Queen of Schlock! The B Movies Queens: Mamie Van Doren

Today I discovered that the still sassy and sexy Mamie Van Doren has a Twitter account! That news isn’t the entire blog post, not to worry, though, that revelation is quite a lot! At 90 years old she is still making sure her name is out there. I absolutely love that! How did I discover this? I was googling her, to read up so I could write a blog post about her. We recently watched High School Confidential and the moment I saw she was in the movie, my love of her was sparked again.

If you haven’t seen High School Confidential, I highly… recommend it. The movies is a PSA against smoking pot and taking other drugs in that typical 1950s paranoia, however, the movie itself is really well done AND IT ALSO HAS MAMIE VAN DOREN! (I will include the movie below)

Mamie Van Doren was born February 6, 1931 (in the US) and was originally named Joan Lucille Olander. She covered the entertainment spectrum and was an actress, model, singer, show girl, theatre actress and all around sex symbol. Mamie was not only known for playing edgy women in the movies, she was even more well known for her relationships with some very well known celebrities including being engaged to heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey, and dating Howard Hughes (who claimed to have discovered Mamie when she was crowned Miss Palm Springs). Hughes launched her career by placing her in several RKO films.

Name Trivia: On January 20, 1953, Van Doren signed a contract with Universal Studios. They had big plans for her, hoping she would bring the same kind of success that 20th Century Fox had with Marilyn Monroe. Van Doren, whose signing day coincided with the inauguration of President Eisenhower, was given the first name Mamie for Ike’s wife, Mamie Eisenhower. Other Van Dorens, who were unrelated to Mamie, were a prominent and noted family of American intellectuals; these Van Dorens included two Pulitzer Prize-winning brothers, Carl (biographer) and Mark (poet), and Mark’s wife Dorothy, an academic and historian. {source Wikipedia}

Of course we are here for her movies!

Untamed Youth (1957)

Gun, Girls & Gangsters (1959)

High School Confidential (1958)

Each month I run a b-movie night called Killer B Cinema. Join Lizzie Violet & Zoltan Du Lac for a monthly evening of b-moves from the 1950s to 1990s! Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

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