You'll find photos of cheesecake actresses from the 1930s through the 1980s. For some of the actresses here, I'm currently trying to build pages.

Acquanetta (1921-2004)


Although Acquanetta was dubbed "The Venezualan Volcano" by Universal Studios, she was actually a Native American who grew up in Pennsylvania. After a modeling stint in New York, Acquanetta went to Hollywood, where she appeared in only a handful of films from the early 1940s to the early 1950s. One of her best-known films is Tarzan and the Leopard Girl (1946; with Johnny Weissmuller and Johnny Sheffield). After Acquanetta's third marriage in the early 1950s, she walked away from acting to raise a family. She passed away in August 2004 from complications arising from Alzheimer's disease.

Edie Adams (1927-2008)

Edie Adams

Edie Adams is primarily known for her prolific work on television, but she also made a number of films in the 1950s and 1960s. Adams is a gifted comedienne who demonstrated her skills in The Apartment (1960; with Jack Lemmon), Lover Come Back (1961; with Rock Hudson and Doris Day), and It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963). But TV viewers will always associate Adams with her husband Ernie Kovacs; the couple married in 1954 and worked together on The Ernie Kovacs Show. Kovacs died in an auto accident in early 1962. Adams remarried in 1964 and cooled her acting career somewhat in the late 1960s. Adams passed away on October 15, 2008, at the age of 81.

Lucille Ball (1911-1989)

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Lucille Ball was a blonde glamour girl before turning into the redheaded comedienne loved by generations. Ball was under contract to RKO in the 1930s, working her way up from bit parts to supporting roles. While filming the RKO comedy Too Many Girls in 1940, Ball met and fell in love with Desi Arnaz, who had a small role in the picture. The couple married later that year. In 1942, Ball left RKO for greener pastures at MGM, where she was the queen of the "B" lot in the 1940s. In 1948, Ball starred in the radio series My Favorite Husband, which became the basis of her TV series I Love Lucy. Two brilliant comedic performances in 1950, in the films The Fuller Brush Girl and Fancy Pants, also helped sell CBS on the idea of a TV series. After I Love Lucy began airing in 1951, Ball made relatively few films afterward, concentrating instead on her growing Desilu empire, headed by husband Desi Arnaz. Ball passed away in 1989 at the age of 77.

Jill Banner (1946-1982)

Jill Banner in The President's AnalystJill Banner, Kim Carnes, and Joy Tobin

Pretty Jill Banner made her big-screen debut in Jack Hill's horror film Spider Baby (1964; with Lon Chaney Jr. and Carol Ohmart). She also appeared in C'mon, Let's Live a Little (1967; with Bobby Vee and Jackie DeShannon) and The President's Analyst (1967; with James Coburn). Banner acted in several other films and was in numerous episodes of Dragnet and Adam 12. She also made a 1972 appearance in a two-part episode of Cade's County, and she had a role on The Bold Ones as well. Unhappy with her acting career, in 1972 Banner gave up her acting career and made her way to New Mexico, where she sold real estate for several years, until her return to California around 1980. She was working on scripts for Marlon Brando when she was killed in a car accident in Malibu on August 7, 1982, at the age of 35.

Brigitte Bardot (b. 1934)

Brigitte Bardot

French sex kitten Brigitte Bardot starred in more than 50 films between 1952 and 1974, including And God Created Woman (1956) and Viva MarĂ­a! (1965). By 1970, however, her career began to wane, and she made just a few more films before her swansong film, The Devil Is a Woman (1974). Since then, Bardot has shied away from the screen, focusing on her role as an animal rights activist instead. Married four times and the mother of a son, Bardot's first husband was famed director Roger Vadim.

Senta Berger (b. 1941)

Senta Berger

Austrian beauty Senta Berger has acted in more than 100 films during her 40+ year career. Today, Berger frequently appears on German television shows. She has been married to actor/director Michael Verhoeven since 1966.

Hazel Brooks (1924-2002)

Hazel Brooks

Born in South Africa in 1924, exotic beauty Hazel Brooks was often uncredited in her film appearances. Her biggest role came in the 1947 John Garfield film Body and Soul. Brooks made just a few more films afterward and retired from the screen in 1953 to become a photographer. In the mid 1940s, Brooks married her first husband, famed art director Cedric Gibbons, who had been previously married to actress Dolores Del Rio. Gibbons left her a widow in 1960.

Corinne Calvet (1925-2001)

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Paris-born beauty Corinne Calvet made a big splash in Hollywood in the early 1950s with her sultry looks and acting ability. She met actor John Bromfield on the set of her first American film Rope of Sand, and the couple married soon after. Their acting careers outlasted the marriage, however. In 1955, she married actor Jeffrey Stone and cooled her acting career. Following their divorce, Calvet made sporadic film and TV appearances from the 1960s through the 1980s. Calvet passed away in June 2001 at the age of 76. She was survived by a son, Robin Stone.

Claudia Cardinale (b. 1938)

Claudia Cardinale

Gorgeous Claudia Cardinale was spotted for films in a beauty contest in the late 1950s. She then was signed to a strict contract and took small roles in films in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Her appearances in Fellini's 8 1/2 (1963; with Barbara Steele) and The Pink Panther (1963) catapulted her to stardom. Her career in American films didn't last long, but Cardinale has kept working in Europe and is still quite active in films and television.

Veronica Carlson (b. 1944)

Veronica Carlson

Sexy Veronica Carlson has provided a bright spot in a number of horror films produced by Hammer Film Productions since the 1960s. Some of her best films are Dracula has Risen from the Grave (1968) and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969). Carlson retired from acting in the mid 1970s.

Regina Carrol (1943-1992)

Regina Carrol

Busty blonde Regina Carrol appeared almost exclusively in husband Al Adamson's cut-rate films, including Satan's Sadists (1969; with Russ Tamblyn and Scott Brady), Dracula Vs. Frankenstein (1971; with Anthony Eisley and Lon Chaney Jr.), Brain of Blood (1972; with Grant Williams and Kent Taylor), and Blood of Ghastly Horror (1972; with Tommy Kirk and John Carradine). Prior to starring in her husband's films, Carrol had been a nightclub singer and dancer. If you look fast, you can see her in bit parts in Viva Las Vegas (1964; with Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret) and The Glass Bottom Boat (1966; with Doris Day and Rod Taylor). Carrol retired from acting in the 1970s and, sadly, passed away in 1992 from cancer. The above photo is from Satan's Sadists.

Marguerite Churchill (1910-2000)

Marguerite Churchill

Leading lady Marguerite Churchill made a number of films for Fox in the late 1920s and early 1930s. She met actor George O'Brien when they starred in the 1931 film Riders of the Purple Sage, and the couple married in 1933. Churchill continued acting after the marriage, appearing in such films as Speed Devils (1935) and Dracula's Daughter (1936; with Gloria Holden). In 1936, Churchill retired from the screen to raise her children. She and O'Brien divorced in 1948, and Churchill briefly returned to acting in the early 1950s. She passed away in 2000 at the age of 90.

Phyllis Coates (b. 1927)

Phyllis Coates

Phyllis Coates started out in a series of comedy shorts in the So You Want to... series produced by Warner Brothers and starring George O'Hanlon (best known as the voice of cartoon character George Jetson). Coates went on to make many films in the 1950s, but nonetheless continued to appear in the Warner Bros. comedy shorts. She also did a turn as Lois Lane in the first season of Superman but soon bowed out of the role. Coates continued to make many films and starred in several television series in the 1950s, but marriage and motherhood intervined, and she let her acting career take a backseat. From the 1960s through the 1990s, she sporadically appeared in films and on television. The above photo is from Coates' 1955 film Panther Girl of the Kongo.

Sybil Danning (b. 1947)

Sybil Danning in Howling 2

Austrian beauty Sybil Danning acted in many low budget films from the 1960s through the 1980s, including The Seven Magnificent Gladiators (1983) and Howling II (1985). Danning, who had done little acting since the late 1980s, has recently revived her acting career and is as stunning as ever. She is also the president of Adventuress Productions.

Peggy Dow (b. 1928)

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Peggy Dow appeared in films for only two years while under contract with Universal-International. Her films include The Sleeping City (1950) and Reunion in Reno (1951). When Dow married in 1951, she left show business to raise a family.

Shelley Fabares (b. 1944)

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Pretty Shelley Fabares is better known for her prolific work on television, but she did act in several films in the 1960s, including Ride the Wild Surf (1964; with Tab Hunter and Fabian) and Hold On! (1966; with Peter Noone and Sue Ane Langdon). She acted in three Elvis Presley films---Girl Happy (1965), Spinout (1966), and Clambake (1967)---and was one of Presley's favorite co-stars. From 1964 to 1967, Fabares was married to famed pop music producer Lou Adler and has been married to actor/producer Mike Farrell since 1984. Following a diagnosis of severe auto-immune hepatitis resulting in a liver transplant in 2000, Fabares is now retired from acting but can be seen in several recent documentaries.

Jinx Falkenburg (1919-2003)

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Exotic beauty Jinx Falkenburg was a top model before making a splash in films in the 1940s in such films as Two Latins from Manhattan (1941) and The Gay Senorita (1945). However, after just a few years of appearing in films, Falkenburg married and left the silver screen for the then-new medium of television. She also popped up on TV game shows from time to time in the 1950s and 1960s. Sadly, Falkenburg passed away in 2003.

Frances Farmer (1913-1970)

Frances Farmer

Glamorous Frances Farmer found early success in Hollywood, only to lead a life of tragedy later. Born in Seattle, Washington, to well-to-do parents, Farmer studied drama at the University of Washington. Upon her graduation, she went to Hollywood and was put under contract to Paramount Studios. That same year, she married fellow Paramount contract player Leif Ericson. Farmer's early films were very successful, but she proved to be too difficult for Paramount studio brass, who dropped her contract in 1940. Her marriage to Ericson quickly withered as well, and the couple divorced in 1942; Ericson married another Paramount contract player, Margaret Hayes, on the same day his divorce from Farmer was final. Later that year, Farmer was arrested for drunk driving, and her angry behavior during the arrest eventually led her parents to commit her to a sanitarium, where she suffered many indignities and a partial lobotomy. Farmer was released in the early 1950s and returned home to care for her parents until their deaths. She remarried in 1951, but the marriage had crumbled by the late 1950s. Farmer attempted to resume her acting career, taking roles on television shows such as Studio One and Special Agent 7. She made one more film, The Party Crashers, in 1958. Upon divorcing her second husband, Farmer married again and moved to Indianapolis, where she hosted a local television show for a number of years. Sadly, she passed away from cancer in 1970 at the age of 56.

Susan Hart (b. 1941)

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Sexy Susan Hart had only a brief career in films, appearing in Pajama Party, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, and a few others. Hart retired from the screen upon marrying American International producer James H. Nicholson in 1965.

Wanda Hendrix (1928-1981)

Wanda Hendrix

Pretty starlet Wanda Hendrix acted in two dozen or so films from the 1940s through the early 1970s, including quite a few film-noir thrillers. She met World War II hero and western star Audie Murphy while filming Sierra (1950), and the couple married shortly thereafter. However, by the time the film made it to theaters, the marriage had fizzled. Upon marrying her second husband in 1954, Hendrix walked away from acting, only to resurface again in the late 1950s after her second divorce. She worked sporadically through the early 1970s, and then called it a day. Sadly, Hendrix died of pneumonia in 1981 at the age of 52.

Gloria Hendry (b. 1949)

Gloria Hendry

Knockout Gloria Hendry started as a model before moving into films. Although she starred in a string of blacksploitation films, including Hell Up in Harlem (1973; with Savage Sisters (1974; with John Ashley and Sid Haig), and Black Belt Jones (1975; with Jim Kelly), Hendry is probably best known for her role as Bond girl Rosie Carver in Live and Let Die (1973; with Roger Moore). Since the late 1970s, Hendry has worked only infrequently in films.

Candy Johnson (1942-2012)

Candy Johnson

Amazing singer and go-go dancer Candy Johnson appeared in several beach party films in the 1960s, including Bikini Beach and Muscle Beach Party. Johnson retired from show business in the mid 1960s after her first marriage to her manager, Red Gilson. Sadly, she passed away from brain cancer on October 21, 2012, at the age of 70.

Sue Ane Langdon (b. 1936)

Sue Ane Langdon

Comedienne Sue Ane Langdon began as a singer and performer on Broadway in the 1950s, but soon found her way to Hollywood where she performed in many films and numerous television shows. Her film appearances include When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965; with Connie Francis), Frankie and Johnny (1966; with Elvis Presley and Anthony Eisley), and A Man Called Dagger (1967; with Paul Mantee and Terry Moore). In the 1970s Langdon focused her efforts on television but made a few films in the 1970s and 1980s. She retired in the early 1990s.

Virna Lisi (1936-2014)

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Italian beauty Virna Lisi has enjoyed an acting career which has spanned five decades. She has appeared in everything from Duel of the Titans (1961; with Steve Reeves and Gordon Scott) to Assault on a Queen (1966; with Frank Sinatra and Richard Conte). The above right photo is from The Girl and the General (1967).

Florence Marly (1919-1978)

Florence Marly

Exotic Czech-born Florence Marly had an interesting career as a singer and sometime B movie actress. Her film appearances, which began in the late 1930s, were sporadic but continued into the 1970s. Her films include Tokyo File 212 (1951; see above photo), Undersea Girl (1957; with Mara Corday), and her best-known film Queen of Blood (1966; with John Saxon and Basil Rathbone). Marly died in 1978 at the age of 59.

Irish McCalla (1929-2002)

Irish McCalla

Knockout Irish McCalla wowed TV audiences in the 1950s with her series Sheena: Queen of the Jungle. She also acted in several B movies, including the campy She Demons (1958; with Tod Griffin) and Five Bold Women (1960; with Jeff Morrow and Merry Anders). In the early 1960s, McCalla walked away from acting to become an artist, a career move which proved highly successful and lucrative. Sadly, McCalla passed away in 2002 at the age of 72.

Marie McDonald (1923-1965)

Marie McDonald

Sweater girl Marie McDonald garnered as much publicity for her off-screen exploits as her acting prowess. Nicknamed "The Body," McDonald appeared in a number of 1940s comedies and dramas, such as Pardon My Sarong (1942) and Getting Gertie's Garter (1945). After the release of Garter, McDonald's film appearances became few and far between. She married her fourth husband, shoe company executive Harry Karl, in 1947 and settled down to raise her three children. She and Karl divorced in 1954 and then married again in 1955. The couple divorced again in 1960. (Karl later married Debbie Reynolds.) McDonald married two more times, for a total of seven marriages by the time she turned 40. After the release of her last film, Promises, Promises (1963; with Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay, McDonald grew despondent, finally overdosing on sleeping pills in 1965 at the age of 43.

Jayne Meadows (1919-2015)

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While everyone remembers pretty Jayne Meadows from her television work, she also had a film career in the 1940s and 1950s. Meadows appeared in such films as Lady in the Lake (1947), The Luck of the Irish (1948), and College Confidential (1960; with Mamie Van Doren). Meadows married writer/actor/composer Steve Allen in 1954, and the couple enjoyed a successful marriage ending with Allen's death in October 1999.

Elizabeth Montgomery (1933-1995)

Elizabeth MontgomeryElizabeth Montgomery

Bewitching Elizabeth Montgomery was the daughter of silver-screen actor Robert Montgomery and got her start on his TV show Robert Montgomery Presents. After marrying second husband Gig Young in 1956, Montgomery shied away from films but made numerous appearances on popular TV shows. Upon their 1963 divorce, Montgomery returned to making films, but third husband William Asher (who directed five of the seven American International beach party films) cast her as "Samantha" on the 1964-72 ABC-TV series Bewitched. If you look fast, you can see her in a cameo role in the 1965 beach party flick How to Stuff a Wild Bikini at the end of the film. After ending Bewitched, Asher and Montgomery divorced in 1974. Montgomery then went on to make many TV movies with her sometime costar, Robert Foxworth, and after nearly 20 years together, the couple married in 1993. (Asher married actress Joyce Bulifant in 1976.) Sadly, Montgomery passed away eight weeks after being diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 62 on May 18, 1995.

Jean Moorhead (b. 1935)

Jean Moorhead

Playboy Playmate Jean Moorhead appeared in just a handful of films in the 1950s; nonetheless, she acted in some of the best cult classics of the 1950s, including the Ed Wood-penned The Violent Years (1956; with Glenn Corbett), Attack of the Puppet People (1958; with John Agar and June Kenney), and The Atomic Submarine (1959; with Arthur Franz and Joi Lansing). Moorhead retired from show business in the late 1950s.

Barboura Morris (1932-1975)

Barboura Morris

Pretty Barboura Morris was a fixture in Roger Corman's late 1950s and early 1960s exploitation films, including Sorority Girl (1957; with Susan Cabot), A Bucket of Blood (1959; with Dick Miller), The Wasp Woman (1960; with Susan Cabot and Anthony Eisley, and Atlas (1961; with Michael Forest). After marrying director Monte Hellman, Morris's career slowed considerably, but she did find time to occasionally appear in horror films, such as The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963; with Ray Milland) and The Dunwich Horror (1970; with Sandra Dee). Sadly, Morris's health deteriorated, and at the time of her death in 1975, Morris had suffered a stroke and was afflicted with cancer. She was only 43 years old.

Bettie Page (1923-2008)

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Gorgeous pin-up queen Bettie Page (sometimes credited at "Betty Page") made a few burlesque films during her career but of course is better known for her prolific modeling, which she did from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. Page's life was marked by sadness, multiple marriages and divorces, and mental illness, which she overcame in her final years. Page died on December 11, 2008, at the age of 85 and was survived by her brother.

Luana Patten (1938-1996)

Luana Patten

Luana Patten began acting as a child, for Walt Disney. She appeared in Song of the South (1946) and Fun and Fancy Free (1947) while under contract to Disney. When her Disney contract lapsed in the late 1940s, Patten put her career on hold. By the mid 1950s and now grown up, Luana Patten found herself starring in such low-budget films as Rock, Pretty Baby (1956; with John Saxon and Fay Wray) and Joe Dakota (1957; with Jock Mahoney and Lee Van Cleef). In 1960, Patten married actor John Smith and her career slowed. After her divorce from Smith in 1964, Patten returned to acting in films and television. She retired from acting in 1970 following her third marrage. Patten passed away on May 1, 1996, at the age of 57.

Barbara Payton (1927-1967)

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Barbara Payton, a beautiful actress under contract to Universal in the early 1950s, made only a dozen films or so, such as Bride of the Gorilla (1951; with Raymond Burr) and Drums in the Deep South (1951; with Guy Madison and James Craig). Unfortunately, her scandalous private life overshadowed her film career. Dating both actor Franchot Tone and actor Tom Neal, the three got into an altercation that sent Tone to the hospital with serious injuries. Payton later married Tone but left him after two months for Neal. All the bad press surrounding Payton effectively killed her film career by the time she was 26. A serious problem with alcohol left Payton broke and, sadly, she died of heart and liver failure in May 1967 at the age of 39.

Pat Priest (b. 1936)

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The daughter of former U.S. Treasurer Ivy Baker Priest, beautiful Pat Priest took up acting in the 1950s but her career soon took a backseat to marriage and motherhood. In the early 1960s, however, Priest resurrected her career on televsion in guest spots on popular TV programs. In late 1964, she was chosen to replace Beverly Owen on CBS-TV's The Munsters (1964-1966; with Yvonne De Carlo). She also acted in the films Easy Come, Easy Go (1967; with Elvis Presley) and The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant (1971; with Bruce Dern, from which the above left photo comes. Priest retired from acting in the 1970s to enter the real estate business.

Vera Ralston (1919-2003)

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Czech-born beauty Vera (Hruba) Ralston gained fame as an ice skater in the late 1930s. In the early 1940s, Republic Pictures head Herbert Yates signed Ralston, in the hopes that she would become the next Sonja Henie. Ralston would stay at Republic until the studio folded in 1958. Some of her films include The Lady and the Monster (1944), Lake Placid Serenade (1944), and The Man Who Died Twice (1958). Ralston married Yates in 1952, and they remained a couple until his death in 1966. Ralston's career had folded with the demise of Republic. She remarried in 1973, and this marriage lasted until her death from cancer on February 9, 2003, at the age of 83.

Liz Renay (1926-2007)

Liz Renay and Cash Flagg

Knockout Liz Renay's personal life often overshadowed her film career. She became a showgirl and, later, a stripper after running away from home in the 1940s. In the 1950s, Renay made an effort toward acting, but when she was sentenced to three years in Terminal Island Prison in 1959 after refusing to fink on mob activities, her hopes for screen stardom vanished. However, after her release from prision, Renay published her famous autobiography My Face for the World to See, and found work as an actress in cult films. Some of her work includes The Thrill Killers (1964; with Ray Dennis Steckler), The Nasty Rabbit (1965; with Arch Hall Jr.), and John Waters' Desperate Living (1977; with Mink Stole). Renay's last film was Ted V. Mikels' Mark of the Astro-Zombies (2002; with Tura Satana). Married and divorced seven times, Liz Renay passed away on January 22, 2007 at the age of 80 and was survived by her son. The above photo is from The Thrill Killers with Cash Flagg (aka Ray Dennis Steckler).

Tanya Roberts (b. 1955)

Tanya Roberts

Sexy Tanya Roberts broke into films in 1975, landing a starring role in her first film, the horror flick Forced Entry. By the early 1980s, Roberts had secured her place in Hollywood by becoming the last of Charlie's Angels, during the 1980-1981 season. Since then, Roberts has acted in a number of films and many television programs. Her most recent role was on That 70's Show, on which she appeared for three seasons. Roberts retired from acting upon the death of her husband of 31 years, Barry Roberts, in 2006.

Kasey Rogers (1925-2006)

Kasey Rogers

Pretty Kasey Rogers was put under contract by Paramount in the late 1940s. Renaming her Laura Elliott, the studio cast her in a number of film noir thrillers, including Special Agent (1949; with George Reeves) and Paid in Full (1950; with Lizabeth Scott and Eve Arden), and one of her meatiest roles came in Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (1951; with Robert Walker) in which she portrayed Farley Granger's doomed estranged wife. Yet her career did not flourish at Paramount, and Rogers left the studio in 1954. She changed her professional name back to Kasey Rogers in the mid 1950s, when she began working in television. Rogers spent many years doing guest spots until the mid 1960s, when she secured a role on ABC's Peyton Place in 1964. In 1966, she took over the role of Louise Tate on the ABC-TV series Bewitched. Soon after the series left the air in 1972, Rogers retired from the screen. She passed away in July 2006 after several bouts with cancer and a stroke. She is survived by her four children and grandchildren. The above photo is from a 1957 episode of The Millionaire.

Lori Saunders (b. 1941)

Lori Saunders in The Girls on the Beach

Gorgeous Lori Saunders is best known for her role as Bobbie Joe Bradley from TV's Petticoat Junction, but Saunders made several films in the 1960s and 1970s, including The Girls on the Beach (1965; with Aron Kincaid and Lana Wood), Mara of the Wilderness (1965; with Adam West), Track of the Vampire (1966; with William Campbell and Sandra Knight), and So Sad About Gloria (1975; with Dean Jagger). Saunders retired from acting in the 1970s and is now an artist.

Barbara Shelley (b. 1933)

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British beauty Barbara Shelley made many low-budget films in the 1950s and 1960s, with a particular flair for horror films. Her best films include Village of the Damned (1960; with George Sanders) and Five Million Years to Earth (1967). Her film career began to lose steam in the late 1960s, and today Barbara Shelley is retired. The above photos are from the 1958 film Blood of the Vampire.

Sharon Tate (1943-1969)

Sharon Tate in Don't Make Waves

Sexy Sharon Tate made just a few films during her brief career, including Don't Make Waves (1967; with Tony Curtis and Dave Draper), Eye of the Devil (1967; with Deborah Kerr), my personal favorite Valley of the Dolls (1967; with Susan Hayward and Patty Duke), and The Wrecking Crew (1969; with Dean Martin and Tina Louise). Tate was only 26 years old when she was murdered in August 1969. Beverly Hillbillies fans will recall Tate from her recurring role as Janet Trego from 1963 to 1965.

Edy Williams (b. 1942)

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Seductive Edy Williams first started her Hollywood career making appearances on popular TV shows, including The Beverly Hillbillies and Batman. She also made a number of films in the 1960s, including the Sonny and Cher vehicle Good Times (1967) and I Sailed to Tahiti with an All Girl Crew (1968). Williams married sexploitation producer Russ Meyer in 1970, and Williams was then featured in Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) and The Seven Minutes (1971). Williams and Meyer parted ways in 1975, and in the 1980s, Williams renewed her career in sexy comedies.

Esther Williams (1921-2013)

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Before her film career, Esther Williams was a U.S. Olympics hopeful for the 1940 games. However, the games were cancelled because of World War II. Instead, Williams decided to use her swimming talents in Billy Rose's Aquacade; she was spotted by a talent scout and signed with MGM in the early 1940s. She made a big splash in such films as Bathing Beauty (1944) and Duchess of Idaho (1950). But when musical spectacles fell out of favor with the moviegoing public, Williams' career waned. She made a few 'B' films (such as The Unguarded Moment in 1956) before settling down with third husband Fernando Lamas. Williams recently made another big splash with her autobiography The Million Dollar Mermaid, which raised eyebrows upon its release in 1999. Williams recanted some of her claims in her book following its publication.

Lana Wood (b. 1946)

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Gorgeous Lana Wood is the younger sister of actress Natalie Wood and, much like her sister, began her acting career as a child. Lana Wood's first screen appearance came in her big sister's 1956 film The Searchers. By the mid 1960s, Wood was starring in films such as The Girls on the Beach (1965; with Lori Saunders and Aron Kincaid) and also had a role on TV's Peyton Place (see the above right photo). Although Wood has acted in many films and TV series, she's probably best known as Bond-girl Plenty O'Toole in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). In the early 1980s, Wood walked away from acting to become an agent. Since 2008, however, Wood has rejuvenated her acting career in such films as Deadly Renovations (2010; with DJ Perry) and is once again a busy actress.

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