Larri Thomas in polka dots


Larri Thomas (1932 – 2013), an actress and dancer who did a striptease during the steamy opening title sequence of The Silencers, the first movie to star Dean Martin as counter-agent Matt Helm, has died. A leggy blonde, Thomas also appeared in such films as Road to Bali (1952), Million Dollar Mermaid (1952), House of Wax (1953), The Pajama Game (1957), South Pacific (1958), The Music Man (1962), Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), Frankie and Johnny (1966) and Earth Girls Are Easy (1988). She also served as a stand-in for Julie Andrews for physical scenes on Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965) and had bit parts in those films as well. In the erotic start to The Silencers (1966), Thomas follows a striptease by Mary Jane Mangler with one of her own, using a white feather boa rather effectively. Up next is Cyd Charisse, who preens as she lip-synchs the title song performed by Vikki Carr. Thomas danced on three Fred Astaire live TV specials beginning in the late 1940s and had roles on such series as Bachelor Father, Peter Gunn, Route 66, The Lucy Show and Coach and as Henrietta the Hippo on New Zoo Revue. Born Lida Thomas in Wayne, Pa., Thomas got her start doing TV commercials. The Hollywood Reporter.

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