At age 89, Mamie Van Doren is keen to inform all.
The actress, who was often known as one in all “The Three M’s” alongside Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield, has been holding busy writing the extremely anticipated follow-up to her titillating 1987 memoir “Playing the Field,” the place she detailed her adventures and sexual escapades as a star in Hollywood in the course of the ‘50s and ‘60s.
The blonde bombshell insisted there have been many extra tales left on the chopping room flooring — and this time, she’s gearing as much as launch them for followers, all whereas sharing her knowledge on getting older within the highlight.
Van Doren spoke to Fox Information about being acknowledged as a intercourse image, dealing with the casting sofa, and why she turned out a royal’s supply alongside the best way.
Fox Information: Wanting again, what do you consider has been the key behind your success in Hollywood?
Mamie Van Doren: I don’t know if it’s a secret, to be trustworthy. Consider it or not, I stepped away from doing lots of publicity. I’m not loopy about going out and looking for publicity. I moved out right here to Newport Seashore just because I didn’t prefer it in Hollywood. Your life is an excessive amount of of an open e-book up there. So I bought away.
Fox Information: What’s life like exterior of Hollywood?
Van Doren: I really like life. I bought away from all of the dangerous stuff that was occurring. This was across the ‘60s when I left. There were a lot of drugs. Marilyn died. Jayne died. A lot of my contemporaries were gone. I just thought it was time to leave Hollywood. It just wasn’t agreeing with me.
And I had a son. I wished to present him a greater life than Hollywood. And he bought keen on boats. I took a unique flip and a unique life-style from what I used to be used to. I stored a few of my mates. I didn’t have that many mates in Hollywood to start with. I draw back from going to events so a lot. I had stacks of invites and I simply by no means used them.
Fox Information: How does it really feel to nonetheless be acknowledged as a intercourse image?
Van Doren: Properly, being horny is good *laughs*. I like being horny. Hell, I like intercourse. I prefer it higher than rock ‘n’ roll. I used to be the primary to do rock ‘n’ roll on the massive display screen and that positively exudes lots of your intercourse enchantment. It comes from inside. You may’t study rock ‘n’ roll. You must be born with it. It’s gotta be pure.
I feel I used to be born with it. I definitely opened lots of doorways throughout a postwar time when issues have been very conservative. I used to be approach forward of my time. I didn’t know what the ladies’s motion was, however I used to be there residing it. And I’ve giant breasts. I’ve all the time had naturally giant breasts. That was generally a hindrance. However generally it wasn’t. I wasn’t going to be taking part in nun roles, that’s for certain.
Fox Information: Is it true that you simply have been found by Howard Hughes as a teen?
Van Doren: It’s true. I used to be about 16. I was Miss Palm Springs. He was within the viewers and I didn’t realize it. I quickly bought a name from the studio he owned. He wished to satisfy me. So I met him. I had two interviews to satisfy him. He didn’t present up the primary time. My mom advised me to not even go the second time. However I did go. And he put me on 4-5 films. I discovered the whole lot whereas I used to be there. I absorbed as a lot as I may as a result of I wished to be an actress. I used to be in a single film, “His Sort of Lady” with Jane Russell and Bob Mitchum. I used to be then capable of purchase my first automobile.
Fox Information: How tough was it to make your mark as a blonde bombshell on the identical time Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield have been stars?
Van Doren: I didn’t have a lot of a selection. Marilyn, I appreciated very a lot. I bought alongside together with her effective. I began going to her drama coach, Natasha Lytess. However she simply wasn’t proper for me. So I went to a different one… However I went together with it as a result of I actually didn’t have a lot of a selection. And it was all males that ran the whole lot. I don’t suppose I noticed one lady in command of something. So I don’t know – I simply managed to get it carried out and it appeared like I used to be capable of do it. Numerous women couldn’t. They might be on contract for six months after which disappear… However I used to be fortunate. And once I did “Untamed Youth,” that’s once I actually bought to be myself.
Fox Information: How did you deal with the casting sofa?
Van Doren: I’m the kind of person who if I don’t like somebody, I’m not going to mattress with them. I don’t care who they’re. I missed a few good roles due to it. However wanting again, I’m glad I didn’t do them… If some man mentioned to me, “I’ll put you in a film if you happen to do me” – I simply couldn’t do it. I labored my a– off to ensure the general public wished me in films — and so they did. So there have been all the time components for me. Subsequently, I didn’t must do all that crap. After which I turned unapproachable. They didn’t dare. You must put your self able the place you’re unapproachable. But when I wished to do it, I’ll do it.
Fox Information: Your love life is the who’s who of Hollywood. Inform us about your time with Frank Sinatra.
Van Doren: My husband Ray [Anthony] would document with Frank. So I met Frank via Ray. After which he went to see me once I was doing my nightclub act. After which proper after I separated from Ray, I bought a name from Frank. He wished to know if I might exit to dinner with him at some point. He didn’t waste any time making an attempt up to now me. So I dated him. He appreciated me loads. He fastened me lasagna on his Russian China. He went out of his approach for me. However I simply wasn’t into Frank Sinatra sexually. If I had been, he wouldn’t have gotten away. However I wasn’t. In order that was that.
Fox Information: What about James Dean?
Van Doren: He was only a trip on a motorbike. That’s all there may be to it.
Fox Information: And Johnny Carson?
Van Doren: I wasn’t in love with him. He was humorous. We’d watch his present at a lodge. We necked, screwed round. However it was onerous to get married to one thing like that. I wasn’t able to get remarried at the moment. I used to be too wild. I assume I used to be all the time wild. I used to be by no means happy with one man. I wanted I hadn’t been a lot like that. I used to be simply being pure. I used to be being me. And that bought me in hassle with the film business. We’re speaking concerning the ‘50s, kid. You didn’t do the issues I did then. After which alongside got here a lady named Madonna. She made a complete profession out of it.
Fox Information: You have been engaged to Jack Dempsey, however then broke it off. Why?
Van Doren: He was too outdated for me. I used to be solely 18. He was in his mid-50s. I bought my contract to Common and so they didn’t need me to go along with an outdated man. So, growth. Then they put me on a primary date with Rock Hudson. It sounded loads higher to them than Jack Dempsey. I imply, Jack was lots of enjoyable. He was an outdated fighter, however my God, he had a younger coronary heart. He knew everybody. And everybody cherished Jack Dempsey. He handled me fairly properly. However he was uneducated. And it simply didn’t final very lengthy.
Fox Information: What was your date like with Rock Hudson?
Van Doren: After I was beneath contract, I had no data of him being homosexual. I used to be solely beneath contract for 2 weeks when the publicity division known as me and mentioned I used to be occurring a date with Rock Hudson. And I used to be simply so nervous. The lady casually mentioned, “You don’t have to fret about him – he doesn’t go for women.” So we went out… We turned nice mates. I keep in mind him being actually right down to earth and only a good man. So when he turned sick, it was very devastating.
Fox Information: What about Prince Axel of Denmark?
Van Doren: Wow *laughs* you’re actually digging deep with that one. Properly, it may have gone additional, however it didn’t. I met him at Common when he have been visiting. I used to be doing a film on the time. We ended up having lunch collectively. No one even is aware of he was there. He requested me if I might be keen on coming to Denmark. I advised him I might be, relying on my work schedule.
I used to be doing one film after one other again then. At Common, you have been simply working on a regular basis. Then I used to be requested if I might come over in the course of the holidays, like Christmas. And earlier than it, the studio mentioned, “You’re doing a film now.” So I needed to say no. Properly, he despatched me one other invitation and I needed to say no to that one. That form of ended my relationship with Prince Axelrod.
Fox Information: What was your impression of Joan Crawford?
Van Doren: I keep in mind assembly her – she was a bit tipsy. And he or she was simply so pissed off at Marilyn who was exhibiting off [at a event] – she didn’t like that in any respect. She didn’t like the very fact that there have been so many new younger individuals arising in Hollywood. My actual title was Joan Olander – I used to be really named for Joan Crawford. She was my mom’s favourite.
I wasn’t anticipating to satisfy my namesake, who turned out to be fairly drunk *laughs*. And the best way she was so upset, I wouldn’t have dared to say I used to be named after her. However in a while, she was doing a film known as “Feminine on the Seashore.” She had a automobile and it had her title on the facet of it – JC. I bought to know her and I lastly advised her she was my namesake. She was very nice about it. I ended up being very pleasant together with her.
Fox Information: What’s your favourite reminiscence of Marilyn Monroe?
Van Doren: It’s unusual, however a few of my reminiscences of Marilyn are unhappy ones. When she wasn’t round individuals, she was unhappy. She was unhappy more often than not. However when she would exit, have just a few drinks, she turned Marilyn Monroe, the one everybody knew. She turned what she wished to be. However Marilyn anticipated an excessive amount of from herself. As she bought older, she wasn’t fairly as well-liked as she was. And I feel that basically upset her very a lot as a result of she had a lot consideration throughout these early years in Hollywood. She couldn’t do an excessive amount of again then with out everybody realizing. However as she entered her late 30s, issues weren’t as straightforward for her. She additionally had an issue with males. She couldn’t appear to hold on to them. A really unusual factor. She simply couldn’t dangle on to a person.
She had strained relationships. And he or she didn’t know very a lot besides the film enterprise… She wished to be a very good actress. She labored very onerous for that. However it didn’t come straightforward for her. It was onerous to just accept the truth that somebody would reject you. Her expectations have been approach past what actuality was like. She couldn’t settle for that. I don’t suppose she had the power to do this.
Fox Information: How a lot of an affect did entertaining the troops in Vietnam have on you?
Van Doren: That had a huge effect on me. That second lives with me each second of the day. I felt responsible I got here again really. I used to be confronted with guilt. I had goals of these troops. I may always remember their faces, the sounds I heard, the screams. How may you? That second will all the time be with me till I die. It’s onerous to think about the truth of what battle is basically like. However it hits you while you see all of these younger faces. A few of them didn’t even know why they have been there. I felt so badly for them.
I wished to satisfy each single one in all them. That have made me a greater particular person. It’s an important work I’ve carried out. I can nonetheless keep in mind them placing their arms round me, hugging me, wishing they might come again with me and crying. And these have been simply younger youngsters who didn’t know whether or not they have been going to stay via all of it. It made you recognize life. And I nonetheless hear from a few of them — my brothers and sisters. They’re all part of me.
Fox Information: What have you ever been as much as today?
Van Doren: I’m making an attempt to get my e-book written. I appear to be very gradual at that *laughs*. I began writing it 5 years in the past and I’m nonetheless writing it. However I feel once I end it should prove OK hopefully *laughs*. However it needs to be popping out not too removed from now.
Fox Information: What sort of e-book can readers anticipate?
Van Doren: I wrote my first e-book in 1987. It was known as “Taking part in the Subject.” However loads has occurred between 1987 and 2020. So now I’m writing about what it’s like getting older and appreciating life a bit extra as you go alongside, in addition to getting smarter as you grow old. There’s a lot to write down about. Numerous materials simply didn’t make it within the first e-book. My e-book writer was very conservative and lots of tales have been taken out. So I’m placing lots of these tales again in.