If you hang around The Underworld much, you know that I have a fondness for tangle examples of TV & movie stars; things like pin-ups, comic book covers, trading cards and so on. Today's Fun Find is part of a deck of playing cards from the early-to-mid-1960s, presumably of Dutch origin. To be honest, there are more than a few of the people depicted on these cards who I did not know or had only heard mention of fleetingly, but it's neat to learn about different stars as I continue to work on this blog. The deck consisted mostly of film starlets and musical performers of that time, but amusingly the Jacks and Kings had male celebrities depicted on them. Sadly, I only have examples of 31 of the 52 cards, but if I am ever fortunate enough to come across any more, I'll add them in. I've divided them into suits, listed numerically. Oh, to be able to play a real game of cards with these!
First up is a singer-dancer named Germaine Damar. Born in Luxembourg, she and her family fled to Paris during WWII and later she embarked on an international career including quite a few European films. Having enjoyed success in Argentina, she eventually moved there where she met an American who became her husband and they moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She retired from show biz, had a son and is still alive today in her mid-eighties.
here as well as sprinkled throughout The Underworld!
Oliver Reed and Devil Doll (1964.) She also worked alongside Ann-Margret (in The Swinger, 1966) and Elvis Presley (Double Trouble, 1967.) Since 1958, she's been the wife of lyricist Leslie Bricusse and they have a son together, though they have been separated for much of the time.
Brett Halsey. Life with him led to her appearing on American TV series like Columbo and Marcus Welby,M.D., though she also worked in Clint Eastwood's The Eiger Sanction (1975.) She and Halsey divorced in 1976 and she, already a cancer survivor, was felled by the disease when it came back a second time in 1991. She died at only age forty-nine back home in Bavaria.
Linda Evans were popping up in the same places! Joan can take heart that her playing card offered a far more flattering portrait than this one of Miss Evans. The two would lock horns on-screen in Dynasty from 1981-1989, occasionally in catfights which Evans enjoyed a lot more than Collins (who preferred to fight with her tongue) did. Evans is now seventy-one and hasn't worked as an actress on-screen since 1997.
Marlon Brando, which led to a relationship with him, a ten-year marriage and two children. Brando rarely saw her or the children, though, and the second one, Cheyenne, grew up to be a considerably troubled young lady with everything from a damaging car accident to murder to schizophrenia to, ultimately, suicide at age twenty-five, coming into play. The suicide took place in the home of her mother Tarita, who is still alive today at seventy-two.
Stephen Boyd. You can read all about Mr. Boyd right here. Way back in 2010, I had used a card just like this within his tribute!