Born Barbara Shaw on September 16, 1943, actress Bobbi Shaw made just a few films during her all-too-brief film career. She signed a contract with American International Pictures in 1964, and the studio immediately cast her in its lucrative beach party series of films, including Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, How To Stuff a Wild Bikini, and Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, along with a handful of other American International releases.

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AIP photo of Bobbi Shaw from 1964

Doing well with comedic bits, Shaw was often teamed with comedian Buster Keaton, particularly in Pajama Party and How To Stuff a Wild Bikini. Keaton was originally cast in The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, but he was suffering from lung cancer, so comedian Benny Rubin filled in instead. After the release of The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini in 1966, Shaw's contract ended, and she made only a handful of films afterward.

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Pajama Party (1964) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From AIP's Pajama Party. LEFT and CENTER A: Buster Keaton as Chief Rotten Eagle and Bobbi Shaw as Helga. CENTER B and CENTER C: Nice cheesecake promotional photos. RIGHT: Shaw with Jesse White

Ski Party (1965) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From AIP's Ski Party. LEFT: Nita (Bobbi Shaw) helps Nora (Dwayne Hickman) and Jane(Frankie Avalon) with their skiing. RIGHT: With Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, and Robert Q. Lewis

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Bobbi Shaw and Buster Keaton

From AIP's How to Stuff a Wild Bikini with Buster Keaton

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Bobbi Shaw is now a respected acting coach and goes by the name Bobbie Shaw-Chance. Some of her pupils include skater-turned-actor Steven Cousins, as well as up-and-coming actors Heather Reagan and Robert Kusserow.

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Frankie & Annette: M-G-M Movie Legends Collection [DVD] DVD
"Surf's up" in this four-disc boxed set saluting AIP's teen comedy series and seaside sweethearts Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Anthropologist Bob Cummings uses the pair as part of a study of modern mating habits in the original "Beach Party" (1963), with Morey Amsterdam, Dorothy Malone, and Harvey Lembeck as Eric Von Zipper. Annette has her hands full when the Potato Bug, a British pop star who's Frankie's double, arrives at "Bikini Beach" (1964). Don Rickles and Little Stevie Wonder guest star. Gym owner Rickles wants to take over the kids' surf spot, and heiress Luciana Paluzzi wants to woo Frankie from Annette, in "Muscle Beach Party" (1964). Avalon trades his board for slats and joins Dwayne Hickman, Deborah Walley and James Brown for a "Ski Party" (1965). "Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965) boasts a missing singer, a mermaid, and skydiving surfdogs. Avalon wants to keep pal Hickman away from Funicello while he's on military duty in "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" (1965), with Buster Keaton. Frankie's a moonshine-running hot rodder competing with racer Fabian for Annette's hand in "Fireball 500" (1966). And Fabian and Funicello burn rubber together in "Thunder Alley" (1967). 12 1/2 hrs. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English mono.

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Pipe Dreams (1976) with Gladys Knight
You and Me (1975) with David Carradine, Barbara Hershey, and Gary Busey
The Devil and Leroy Bassett (1973) with George 'Buck' Flower
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) with Tommy Kirk, Deborah Walley, Aron Kincaid, Quinn O'Hara, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Patsy Kelly, and Susan Hart
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) with Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Jody McCrea, John Ashley, Donna Loren, and Deborah Walley
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) with Annette Funicello, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Brian Donlevy, Mickey Rooney, Buster Keaton, and Harvey Lembeck
Sergeant Deadhead (1965) with Frankie Avalon, Deborah Walley, Eve Arden, John Ashley, and Donna Loren
Ski Party (1965) with Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, Yvonne Craig, Deborah Walley, and Aron Kincaid
Pajama Party (1964) with Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Donna Loren, and Jody McCrea
Passion Holiday (1962)
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