A pretty Las Vegas showgirl with some promise in Hollywood, her involvement with L.A. racketeer Mickey Cohen--who financed her career--in 1957 led to her serving a two-year stint in prison for perjury in his income-tax-evasion trial, which pretty much destroyed any aspirations she had of a legit acting career.
Died of gastric bleeding in a Las Vegas hospital.
Married a total of seven times, her daughter Brenda Renay killed herself in 1982 on her 39th birthday. Also had a son John.
Raised in Arizona by strict evangelical Christian parents, she ran away from home at age 13 and hitchhiked to Las Vegas. She re-entered a Marilyn Monroe lookalike contest and won.
Her talent and obsession for self-promotion continued almost until the end of her life. She first came to notice in 1950 when her antics on a film set in Phoenix earned her a five-page picture spread in Life magazine.
Appeared as a contestant on the Groucho Marx quiz show You Bet Your Life (1950), but the episode was never aired due to her involvement with L.A. mobster Mickey Cohen, then under criminal investigation.