Rams Game VIPS Id’ed
In your “Backstage Past” article about 1956 (July 2018), the gentleman at the Rams game is Rams’ master of ceremonies actor Paul Picerni. He’s known mostly for his role as Lee Hobson in the Untouchables, and he was also part of a large family of Hollywood stuntmen and women. Aaron Cox
Your archivist Thomas Voehringer was correct, the lady in question was Diana Dors (born Diana Fluck), known as the British Bombshell. After a rising career in England, she was put under contract by RKO Studios in Hollywood. She made two films for RKO, I Married a Woman, with George Gobel, and The Unholy Wife, with Rod Steiger. This was in 1956 and 1957. I would guess that the photo at the L.A. Memorial Stadium was taken at this time.
After her RKO contract expired, she bounced between Hollywood and Europe. On one of these bounces she worked for me in a Western I produced in Spain, Hannie Caulder, with Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, Ernest Borgnine, and Christopher Lee. Dors played a brothel owner. She was with us for six weeks and enchanted all of us with her great stories of Hollywood and beyond. She never took herself seriously, and quipped, “The figure was fabulous, but my face was never much, little eyes and lips like rubber tires. I did well because I was the first and only British blonde bombshell.”
The headshot of Dors Patrick sent us is dated 1957; the photo we ran in “Backstage Past” was taken in Aug. 1956.