|Donna Loren |
Donna Loren is probably not a household name unless you and your family are total nerds about 60's television programming and the brilliant movies produced by American International Pictures. A featured player in many of AIP's best, Donna Loren gave voice to the lovelorn, beach-bound "teens" of such cinematic wonders as Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, and Beach Blanket Bingo.
"Love's A Secret Weapon" - Donna Loren in Bikini Beach
"Among the Young" - Donna Loren in Pajama Party
"It Only Hurts When I Cry" - Donna Loren in Beach Blanket Bingo
To be perfectly honest, I did not have a lifelong dream of meeting Donna Loren. Then again, I never dreamt that I would get the chance to meet her. Those bashful doe eyes, that pert little nose, the plaintive voice - Donna Loren is a living dream. As boring as I think my life can be, I only have to review a month's worth of photographs to realize how very fortunate I am. One moment we're on a wacky whirlwind road trip and the next we're meeting a contemporary of Frankie & Annette!
I have said it before but for the sake of this photo, it bears repeating; I have never gone through
a "goth" phase; I'm just too goofy. For Donna, I could definitely change my ways...if'n there was
a horror hootenanny! Dig that crazy spider!
Saturday, April 13, 2013, marked the Los Angeles benefit for Norton Records (another victim of Hurricane Sandy). Organized by three Los Angeles-based music aficionados, DJ Howie Pyro, The Real Boss Hoss, and Deke Dickerson, the benefit show featured many incredible bands - The Phantom Surfers, The Go-Nuts, Untamed Youth, and Thee Cormans (ahem). As awesome as all of the acts were, the real highlight of the day-long concert was hearing Donna Loren. Never having had the chance to meet my dancing idol (and Loren's fellow AIP star) Candy Johnson, and coming on the heels of the inimitable Annette Funicello's passing, it was a real moment for me to see and to meet Donna.
|May I say that she looks INCREDIBLE!!!|
Unfortunately, my pictures didn't turn out well, but she was an absolute
stunner in a gold mini skirt that she made for herself in the 60's.
"Muscle Bustle" - Donna Loren backed by Deke Dickerson
Of course, the sound quality on my camera is weak
but I still had to share her performance with you.
"Muscle Bustle" - Donna Loren in Muscle Beach Party
Ms. Loren's acting credits extend far beyond the beach party movies. With regular and guest-starring roles on The Monkees, The Milton Berle Show, Batman, Dr. Kildare, Gomer Pyle: USMC, and others, she was a fixture of the 60's small screen as well. And now she is a fixture of our wacky tacky scrapbook!!!
|Our pal, Teresia, of The Mentalettes, Donna Loren, Mary, and Mr. Tiny|
Donna was gorgeous, gracious, and extremely generous for the .003 seconds that we
had to meet her and snap a quick photo. Understandably, there was a major line
forming to behind us to do the very same.
You know it is a pretty wonderful life when dreams you didn't even have are coming true! Thanks to the fellas for putting on a great show! And thanks to Donna for an incredible performance and some great memories!
Do you have a star encounter that would be a dream come true? Let us know; until then, we'll be doing the "Muscle Bustle."