Friday, 27 August 2010
The Oomph Girl - Ann Sheridan
the 'Boomp Girl .... 'double pick-offs" .... a flying mount' ....'Oomph Girl'. Under The Volcano
The Oomph girl that Lowry is referring to is Ann Sheridan.
Born Clara Lou Sheridan in Denton, Texas on February 21, 1915, she was a college student when her sister sent a photograph of her to Paramount Pictures. She subsequently entered and won a beauty contest, with part of her prize being a bit part in a Paramount film. She abandoned college to pursue a career in Hollywood.
She made her film debut in 1934, aged 19, in the film Search for Beauty, and played uncredited bit parts in Paramount films for the next two years. Paramount made little effort to develop Sheridan's talent, so she left, signing a contract with Warner Bros. in 1936, and changing her name to "Ann Sheridan."
Sheridan's career prospects began to improve. The red-haired beauty would soon become Warner's top sex symbol. She received as many as 250 marriage proposals from fans in a single week. Tagged "The Oomph Girl," Sheridan was a popular pin-up girl in the early 1940s. Read more on Wikipedia
I thought given the South American connection that it would be appropriate to post Ann Sheridan singing in a one room club from the 1940 movie Torrid Zone: