Patch first met Gloria Pall back in November when our Faith and Charity columnist Linda Rubin interviewed her briefly for a story about .
But we didn't realize at the time that we were interviewing a major sex symbol of the 1950s and 60s. Pall starred in a TV show in 1954 and 1955, Voluptua, which aired on KABC in Los Angeles for seven weeks before it was cancelled due to conservative outrage, with one group dubbing it "Corruptua," according to Pall.
The show was a bit of a takeoff on the show Vampira, but instead of horror movies, Pall hosted romance movies. But the fact that she was scantilly clad and would often undress behind a translucent screen while purring seductively at the camera caused a commotion with some housewives and conservative groups. As Pall pointed out in an interview with KPCC, this was at the same time Ricky and Lucy on I Love Lucy couldn't even be seen to be sleeping in the same bed.
Pall, who lives in Valley Village, also had a successful modeling career and had many small roles in films and TV shows, including 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Jailhouse Rock.
Pall has been getting new recognition lately for her past work. She was interviewed on KPCC about her career and is also featured this month on the Web site House of Goddess as the "Goddess of the Month."
For more on Pall, go to her Web site http://www.gloriapall.com/