Russ Meyer (photographer, cult film maker, and patron saint of
dirty old men) had a knack at finding women with large...uh...talents.
Case in point, California burlesque cutie Virginia "Ding-Dong" Bell.
In the era of buxom bombshells like June Wilkinson
and Jayne Mansfield and other big-named
strippers like Tempest Storm,
is the mountain among the molehills. Packing a 48-24-36 figure into a five-foot-two-inch
(!) frame, Bell really but the "bump" in bump and grind.
Even though her career was short, she sure made an impact into the glamour/pin-up
culture. And impact that lives on today. It seems she has as many fans
now as she did during the height of her career over forty years ago.
Most of her famous pictorials, done by Meyer,
basically show Bell doing her dance routine...which shouldn't
be seen by anyone with a heart condition. In fact, it's hard to open a
men's magazine from the late 1950's and not find a photo of the buxom miss
Besides her famous pictorials,
also appeared in many
film loops including the famous 1964 nudie-cutie flick "Bell, Bare and