Sunday, September 13, 2015

29 Sexy Vintage Portrait Pictures of Abbe Lane in the 1950s and 1960s

Born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, Lane began her career as a child actress on radio, and from there she progressed to singing and dancing on Broadway.

Married to Xavier Cugat from 1952 until their divorce in 1964, Lane achieved her greatest success as a nightclub singer, and was described in a 1963 magazine article as "the swingingest sexpot in show business." Cugat's influence was seen in her music which favoured Latin and rumba styles.

In 1958 she starred opposite Tony Randall in the Broadway musical Oh, Captain!, but her recording contract prevented her from appearing on the original cast album of the show. On the recording her songs were performed by Eileen Rodgers; Lane later recorded her songs on a solo album. She made several recordings for RCA Victor and Mercury Records. The most successful of her albums was a collaboration with Tito Puente titled Be Mine Tonight released in 1958. Apart from working solo, Lane frequently appeared on talk shows with Cugat.

She attracted attention for her suggestive comments such as "Jayne Mansfield may turn boys into men, but I take them from there", and also commented that she was considered "too sexy in Italy".

Here, a selection of 29 beautiful vintage portraits of Abbe Lane during the 1950s and 1960s:

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