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Mamie Van Doren

Here is the theme from "The Boy Catchers" performed in 1966 by the most glamorous Mamie Van Doren.
Born Joan Olander in a small farming community in South Dakota in 1931, Mamie Van Doren's family relocated to California in the early 1940's. 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 began to work as an actress, mainly in "B" films that allowed her to shine in highly dimensional roles that showcased her acting and singing talents. Of the three blonde bombshells of the 1950's (Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren), Van Doren had perhaps the widest acting range, excelling at playing bad girls. 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 only Van Doren has survived, because she didn't travel down the same road to destruction. By the mid 1960's, 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. In the 1980's, Van Doren renewed her career, taking on acting roles and hosting a videotape series called "Teenage Theater". Mamie said: «No one realized that I was a singer before I became an actress. They would rather watch me sing, but this was long before MTV.»
Now listen to her and enjoy!

And here is one of Mamie's performances (in Girls, Guns & Gangsters, 1959).

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Despite of not having a very successful career as a singer Mamie Van Doren became one of the most famous actresses of the moment.