Friday, July 06, 2012

Ina Balin: Mainy

A major mainy of mine has always been Ina Balin. She co-starred with two of my favorite baby-boomer stars, Elvis, in Charro and Jerry Lewis in The Patsy.

An exotic 'Sophia Loren-type', she was actually from Brooklyn, New York and her real last name was Rosenberg.

Ms. Balin also did a bunch of TV shows like 'Bonanza', 'Ironside' and 'Magnum P.I.'.

Besides her obvious physical appeal, Ina had a sweet charm to her. And I think it was the real deal. She was one of the good ones. She toured Vietnam with the USO, and helped with the evacuation of 1975. She also adopted three Vietnamese orphans.

She died young, at age 52 of heart disease. But she lives on in all of those reruns and movies. Check out The Patsy. It's actually a really funny, weird movie. Charro is also weird, but in a boring kind of way.


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