Scifibabes of the 1960s
Now the 1960s, everyone will tell you, was like no other decade in the 20th century. It was the decade I was born in, and certainly the most influential decade for me in terms of my interest in science. Not only did we experience the space race and the first ever visit to another world (ok you conspiracy people out there - a TV studio!), but lasers, VCRs, nuclear threats and the origins of the internet.
Whereas films of the 1950s could be characterised as B movies, with mad scientists, monsters and screaming women, the 1960s was a bit more varied and experimental in its approach. Here we had iconic sci-fi films like Barbarella, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes. But then we also had "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" and the "Beast of Yucca Flats", so don't get too excited!
But we also see in the 1960s a great collection of television programs in the genre. Star Trek, Lost in Space, Doctor Who and the precursors for the massive hits of the 70s. For the first time we will dabble into this medium, more because of its significance in the quantity and the quality of sci-fi babes, that separates it from any television in the 50s or earlier. Use the menu on the left to toggle between film and TV.
Now the 1960s start to get challenging, mainly because of the vastness of content to deal with from 1960 onwards. I won't pretend that this web site will have a better Star Trek Babes section than a single web site dealing with that topic, so where I find an excellent site, and I just can't compete for time or space, I will try to provide a link. Remember that this site is devoted to ALL sci-fi babes, and I will try to illustrate as many beautiful women as I can.
Lets get started with a classic film, The Time Machine (1960), written by HG Wells, which split the future into two different races. On one hand you have the subterranean-dwelling Morlocks who eat human flesh, and on the other hand the Eloi, a peaceful, innocent race. One of the Eloi is called Weena, played by the gorgeous Yvette Mimieux. Weena was a classic dumb blonde. A bit of left-overs from earlier decades, but she was also the result of thousands of years of human evolution, where the Eloi became an almost atrophied people. She was harmless, innocent and naive, childlike, even vulnerable to the stage she was prepared to just give up her life without protest. Its the innocence that makes her even more alluring and makes you want to smother and protect her from harm.
Antillia, an Atlantean, played by Joyce Taylor in Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961), was a beautiful and scheming princess who used her good looks to get what she wanted. Being a princess, she looked down on commoners and had no problem condemning people to slavery. She was certainly graceful, elegant and beautiful, and harsh to start off with, but she managed to sort right from wrong in the end.
Back to the Nuclear threat in The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), where Janet Munroe plays Jeannie Craig, a secretary at the Met Office. Her character was overshadowed by the many great performances in this film, and she makes it onto the list solely as a looker.
The Phantom Planet (1961) introduced Dolores Faith as Zetha in this film made in the 1950s but released later. Zetha didn't really say much (being a mute) but could stand still and look good (patronising I know, but true). Demure, petite and vulnerable, the character very much belongs in the 1950s, fainting at the sight of a monster and allowing herself to be carried off. When she does manage to raise her voice, it is initially through screaming, then she tells the hero that she's loved him since she first saw him! Pretty but feeble.
In Irwin Allen's Lost World (1960), Vitina Marcus played a character simply scripted as "Native Girl". Of Italian-Sicilian-American descent, she spent much of her time playing Native American women, and boy was she beautiful. Native Girl was a gypsy who lived in a valley terrorised by living dinosaurs. The "Starring" babe was in fact Jill St. John, but there is something sexy about a wild (and lets face it, scantily clad), raven-haired gypsy girl!
So...here's another one for you! Planet of the apes was another iconic sci-fi film of the 1960s. I remember it well for the innovative costumes and great storyline, but also for the slave girl Nova. She was played by Linda Harrison in the 1968 and 1970 versions. Its a real shame she got killed off in Beneath the Planet of the apes (1970). She was certainly a great looking girl, with a curvaceous body. A woman of few words (well at least in these films!). I guess I'm just a sucker for slave girls scantily clad in fur outfits!!
Remember the classic Day of the Triffids (1962) with Jeanette Scott as Biologist Karen Goodwin? Although not a brilliant film, it does stand out in my mind as a very frightening film, well it frightened me at the time! I liked the fact that the monsters were eventually killed by something simple - sea water. Remind you of anything e.g. War of the Worlds? Jeanette also appeared in The Crack in the World (1965) as Dr. Maggie Sorenson (right). Similar roles, really, attractive academics whose roles were underdeveloped because, at the end of the day Jeanette was cast for her good looks and not her acting ability. Lovely and sweet natured doctors who encounter world-beating dangers.
Another beauty, Miss Denmark 1951, was Greta Thyssen, who played Greta, one of a bevy of beauties to be found in Journey to the 7th Planet (1962). Such was her likeness to Marilyn Monroe, she actually played as her double in the film Bus Stop! Good images from the film are hard to find that do her justice, so until I can find a decent one, here's a photo shoot that shows off her best assets! Beautiful.
Now it may be that I am going off track here, but the Nutty Professor (1963) IS listed as sci-fi, and as such it gets a mention. Especially as it co-starred Stella Stevens as Stella Purdey, a student of the Jekyll and Hyde Julius Kelp, played by Jerry Lewis. The film itself is a great movie, and one of those rare gems, a comedy sci-fi that works. Stella Purdey was a very sexy student.
A big favourite film of mine from the sixties is The First Men in the Moon (1964), a superb adaptation of HG Wells' novel, especially for the great story line of a Victorian inventor creating an anti-gravity paste called Cavorite, which he uses to travel to the moon. Another good reason is the very sexy Martha Hyer who played Katherine Callender, who accidentally finds herself travelling to the moon with her boyfriend and the professor. As a Victorian, she had little option but to do what she was told, but then all that prim and proper Victorian lace and obvious virginity, but an underlying sense of adventure, makes her very appealing!
Swiss beauty Ursula Andress is probably best known for her role in the James Bond film, Dr. No. But in 1965 she did star in a sci-fi film about a huntress, Caroline Meredith, who had killed 9 victims already and was trying to make it 10 to win a prize in a big-game style future. In The Tenth Victim (1965), she uses her charm as well as her ingenuity to track down her prey. Meredith was a ruthless and voluptuous femme fatale, who knew no bounds when it came to getting her man - she could certainly look after herself! There's a particularly good scene in the film where Caroline dances seductively at the Mascoch club, only to fire bullets out of her bra and kill another victim. But wait, we have two babes for the price of one, in the shape of the lovely Italian Elsa Martinelli, who played Olga who is in pursuit.
We've had Italian and Now its about time we had a bit of French babe to bring a bit of class to this web site. How about Anna Karina, a Danish-born actress who brings film noir and a sexy French accent to Alphaville (1965). Anna plays Natacha Von Braun (great name), a computer programmer, responsible for a sentient computer that runs Alphaville. Of course we know the computer gets destroyed in the end, as Natacha comes to her senses and kills it!
One of the joys of researching this web site (ONE of the joys?) is that every now and then you come across something you never saw before and discover a babe for the first time. This was the case with the next few babes... Planet of the Vampires (1965)starred Evi Marandi as Tiona, a crew member of a space ship exploring a strange signal on a planets whose surface is covered with fog. Why it was called Planet of the Vampires is beyond me, as the Italian title is translated as "Terror in Space". If you haven't seen the film, it is well worth it, not only for the leather-clad Evi (well before the X-Men movies!), but also because this Italian film must clearly have been a major influence in the making of Alien. It's atmospheric and eerie with lots of fog and coloured atmospheres. Tiona is a classic screamer, going into shock when she sees faces from beyond the grave, even a plastic bag frightens her, but later she challenges a possessed crew member who has a ray gun and even takes a punch as she attacks him, so lots of kiss-ass potential there. The only area she let's us down in is that she wasn't ray gun proof! Shame. Look at this still from the film - what a stunner!
Well, then I came across Star Pilot (1965). Otherwise known as 2+5: Missione Hydra, it's another Italian budget film which was dubbed in English and re-released in 1977 to take advantage of the star wars phenomenon. It stars Leonora Ruffo as Kaena, an alien from the constellation Hydra who has crash landed on Earth. Now I hadn't seen this film before, even though I pride myself in my Sci-fi viewing habits, but parts are available and despite many negative reviews, there is good babe potential. The costumes are truly sci-fi, Barbarella-esque in fact, and well worth watching.
Also starring is scene-stealing Leontine May as Luisa Solmi. She just poses in her outfits, knowing that she is so hot looking, although the character doesn't really get any worthwhile development. Still..she is smoking!!
Village of the Giants (1965) was a bit of a weird teenager film where Joy Harman played Merrie, one of many "teenagers" (well, Merrie was at least 25 when she starred in this!) who ate some goo created by a genius young chemist (this is after the cat, ducks and a spider all eat it and grow!). Now if you think you might recognise Joy from somewhere else, and like me you are a Cool Hand Luke fan, then do you remember the car wash scene? If not then search for it and watch it! Voluptuous and naughty, a real sex bomb.
War Gods of the deep or City Under the Sea (1965), was based on an Edgar Alan Poe poem, so it had a good starting pedigree, but seemed to be filmed mostly in a fish tank! Vincent price hammed up the main role, and thank God for the Lovely Susan Hart who gave the film a bit of appeal as Jill Tregillis. Shame she didn't do more sci-fi. She returned to the genre after first playing a robot (number 11 or Diane) in Dr. G and the Bikini Machine (1963). So I thought we could include an image of her in that film to get a better understanding of her credentials.
See what I mean?
Now here is one hottie I certainly missed the first time round, Barbara Bouchet, who you may remember as Miss Moneypenny in Casino Royale, but played Ava Vestok in Agent for HARM (1966). Any babe who has a gun strapped to her thigh does it for me, but she's also someone who practices archery in her bra and panties - in fact she seems to do everything in her bra and panties! It's a shame she didn't practice enough as she missed her target from just 8 feet! The character makes a good attempt to work as a spy and looks like a great kisser.
In the film, Ava was described as "having no heart, just a machine", which makes her amazingly close to another character Barbara played - Kelinda in Star Trek's By Any Other Name (1968). I don't think the Star Trek appearance does her credit, as the character is devoid of emotion, but her hourglass figure is there for all to see, and she has a gadget that will turn you into a pile of dry chemicals!
The Ray Bradbury novel was converted into a film, Fahrenheit 451 (1966). The very gorgeous Julie Christie played the dual parts of Clarisse (the girl who introduces the fireman Montag to read a book instead of burning it ) and Linda Montag ( the fireman's conformist wife). Here she is as Clarisse (left) and Linda (right). I prefer Linda as I find her look more sensual, whereas Clarisse is more androgynous
If you have never heard or seen much of Raquel Welch from the 1960s then you have not lived!
This photo of Raquel was a poster for the film Fantastic Voyage (1966), where she played Cora Peterson, a doctor's assistant who was miniaturized with others in a submarine and then injected into a dying man on a mission to save his life. The film was truly fantastic with special effects that may seem dated now, but made 11 years before Star Wars, and were very impressive at the time and don't look too bad even now!. The film is worth watching, not just for Cora (Well it is, really) but for a great storyline too and special effects. Cora didn't do much in the movie, just wear a skin tight rubber diving suit most of the time, that's all! The character is actually meaningless without Raquel playing the part. I hear that James Cameron is doing a remake, ready for 2013? I wonder who he will use for the part of Cora? Did I mention the tight skin diving suit?
Now that you have enjoyed Ms. Welch's prize assets, and applauded the fact that she appeared in at least one sci-fi film, then you will pleased to know that Mamie van Doren comes into the same category. She played the Navy nurse, Nora Hall, in The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966) and (get this), she also played Moana in Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1967/8). These pictures doesn't really do her credit, but you can search for the many lovely pictures available on the web to get a better look. Eye candy only, I'm afraid.
Now there are no boundaries to where sci-fi babes come from and there are so many different nationalities to enjoy that its about time we had someone from the Czech Republic. Olga Schoberová played Jessie in the film Who Would Kill Jessie (1966), a comic character that comes to life after an injection of a special potion. Every man's fantasy I imagine, but then which cartoon character would YOU choose? Jessie isn't a bad start, have a look.
In Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon (1967), Israeli-born actress, Daliah Lavi played Madelaine. I haven't actually seen this film, but understand that the character Madelaine was hardly inspiring. There are few pictures available of her and the ones that are available don't do her justice, but take it from me she can be hot.
It was inevitable that pop stars and sexy models would make it into a sci-fi film at some point in the 1960s, and this indeed was the case with Privilege (1967), where Jean Shrimpton played an artist called Vanessa Ritchie. Jean was considered to be one of the world's first supermodels and was an icon of the sixties, particularly swinging London. Jean actually only made two films, this one and an experimental movie with David Bailey, the photographer who discovered her. Not entirely sure why this film is classified as sci-fi and I can only guess the reason being that it is set in the (near) future? If anyone can shed more light on this subject, then please let me know. Still, the girl known as "the Shrimp" was most definitely a babe and for the moment at least makes it into the category as a gorgeous-looking babe, although with some reservation.
After many attempts, the mad doctor finally produced a woman of babe qualities in Frankenstein Created Woman (1967). The babe in question was Christina, played by Susan Denberg, and was a vast improvement on Ella Lanchester. The only problem with her being the fact that she became a mass murderer before taking her own life - oh well back to the drawing board Frank!
A year earlier, Susan had appeared in a classic Star Trek episode, Mudd's Women, as one of three beautiful women enhanced by the Venus drug. Here she is as the lovely blonde Magda.
can think of a couple of reasons for watching Tura Satans in The Astro-Zombies (1968), and if you have seen her in either Supervixens or Faster, Pussycat. Kill! Kill!, then you know what I am talking about. This half Japanese, half American-Indian certainly had the figure to stand out as a babe. Buxom, sexy, feisty and ruthless! She stubs out cigarettes in people's faces and her catchphrase is "Kill, Kill, Kill!". Pure evil.
Barbarella (1968) is one of the most iconic sci-fi films of the 1960s and that is certainly true when it comes to sci-fi babes. Jane Fonda plays Barbarella, an agent of Earth in the year 40,000, who travels through space to retrieve a weapon that threatens peace on Earth. The character is renowned for her sexy costumes and frequent (although not explicit) sex scenes. Perhaps the most famous is the opening sequence, where she undresses in Zero gravity. It has to be one of the best opening sequences ever. The character was somewhat tongue in cheek, but has every hallmark of a top sci-fi babe. I mean, she actually BROKE the orgasmatron (properly called the Excessive Machine) - a machine that was designed to give pleasure until it became so unbearable that it caused death! The character was created as a comic earlier in the sixties and was considered quite sexual and liberating at the time. For many, Barbarella embodied the modern woman in an age of sexual liberation.
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Now before we leave Barbarella, it would be criminal not to mention the antithesis of Jane Fonda's character, the evil Black Queen of Sogo, played by the Italian actress, Anita Pallenberg, one time girlfriend of Rolling Stones member, Keith Richards. For me she was every bit a babe as Barbarella, matching her costumes and antics, in fact there was something about her evilness that was very sexy indeed, and boy did she have a sexy voice (only her voice was dubbed on and actually belonged to Joan Greenwood, so I suppose she must get a mention too!)
Probably better known for her role in the James Bond Movie "Thunderball", another Italian actress, Luciana Paluzzi, played Dr. Lisa Benson in The Green Slime (1968) and also Mala in the 1969 film Captain Nemo and the Underworld City. (Not sure that this film is listed correctly as sci-fi, so no picture yet.)
Mission Stardust (1968)featured Swede Essy Persson as Thora, the commander of the spaceship the Arkanide. Her platinum wig and skin tight costumes make her as sexy as any babe from the 1960s. Wow this girl is such a babe.
Doppelganger, or as I knew the film Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969). Lynn Loring plays Sharon Ross, the wife of Colonel Ross, who travels to the far side of the sun to investigate the existence of a planet in the same orbit as Earth. I loved the film, which was the first live action film by Gerry Anderson of Thunderbirds fame. Many of the stars went on to make UFO, one of my favourite TV series of all time, so Lynn, although not playing a particularly big role, does make it in because she is good looking.
The Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1969) was a typical zombie film with little else to offer. It starred an actress Angelique Pettyjohn as Sheila Willard. Now I knew the face but couldn't remember where I had seen her before (not that I spent a lot of time looking at her face, mind). Then, thanks to the internet I tracked her down as a Star Trek babe. She played Shanna, in the 1968 episode Gamesters of Triskelion.
And another actress who made it from the big screen to the small one, Catherine Schell, Hungarian born, starred as Clementine Taplin in Moon Zero 2 (1969). Recognise her? She played Maya in the 1970s TV series Space 1999.
And finally (for the sixties, anyway) I will always remember Valley of Gwangi (1969) for its terrific stop action animation of dinosaurs, only really bettered when the technology for Jurassic Park came along. It starred Gila Golan, a Polish born orphan who was adopted by an Israeli family during the holocaust, as T.J. Breckenbridge, a beautiful cowgirl working in a wild west show. Gila was crowned Miss Israel in 1961 and was second in the miss world contest that year. Pictures of her as T.J. are hard to come by (help please) so we'll have to do with this still for now.
Not too bad, though, eh?
|12 to the Moon|
|A Corpse Hangs in the Web|
|The Amazing Transparent Man|
|Atomic War Bride|
|Beyond the Time Barrier|
|The Human Vapor|
|Last Woman on Earth|
|Man in the Moon|
|The Secret of the Telegian|
|The Silent Star|
|The Time Machine|
|Visit to a Small Planet|
|The Wasp Woman|
|Atlantis, the Lost Continent|
|Battle of the Worlds|
|The Beast of Yucca Flats|
|The Day the Earth Caught Fire|
|Invasion of the Neptune Men|
|The Last War|
|Master of the World|
|The Phantom Planet|
|The Planets Against Us|
|Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea|
|The Amphibian Man|
|The Brain That Wouldn't Die|
|Creation of the Humanoids|
|The Day of the Triffids|
|In Search of the Castaways|
|Journey to the 7th Planet|
|King Kong vs. Godzilla|
|Night of the Bloody Apes|
|Panic in Year Zero!|
|Varan the Unbelievable|
|Battle Beyond the Sun|
|The Crawling Hand|
|The Day Mars Invaded Earth|
|No Survivors, Please|
|The Nutty Professor|
|The Unearthly Stranger|
|X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes|
|First Men in the Moon|
|Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster|
|Kiss Me Quick!|
|The Last Man on Earth|
|Mothra vs. Godzilla|
|Robinson Crusoe on Mars|
|Santa Claus Conquers the Martians|
|The Time Travelers|
|The 10th Victim|
|Crack in the World|
|Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine|
|Dr. Who and the Daleks|
|The Eye Creatures|
|Frankenstein Conquers the World|
|The Human Duplicators|
|Invasion of Astro-Monster|
|It Happened Here|
|Monster a Go-Go!|
|Night Caller from Outer Space|
|Planet of the Vampires|
|Village of the Giants|
|Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet|
|War Gods of the Deep|
|Wild, Wild Planet|
|Agent for H.A.R.M.|
|Around the World Under the Sea|
|Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.|
|The Face of Another|
|Gamera vs. Barugon|
|Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster|
|Island of Terror|
|The Navy vs. the Night Monsters|
|Queen of Blood|
|Terror Beneath the Sea|
|War of the Gargantuas|
|Who Wants to Kill Jessie?|
|Women of the Prehistoric Planet|
|The Andromeda Nebula|
|Gamera vs. Gyaos|
|Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon|
|King Kong Escapes|
|Mars Needs Women|
|Night of the Big Heat|
|Quatermass and the Pit|
|Son of Godzilla|
|They Came From Beyond Space|
|The X from Outer Space|
|2001: A Space Odyssey|
|Destroy All Monsters|
|Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell|
|The Green Slime|
|Je t'aime, je t'aime|
|On the Comet|
|Planet of the Apes|
|Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women|
|Wild in the Streets|
|All Monsters Attack|
|Captain Nemo and the Underwater City|
|The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes|
|Crimes of the Future'|
|Gamera vs. Guiron|
|The Illustrated Man|
|The Mad Doctor of Blood Island|
|Moon Zero Two|
|The Valley of Gwangi|