Burlesque, B-movies and Bubbly Bimbo’s – Remembering Angelique Pettyjohn (1943 – 1992)

Posted in Remember by - March 05, 2015
Burlesque, B-movies and Bubbly Bimbo’s – Remembering Angelique Pettyjohn (1943 – 1992)

Voluptuous and vivacious with energy to spare, the appealing Angelique Pettyjohn cropped up in a host of cult movies and exploitation obscurities in a sporadic career which took in various highs and lows. Along the rocky road of show business she overcame a number of personal demons and, true to her nature, remained largely optimistic.

Born Dorothy Lee Perrins in Los Angeles, on March 11th 1943, Angelique started out modelling in her teens before deciding to study acting. In 1967 she was given minor spots on ‘Batman’ and ‘Get Smart’ before receiving bimbo roles in movies including ‘The Guide for the Married Man’ and ‘Rough Night in Jericho’ (both ’67). The following year, after a brief bit as a go-go dancer in the opening scene of ‘The Odd Couple’ (’68), Angelique guest-starred in a 1968 episode of ‘Star Trek’, playing the title role of Shahna, an alien who trains Captain Kirk to fight a bunch of gladiators!

After losing out on Linda Harrison’s “Nova” role in ‘Planet of the Apes’ (’68), Pettyjohn starred in Eddie Romero’s cult Filipino horror ‘The Mad Doctor of Blood Island’ (’69). A typically cheap drive-in feature with plenty of gore and nudity, Angelique was easily the best thing in it, playing a woman in search of her long lost father, while fending off monsters and enjoying some quite explicit romping with Romero regular John Ashley. A forgettable biker flick followed with ‘Hell’s Belle’s’ (’69) before baring her chest again, this time as a saloon girl in the mediocre Glenn Ford western ‘Heaven with a Gun’ (’69). After appearing with Linda Evans and Don Murray in John Derek’s obscure moral drama ‘Childish Things’ (’69), Pettyjohn received top billing in the futuristic sexploitation piece ‘The Curious Female’ (’70), a colourful softcore romp in which fans of Angelique were well served by her enthusiasm and figure!

More clothes-shedding came next in the camp classic ‘The Seduction of a Nerd’ (’70), a crazy piece of exploitation featuring a number of cult stars including Wally Cox, Julie Newmar and the wonderful Victor Buono. After co-starring as a gun-toting stripper in the terrible actioner ‘The G.I. Executioner’ (’71), Angelique would spend much of the Seventies in Las Vegas working in burlesque, where she was a hugely popular performer. Back on screen and following an uncredited bit in the enjoyable George Burns comedy ‘Going in Style’ (’79), Angelique briefly moved into adult features, later citing drug and alcohol problems with the reason for this regrettable period in her life.

Using various moniker’s, Angelique starred in a trio of low-grade porn movies in 1982 before returning to the cult movie scene with Jim Wynorski’s fun fantasy adventure ‘The Lost Empire’ (’83) with fellow buxom babes Angela Aames and Raven De La Croix. It was one of her most enjoyable features, even though it had come late in her career. A tiny part in Alex Cox’s sci-fi comedy ‘Repo Man’ (’84) was followed by another dumb-blond turn, this time as a psychic, in Fred Olen Ray’s cheap and cheesy horror flick ‘Biohazard’ (’85) alongside an embarrassed (and often drunk!) Aldo Ray. Pettyjohn’s final movie came in 1988 with the minor cult hit ‘The Wizard of Speed and Time’, after which she continued with her live showgirl work which she always embraced with enthusiasm.

A big-hearted and loving person (she was popular on the Sci-fi convention circuit), Angelique died of cervical cancer on Valentine’s Day, 1992. She was just 48 years old. A gorgeous and generous lady who continues to have an enduring appeal with lovers of cult, sci-fi and exploitation movies, Angelique Pettyjohn will certainly never be forgotten, and remains a favourite with Trekkies everywhere.

Favourite Movie: Going in Style
Favourite Performance: The Lost Empire

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