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    • Mamie tried reviving her career with several lurid paperback biographies of her escapades, including
      (1961) My Naughty, Naughty Life.
      (1965) I Swing and My Wild Love Experiences.

    • Mamie turned down the lead role for the play Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and the part went to Jayne Mansfield, who also starred in the film version as well.

    • Mamie was often referred to in the press of the late 1950s as one of the "Three Ms," with the other two being Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.

    • Mamie recorded a number of songs released as singles, including:
      (1957) "Salamander," "Go, Go, Calypso," "Something To Dream About," and "I Fell In Love."
      (1959) "Nobody But You," "A Lifetime Of Love," "Beat Generation," and "I'm Grateful."
      (1964) (with June Wilkinson) "Bikini With No Top On The Top;" "So What Else Is New."
      (1966) "The Boy Catchers Theme;" "Cabaret."

    • Mamie admits to having a sexual encounter with Tony Curtis on the Spartacus (1960) set on her own website, as well as the details of that encounter.

    • Mamie is close friends with "Playboy" magazine publisher Hugh Hefner.

    • Mamie's favorite costume designer was famed designer Edith Head, who, when asked who had the best bodies in Hollywood to dress, replied "Jean Wallace and Mamie Van Doren."

    • Mamie served as a USO entertainer for the American troops stationed in Vietnam, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tokyo, and Bangkok, in 1968 and 1971.

    • Mamie was given her professional name by Universal Studios, Mamie being the name of the then President Eisenhower's wife, and Van Doren, because it sounded Dutch and made her sound more exotic.

    • Mamie was a showgirl in Monte Proser's nightclub version of "Billion Dollar Baby."

    • Mamie posed for the famed pin-up artist Alberto Vargas and his portrait of her was featured on the July 1951 issue of Esquire Magazine.

    • Mamie's first job was as an usher at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, in 1946.

    • Mamie had a tempestuous relationship with California Angels pitcher Bo Belinsky. Belinsky broke things off with her claiming that he needed Mamie "like Custer needed Indians."

    • Mamie once appeared as herself on an episode of L. A. Law.

    • Mamie has owned and operated an antiques/collectibles shop in Los Angeles for many years.

    • In her autobiography, Mamie even claimed she slept with notoriously gay actor Rock Hudson.

    • Mamie's measurements are 38DD-26-36 (after implants) according to Celebrity Sleuth magazine.

    • Mamie is 5 feet, 4 inches tall.

    • Mamie has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • (April 19, 2006) Mamie stated in the Orange County Register newspaper that her breasts were indeed natural and that she received no enhancements, contrary to earlier reports given about her having implants.

    • Mamie is a lifelong Democrat.

    • Mamie toured Vietnam for three months visiting and entertaining the troops in 1968 and 1970.

    • In 1964, Beatle George Harrison accidentally threw a drink on Mamie while trying to hit someone else. This incident occurred at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go nightclub in Los Angeles.

    • Mamie was known in the media as the "Poor Man's Jayne Mansfield."

    • In 1963, Mamie posed twice for Playboy in hopes of jump starting her career but she was never a Playmate.

    • In her autobiography, Playing the Field, Mamie claims to have had affairs with everyone from Clark Gable to Joe Namath.

    • On her website, Mamie claims she was once date raped by Dragnet star Jack Webb.

    • Mamie has one son, Perry Ray Anthony, with second husband Ray Anthony.

    • Mamie has been married five times;

      Jack Newman (1950)

      Ray Anthony (1955-61)

      Lee Meyers (1966-67)

      Ross McClintock (1972-73)

      Thomas Dixon (1979-present)

    • After appearing in only bit parts for RKO, Mamie left that studio in 1953 and signed with Universal who changed her name to Mamie Van Doren.

    • Mamie was discovered by Howard Hughes who signed her to a contract with RKO Studios in 1949.

    • In 1949, Mamie won the beauty contest titles of "Miss Eight Ball" and "Miss Palm Springs."

    • Mamie's family moved from Rowena, SD to Sioux City, Iowa in 1939 and then moved to Los Angeles three years later.

    • Mamie's real name is Joan Lucille Olander. Her mother named her after her favorite movie actress--Joan Crawford.

  • Quotes

    • Mamie: I don't wear panties anymore – this startles the Hollywood wolves so much they don't know what to pull at, so they leave me alone.

    • Mamie: There is a history of calamitous and violent deaths among the glamorous girls that boggles the mind and chills the blood, especially if you're one of the few survivors. As young women we were told that we were infinitely desirable and beautiful, only to discover that there was always someone coming up behind who was more desirable and beautiful. Our profession is perhaps the most competitive in the world. For, to be glamorous, to be beautiful, is to be doomed eventually to be disappointed.

    • Mamie: My best asset is my brain. Without my brain, I don't think the rest of me would be too hot.

    • Mamie: It is possible that blondes also prefer gentlemen.

    • Mamie: I came to Hollywood determined to follow in Jean Harlow's footsteps but I was determined not to die young. My hope was to endure. And endure I have.