Here, to mark her 73rd birthday, is more on Brenda Lee and 14 other stars who, for various reasons, are no longer in the limelight.
Only Elvis, Ray Charles and the Beatles had more hits than she did in the '60s. And the four-foot-nine singer known as Little Miss Dynamite hasn't fizzled.
Her father, Paul Collins, was a Hobie Cat executive, and her mother, Norma, was a make-up artist and hairdresser to Ann-Margret.Now 95, Day enjoys a "que sera sera" life in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., where she has adopted many pets and devotes herself to animal rights. (his father was the heavyweight champ portrayed in "The Cinderella Man") bought the rights to "Ode to Billy Joe" and turned it into a movie in 1976, five years after finishing his long run as Jethro on "The Beverly Hillbillies." He later got into the gambling business and in recent years planned to open a "Beverly Hillbillies"–theme hotel and casino in Nevada, complete with Jethro's All You Can Et Buffet. As Miss Purdy in Jerry Lewis' "The Nutty Professor" (1963), Stella Stevens established herself as a blond bombshell with a heart of gold.The former Playmate of the Month later opened an art gallery and bakery in rural Washington state. She had a long-term relationship with Bob Kulick, a guitarist on albums by Kiss, Meat Loaf and Lou Reed. 1 in July 1967, edging out the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love." Bobbie Gentry, who studied philosophy at UCLA, later settled in Los Angeles, where she avoided the public eye for more than three decades.The film also launched a bestselling poster for Derek in a swimsuit, and subsequently she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1980s.She was directed by husband John Derek in Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981), Bolero (1984) and Ghosts Can't Do It (1989), all of which received negative reviews.Jimmy Stewart proposed to her and Bette Davis was her best friend, but de Havilland feuded for decades with her sister, Joan Fontaine, who said: "I married first, won the Oscar before Olivia did, and if I die first, she'll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it! Stevens, who sold insurance in New Jersey, hadn't told her he'd been a child actor. She was great in "The Avengers," but will always be best remembered as Pussy Galore, the hot lesbian stunt pilot and judo expert in "Goldfinger" (1964).Although Honor Blackman flies under the radar in the U.Not that the original Polish Prince is unable to hold his own. They've been married since 1962, the year Vinton recorded "Roses Are Red (My Love)," his first single.The actor who played Gomez on "The Addams Family" was always a class act.As Miss Purdy in Jerry Lewis' "The Nutty Professor" (1963), Stella Stevens established herself as a blond bombshell with a heart of gold.The former Playmate of the Month later opened an art gallery and bakery in rural Washington state. She had a long-term relationship with Bob Kulick, a guitarist on albums by Kiss, Meat Loaf and Lou Reed."Little Miss Dynamite lived up to her nickname back in the early '60s, when the Beatles were her opening act, and several decades later she still does—even though you don't hear much about her.