Miss Mennen Girl, The

The nickname of Dolores Rosedale (stage name: “Roxanne”), a statuesque blonde starlet and former model who appeared on the game show TWENTY QUESTIONS/NBC/ABC/DUM/1949-55 where she was “The Miss Mennen Girl.”

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Roxanne later appeared as the quintissential game show assistant on the Bud Collyer-hosted version of BEAT THE CLOCK/CBS/1950-58 where she photographed stunts.

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In 1953, Roxanne inspired the Valentine Company to create “The Roxanne Doll,” an 18-inch tall, blue-eyed plastic doll with moveable legs which allowed the doll to walk. The doll was equipped with a miniature red camera, and a BEAT THE CLOCK ID tag on the doll’s wrist. The doll was given away as a gift to the contestant’s daughters on the show.

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Roxanne was replaced by Beverly Bentley in August of 1955, to prepare for the birth of her daughter in December of that year. Roxanne’s popularity landed her a spot in the Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Parade.

Dolores Evelyn Rosedale (“Roxanne”) was born on March 20, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Besides her gigs on game shows, she also appeared in the films The Seven Year Itch (1955) as Elaine, and The Young Don’t Cry (1957) as Mrs. Maureen Cole.

In addition, she appeared as a Willys model on the 30-minute TV program Parade of Stars Auto Show (1952), the first automobile show to be nationally televised in the United States (broadcast live), and as herself on the TV Special Easter Parade of Stars Auto Show (1954).

See alsoDagmar”  ; “Twenty Questions (1950s) @ You Tube  ;  “Beat The Clock (1953) @ You Tube

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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