Vikki Dougan

Vikki Dougan (born Edith Tooker,[1] January 1, 1929) is a former model and actress.

Vikki Dougan
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Vikki Dougan (right) with actor Lance Fuller, 1950s
Edith Tooker

(1929-01-01) January 1, 1929 (age 92)


Dougan was born in Brooklyn.[1] Her mother was a librarian and her father was an insurance salesman.[1] Her father left the family when Dougan was 6 months old.[1]

Dougan began modelling at age eleven. She had 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.

Dougan won multiple beauty pageants, including the Miss Coney Island pageant and the eighth annual New York Skate Queen contest.[1] She began modeling as a teenager, changing her name to Vikki after the actress Vickie Lester and Dougan after her mother’s maiden name.[1]

In 1956, publicity-man Milton Weiss had the idea of promoting Vikki using a backless dress to garner publicity. The idea was to gain a contrast with the fashion for models and actresses with large bosoms, such as Jayne Mansfield.[citation needed]

In 1953, photographer Ralph Crane photographed Dougan for Life magazine, and their October 26 edition featured Dougan on the cover.

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

In 1960, Dougan married Jim R. Sweeney, an ex-football player from Texas Christian University.[1] The marriage was short lived.[1]

In 1961, her backless dresses and "callipygian cleft" were celebrated in the song "Vikki Dougan" by The Limeliters in their album The Slightly Fabulous Limeliters.[2][1]

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

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, she dated a string of prominent Hollywood men, including Frank Sinatra[citation needed] and Glenn Ford.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Slone, Isabel (April 21, 2021). "What Happened to Vikki Dougan?". The New York Times. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "The Limeliters Tribute Page". Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  3. ^ Teetor, Paul (November 17, 2011). "Peter Ford's Glenn Ford: A Life: Son's New Book About His Celebrity Dad, With Dish on Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth and Judy Garland". LA Weekly. Retrieved January 24, 2021.

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