Famous Enough: A Hollywood Memoir
Autobiography of the beautiful Diane McBain, perhaps best known for starring in the 1960-62 hit ABC-TV series, Surfside Six, and appearing opposite Elvis Presley in Spinout. More
Diane McBain is an American film and television actress who was born in Ohio, and raised in Glendale, California. She reached her peak of popularity as a Warner Bros. contract star during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
She is perhaps best known for starring in the 1960-62 hit ABC-TV series, Surfside Six, and appearing opposite Elvis Presley in Spinout. Her more than 25 feature films include Ice Palace, Parrish, Claudelle Inglish, Black Gold, The Caretakers, Mary Mary, A Distant Trumpet, and such cult classics as Maryjane, Thunder Alley, I Sailed to Tahiti With An All Girl Crew, and The Mini-Skirt Mob. She has guest-starred in dozens of television dramas, and numerous situation comedies, including such classics as Maverick, The Wild, Wild West, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. One of her most memorable television guest roles was on the original Batman series, playing “Pinky Pinkston.”
Miss McBain’s personal and professional travels have taken her to Europe, South America and Asia. She supports many charitable causes, and is an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual assault. She received the “Special Service Award” from the USO for her trips to Vietnam to visit American troops in 1966 and 1967.
Michael Gregg Michaud is the author of Sal Mineo, A Biography (Harmony Books/Three Rivers Press), which was nominated for a Lambda Book Award in 2011. The acclaimed book was a pick of the month in Los Angeles Times Magazine and for Turner Classic Movies. Sal Mineo, A Biography was adapted for the screen by James Franco. Michaud appears in the Biography Channel/Smart Entertainment production of the documentary Crime Special: Hollywood’s Most Notorious Crimes (2012), and the feature documentary Steven Arnold’s Heavenly Bodies (2015) about avant-garde filmmaker and photographer. Steven Arnold. Michaud supports numerous charitable causes, including The Roar Foundation, which supports the Shambala Preserve for endangered, exotic big cats, and the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, which rescues dogs and cats. Michaud is a respected researcher and writer of Hollywood history.
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