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Hollywood Sex Symbol Reveals Her Affairs With Sinatra, Carson

Hollywood Sex Symbol Reveals Her Affairs With Sinatra, Carson
Mamie Van Doren in 2017 (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 28 February 2020 11:26 AM EST

Hollywood in the '50s and '60s was an era of the blonde bombshell. It was a time when Marilybn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Mamie Van Doren, known as "The Three M's," dominated the big screen, but little did they know how much things were about to change.

The death of Monroe shook the world, then drugs began to infiltrate the parties. It forced Van Doren to take a closer look at her life, which is why she decided to leave Hollywood.

Now the 89-year-old is opening up about walking away from show business, and the string of broken hearts she left behind.

"I got away from all the bad stuff that was going on," Van Doren told Fox News about her exit. "This was around the ‘60s when I left. There were a lot of drugs. Marilyn died. Jayne died. A lot of my contemporaries were gone. I just thought it was time to leave Hollywood. It just wasn’t agreeing with me."

Further motivating her decision was that she had a son, Perry Ray, to look after. He was just a child at the time and Van Doren said she wanted to give him a better life.

"I took a different turn and a different lifestyle from what I was used to. I kept some of my friends," she explained. "I didn’t have that many friends in Hollywood to begin with. I shy away from going to parties so much. I had stacks of invitations and I just never used them."

Van Doren may not have forged many friendships in Hollywood but she was romantically linked to several prominent stars, including Frank Sinatra, who she met through her ex-husband Ray Anthony.

Van Doren recalled how Sinatra would go to watch her perform at a nightclub. Then, when she separated from Anthony, he asked her out to dinner.

"He didn’t waste any time trying to date me. So I dated him," she said. "He liked me a lot. He fixed me lasagna on his Russian china. He went out of his way for me. But I just wasn’t into Frank Sinatra sexually. If I had been, he wouldn’t have gotten away. But I wasn’t. So that was that."

Another name on her list is Johnny Carson, who Van Doren said she "necked" with.

"But it was hard to get married to something like that," she said. "I wasn’t ready to get remarried at that time. I was too wild. I guess I was always wild. I was never satisfied with one man."

For a brief time Jack Dempsey also featured in Van Doren's life, but things did not work out for them either. Part of the reason was their age gap.

"He was too old for me. I was only 18. He was in his mid-50s," she said. "I got my contract to Universal and they didn’t want me to go with an old man. So, boom."

Aside from her active dating life, Van Doren did have a handful of friends during the 50s and 60s. Among them was Monroe, who was at the height of her career at the time.

Looking back, Van Doren said many of her memories of the iconic actress were sad ones.

"When she wasn’t around people, she was sad. She was sad most of the time. But when she would go out, have a few drinks, she became Marilyn Monroe, the one everyone knew. She became what she wanted to be," she said.

"But Marilyn expected too much from herself. As she got older, she wasn’t quite as popular as she used to be. And I think that really upset her very much because she had so much attention during those early years in Hollywood."

Van Doren chronicled her experiences in detail in her 1987 memoir, "Playing the Field." Now she is focusing on writing a follow-up book that details life after Hollywood.

"So now I’m writing about what it’s like getting older and appreciating life a little more as you go along, as well as getting smarter as you get older," she said.

"There’s so much to write about. A lot of material just didn’t make it in the first book. My book publisher was very conservative and a lot of stories were taken out. So I’m putting a lot of those stories back in."

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Hollywood in the 50s and 60s was an era of the blonde bombshell. It was a time when Marylin Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren, known as "The Three M's," dominated the big screen, but little did they know how much things were about to change.
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