Cinema Retro writer Tom Lisanti is no stranger to fans of cult movies. He has written numerous volumes tracing the careers of character actors and sexy starlets. However, his latest book, Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood (McFarland, $39.95) is his most ambitious yet. The book is a treasure trove of interviews with and updates on the careers of second-tier sexy supporting actresses. We've often wondered what became of some of these starlets whose careers burned brightly but briefly - and now we know. In some cases, they simply retired to raise a family while others suffered more tragic fates. The book covers starlets from both film and TV series and includes fascinating insights about many of the actresses who appeared in our favorite spy films such as Beverly Adams (from the Matt Helm movie The Silencers) and Donna Michelle, Yvonne Craig and Thordis Brandt (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). The diverse number of actresses also includes Hammer horror star Victoria Vetri, sexy Paramount contract player Michele Carey, beach movie favorite Mary Hughes and dozens of others. There are a total of 75 glamour girls' careers covered.
Danica d'Hondt (left) keeps "poor" David McCallum at gunpoiint, along with her fellow villainesses Sharon Tate and Kathy Kersh in The Girls of Nazarone Affair segment of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Danica is one of many spy movie and TV actresses interviewed in Tom Lisanti's new book.
In the meantime, if you haven't checked out Tom Lisanti's popular web site that pays tribute to the films and stars of the 1960s, do so immediately by visiting www.sixtiescinema.com