|Mamie Van Doren|
At the launch of her wine brand in 2007
|Born||Joan Lucille Olander
February 6, 1931 
Rowena, South Dakota
|Occupation||Actress, model, singer, nightclub performer|
|Spouse(s)||Jack Newman (1950â€“50)
Raymond “Ray Anthony” Antonini (1955â€“61)
Leroy “Lee” Raymond Meyers (1966â€“67)
Ross Augustus McClintock (1972â€“73)
Thomas Gordon Dixon (1979â€“present)
|Children||Perry Ray Anthony (b. 1956)|
I came to Hollywood determined to follow in Jean Harlow's footsteps, but I was determined not to die young. My hope was to endure. And endure I have.
I took my acting very seriously. I did over 40 films, and naturally, some of them were called B-movies because the woman was at the top of the billing. Women couldn't star in their own movies.
Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and I were so different from each other. I was doing very young movies, and Marilyn, who was ahead of me, was doing a lot of homogenized movies that weren't quite as wild as the ones I was doing. Jayne was more of a character of herself.
I never wanted to be a trophy wife. I wanted to make it on my own. I didn't want to depend on a man.
My best asset is my brain. Without my brain, I don't think the rest of me would be too hot.
I have never been a Marilyn Monroe wannabe. I have always been happy in my own skin!