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Mamie Van Doren

At the launch of her wine brand in 2007
Born Joan Lucille Olander
(1931-02-06) February 6, 1931 (age 85)[1]
Rowena, South Dakota
Occupation Actress, model, singer, nightclub performer
Years active 1951–present
Spouse(s) Jack Newman (1950–50)
Raymond “Ray Anthony” Antonini (1955–61)
Leroy “Lee” Raymond Meyers (1966–67)
Ross Augustus McClintock (1972–73)
Thomas Gordon Dixon (1979–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.
Mamie Van Doren
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.
Mamie Van Doren
It is possible that blondes also prefer gentlemen.
I didn't feel like I was meant to be a nurse or a secretary.
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.
Mamie Van Doren
I studied really hard. But Hollywood never appreciated my talent.
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.
Mamie Van Doren
My best asset is my brain. Without my brain, I don't think the rest of me would be too hot.
Mamie Van Doren
I have never been a Marilyn Monroe wannabe. I have always been happy in my own skin!
Mamie Van Doren