Actresses of the 50s and 60s

Posts Tagged ‘1960s’

Constance Towers in ‘The Naked Kiss’ 1964

In 1933, American on August 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Constance Towers: American actress born 1933, on screen continuously since 1952. “The Naked Kiss” has style to burn. It has been directed to a fare-thee-well by Samuel Fuller, one of the liveliest, most visual-minded and cinematically knowledgeable filmmakers now working in the low-budget Hollywood grist mill. And its subject is downright ridiculous. Patently absurd as the plot may be, Mr. Fuller has filmed it with flair, and he has drawn a richly amusing performance from Miss Towers. Eugene Archer, New York Times.

Elke Sommer feeds a dog a bone

In 1940, German on August 17, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Born in Berlin on Nov. 5, 1940, Elke Sommer, an only child, and her parents escaped the ravages of World War II by moving to the south of Germany; she later moved to England to work as an au pair and learn English. She now knows seven languages. Seattle PI.

Diana Rigg rides a horse

In 1938, British on August 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm

Diana Ring (born 1938). “Ever since I made a bit of a ruckus about getting paid less than the cameraman on The Avengers I’m portrayed as this tough broad, but I’m not.” The Guardian.

Marianne Faithfull and dalmatian dog

In 1946, British on August 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm

The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968.) Marianne Faithfull, an English rock ‘n’ roll singer with a sweet inexpressive face, puts on her helmet, visor, boots and fleece-lined, zippered leather jump suit, with nothing underneath, one morning, and decides to ride from Alsace to Heidelberg to visit a lover (Alain Delon), who gave her the motorbike as a wedding present. Renata Adler, The New York Times, November 28, 1968.

Diana Rigg sparkling over a bear

In 1938, British on August 16, 2017 at 11:50 am

In “The Avengers,” the leather-clad Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) was not there just to be kidnapped and rescued, although this did happen occasionally. She was a valued agent who played an active role in the investigations and action, often appearing smarter than Steed. Although the dialogue between the boss and his agent was light and flirty, there was never any suggestion of something more going on. While it is great that a show from the 60s was so ahead of the game in its portrayal of women, it’s also worth noting that the equality didn’t extend off-camera. Rigg soon discovered that, despite being the show’s main selling point, she was paid less than some of the technical crew. The Guardian.


Evie Sands holding a cat

In 1946, American, Uncategorized on August 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

Edie Sands (born 1946): American white-soul singer of the 1960s, one film credit: Joseph w. Sarno’s “Step Out of Your Mind” (1966)


Edwige Fenech holding a black cat

In 1948, American on August 15, 2017 at 11:19 am

Edwige Fenech: born in Edwige Sfenek 1948 in French Algeria to a Maltese father and Sicilian mother, acting in Italian movies in the 60s and 70s.

Lana Wood with a tiger

In 1946, American on August 15, 2017 at 11:14 am

Lana Wood born Svetlana Nikolaevna Gurdin, 1 March 1946, Santa Monica California. Younger sister of Natalie Wood, famous for the role of ‘Plenty O’Toole’ in James Bond’s Diamonds Are Forever (1971). The Girls on the Beach (1965), For Singles Only (1968). Read more on Beach Party Movies WordPress and Tumblr.

Ann-Margret with a kitten

In 1941, American on August 15, 2017 at 11:12 am

Ann-Margret (born 1941): her career has survived Kitten With a Whip (1964), alcoholism (sober since 1980) and co-starring in a movie with former footballer Joe Namath (C.C. and Company 1970).

Kim Novak with a tiger

In 1933, American on August 15, 2017 at 11:08 am

Kim Novak (born 1933) was the top box office star three years running in the ‘50s. Still, she is not usually mentioned in the same breath with the other major actresses of the period — Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner. She was not earthy like Gardner or icy like Kelly or Rubensesque like Monroe or raunchy like Jane Russell or perky like Doris Day. She was something that has gone out of fashion and even become suspect in an era of feminist strictures: she was the object of a voyeuristic male gaze. NY Times.