting smarter as you get older. There's so much to write about."[31]

The title of her follow-up book was announced in December 2021 as "China & Me: Wind Flapping, Feather Pulling, and Love on the Wing", a memoir about her pet parrot China. Van Doren describes the story as "a look behind the curtain into my everyday life. It's often funny, but, like so many things in life, it has its moments of sadness. Over the decades I've integrated a wild animal into a human household, played matchmaker to find him a mate, and cared for his offspring. I'm blessed to have had China as companion, confessor, and straight man all these years; and he's still with me today."[32] The book was published in September 2022.[33]

In an interview with Closer in January 2021, she also reflected on the #MeToo movement, 'I've thought a lot about that. There are some things I would question, but I've also always been behind any woman with a problem because I have had plenty of them myself. [In my time] if I wanted to go to bed with someone, I'd go to bed with them, but I never did it for a movie. [A predator] would know that he was in for a fight if he ever came around me. [It would be] nails out, kicking and screaming.'[34]

Personal life[edit]

Van Doren with Jerry Giesler after being granted a divorce from Ray Anthony

Van Doren has been married five times. In 1949, she married sportswear manufacturer Jack Newman; she divorced him later that same year.[35] Her second marriage was to bandleader, composer and actor Ray Anthony whom she married in 1955. They had one son, Perry Ray Anthony, born March 18, 1956.[36] The couple divorced in 1961. When Van Doren's early 1960s, highly publicized, on-again off-again engagement to baseball player Bo Belinsky ended in 1964, she married baseball player Lee Meyers in 1966. They divorced in 1968.[37] Her fourth marriage was to businessman Ross McClintock in 1972. They met while working on President Nixon's re-election campaign; the marriage was annulled in 1973.[38] Since 1979, she has been married to Thomas Dixon, an actor and dentist.[36]

In her autobiography, Van Doren acknowledged that she had numerous affairs with celebrities, including Clark Gable, Howard Hughes, Burt Reynolds, Jack Dempsey, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Johnny Rivers, Robert Evans, Eddie Fisher, Warren Beatty, Tony Curtis, Steve Cochran, and Joe Namath.[39] Claiming fidelity to each lover, she said "I don't wear panties anymore – this startles the Hollywood wolves so much they don't know what to pull at, so they leave me alone."

Van Doren was never a Playboy Playmate, but she posed twice for the magazine in 1964 to promote her movie 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964). By this point in her career, her figure measured 38DD-26-36 (self-described in 1997). She said "I don't even want to say double-D because they're even bigger than that."[citation needed]

In 1964, Van Doren was a guest at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California when The Beatles were at the club visiting with Jayne Mansfield, and an inebriated George Harrison accidentally threw his drink on her when trying to throw it on some bothersome journalists.[40] During the Vietnam War, she did tours for U.S. troops in Vietnam for three months in 1968, and again in 1970.[36] In addition to USO shows, she visited hospitals, including the wards of amputees and burn victims.[citation needed]

In 1980, Van Doren was referenced in the controversial Canadian Top 20 hit "High School Confidential" by the popular 1980s Canadian new wave band Rough Trade.

Van Doren had a website from the late 90s to the early 2010s.[41] In recent years, Van Doren has made use of Twitter.[42] Van Doren had a theater section, where she would post various movies. She also showed many nude and semi-nude images taken by Julie Strain. Van Doren started her own blog on which she regularly writes about a very diverse array of topics. As of July 2023 she is still posting to her blog.[43] [2] She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard. In 2005, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.[44]

Film appearances[edit]

Year Film title Role Studio Notes
1951 Footlight Varieties Blonde in theater RKO Radio Pictures Uncredited
His Kind of Woman Lodge guest at bar
Two Tickets to Broadway Showgirl
1953 Forbidden Singer Universal Pictures Uncredited
The All American Susie Ward First major film role
1954 Hawaiian Nights Glamour girl Uncredited
Short film
Yankee Pasha Lilith, Harem slave
Francis Joins the WACS Cpl. Bunky Hilstrom
1955 Ain't Misbehavin' Jackie
The Second Greatest Sex Birdie Snyder
Running Wild Irma Bean
1956 Star in the Dust Ellen Ballard Last film under contract with Universal. Van Doren stopped accepting roles from the studio, because they were not giving her the breakthrough roles she so desperately craved.
1957 Untamed Youth Penny Lowe Warner Brothers In this film, Van Doren became the first actress to sing rock 'n roll in an American musical film.
The Girl in Black Stockings Harriet Ames United Artists Van Doren's final film to be lined-up for her by Universal in 1956.
a.k.a.: Wanton Murder and Wanton Murder Mystery
Jet Pilot WAF RKO Radio Pictures Uncredited.
Filmed between 1949 and 1953, delays by director, but not released until 1957.
1958 Teacher's Pet Peggy DeFore Paramount Pictures Van Doren's role was originally bigger, but was edited to be smaller because of the outfits she was required to wear in the film.
High School Confidential Gwen Dulaine Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Born Reckless Jackie Adams Warner Brothers
1959 Guns, Girls, and Gangsters Vi Victor United Artists
The Beat Generation Georgia Altera Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
The Beautiful Legs of Sabrina Sabrina Her first non-Hollywood motion picture release
The Big Operator Mary Gibson Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Girls Town Silver Morgan The first film to feature Van Doren nude. She appears nude through a fuzzy shower door.
1960 Vice Raid Carol Hudson United Artists
College Confidential Sally Blake Universal Pictures
Sex Kittens Go to College Dr. Mathilda West Allied Artists
The Private Lives of Adam and Eve Evie Simms/Eve Universal Pictures In this film, Van Doren wore only leaves for dream sequences.
1961 The Blonde from Buenos Aires
1964 The Candidate Samantha Ashley
Freddy in the Wild West Olivia - a.k.a.: The Sheriff Was a Lady (alternative title)
3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt Saxie Symbol Harlequin International Pictures Filmed as a sequel/spinoff of Promises! Promises!, a film that Van Doren had turned down.
1966 The Las Vegas Hillbillys Boots Malone Woolner Brothers Co-starred Jayne Mansfield. This is the only time that any of the "Three M's" appeared together in a motion picture.
The Navy vs. the Night Monsters Nora Hall Realart Pictures Inc. The first of two science fiction films that Van Doren made.
1967 You've Got to Be Smart Miss Hathaway
1968 Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women Moana American-International Television The last science fiction film of Van Doren's career.
1970 The Arizona Kid Sharon Miller
1975 That Girl from Boston Pricess Tassel
1986 Free Ride Debbie Stockwell Galaxy International Releasing
1999 The Vegas Connection Rita
2002 Slackers Miss Van Graaf Screen Gems
2012 The American Tetralogy Mazu or the Goddess of the Sea



Year Album Format Label
1957 Untamed Youth EP Prep Records
1976 Mamie – As in Mamie Van Doren LP Churchill Records
1986 The Girl Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll LP Rhino Records
1997 The Girl Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll CD Marginal Records
2011 Still a Troublemaker CD/iTunes Ferguson Records
2017 Ooh Ba La Baby: Her Exciting Rock N' Roll Recordings (1956–1959) CD Hoodoo Records


Year Single Format Label
1957 Salamander/Go, Go, Calypso! 45 rpm Prep Records
Something to Dream About/I Fell in Love 45 rpm Capitol Records
1958 Nobody but You/A Lifetime of Love 45 rpm Dot Records
Don't Fool Around, Sabrina (Be Mine, Be Mine, Be Mine)/Fashion for Ladies 45 rpm RCA Records (Italy)
1959 The Beat Generation/I'm Grateful 45 rpm Dot Records
1964 Bikini with No Top on the Top (with June Wilkinson)/So What Else Is New 45 rpm Jubilee Records
1967 Cabaret/The Boy Catcher's Theme 45 rpm Audio Fidelity
1984 State of Turmoil 12" Single Corner Stone Records
1986 Young Dudes/Queen of Pleasure 12" Single Rhino Records

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