biographyBorn Joan Olander in a small farming community in South Dakota on February 6, 1931, Mamie Van Doren's family relocated to California in the early 1940s. While in her teens, Van Doren entered a few beauty contests and did a bit of modeling. After working as a band singer, Van Doren landed a contract with Universal-International in 1953.
In August 1955, Van Doren married handsome bandleader Ray Anthony, and the couple had a son, Perry, born in 1956. That same year, Van Doren left Universal. The studio had never given her the breakthrough role she deserved, so she freelanced in films produced by a variety of studios, including Warner Bros. and MGM. Although she snagged roles in a few memorable "A" films such as Teacher's Pet (1958; with Doris Day and Clark Gable), "B" films allowed Van Doren to shine in highly dimensional roles that showcased her acting and singing talents. Of the three blonde bombshells of the 1950s (Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Mamie Van Doren), Van Doren had perhaps the widest acting range, excelling at playing bad girls. Perhaps her best-known film is the campy Warner Bros. release Untamed Youth (1957; with Lori Nelson and John Russell). In the late 1950s, Van Doren starred in a string of drive-in quickies and sexploitation films. Producer Albert Zugsmith featured her in seven films, including The Beat Generation (1959; with Steve Cochran, Fay Spain, and Ray Danton), The Big Operator (1959; with Mickey Rooney and Steve Cochran), and in Sex Kittens Go to College (1960; with Tuesday Weld and Martin Milner).
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All American (1953)
From All American. LEFT: Beautiful still of Mamie Van Doren. CENTER: With Tony Curtis. RIGHT: With Richard Long
Yankee Pasha (1954)
Ain't Misbehavin' (1955)
Star in the Dust (1956)
The Girl in Black Stockings (1957)
With Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, and Marie Windsor in the film noir serial killer thriller The Girl in Black Stockings
Born Reckless (1958)
High School Confidental! (1958)
Scene from the B-movie-star-studded MGM release High School Confidential!. See the filmography section below for this film's impressive cast listing
Teacher's Pet (1958)
The Big Operator (1959)
From The Big Operator with Steve Cochran and Mel Torme
Girls Town (1959)
From Albert Zugsmith's teen torment flick Girls Town, released by MGM. LEFT: With Norman Grabowski, Dick Contino, and Mel Torme. RIGHT: As Silver Morgan, Mamie leaves Girls Town at the end of the picture
Guns, Girls, and Gangsters (1959)
As the troubled Vi Victor in Guns, Girls, and Gangsters. The photo on the right also features Gerald Mohr
College Confidential (1960)
LEFT: Promotional shot from College Confidential. RIGHT: Professor Steve Allen gets an eyeful of coed Mamie Van Doren while Jayne Meadows looks on
The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960)
Mickey Rooney as the Devil oogles Mamie Van Doren in Albert Zugsmith's comedy The Private Lives of Adam and Eve, released by Universal-International
From Albert Zugsmith's comedy Sex Kittens Go to College, released by Allied Artists. LEFT: Van Doren as Dr. Mathilda West. CENTER: With Tuesday Weld. RIGHT: With Norman Grabowski and Martin Milner
With Tommy Noonan and Ziva Rodann in the low-budget comedy 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt, a film which was directed by Tommy Noonan
The low-budget science fiction flick The Navy vs. the Night Monsters sports an impressive cast. LEFT: With Anthony Eisley, Walter Sande, and Edward Faulkner. RIGHT: With Anthony Eisley, Phillip Terry, and Edward Faulkner
mamie van doren todayWhile Van Doren's film career was in high gear in the 1950s, the 1960s would not be so promising. Her marriage to Ray Anthony dissolved in March 1960. The death of Mamie Van Doren's friend and rival, Marilyn Monroe, on August 5, 1962, signaled the end of the blonde bombshell era. Van Doren's film career began to suffer, much like that of Jayne Mansfield. Nonetheless, of the three Hollywood blond bombshells---Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Mamie Van Doren---only Van Doren has survived, because she didn't travel down the same road to destruction. By the mid 1960s, Mamie Van Doren was no longer playing bad girls, as those roles had vanished with the onset of the sexual revolution in the US. Afterward, roles then offered to her were not worthy of her talents, for the most part. Although her film career hit the skids, Van Doren remained very active in show business, with a nightclub act, a tour of Vietnam, and dozens of pictorials in men's magazines of the era.
Van Doren had an off-again, on-again relationship with baseball pitcher Bo Belinsky, who acted in the low-budget flick C'mon, Let's Live a Little. The couple were engaged in 1963 but never married. Belinsky passed away in November 2001
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The Best Of The Ray Anthony Show [DVD] DVD
Bandleader Ray Anthony's syndicated variety show ran during the mid-1950s. Here Ray welcomes Molly Bee, The King Sisters, Dick Contino, The Belvederes, and Mamie Van Doren (singing!), plus a tribute to "Around the World in 80 Days," a George Gershwin salute, and the sounds of Christmas. 134 min on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The Girl In Black Stockings [DVD](1957) DVD
The murder of a beautiful actress turns everyone at an upscale Utah resort into a suspect in this taut whodunit. With more dead bodies beginning to turn up, the list of potential killers includes the hotel's quadriplegic owner, his doting sister, a lawyer from Los Angeles, and a runaway bride. Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, Mamie Van Doren, Ron Randell, Marie Windsor star. AKA: "Black Stockings," "Wanton Murder." 73 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Untamed Youth [DVD](1957) DVD
Shining "a searing spotlight on teen-age cons in a House of Correction!," this drive-in classic stars Mamie Van Doren and Lori Nelson as young runaway sisters who get picked up for hitchhiking and are sent to a prison farm that uses the female inmates as slave labor for a local businessman's cotton-picking operation. With John Russell, Don Burnett, and '50s rocker Eddie Cochran, who sings "Cottonpicker." 80 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Sex Kittens Go To College [DVD](1960) DVD
Deadlocked in trying to find the ideal new head for their science department, a university turns to an "electronic brain" to select the perfect hire. No one's prepared when the job goes to multi-degreed, part-time exotic dancer Mamie Van Doren! Drive-in staple from Albert Zugsmith co-stars Tuesday Weld, Mijanou Bardot, Vampira, Jackie Coogan, John Carradine, and Conway Twitty as himself. 94 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Vice Raid [DVD](1960) DVD
When dutiful vice cop Richard Coogan proves a little too diligent on the job, besieged mob boss Brad Dexter imports just the talent for the perfect frame-up: high-end call girl Mamie Van Doren. While she succeeds in disgracing the detective, he's not about to quit...and she starts having her own doubts about her seedy employer. 71 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
3 Nuts In Search Of A Bolt [DVD](1964) DVD
The "nuts" are a trio of neurotics who try to save money by sending an actor friend of theirs to a psychiatrist and having him act out the threesome's problems. Wacky comedy stars Mamie Van Doren, Tommy Noonan, Paul Gilbert, Alvy Moore; features Mamie's famous "beer bath" scene. 78 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English mono; biographies; theatrical trailers; interview; photo gallery.
The Sheriff Was A Lady [DVD](1964) DVD
Talk about making a German spectacle out of itself! This European sagebrusher is unlike anything you've ever seen before, a tale of Black Bill (German Elvis-wannabe Freddie Quinn), a singing Teutonic cowpoke in search of his parents' killer, and Anita, the sexy female sheriff searching for those same creeps, who also swiped her father's gold. Mamie Van Doren is also featured. Wow!
The Navy vs. The Night Monsters [DVD](1966) DVD
Campy sci-fi classic stars Mamie Van Doren, Anthony Eisley, Billy Gray, Pamela Mason, and Bobby Van as inhabitants of a South Pacific naval base under attack by ambulatory killer trees from the Ice Age. Cheesy plant creatures and the buxom Mamie make this a must-see. AKA: "Monsters of the Night," "The Night Crawlers." 87 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Hillbilly Comedy Collection [DVD] DVD
Country bumpkin Ferlin Husky lands in Las Vegas, inherits a dilapidated casino and turns it into a moneymaker with help from Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren (what a pair!), in "Las Vegas Hillbillys." With Sonny James, Del Reeves, and Richard Kiel. Two-disc set also includes "Li'l Abner" (1940), "Private Snuffy Smith," and "Hillbillys in a Haunted House." 5 hrs. total.
You've Got To Be Smart [DVD](1967) DVD
This rarity follows L.A. advertising wizard Tom Stern, who is fired from his job and winds up in a small town in Arkansas. Meeting a charismatic kid preacher and his brothers, a light bulb goes on over Stern's head: take them to L.A. and cash in! The pint-sized soul-savers are soon starring on "TV Tabernacle," but how long can the act last with the IRS wondering where all of the tykes' cash is going? With Mamie Van Doren, Gloria Castillo, Roger Perry. 88 min.
Voyage To The Planet Of The Prehistoric Women [DVD](1968) DVD
Film critic Peter Bogdanovich got a crash course in filmmaking when Roger Corman let him add new scenes to a Russian sci-fi epic. Mamie Van Doren plays the queen of a group of cavewomen who greet a group of astronauts that have landed on their world. The gals wear clamshell bikinis, communicate telepathically and worship a pterodactyl! With Mary Mark and Paige Lee. 79 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Slackers [DVD](2002) DVD
Madcap campus comedy in which longtime college con men Devon Sawa, Jason Segal and Michael Maronna concoct a cheating plan a few months before graduation. When campus creep Jason Schwartzman discovers the scheme, he threatens to turn in the trio unless they hook him up with James King, Sawa's pretty classmate. Also stars Laura Prepon, Cameron Diaz and Gina Gershon in cameos, and '50s screen sexpot Mamie Van Doren. 86 min. Standard and Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby 5.1; Subtitles: English, French; interactive menus.
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This listing does not include Mamie Van Doren's appearances in Rhino's Teenage Theater series:
Slackers (2002) with Jason Schwartzman, Jim Rash, Nat Faxon, and Gedde Watanabe
The Vegas Connection (1999) with Robert Carradine
Free Ride (1986) with Warren Berlinger and Peter DeLuise
That Girl from Boston (1975) with George 'Buck' Flower; directed by Matt Cimber
The Arizona Kid (1971) with Gordon Mitchell
You've Got to Be Smart (1967) with Roger Perry
The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966) with Pamela Mason, Bobby Van, Anthony Eisley, Phillip Terry, and Billy Gray
Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1966) with Margot Hartman
Las Vegas Hillbillys (1966) with Jayne Mansfield, Ferlin Husky, and Richard Kiel
Three Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964) with Tommy Noonan, Alvy Moore, Ziva Rodann, and Marjorie Bennett
The Sheriff Was a Lady (1964) with Rik Battaglia
The Candidate (1964) with June Wilkinson and Ted Knight
The Blonde from Buenos Aires (1961) with Jean-Pierre Aumont
The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960) with Fay Spain, Martin Milner, Mickey Rooney, Ziva Rodann, and Tuesday Weld
College Confidential (1960) with Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Ziva Rodann, and Conway Twitty
Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) with Tuesday Weld, Mijanou Bardot, Martin Milner, Vampira, Conway Twitty, Mickey Shaughnessy, Louis Nye, Pamela Mason, Jackie Coogan, John Carradine, and Norman Grabowski
Vice Raid (1960) with Brad Dexter, Richard Coogan, and Nestor Paiva
Girls Town (1959) with Gloria Talbott, Elinor Donahue, Ray Anthony, Dick Contino, Mel Torme, Paul Anka, and Norman Grabowski
The Beat Generation (1959) with Steve Cochran, Fay Spain, Ray Danton, and Ray Anthony
The Big Operator (1959) with Mickey Rooney, Steve Cochran, Ray Anthony, Ray Danton, and Ziva Rodann
Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1959) with Gerald Mohr and Lee Van Cleef
Born Reckless (1959) with Carol Ohmart, Jeff Richards, Arthur Hunnicutt, and Don 'Red' Barry
High School Confidential! (1958) with Jan Sterling, Russ Tamblyn, and Ray Anthony
The Beautiful Legs of Sabrina (1958)
Teacher's Pet (1958) with Clark Gable, Doris Day, Gig Young, Nick Adams, and Marion Ross
Untamed Youth (1957) with Lori Nelson, John Russell, Lurene Tuttle, Yvonne Lime, and Eddie Cochran
The Girl in Black Stockings (1957) with Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, Marie Windsor, and Stuart Whitman
Jet Pilot (produced in 1950; released in 1957) with John Wayne, Janet Leigh, Jay C. Flippen, and Hans Conried
Star in the Dust (1956) with John Agar, Coleen Gray, Richard Boone, James Gleason, Randy Stuart, Harry Morgan, and Stafford Repp
Running Wild (1955) with William Campbell, John Saxon, and Keenan Wynn
Ain't Misbehavin' (1955) with Rory Calhoun, Piper Laurie, Jack Carson, and Barbara Britton
The Second Greatest Sex (1955) with George Nader, Jeanne Crain, and Keith Andes
Francis Joins the WACs (1954) with Donald O'Connor, Allison Hayes, Julie Adams, and Mara Corday
Yankee Pasha (1954) with Jeff Chandler, Rhonda Fleming, and Rex Reason
The All-American (1953) with Tony Curtis, Lori Nelson, Richard Long, and Stuart Whitman
Forbidden (1953) with Joanne Dru and Tony Curtis
Footlight Varieties (1951)
His Kind of Woman (1951) with Jane Russell and Robert Mitchum
Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)
TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Fantasy Island, episode The Stripper/The Boxer, originally aired February 10, 1979
Vega$, episode Serve, Volley and Kill, originally aired December 20, 1978
Mister Roberts, episode In Love and War, originally aired April 1, 1966
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed 711?, originally aired December 9, 1964
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, episode Exotic Housemother, originally aired December 9, 1964
Pantomime Quiz, episode Clint Walker vs. Mamie Van Doren, originally aired July 1, 1963
The Dick Powell Show, episode No Strings Attached, originally aired April 24, 1962
The Red Skelton Show, episode Clem and the Beanstalk, originally aired May 24, 1960
Alcoa Theatre, episode Girls About Town, originally aired November 2, 1959
The Bob Cummings Show, episode Bob Meets Mamie Van Doren, originally aired February 3, 1959
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