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Gail Gerber, Actress in Elvis, Beach Films, Dies at 76

Actress-dancer Gail Gerber, a vivacious blonde with a shapely figure and a flair for comedy remembered most for her appearances in a few beach and Elvis films during the mid-’60s, died from complications of lung cancer in Sharon, Conn., on March 2. She was 76.

A Canadian, Gerber moved to Hollywood after in 1963 and quickly snagged the lead role in the play “Under the Yum Yum Tree.” She also appeared on TV series including “My Three Sons,” “Perry Mason” and “Wagon Train.” She made her film debut in “The Girls on the Beach” (1965), co-starring the Beach Boys, before her agent suggested she change her name and, as Gail Gilmore, she went on to appear opposite Elvis Presley in “Girl Happy” (1965) and “Harum Scarum” (1965). She then returned to the sands of Malibu to co-star with Edd “Kookie” Byrnes in “Beach Ball” (1965) before growing to gigantic proportions along with five other delinquent teenagers,
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Gail Gerber, Actress in Elvis, Beach Films, Dies at 76

Actress-dancer Gail Gerber, a vivacious blonde with a shapely figure and a flair for comedy remembered most for her appearances in a few beach and Elvis films during the mid-’60s, died from complications of lung cancer in Sharon, Conn., on March 2. She was 76.

A Canadian, Gerber moved to Hollywood after in 1963 and quickly snagged the lead role in the play “Under the Yum Yum Tree.” She also appeared on TV series including “My Three Sons,” “Perry Mason” and “Wagon Train.” She made her film debut in “The Girls on the Beach” (1965), co-starring the Beach Boys, before her agent suggested she change her name and, as Gail Gilmore, she went on to appear opposite Elvis Presley in “Girl Happy” (1965) and “Harum Scarum” (1965). She then returned to the sands of Malibu to co-star with Edd “Kookie” Byrnes in “Beach Ball” (1965) before growing to gigantic proportions along with five other delinquent teenagers,
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Gail Gerber, ‘60s Elvis And Beach Movie Starlet, Dead At Age 76

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By Tom Lisanti

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Gail Gerber passed away on March 2, 2014 due to complications from lung cancer. Gerber was born on October 4, 1937 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and began studying ballet at age seven. Extremely talented, at fifteen she became the youngest member of Les Grandes Ballets Canadiennes in Montreal. Quitting the ballet troupe in the late 1950s and abandoning a husband who was a jazz musician, she moved to Toronto to work as an actress. She appeared on stage and in many live CBC television dramas. As part of the act of legendary vaudeville entertainers Smith and Dale (who were the basis for The Sunshine Boys), she appeared on The Wayne and Schuster Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. Moving to Hollywood in 1963, the talented blonde with a flair for comedy quickly snagged the lead role in the play Under the Yum Yum Tree
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America's Bad Kids: Don Edmonds Tribute With Sid Haig!

In this very special episode of America's Bad Kids, host John Torrani meets up again with actor Sid Haig to pay tribute to the late, great Don Edmonds. Sid tells the story of how he met Don way back in 1965 while the two were working on a film called Beach Ball & also updates us his new project with Jack Hill. You can also check out Episode 4 of America's Bad Kids, which featured an exploitation breakfast with Don Edmonds, Dyanne Thorn (Ilsa herself), Sid Haig and Jack Hill at This link.
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Gail Gerber Reading In New York City May 5

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Former '60s starlet Gail Gerber who co-starred in such movies as Girl Happy, Beach Ball, and Village of the Giants  will be the special guest at the Darinka Prose & Poetry Reunion this Tuesday May 5th at Dixon Place in New York City's East Village.  She will be reading passages about meeting writer Terry Southern on the set ofThe Loved One  and about why Rip Torn did not make it into Easy Rider  from her upcoming memoirTrippin' with Terry Southern: What I Think I Remember .  Click here http://www.dixonplace.org/index2.html for more details.   Web site: www.sixtiescinema.com  
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Real Or Imagined: Homoeroticism In 60S Beach Movies

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By Tom Lisanti

To get in a warm weather mood with summer not approaching fast enough, here is a look at Hollywood surf movies from a different and albeit biased perspective. Gay men are always looking for gay subtext in movies and TV, and I am no exception. Am I reading more into these films? Probably—but it was sure a lot of fun doing the research.

The Sixties beach movie craze began with Gidget (1959) starring Sandra Dee and James Darren, a fictionalized look at teenager Kathy Kohner’s surfing escapades in Malibu during the mid-Fifties. It was groundbreaking as the movie contributed to the mass dissention of surfers on the beaches of Malibu and started a series of surf-theme films such as Gidget Goes Hawaiian and Ride the Wild Surf. The surf movie soon morphed into the beach-party film, whose heyday was from 1963 through 1965, where surfing was only used
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