Mamie Van Doren: Age, Career, Marriages, Facts

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Mamie Van Doren

During her active days in Hollywood, Mamie Van Doren was a Queen of highlights. She kept bloggers busy as she trended headlines in her career and marriages. She was regarded as a sex symbol with loads of expectations which she did not live up to anyways. She has not been making appearances for some time now and people have been wondering if she is still alive. Here is every Mamie Van Doren detail you should know.

Mamie Van Doren: Age

Mamie Van Doren was born on February 6, 1931, as Joan Lucille Olander, on February 6, 1931, in Rowena, Dakota. She is the daughter of Warner Carl Olander and Lucille Harriet Bennet. Mamie is of Swedish, English, and German ancestry. There is no information about her siblings. In 1939, his parents moved the family to Sioux City, Iowa and later to Los Angeles during May 1942.

There is little or no information about her school days, however, in 1946, she worked as an usher at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, and a year later, she got a small part in a TV series. During the period she was flirting with adventure, she discovered her singing talent and sang with Ted Fio Rito’s band. She contested in several beauty pageants.

In 1949, she won the titles Miss Eight Ball and Miss Palm Springs and following her beauty and heavy endowment on her chest, so many men wanted to be with her. Mamie was soon discovered by producer Howard Hughes shortly after she was crowned Miss Palm Springs and Hughes helped in launching her acting career by getting her slots in several RKO Radio Pictures movies. The combined their working life with a romance and dated for years.

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Mamie Van Doren is 88 years old.

Mamie Van Doren: Career

The career success of Mamie Van Doren would be incomplete without mentioning Howard Hughes. Howard landed her her first movie taste and she played a role in the film “Jet Pilot” at RKO Radio Pictures. Howard continued to push her and introduced her to the who’s who in Hollywood as of then.

Such meetings provided Mamie the opportunity to work on the stage. She became a showgirl in New York City in Monte Proser’s nightclub version of “Billion Dollar Baby”. This opportunity made her be discovered by Songwriter Jimmy McHugh whose original plan was making her part of his music group. However, Jimmy decided she was too good for the chorus line and should have dramatic training. She was pushed to study drama with Ben Bard and Bliss-Hayden.

Her major career boost was when she signed a contract with Universal Studios on January 20, 1953. Universal Studios had the intention of using her as their cash cow just the same way hoped to bring the 20th Century Fox did with Marilyn Monroe. The day she signed with Universal Studios was the same day   President Eisenhower inaugurated.

Her acting journey with Universal started on a good note as she appeared in a minor role as a singer in “Forbidden” alongside Tony Curtis. Due to the charm she possesses, Universal then cast her in the film “The All American” alongside Tony Curtis again as she played her first major role as Susie Ward, a wayward girl who is the man-trap at a campus beer joint.

She made more movies with Universal Studios but she never lived up to the Marilyn Monroe hype. When Universal refused to renew her contract in 1959, she became a free agent and struggled to get TV roles. . In 1964, Tommy Noonan convinced Van Doren to appear in the film “3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt” she obliged and even posed for Playboy to promote the film.

Van Doren released her autobiography, Playing the Field in 1987 which brought much new attention and proved to be her biggest media takeover in over 25 years. Her last screen appearance was a role in the direct-to-video drama “The American Tetralogy” in 2013.


Mamie Van Doren has been married five times, but it’s not just about the numbers it is the fact that she proved Shakespeare right that happiness comes in odd numbers. In 1949, she married sportswear manufacturer Jack Newman; she divorced him later that same year. Her second marriage was to bandleader, composer, and actor Ray Anthony whom she married in 1955. They had one son, Perry Ray Anthony, born March 18, 1956. The couple divorced in 1961.

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When Mamie Van Doren’s early 1960s, highly publicized, on-again-off-again engagement to baseball player Bo Belinsky ended in 1964, she married baseball player Lee Meyers in 1966. They divorced in 1968. Her fourth marriage was to businessman Ross McClintock in 1972. They met while working on President Nixon’s re-election campaign; the marriage was annulled in 1973. Since 1979, she has been married to Thomas Dixon, an actor, and dentist.

Outside from being married five times, she acknowledged that she had numerous affairs with celebrities like Clark Gable, Howard Hughes, Johnny Carson, Elvis Presley, Burt Reynolds, Jack Dempsey, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Johnny Rivers, Robert Evans, Eddie Fisher, Warren Beatty, Tony Curtis, Steve Cochran, and Joe Namath. She also revealed that she was faithful to every one of them in the relationship.

Mamie Van Doren: Net worth, height, and other facts

Mamie Van Doren has a net worth of 10 million dollars. She stands at a height of 1.63 meters or 5 ft 4 inches. Her Bra size is 38DD. She weighs around 66kg or 146 pounds.

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