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Overview (3)

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Died in Los Angeles County, California, USA  (cancer)
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Mini Bio (1)

She was your typical B-movie drive-in bad girl - sometimes blonde, sometimes brunette, always bodacious. A tease, a taunter and a temptress throughout most her career, Fay Spain was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1932. She headed to New York where she initially found summer stock work and a bit of television exposure. One of her earliest TV appearances was not as an actress but as a contestant on the TV game show You Bet Your Life (1950) starring Groucho Marx. By 1956, this fetching starlet was winning episodic roles on the more popular shows of the day, including Perry Mason (1957), Cheyenne (1955) and Gunsmoke (1955). She was also gaining notice on the covers of magazines. This cheesecake attention led directly to her juvenile delinquent debut in Dragstrip Girl (1957) with John Ashley and Steven Terrell, where she immediately established herself as the party girl boys are willing to race cars and fight over. Other equally cheap-jack films followed with Teenage Doll (1957), The Crooked Circle (1957), and The Abductors (1957). Fay made an aggressive move into higher quality films with Erskine Caldwell's best-seller God's Little Acre (1958), where she played "Darlin' Jill", another amoral sexpot, and as Rod Steiger's moll in Al Capone (1959), but then it was right back to Grade Z level work with The Beat Generation (1959) co-starring Mamie Van Doren, The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960) in which she tempts Martin Milner with the old forbidden fruit routine, and a 1962 Italian spectacle as an evil queen trying to thwart the actions of Hercules. Although Fay made some efforts to return to TV work, her career was pretty much over by the mid-60s. One of her last roles was a bit part as a mafioso matriarch in The Godfather: Part II (1974). Fay died of cancer at age 50 in 1983.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (4)

Philip Fulmer Westbrook (30 January 1968 - 8 May 1983) ( her death)
Imo Ughini (8 August 1965 - 1966)
John Altoon (30 January 1959 - 1 March 1962) ( divorced)
John Falvo (1949 - 1954) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (9)

In the mid-fifties, she appeared on You Bet Your Life (1950) with Groucho Marx.
She was chosen as one of the "WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1956" by a group of veteran actors and actresses. The selecting group included Ginger Rogers.
Made her very first screen test with actor James Garner.
In October of 1963, producer Albert Zugsmith filed a $12,750,000 lawsuit, in Los Angeles, against Fay and ten others for allegedly libeling, slandering and harassing him, during the making of The Great Space Adventure (1963) in the Philippine Islands. The action names her and co-star George Nader as defendants, along with nine others described as newspaper columnists for Philippine newspapers and motion picture personnel. Among the allegations are charges that she and Nader conspired with other defendants and "maliciously" made statements resulting in various derogatory articles appearing in Manila newspapers.
Born Lona May Spain in Phoenix to R. C. Spain and Arminta Frances Cochran.
Won a scholarship to the University of Washington at age 16, but, by the end of her freshman year, headed for New York to pursue acting.
Son Jock was born in 1954, the product of her first marriage to actor/screenwriter John Falvo.
In the early days of her career, she was refused by Columbia pictures because she was not considered "photogenic enough".
In two of her most memorable roles, she's the wife or girlfriend of a mobster. In Al Capone she plays opposite Rod Steiger, and in The Godfather Part II she's the wife of Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg).

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