Born Dolores Eble in South Bend, Indiana, on March 10, 1923, Dolores Fuller is best known for her association with director Ed Wood and as one of the stars of the 1953 film Glen or Glenda. However, she has enjoyed a lengthy and varied career in show business. After her the end of her first marriage, which lasted 14 years and produced two children, Fuller began going on casting calls for early television. By the time Fuller met Ed Wood in 1952, she was already firmly established as a television personality. She was the 'Gustinette Girl' on Queen for a Day, where she appeared five days per week in a featured appearance advertising Maribou slippers. Also, Fuller worked as a model for Westwood Knitting Mills, Evans/Picone, and others. Chief, perhaps, was her regular job on NBC's The Dinah Shore Show requiring rehearsal work every Monday and Wednesday, then aired live on Friday nights.

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Early 1950s glamour photo of Dolores Fuller

Before starring in Ed Wood's productions, Fuller had appeared in a few movies, such as Girls in the Night (1953; with Joyce Holden and Harvey Lembeck), directed by B-movie legend Jack Arnold. She was also featured in the low-budget cult classic Mesa of Lost Women (1953; with Jackie Coogan and Lyle Talbot).

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Mesa of Lost Women (1953)

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Leggy shot of Dolores Fuller as one of the Lost Women

Glen or Glenda (1953)

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Fuller with Ed Wood in Glen or Glenda

Jail Bait (1954)

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LEFT: With Theodora Thurman and Herbert Rawlinson in a tense scene. RIGHT: Publicity still

later years

After appearing in Ed Wood's movies Glen or Glenda (1953; with Bela Lugosi and Edward D. Wood Jr.), Jail Bait (1954; with Steve Reeves and Lyle Talbot), and Bride of the Monster (1955; with Bela Lugosi and Tor Johnson), Fuller left Wood and went on to a more successful career in show business, but not the movies. Rather, she became a songwriter and has co-written songs with Nelson Riddle, Peggy Lee, and Duane Eddy, to name a few. She also co-wrote at least 20 songs for Elvis Presley's 1960s features, including songs from Spinout, Clambake, and Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Later in her music career, she became a manager for such singers as Tanya Tucker. Sadly, Dolores Fuller passed away on May 9, 2011, from natural causes at the age of 88. She is survived by her second husband, her son, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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The Corpse Grinders 2 (2000) with Liz Renay; directed by Ted V. Mikels
Dimensions in Fear (1998) with Liz Renay; directed by Ted V. Mikels
The Ironbound Vampire (1998) with Conrad Brooks
The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. (1995)
Bride of the Monster (1955) with Loretta King, Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, and Tony McCoy
Playgirl (1954) with Shelley Winters, Richard Long, Mara Corday, and Colleen Miller
The Raid (1954) with Van Heflin and Richard Boone
This Is My Love (1954) with Faith Domergue, Linda Darnell, and William Hopper
Jail Bait (1954) with Steve Reeves and Lyle Talbot
Mesa of Lost Women (1953) with Jackie Coogan and Lyle Talbot
Body Beautiful (1953) with Robert Clarke
Girls in the Night (1953) with Joyce Holden, Harvey Lembeck, Glenda Farrell, Patricia Hardy, and Tommy Farrell
Glen or Glenda (1953) with Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot, and Edward D. Wood Jr.
The Moonlighter (1953) with Barbara Stanwick and Fred MacMurray

The Dinah Shore Show, as Dinah Shore's stand-in, 1952-1955
Queen for a Day, daytime TV game show hosted by Jack Bailey. Fuller was a product model. This show originally aired from 1956-1964

The Adventures of Superman, episode The Wedding of Superman, originally aired May 12, 1956
The Great Gildersleeve, episode Water Commissioner's Water Color, originally aired 1955

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Watch Dolores Fuller's 1954 film Jail Bait

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