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National Bikini Day Salutes Hollywood, From Raquel Welch to Judi Dench

National Bikini Day Salutes Hollywood, From Raquel Welch to Judi Dench
It’s National Bikini Day on July 5, celebrating Louis Reard’s 1946 invention of the swimwear (of course it would be in France!). The swimsuit wasn’t an immediate hit, though, due to 1940s standards of modesty. But pop culture helped bring it to the masses, thanks to such early-1960s icons as Brigitte Bardot, Ursula Andress, and Raquel Welch.

In 1960, the novelty song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini,” sung by Brian Hyland, became a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and the record company said bikini sales boomed as a result. And in 1962, Andress emerged from the water in the James Bond “Dr. No,” while Bardot appeared in “A Very Private Affair,” both in small white two-piece suits. And nothing was the same after that.

In 1964, American International Pictures released “Bikini Beach,” the third of its “Beach Party” movies starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. “Bikini Beach” featured surfers, bikers,
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National Bikini Day Salutes Hollywood, From Raquel Welch to Judi Dench

National Bikini Day Salutes Hollywood, From Raquel Welch to Judi Dench
It’s National Bikini Day on July 5, celebrating Louis Reard’s 1946 invention of the swimwear (of course it would be in France!). The swimsuit wasn’t an immediate hit, though, due to 1940s standards of modesty. But pop culture helped bring it to the masses, thanks to such early-1960s icons as Brigitte Bardot, Ursula Andress, and Raquel Welch.

In 1960, the novelty song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini,” sung by Brian Hyland, became a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and the record company said bikini sales boomed as a result. And in 1962, Andress emerged from the water in the James Bond “Dr. No,” while Bardot appeared in “A Very Private Affair,” both in small white two-piece suits. And nothing was the same after that.

In 1964, American International Pictures released “Bikini Beach,” the third of its “Beach Party” movies starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. “Bikini Beach” featured surfers, bikers
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Quinn O’Hara Dies: ‘Ghost In The Invisible Bikini’ Actress Was 76

Quinn O’Hara, an actress who had uncredited roles in a string of Jerry Lewis comedies but is best remembered by beach movie aficionados for her appearance in 1966’s The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, died in Los Angeles yesterday. She was 76. Her death was announced on Facebook by her friend and page administrator Joel B. Gibson. Though her Ghost bikini wasn’t invisible, it certainly was small, and shiny. With her long red hair cascading over her shoulder, O’Hara…
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Quinn O’Hara Dies: ‘Ghost In The Invisible Bikini’ Actress Was 76

Quinn O’Hara Dies: ‘Ghost In The Invisible Bikini’ Actress Was 76
Quinn O’Hara, an actress who had uncredited roles in a string of Jerry Lewis comedies but is best remembered by beach movie aficionados for her appearance in 1966’s The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, died in Los Angeles yesterday. She was 76. Her death was announced on Facebook by her friend and page administrator Joel B. Gibson. Though her Ghost bikini wasn’t invisible, it certainly was small, and shiny. With her long red hair cascading over her shoulder, O’Hara…
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Quinn O’Hara, Star of ‘The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini,’ Dies at 76

Quinn O’Hara, Star of ‘The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini,’ Dies at 76
Scottish actress Quinn O’Hara, best known for starred in horror comedies like 1966’s “The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini,” has died at the age of 76. The news was revealed by Joel B. Gibson, a close friend of the actress and the administrator of her official Facebook group. “It is with profound sadness that I report the loss of my very dear friend Alice Jones Kirk, better known to you all as Quinn O’Hara,” Gibson said Friday. Also Read: Ed Sherin, 'Law & Order' Ep and Broadway Director, Dies at 87 She died in Los Angeles. O’Hara was born January 3, 1941 in Scotland,
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Quinn O’Hara, 'Ghost in the Invisible Bikini' Actress, Dies at 76

Quinn O’Hara, 'Ghost in the Invisible Bikini' Actress, Dies at 76
Quinn O'Hara, the Scottish-born sex kitten who starred in the 1960s movies A Swingin' Summer and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, has died. She was 76.

O’Hara had "multiple medical issues" and died Friday at her home in Los Angeles, her friend, Joel B. Gibson, told The Hollywood Reporter.

An attractive redhead, O’Hara also portrayed Jack Lemmon's sexy secretary in Good Neighbor Sam (1964), and Jerry Lewis employed her in three of his films: The Errand Boy (1961), her big-screen debut; Who’s Minding the Store? (1963); and The Patsy (1964).

O’Hara was one...
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Quinn O’Hara, 'Ghost in the Invisible Bikini' Actress, Dies at 76

Quinn O’Hara, 'Ghost in the Invisible Bikini' Actress, Dies at 76
Quinn O'Hara, the Scottish-born sex kitten who starred in the 1960s movies A Swingin' Summer and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, has died. She was 76.

O’Hara had "multiple medical issues" and died Friday at her home in Los Angeles, her friend, Joel B. Gibson, told The Hollywood Reporter.

An attractive redhead, O’Hara also portrayed Jack Lemmon's sexy secretary in Good Neighbor Sam (1964), and Jerry Lewis employed her in three of his films: The Errand Boy (1961), her big-screen debut; Who’s Minding the Store (1963); and The Patsy (1964).

O’Hara was one...
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Horror Highlights: Funko’s Power Rangers Collectibles, On Story Radio Show, Drifter, Comet TV’s January Guide

"It's morphin' time!" Funko has released a new line of Pop! vinyl figures and Pocket Pop! Keychains based on the upcoming Power Rangers movie! Also in today's Highlights: second season details for the On Story radio program, Drifter acquisition details, and Comet TV's January programming.

Funko's Power Rangers Collectibles Release Details / Images: From Funko: "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers

To celebrate the upcoming release of their all-new major motion picture, in theaters March 24th, 2017, the Power Rangers are getting fired up with Funko-fied fury!

Zack, Kimberly, Billy, Trini, and Jason are coming soon to Pop! Vinyl and Pocket Pop! Keychains!

You can also collect the villainous Rita Repulsa, available exclusively at Hot Topic!

This winter, it's morphin' time!

Available now!

Pop! Keychains: Power Rangers

Available now!"

Images via Funko:

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On Story Radio Show Second Season Details: Press Release: "Austin, Texas - January 4, 2017 - Austin Film Festival (Aff), also known as "The Writers Festival,
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Interview With John Grantham, Author Of "The World's Hardest Music Trivia: Rock N Roll History, Fun Facts And Behind The Scenes Stories About The Groups And Songs You Thought You Knew"

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A new book release just grabbed our attention that in many ways has both everything and nothing to do with cinema. The book is titled, The World’s Hardest Music Trivia: Rock n Roll History, Fun Facts and Behind the Scenes Stories About the Groups and Songs You Thought You Knew (Nautilus) but at 388 well-researched pages there is nothing trivial about it. The book is a fun read that not only covers rock 'n roll but also delves a bit into the realm of films, as well as providing interesting facts about eras gone by. Perhaps somewhat ironically its author, John Grantham, spent over 30 years in Hollywood in and around the movie industry as an actor, stuntman and voice over artist. Cinema Retro's Lee Pfeiffer caught up with him for a Q&A about his book which has a title longer than some nation's entire constitutions.

Cr – It should be
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Character actor Frank Alesia dies

Character actor Frank Alesia died of natural causes in Carlsbad, California on February 27th. He was 65 years old. Alesia was born Born in Chicago, Illinois and came to Hollywood in 1964 and first appeared in Bikini Beach from Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello films and Beach Blanket Bingo as well as the 1966 comedic horror The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. Other appearances include That Girl, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Room 222, The Flying Nun and The Odd Couple. Frank Alesia also served as a director on Captain Kangaroo as well as an executive consultant on Laverne and Shirley. He is survived by his wife Sharon, two children and his sister Lucille.
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Character actor Frank Alesia dies

Character actor Frank Alesia died of natural causes in Carlsbad, California on February 27th. He was 65 years old. Alesia was born Born in Chicago, Illinois and came to Hollywood in 1964 and first appeared in Bikini Beach from Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello films and Beach Blanket Bingo as well as the 1966 comedic horror The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. Other appearances include That Girl, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Room 222, The Flying Nun and The Odd Couple. Frank Alesia also served as a director on Captain Kangaroo as well as an executive consultant on Laverne and Shirley. He is survived by his wife Sharon, two children and his sister Lucille.
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9 Guilty Pleasure Beach Movies

The beach movie has come a long way from the days of Frankie & Annette, Gidget and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini.

On second thought, maybe it hasn't changed at all. They've always been about the same things: babes, beefcake, and trying to get laid without getting sand in your nether regions.

Of course, the beach films of yesteryear could only hint at it, but you knew that beneath the Aquanet and Brylcreem, those kids were waiting to sexually explode (in between having to dodge all those giant radioactive insects so prominent in that era).

The beach films of recent times don't have to hint at anything, and can be as blatantly sexual and nuded up as they want. And they don't have to tiptoe around the "love that dare not speak its name" either, although if you read between the lines of those 60's films, we were always there,
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Catching Up With Salli Sachse...Years After The Beach Party Ended

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Salli in Ski Party

by Tom Lisanti

I interviewed former 60s starlet Salli Sachse about 12 years ago for my first book Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema. Her name may not be familiar, but to fans of American International Pictures’ series of beach movies her face is easily recognizable. With her waist-long honey brown hair and adorable smile, Salli, literally plucked off the beach in San Diego, appeared in almost every beach party film beginning with Muscle Beach Party (1964) through The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) and everything else in between including Bikini Beach (1964), Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965).

Recalling her time with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, Salli remarked, "Frankie and Annette were very easy going and a pleasure to work with but they weren’t real beach people. Frankie was raised in Philadelphia so I don’t think he ever saw a surfboard in his life!
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