Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cavegirl: Dana Gillespie

Quite the most striking thing about The People that Time Forgot is the outrageously busty (44 inch bust!) Dana Gillespie who plays cavegirl Ajor. She doesn't wear a fur bikini, as she needs to demonstrate that she is technologically advanced, but instead wears one of the most interesting doe-skin dresses ever created.

It's not just her ample bust we are treated to either, as the dress is slit to her hipbone enabling lost of shots of her toned thighs (and higher) as she scrambles up hills.

An eighteen year old Dana

Dana Gillespie herself is a very interesting person. As a youngster she was British waterskiing champion (imagine trying to zip her into a wetsuit... oh dear, perhaps we shouldn't have) four years running until a knee injury ended her career.

She was really always a singer and composer and recorded her first record at the age of 15.

Dana and then boyfriend David Bowie (or David Jones as he was at this point)

As a schoolgirl (she went to the same school as Joan Collins) she had a young David Bowie teaching her the guitar and they later recorded together.

Good job she didn't take up the accordian.

Other than TLTTF she appeared in a handful of other films in the sixies and seventies.

Before TLTTF she was in Hammer's profoundly weird The Lost Continent where she played the most buxom pirate girl in cinema history (and that is saying something).

He's behind you!

With Robert Powell in Mahler

She was also in Ken Russel's Mahler (for which she composed a song) and Nicolas Roeg's Bad Timing.

Here is a publicity still done for the Lost Continent where they don't even bother to put her in her film costume but just squeeze her into some lingerie.  Dana did some other glamour modelling as well and photographers were obviously well aware of her charms (well, you'd have to be blind...).

She also did some TV work (including, inevitably, The Bill) and appeared on stage in musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Tommy (where she played the Acid Queen).

Her father is Baron de Winterstein Gillespie and she was born on 30 March 1949 in London. Her real name is Richenda Antoinette de Winterstein Gillespie!

Dana, Chaka Khan and Bonnie Tyler!!

Dana today.

Truly a Renaissance cavegirl!

As a cavegirl, while she may lose points for not actually wearing a fur bikini, she gets many points back for looking so completely splendid. She also had to deal with pidgin English-type cavegirl dialogue, which was more than Raquel had to do. So, all in all her we think she scores:

Cavegirl Rating: 9/10

Dana did a fair bit of modelling and is a striking 5' 8" tall. At her peak (peaks?) she measured a jaw-dropping 44-26-37. She is, therefore, the only Cavegirl who can go chest to chest with Raquel Welch and not look inferior (in fact, Raquel's bust does not match up to Dana's at all).

A fine portrait of a 24 year old Dana from Penthouse UK in 1974

She now runs the charity Mustique Blues Festival at the end of January and has a website with details of her concerts, CDs and much more.

It is really as a blues singer that she is most well known now and she has recorded over 50 albums, many of which are still available. In fact she was performing live not far from where I live on Sunday. If I had known at the time I would have gone down there! She performs all over the world but especially in Austria as she is half Austrian.


  1. So that's the girl with the big, er, balloons in The Lost Continent!! I saw that lousy movie as a teenager, and that was the only thing I liked about it!

  2. Not a brilliant film, agreed, but you have to give it points for being strange!