Vitina Marcus

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Vitina Marcus
Born Dolores Vitina Marcus
(1937-03-01) March 1, 1937 (age 80)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Occupation Television and film actress
Years active 1957–1970
Spouse(s) Steve Gravers (m. 1958–60)
George Graham (m. 1971–79)
Partner(s) Rory Calhoun
Children Athena Marcus Calhoun (b. 1959)
Giuliano Graham (b. 1973)
Website www.vitinamarcus.com

Vitina Marcus (born March 1, 1937 in New York City, New York) is an American actress of Sicilian and Hungarian descent. Her parents were Rose and Frank Marcus, and her Sicilian grandmother was named Vitina.

Career[edit]

Marcus was a student of Lee Strasberg. She appeared in numerous television shows throughout the 1950s and '60s and was sometimes billed as Dolores Vitina, under which she appeared in the 1958 film Never Love a Stranger, starring John Drew Barrymore and Steve McQueen. She was cast in Irwin Allen's 1960 production of The Lost World, as well as Taras Bulba (1962) with Tony Curtis and Yul Brynner. She appeared in two light-hearted episodes of Lost in Space as "The Green Lady" aka "Lorelei," stowaway Dr. Zachary Smith's most persistent and verdant admirer, while Smith was completely under her spell, to the complete peril of the Jupiter II, as usual. She also appeared in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, including the second-season episode "Return of the Phantom"; Have Gun – Will Travel as Della White Cloud, an Apache princess; and in episodes 24 and 26 of The Time Tunnel, "Chase through Time" and "Attack of the Barbarians." Marcus' most humorous role during this period was in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., "My Friend: The Gorilla Affair," in 1966. She guest-starred in the TV series Gunsmoke's episodes "The Squaw" as Natacea (1961) and "Old Comrade" as Missy (1962). Also in 1962, she portrayed the role of Wahkshum in the episode "The Peddler" on CBS' Rawhide.

Personal life[edit]

She gave birth to a daughter, Athena, and a son, Giuliano.[1] Marcus left Hollywood in the late 1960s,[2] and has resided in Las Vegas since the mid-1970s, gaining a real estate license in 1986.[3][4]

Her daughter with actor Rory Calhoun, Athena "Kiki" Marcus Calhoun, was voted "The World's Most Beautiful Showgirl" in 1987, and received "The Key to the City of Las Vegas".[1] Athena was also the weekly segment talk show host of Solid POI's Las Vegas Then & Now on radio station KLAV 1230 AM.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ex-showgirl remembers father, the late actor Rory Calhoun". The Las Vegas Sun. May 22, 1999. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ Lisanti, Tom (2003). Drive-in Dream Girls: A Galaxy of B-movie Starlets of the Sixties. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-1575-5. 
  3. ^ "Still 'Space'-y after all these years". The Las Vegas Sun. April 10, 1998. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Vitina Graham". Agent Lighthouse: US Real Estate Agent directory. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Las Vegas Then and Now". Cast And Crew Reunions. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 

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