The below photo exhibits a clearly overjoyed, captivated Marine doing the twist with American actress and sex icon Jayne Mansfield, at the U.S. Naval Station in Newfoundland, in 1961. Infamous for her especially provocative nature, this actress, singer and Playboy Playmate always knew exactly how to appeal to her many adoring fans, always leaving them wanting more.
While in the limelight, Mansfield was notorious for her many raunchy publicity stunts, included “alleged” wardrobe malfunctions. As such, it comes as no surprise that the starlet secured her sex-icon status almost immediately after getting her big break into the entertainment industry. While she tragically passed away in an automobile accident back in 1967, at the young age of 34, the talented Mansfield was still able to see a number of box-office successes.
The Troops All Here! Members of the TV Series “F Troop” (1965-67) Poses for a Group Shot
Below, the troop of the hit TV series, “F-Troop” smiles for the camera! A satirical sitcom that ran from 1965-1967, “F-Troop” took place in 1860s Fort Courage, a fictional U.S. Army outpost in Kansas. The show is centered on the stories of U.S. soldiers and Native Americans in the wild, wild west in 1860. Though not always historically accurate, preferring instead to create parodies on historical events, the bulk of this show’s humor was largely character-based and included many visual gag slapsticks and physical comedy bits.
Many times, the comedy even included “elements of burlesque,” with no shortage of visual gags. Several of these gags recurred on more than one occasion, one of these involving Corporal Argan’s (played by actor Larry Storch) tendency to discipline his Troopers by hitting them on the head with his hat. Another recurring joke on “F-Troop” is the classic case of the malfunctioning cannon.
Lucy and Viv: The Beatniks - The Lucy Show,1967
Photographed below is a still image of actresses Lucy and Viv, dressed up as beatniks in The Lucy Show, in 1967. In line with the usual, troublemaking antics of these quirky besties throughout the show, in this particular episode, Viv flies to California to visit Lucy to admit to her that she is looking for a young college student from her hometown, whom she believes has fallen into the “no-good beatnik crowd.” To help the student, Lucy and Viv decide to disguise themselves as hippies, in order to “track the youth down.”
Believe it or not, despite Ball and Vance’s strong chemistry on the show, upon first meeting, the two didn't immediately hit it off as friends. In fact, Ball almost chose not to cast Vance on “I Love Lucy,” as Ball initially desired an older, frumpier actress to play the role of her neighbor on the show. However, Desi Arnaz believed in Vance and her exceptional work on stage and convinced Lucy that she was in fact the right actress for the job. As a result, the match turned out to be a huge success.
The Carpenters: Musical Sibling Duo Karen and Richard Carpenter at a Softball Tournament,1973
The below photo captures a shot of famed vocal duo Karen and Richard Carpenter, taken at a softball tournament in 1973. These iconic siblings first rose to fame after forming their vocal and instrumental duo, the “Carpenters.” In 1969, the two signed on with A&M Records, and the rest is history. These musical siblings are most known for their distinct, soft style of music. The following year, their hit singles “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun” were both major successes.
Though less than 10 years after releasing more than a dozen hit records with her brother Richard, Karen Carpenter would pass away from heart failure, a complication caused by anorexia nervosa at the young age of 32. Despite her passing, the Carpenters' legacy still lives on to this day. Today, more than half a dozen websites are devoted entirely to the life and career of Karen. Additionally, there are more than a few Carpenters tribute bands that tour in America, and across the U.K.
The Pretenders, 1978
Pictured below is a 1978 group shot of the original members of the legendary English-American rock band, The Pretenders. Formed in 1978, the band was composed of bass guitarist Pete Farndon, lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and rhythm guitarist Chrissie Hynde, keyboardist and lead guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and drummer and percussionist Martin Chambers. Throughout the longstanding history of this band, Hynde stood as the only consistent member of The Pretenders.
During her time as a member, Hynde would also work on a number of her own side projects, and collaborated with a long list of musicians, including Frank Sinatra, Cher, and UB40. In 2005, Hynde and The Pretenders were formally recognized for their talent and success with their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite Honeyman-Scott’s passing in the early 1980s, during the height of the band’s success, today Hynde and Chambers still perform as members of The Pretenders.