Vixens of Vinyl, Celebrity Division



The vintage record bins continue to remind us that many a star of large screen and small started out answering anonymous modeling calls.

Above (from the “Celebrity Division” of our Vixens of Vinyl Gallery), those preparing the jacket for Miguel Lopez’s mid-’50s “Latin Favorites” album decided to use on the cover one of our favorite Latinas, Mary Tyler Moor-eno, who took time off from appearing as the tiny elf who danced atop various Hotpoint appliances in TV commercials aired during the 1950s series “Ozzie and Harriet.” (In 1961, of course, the 23-year-old dancer-turned-actress, who as early as 1957 had appeared as the legs of Richard Janssen’s secretary in early episodes of “Richard Diamond, Private Detective,” revealed her real name was actually “Laura Petrie.”)


A different teen-age model, Carolyn Lee (born 1942), was chosen for the cover of Joel Herron’s “the way you look tonight” entry in the vinyl cavalcade (above.) Before she could go on to guest-star on “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” in the 1960s and “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” in the 1970s, though, Carolyn was informed someone else had already reserved her name at the Screen Actor’s Guild. So the morning after she joined the union, Carolyn’s name had changed a bit, and she’s since been known as . . . ?

Finally, as for the young lady appearing on the jacket of Jack Costanza’s “Latin Fever” (below), no, we don’t know her name. But she’s still a star, in our book.


2 Comments to “Vixens of Vinyl, Celebrity Division”

  1. Rob Says:

    I believe the gal’s name is Carol Lynley

  2. Vin Says:

    Yes, we believe Rob is correct. By merely shifting one syllable, teen model Carolyn Lee (nee Carol Ann Jones, 1942) became the star of “Blue Denim,” “The Poseidon Adventure,” and of course the unforgettable “Return To Peyton Place” . . . Carol Lyn-ley. Ms. Jones-Lee-Lynley further graced the pages of Playboy in March, 1965 (which probably didn’t hurt ticket sales for the otherwise forgettable biopic “Harlow”), and of course will be remembered for her 1967 appearance in the two-part episode “The Prince of Darkness Affair” on “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”