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Born Ziva Shapir in Haifa, Palestine, on March 2, 1935 (some sources indicate her date of birth as March 22, and the year as 1933 and 1937), gorgeous Ziva Rodann was interested in the performing arts from a young age, study ballet and acting while she was a teenager. After an early first marriage, Rodann renewed her interest in acting and was signed to a contract with Universal-International in 1956. Universal didn't use the actress much, so after her contract lapsed, she signed with director Sam Fuller in 1957, who cast her in the western Forty Guns (1957; with Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, John Ericson, and Gene Barry). However, the alliance with Fuller went nowhere fast, so by the late 1950s, Rodann freelanced in a variety of films and made numerous guest appearances on such popular television programs as Death Valley Days and Perry Mason.

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Late 1950s cheesecake photos of Ziva Rodann. LEFT and CENTER: From Universal. RIGHT: From Paramount

Often, Ziva Rodann's personal life overshadowed her film career. She was romantically linked to a number of famous men in the 1950s and 1960s, including actor/producer Robert Evans and actors Gardner McKay, Lang Jeffries, and George Montgomery. Her film work dropped off considerably in the 1960s, taking just a few roles in such films as Samar (1962; with George Montgomery and Gilbert Roland) and 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964; with Mamie Van Doren and Tommy Noonan), yet her work on television flourished. Batman fans will recall Rodann as Queen Nefertiti during the show's first season.

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Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)

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Rodann as the Native American Catherine Morgan in the John Sturges western Last Train from Gun Hill, released by Paramount

Blood and Steel (1959)

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From the 20th Century Fox war film Blood and Steel

College Confidential (1960)

Jayne Meadows, Ziva Rodann, and Steve Allen

With Jayne Meadows and Steve Allen in Albert Zugsmith's teen torment drama College Confidential, released by Universal

Macumba Love (1960)

William Wellman Jr. and Ziva Rodann

With William Wellman Jr. in the voodoo themed adventure Macumba Love

The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960)

Toni Covington, Ziva Rodann, Mickey Rooney, and Theona Bryant

From Universal's campy comedy The Private Lives of Adam and Eve with Toni Covington, Mickey Rooney, and Theona Bryant

Samar (1962) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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Written and directed by George Montgomery, Samar stars George Montgomery as Dr. Saunders. LEFT: Nico Minardos and Ziva Rodann are pictured. RIGHT: With Joan O'Brien, George Montgomery, and Gilbert Roland

The Real McCoys (1957-1963 ABC/CBS TV series)

Walter Brennan and Ziva Rodann

With Walter Brennan in an episode of The Real McCoys titled Pepino's Inheritance, which originally aired on November 26, 1962

3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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LEFT: With Tommy Noonan and Mamie Van Doren in the low-budget comedy 3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt, a film which was directed by Tommy Noonan. RIGHT: With T.C. Jones

Alexander the Great (1968)

William Shatner and Ziva Rodann

From the made-for-TV movie Alexander the Great with William Shatner. This was filmed in 1964 but did not air until 1968

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Rodann's career came to a halt in the late 1960s, following her second marriage, when she retired to devote herself to home life. Following her second divorce, she remarried again in the late 1970s without much fanfare.

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TELEVISION
Perry Mason: 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD] DVD
Twelve of the series's best episodes--including "The Case of the Wary Wildcatter," "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee," "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank," "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe," and "The Case of the Final Fade-Out"--have been collected in this four-disc set. Also included is "Perry Mason Returns" (1985), the TV movie that finds the legal eagle (Raymond Burr), now a judge, stepping down from the bench to defend former secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale) when she's accused of murder. 12 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette; interviews; photo gallery; TV spots; screen tests; more.

FILM
The Pharaoh's Curse [DVD](1957) DVD
Look out, Mummy, this guy's got the Pharaoh's curse. An archeological expedition lands in Egypt and begins unearthing an ancient tomb. The members die thanks to the efforts of a strange Egyptian fellow who ages thousands of years. Mark Dana and Kurt Katch star. 66 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Teen Terror Collection [DVD] DVD
Three-disc boxed set includes "Teenage Doll," "Teenage Monster" and "Teenagers from Outer Space."
Classic Western Collection: The Outlaws [DVD] DVD
Four-disc set includes "Broken Lance," "The Proud Ones," "Forty Guns," and "The Culpepper Cattle Co."
Forty Guns [DVD](1957) DVD
Written and directed by Samuel Fuller ("Pickup on South Street"), this stunning western follows tough rancher Barbara Stanwyck as she rules over a small Arizona town with the help of 40 hired gunmen. After U.S. marshal Barry Sullivan and his two brothers arrive to bring order to the community, Stanwyck finds herself falling for the avowedly non-violent lawman--which leads to a dramatic confrontation. With Dean Jagger, John Ericson. 79 min. Standard and Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital stereo, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish.
The Story Of Mankind [DVD](1957) DVD
During a cosmic courtroom drama in which the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, the Devil (Vincent Price) and the Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman) argue about the nobility of the human race. Brought into evidence are the deeds of Nero (Peter Lorre), Joan of Arc (Hedy Lamarr), Queen Elizabeth I (Agnes Moorehead), Napoleon (Dennis Hopper), and many others. Director/co-writer Irwin Allen's wildly strange film co-stars Groucho, Harpo, and Chico Marx, Cedric Hardwicke, Virginia Mayo, John Carradine, and more. 100 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Elvis!: Lights! Camera! Elvis! Collection [DVD] DVD
Eight-disc set includes "King Creole," "G.I. Blues," "Blue Hawaii," "Girls! Girls! Girls!," "Fun in Acapulco," "Roustabout," "Paradise, Hawaiian Style," and "Easy Come, Easy Go."
The Story Of Ruth [DVD](1960) DVD
While not strictly based on the Biblical book, this affecting Hollywood religious drama movingly follows the title character's renouncement of her people's idolatry and her conversion to Judaism. Stuart Whitman, Tom Tryon, Peggy Wood, and Elana Eden as Ruth star. 131 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 4.0, Spanish Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish.
Gladiators And Ancient Warriors [DVD] DVD
This set of four classic actioners opens with heroic King Jason of Thessaly setting sail with his fellow Argonauts on a quest to find the Golden Fleece and save his country from the fiery wrath of Zeus in the rousing fantasy tale "Giants of Thessaly" (1960). Roland Casey, Massimo Girotti star. AKA: "The Argonauts." Next, a valiant gladiator leads a slave revolt against his Roman masters in "Sins of Rome" (1954), director Riccardo Freda's boisterous take on the Spartacus story that predated Kubrick's Hollywood version. Massimo Girotti, Gianna Marian Canale and Ludmilla Tcherina star. Also includes "Hercules" (1958) and "Hercules Unchained." 6 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital mono; biographies; photo gallery;
Sword And Sandal Double Feature DVD
Twin bill of classic actioners opens with heroic King Jason of Thessaly setting sail with his fellow Argonauts on a quest to find the Golden Fleece and save his country from the fiery wrath of Zeus in the rousing fantasy tale "Giants of Thessaly" (1960). Roland Casey, Massimo Girotti star. AKA: "The Argonauts." Next, a valiant gladiator leads a slave revolt against his Roman masters in "Sins of Rome" (1954), director Riccardo Freda's boisterous take on the Spartacus story that predated Kubrick's Hollywood version. Massimo Girotti, Gianna Marian Canale and Ludmilla Tcherina star. 163 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed); theatrical trailers. Dubbed in English.
Giants Of Thessaly [DVD](1960) DVD
Heroic King Jason of Thessaly sets sail with his fellow Argonauts on a quest to find the Golden Fleece and save his country from the fiery wrath of Zeus in this rousing action/fantasy tale. Roland Carey, Massimo Girotti star. AKA: "The Argonauts." 93 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English. Plays All Regions.
George Montgomery Action Adventure Collection [DVD] DVD
An outstanding adventure collection starring George Montgomery begins with "Samar" (1962), in which Montgomery and Gilbert Roland appear as two officials so appalled by the cruelties of their Philippine prison system that they lead the inmates to revolt and freedom. Ziva Rodann, Joan O'Brien also star. Next, Montgomery's unique war drama "Guerillas in Pink Lace" (1964) focuses on a group of showgirls stranded in the Philippines in 1941 at the height of the Japanese invasion. The women show off their military prowess after Montgomery helps train them to become top-notch fighters. With Joan Shawlee, Valerie Varda. Next, the two-fisted "Satan's Harvest" (1970) stars Montgomery as an American gumshoe who discovers that the estate he has inherited is being controlled by a group of ruthless dope-smugglers. Tippi Hedren, Matt Monro co-star. Two-disc set also includes "The Steel Claw." 6 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English; biographies; theatrical trailers; trivia.
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.

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filmography

FILM
Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall (1969) with George C. Scott, Maureen Stapleton, and John McGiver
Alexander the Great (1968) with William Shatner, Adam West, John Cassavetes, Joseph Cotten, and Simon Oakland
999 Aliza Mizrahi (1967)
3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964) with Mamie Van Doren, Tommy Noonan, Paul Gilbert, Alvy Moore, and Marjorie Bennett
Wild Living (1963) with Christian Marquand and Reggie Nalder
Samar (1962) with George Montgomery, Gilbert Roland, and Joan O'Brien
The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960) with Mickey Rooney, Mamie Van Doren, Fay Spain, Mel Torme, Martin Milner, Tuesday Weld, Cecil Kellaway, Paul Anka, and June Wilkinson
The Giants of Thessaly (1960) with Roland Carey
College Confidential (1960) with Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Mamie Van Doren, Rocky Marciano, Mickey Shaughnessy, Herbert Marshall, Conway Twitty, Pamela Mason, and Elisha Cook Jr.
Macumba Love (1960) with Walter Reed, William Wellman Jr., and June Wilkinson
The Story of Ruth (1960) with Stuart Whitman, Tom Tryon, Viveca Lindfors, Jeff Morrow, Les Tremayne, John Gabriel, and John Banner
Blood and Steel (1959) with John Lupton, Brett Halsey, and James Hong
The Big Operator (1959) with Mickey Rooney, Steve Cochran, Mamie Van Doren, Mel Torme, Ray Danton, Jim Backus, Ray Anthony, Jackie Coogan, Charles Chaplin Jr., and Vampira
Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) with Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones, Earl Holliman, and Brad Dexter
King Creole (1958) with Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dolores Hart, Dean Jagger, and Vic Morrow
The Story of Mankind (1957) with Ronald Colman, Hedy Lamarr, Groucho Marx, Virginia Mayo, Agnes Moorehead, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Cesar Romero, John Carradine, Dennis Hopper, and Marie Wilson
Forty Guns (1957) with Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger, John Ericson, Gene Barry, and Robert Dix
Teenage Doll (1957) with June Kenney, Fay Spain, Barboura Morris, Ed Nelson, and Bruno VeSota
The Tattered Dress (1957) with Jeff Chandler, Jeanne Crain, Jack Carson, Gail Russell, Elaine Stewart, George Tobias, Edward Andrews, and Edward Platt
The Pharaoh's Curse (1957) with Mark Dana
Courage of Black Beauty (1957) with Johnny Crawford, J. Pat O'Malley, and Russell Johnson

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Mr. Terrific, episode Stanley the Track Star, originally aired April 17, 1967
Batman, episode The Pharaoh's in a Rut, originally aired April 14, 1966
Batman, episode The Curse of Tut, originally aired April 13, 1966
Burke's Law, episode Or No Tomorrow, originally aired December 15, 1965
The Man from U.N.C.L.E., episode The Secret Sceptre Affair, originally aired February 8, 1965
Rawhide, episode The Book, originally aired January 8, 1965
The Third Man, episode Gold Napoleons, originally aired August 3, 1963
The Real McCoys, episode Pepino's Inheritance, originally aired November 26, 1962
The Beachcomber, episode The Two-Sided Triangle, originally aired October 23, 1962
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Glamorous Ghost, originally aired February 3, 1962
Hawaiian Eye, episode My Love But Lightly, originally aired January 31, 1962
The Bob Cummings Show, episode Always on Tuesday, originally aired November 16, 1961
The Dick Powell Show, episode Out of the Night, originally aired October 31, 1961
The Rifleman, episode The Vaqueros, originally aired October 2, 1961
Tales of Wells Fargo, episode Rifles for Red Hand, originally aired May 15, 1961
The Tab Hunter Show, episode The Invitation, originally aired April 30, 1961
Bonanza, episode The Fugitive, originally aired February 4, 1961
Have Gun - Will Travel, episode An International Affair, originally aired April 2, 1960
Death Valley Days, episode Forbidden Wedding, originally aired March 17, 1960
Not for Hire, episode The Deserter, originally aired November 27, 1959
World of Giants, episode The Smugglers, originally aired November 7, 1959
Mr. Lucky, episode The Magnificent Bribe, originally aired October 24, 1959
The D.A.'s Man, episode Bajour, originally aired May 23, 1959
The Third Man, episode As the Twig Is Bent, originally aired April 30, 1959
Behind Closed Doors, episode The Middle East Story, originally aired December 18, 1958
Man Without a Gun, episode Danger, originally aired March 10, 1958
The Adventures of Hiram Holliday, episode Dancing Mouse, originally aired December 12, 1956

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