Vikki Dougan

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Vikki Dougan
OccupationActress, model, Playboy Playmate
Years active1950–1960
Spouse(s)

William Symons (m. 1946–49)

Jim Sweeney (m. 1960–63)
 
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Vikki Dougan
OccupationActress, model, Playboy Playmate
Years active1950–1960
Spouse(s)

William Symons (m. 1946–49)

Jim Sweeney (m. 1960–63)

Vikki Dougan (born 1929) is a model and actress. She is most famous for appearing at social events in a series of daring low-cut backless dresses throughout the 1950s.

Vikki Dougan began modeling at age sixteen. She made for herself a successful career in modeling before gaining her first movie role in Back from Eternity as an uncredited showgirl. She gained small parts in another nine movies.[1]

In 1953 publicity man Milton Weiss had the idea of promoting Vikki using the backless dresses to garner publicity. The idea was to gain a contrast with the fashion for models and actresses with large bosoms, such as Jayne Mansfield. Throughout the 1950s she scandalized more respectable Hollywood society with her appearances in her daring backless dresses.[2] When asked by a reporter about the origin of her dress style, she said "I'm not busty. What's a girl to do ?"

In 1953 photographer Ralph Crane photographed her extensively for Life Magazine. Their edition of October 26 featured her on the cover.

1961 her appearances in her backless dresses became celebrated in song by The Limelighters.[3]

In June 1957 Vikki Dougan appeared in the (Vol. 4, Issue 6) edition of Playboy magazine. She featured again in the December 1962 issue, under the section "Playboy’s Other Girlfriends".

In January 1964 Cavalier magazine featured twelve nude photographs of Vikki Dougan in a pictorial entitle "The Back is Back". Vikki brought a lawsuit against the magazine, stating that the magazine did not have permission to publish them. The photographs had been posed for Playboy magazine but Vikki had subsequently declined to let Playboy publish the photographs.

Throughout the 1960s she dated a string of prominent Hollywood men, including Frank Sinatra[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Internet Movie Database Vikki Dougan". 
  2. ^ "The Daily Mail". The real Jessica Rabbit: 1950s It girl with her daring backless dresses inspired sultry style of cartoon character. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Limelighters Tribute Page". Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  4. ^ "Interview with Vikki Dougan for Hollywood Exclusive". Hollywood Exclusive. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 

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