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"Beauties of the Beverly Hillbillies" Entry For This Actress!
Born: November 13, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois,
Cause of Death:
Height: 5' 6"
Information is rare on Ms. Gaba. If you
anything, please CONTACT ME.
From what I gather, she became a Chicago model in her early
years. In 1957 she was crowned Miss Illinois and won a trip to
Hollywood where she started dating legendary musician Ricky
Nelson. Cool! He tried to talk her into an affair with
him. Later, in July of that year, she entered the Miss Universe
contest at Long Beach and was one of the 15 finalists. Not too
bad. Sometime after this she became acquainted with the mature
star of a popular TV cowboy series when she and two other Miss Universe
contestants posed with him for publicity pictures. I don't know
who this guy was. She then moved in with her aunt and uncle in
West Hollywood. Dressed like a sexpot, one of Hollywood's most
respected producers made a pass at her during an interview. I
don't know who this guy was, either.
In April of 1958 she dated Ricky Nelson, but he
didn't take her to the premiere of "Peyton Place." On the 4th of
July, she met the cowboy star again in a parade in her native
Chicago. With the consent of her folks, she dated him back in
Hollywood where he tried to talk her into spending the night at his
place. Then in September of 1959 she made what is perhaps her
most famous accomplishment: Playboy Magazine's Playmate of the
Month. Not too shabby at all! Around this time, she also
wrote a gossip column for "TV and Movie Screen" magazine.
Sometime after that, she dated a recently divorced orchestra leader at
the Beverly Gourmet. Then in December of 1959 she is announced to
appear in the upcoming "Lil Abner" film.
Her hobbies were many, but tennis, judo, archery,
and gardening were among them. Long before her Playmate stint,
Marianne was already a familiar face on magazine covers across the
U.S.A...especially the romance and movie fan publications.
She did a handful of TV shows and movies, but
generally stuck to the fun shows like "77 Sunset Strip", "The Beverly
Hillbillies" and movies "Missile to the Moon", "How to Stuff a Wild
Bikini", and "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" as a robot.
Basically, beach party and sci-fi B-movies...which are actually among
the best types of films the 1960s had to offer. Good for