Subject: Twenty Questions for
Mamie Van Doren
Questions by Bart - answers by
Ms Van Doren
1. Of all the men you dated, who was the most
Burt Reynolds was the most fun. I never
stopped laughing through the whole evening.
At the end of the night, however, when we got
right down to IT, he was, um, a big let down.
2. What was the most fun you ever had in one evening?
Outside of my husband, who has a highly developed
sense of humor--we always make each other laugh
--I think Jack Dempsey. I was a showgirl
in New York when I met and started dating Jack. I was eighteen
and he was in his fifties, but it was like he
was eighteen himself. He was very full of life and the most popular
man in New York and he liked 'em young.
We went to boxing matches and the best restaurants and all the
exciting events in the big city.
Mamie in New York
with the great Jack Dempsey
Age never mattered to me, even to this day. Also,
Bo Belinsky kept me laughing. We had, during our
short romance and engagement, tons and tons of
fun. For me a sense of humor is essential in a mate or date.
And, of course, sex appeal. I like laughing,
dirty jokes, and enjoying life. Serious guys turn me off
and I have found they are dull in bed.
3. Did you ever smoke pot with a famous musician?
Quincy Jones, Jim Morrison, and Johnny Rivers,
the last two at the old Whiskey a Go Go.
Mamie in May, 2007
4. Did you ever meet Judy Garland?
5. Was Jack Benny a nice guy? Was he really
Jack was not a cheapskate.
I did his television program and I was late for
the rehearsal because of traffic. He never forgave me.
He was very professional and serious about being
funny. He had just done a show with Marilyn, and I think
he expected me to be like her. I am VERY
unlike Marilyn. I never thought Jack Benny was that funny.
with Edward G. Robinson
6. Got any good Vegas stories you can share?
Oh, God. I have so many that I would love to share,
but many of the participants are still alive.
7. Tell us something about Mickey Hargitay.
Mickey was a wonderful father and a good friend.
I visited him and the kids shortly after Jane's death
in Biloxi, Mississippi. (She was taking
a job for me when she was killed.) I always liked Mickey and I think
he liked me.
Mamie with Tony Curtis and Mara Corday
8. What's the one question you wish somebody would
ask - but never does?
9. What's the one question you're most tired of
What was Marilyn like?
10. Please tell us a Clark Gable story.
on set of Teacher's Pet (1958) with Clark Gable
Gable put me in Teacher's Pet because he
saw me in the Warner Bros commissary. I didn't even know he
had seen me. I got a call from my agent
saying Gable wanted me to be in his next movie. I played a cute
little bimbo love interest. He was so old
by then that our scenes looked like a kidnapping. (ha
He told me that I reminded him of Carol Lombard.
He invited me to his dressing room for martinis and he
had my pictures pinned up on the walls.
I had a martini kiss (with mustache). Too bad he was married.
Pamela Anderson at the Vanity Fair party.
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