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Femme Fatale: Abbe Lane



Abbe LaneBest known for her marriage to Latin bandleader Xavier Cugat, AbbeLane was one of those people who was born to perform. Her career stared off on radio as a child star, them she moved on to being a song and dance girl on Broadway. She then moved the route most glamour girls did, to the West Coast. She had her hand in movies and television, but it was her singing that caught most people's (including Cugat's) attention. Her formula for success wasn't the 3 B's (bold, brash, and blonde) that usually made a starlette a starlette in the 1950's and early 60's. This fiery redhead, instead, had the same sort of sultry quality about her like some of her European contemporaries (like Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida). To get a feel for who she was, here's a great feature about her from Adam magazine from 1963.
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