Drive-in Dream Girl to Poet
Fans of 60s actresses may recall sultry blonde Valora Noland. She co-starred with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello in Beach Party (1963) as Rhonda and then was the first actress to essay the role of man-chasing Animal in the sequel Muscle Beach Party (1964). She then had a lead role in the stylish youth film Summer Children (1964), which was heavily influenced by the French New Wave of movies popular at the time. [see trailer below]
During her short career, Noland worked steadily on TV in lead guest roles in such popular series as The Donna Reed Show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Virginian, and Star Trek. On the big screen, she landed a supporting role in the Burt Kennedy-directed western The War Wagon (1967) starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas. It was her last film appearance despite the mis-information that has been spread (including by me as I admit shame-faced in Drive-in Dream Girls) that she was in the bawdy comedy Up You Teddy Bear (1970) starring Julie Newmar and Wally Cox.
Valora left show business in the late sixties and today she is known as Valora Tree. She just published a book of her wonderful poetry entitled Water Lily Ponds.