Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Eyebrows of "UFO"

One of the thrills of my adolescence was watching good bad sci-fi that featured hot women. Some day I'll certainly post the Orion Slave Girl, or Mudd's Women from Star Trek - The Original Series.

But for now, I want to share five beauties from the Gerry and Sylvia "Thunderbirds Are Go" Anderson series called UFO.

UFO was filmed around 1969 and took place in the future: 1980! I won't try to explain the plot. If you've seen it, you know why it was great, and how great it was. If you haven't seen it, I couldn't do it justice.

One of the fine treats each week was seeing Moonbase operative Lt. Gay Ellis, played by Gabrielle Drake. Her brows weren't great, but everything else about her was:

Her comrade in the crater was Antonia Ellis, who played Space Tracker Lt. Joan Harrington (the wigs, Sylvia Anderson explained, were part of the uniform – great concept!):

Colonel Straker's wife? Mary, played by blue-eyed girl-next-door blonde Suzanne Neve:

In the unforgettable "Dalotek Affair" episode, Tracy Reed played Jane Carson. Hot!:

And finally, perhaps the best brows to appear in any episode belonged to none other than well-known British actress Jean Upstairs, Downstairs Marsh, who played Janna Wade in the episode titled "Exposed":

We wish she was exposed. But she wasn't, so that brings us full circle, to Gabrielle Drake.

Thank you Gerry and Sylvia!

Scroll-down movie trivia: Tracy Reed played the only female role in Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove...Gen. Buck Turgidson's secretary/girlfriend. She's only in one scene, unless you count the photo of her posing in Playboy as viewed by bomber pilot USAF Major T. J. "King" Kong (Slim Pickens).

Would I make this stuff up?

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