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Also Known As: Joan Lucille Olander, Joan Olander Died:
Born: February 6, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rowena, South Dakota, USA Profession: actor, singer, secretary

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Full-figured, hard-edged leading lady of the late 1950s and early 60s who, next to Jayne Mansfield, was one of the best known of the Marilyn Monroe imitators to emerge at that time. Van Doren, however, was not cast primarily in comedies like the more successful Mansfield; instead, she primarily appeared in schlocky "B" melodramas like "Guns, Girls, and Gangsters" (1958), "The Beat Generation" (1959), and "The Navy vs. the Night Monsters" (1966) and exploitation films like "High School Confidential" (1958), "Sex Kittens Go the College" (1960). Van Doren's minor cult status was acknowledged in 1994's "Pulp Fiction", in which a character named "Mamie Van Doren" was played by Lorelei Leslie.

Full-figured, hard-edged leading lady of the late 1950s and early 60s who, next to Jayne Mansfield, was one of the best known of the Marilyn Monroe imitators to emerge at that time. Van Doren, however, was not cast primarily in comedies like the more successful Mansfield; instead, she primarily appeared in schlocky "B" melodramas like "Guns, Girls, and Gangsters" (1958), "The Beat Generation" (1959), and "The Navy vs. the Night Monsters" (1966) and exploitation films like "High School Confidential" (1958), "Sex Kittens Go the College" (1960). Van Doren's minor cult status was acknowledged in 1994's "Pulp Fiction", in which a character named "Mamie Van Doren" was played by Lorelei Leslie.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Slackers (2002) Mrs Van Graaf
3.
 Free Ride (1986) Debbie Stockwell
4.
 You've Got To Be Smart (1967) Miss Hathaway
5.
 The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966) Lieut. Nora Hall
6.
 Las Vegas Hillbillys (1966) Boots
7.
 Three Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964) Saxie Symbol
8.
 The Candidate (1964) Samantha Ashley
9.
 The Private Lives of Adam & Eve (1961) Evie Simms/Eve
10.
 Vice Raid (1960) Carol Hudson
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1950:
Played a small role in the Howard Hughes-Joseph von Sternberg debacle, "Jet Pilot", starring John Wayne and Janet Leigh; film was not released until 1957
1951:
Initial film released, "His Kind of Woman"; billed as Joan Olander
1955:
Played first female lead in a film, "Running Wild"
1956:
First worked with producer (and sometime director) Albert Zugsmith, "Star in the Dust"
1960:
Played Maybelle Perkins on the CBS comedy special (and series pilot), "Meet the Girls: The Shape, The Face and the Brain"
1967:
Among last leading roles in features was her part in "You've Got to Be Smart"
1986:
Returned to features after nearly 20 years to play a supporting role in the teen comedy, "Free Ride"
1987:
Played the role of Minnie on the HBO five-part comedy-adventure series, "Glory Years"
2002:
Made cameo appearance (including doffing her top) in "Slackers"
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Education

Los Angeles High School: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

She has an official Web site at www.mamievandoren.com

"I never screwed around during a movie. It was always afterward. At least I'd try to wait until afterwards."---Mamie Van Doren to Los Angeles Magazine, November 2004.

"I think the term bombshell comes from the bullet bra that I created when I was at Universal. My breasts are a mile wide, I am a 34 with a triple F cup. What I wanted was a bra to wear under a turtleneck sweater that would point the nipples out because I thought that it would be hot looking. Universal made only one and lined it with satin. That was the bullet bra.."---Mamie Van Doren to Los Angeles Magazine, November 2004.

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companion:
Bo Belinsky. Professional baseball player. Born on December 7, 1936; was engaged briefly in the 1960s; died on November 23, 2001.
husband:
Ray Anthony. Bandleader.

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son:
Perry Anthony.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Playing the Field" G.P. Putnam's Sons

Contributions

Holz ( 2008-04-22 )

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Was discovered by famed producer Howard Hughes the night she was crowned Miss Palm Springs. He dated her for five years and launched her career by placing her in a few RKO films.

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