by Tom Lisanti

alisaLisa’s birthday almost sneaked by me. A sultry siren with impeccable cheekbones, long dark hair, and a curvaceous figure, Lisa Seagram started off in sophisticated roles before literally cutting her hair short and loosening up in a string of mid-Sixties fantasy and adventure films and TV shows usually cast as the duplicitous vixen or wanton woman. She made her acting debut as a college coed in the forgettable teenage comedy Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961) with Tommy Sands and Fabian. More minor roles quickly followed in Man-Trap (1961), Bachelor in Paradise (1961), Too Late Blues (1962), and Come Blow Your Horn (1963), and The Thrill of It All (1963). Her early TV work included guest stints on The Gallant Men, McHale’s Navy, Gunsmoke, and six appearances on Burke’s Law.

With her dark sultry looks accentuated by elegant high cheek bones, Seagram was a natural for TV fantasy shows and appeared in a number of them most notably Bewitched as the bewitching “Miss Jasmine” a perfume spokes model and wicked witch who is determined to steal Darrin from Samantha in “It Takes One to Know One.” Back on the big screen, Seagram appeared as a fashion model who gets awaken from a deep sleep with a smack-on-the-behind from Richard Harris’ secret agent in the mod spy spoof Caprice (1967) and then played an ambitious secretary who plots with TV producer Pat Harrington to exploit an ancient Roman who materializes in the present in 2000 Years Later (1969). By the time of the satiric comedy’s release, Seagram had already packed it in and relocated to Rome joining the ranks of such female stars as Carroll Baker, Mimsy Farmer, and Pamela Tiffin who tried their luck in Italy.  Not finding much success there, she wound up in Hawaii where she opened a very successful acting school and even produced a few movies. You can read my interview with Lisa in my book Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood.



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