Born 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)

Mamie Van DorenTony Curtis and Mamie Van DorenRichard Long and Mamie Van Doren

From All American. LEFT: Beautiful still of Mamie Van Doren. CENTER: With Tony Curtis. RIGHT: With Richard Long

Yankee Pasha (1954)

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Campy promotional photo from Universal's Yankee Pasha

Ain't Misbehavin' (1955)

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From Ain't Misbehavin'

Star in the Dust (1956)

Mamie Van Doren and Leif Erickson

From the Universal-International westsern Star in the Dust with Leif Erickson

The Girl in Black Stockings (1957)

Mamie Van Doren, Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, and Marie Windsor

With Lex Barker, Anne Bancroft, and Marie Windsor in the film noir serial killer thriller The Girl in Black Stockings

Untamed Youth (1957)

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Publicity photo from Untamed Youth

Born Reckless (1958)

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Van Doren sings a number in the Warner Bros. western Born Reckless

High School Confidental! (1958)

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LEFT: From the B-movie-star-studded MGM release High School Confidential! RIGHT: With Russ Tamblyn

Teacher's Pet (1958)

Mamie Van Doren and Clark Gable

From Paramount's romantic comedy Teacher's Pet with Clark Gable

The Big Operator (1959)

Steve Cochran, Mamie Van Doren, and Mel Torme

From The Big Operator with Steve Cochran and Mel Torme

Girls Town (1959)

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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)

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As the troubled Vi Victor in Guns, Girls, and Gangsters. The photo on the right also features Gerald Mohr

College Confidential (1960)

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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)

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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

Sex Kittens Go to College (1960)

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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

3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964)

Tommy Noonan, Ziva Rodann, and Mamie Van Doren

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 Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966)

Anthony Eisley, Walter Sande, Mamie Van Doren, and Edward FaulknerAnthony Eisley, Phillip Terry, Mamie Van Doren, and Edward Faulkner

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

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While 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.

Bo Belinsky

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

In the 1980s, Van Doren renewed her career, taking on acting roles and hosting a videotape series for Rhino Home Video called Teenage Theater. In 1987 she published her autobiography, Playing the Field, an entertaining and highly recommended read. In the text she pulls no punches and even rates her lovers, including Warren Beatty, Steve Cochran, Eddie Fisher, Rock Hudson (!), Steve McQueen, Joe Namath, Burt Reynolds, and Johnny Rivers, to name a few. Unfortunately, Playing the Field is currently out of print. She has been married for more than 30 years to her current husband. Today, she's making waves with her fun and scandalous official web site. And she still looks terrific today.

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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)

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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Mamie Van Doren's offical website is truly something to see. There are many photos, old and new, of Mamie Van Doren, and her family and friends. Be sure to check out the autographed photos and other souvenirs available. (NOTE: THIS SITE APPEARS TO BE OFFLINE)

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Watch Mamie Van Doren's campy 1967 film Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women

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