Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cavegirl: Linda Harrison

Not really a cavegirl, but so gorgeous who cares?

Thanks to Nathaniel from San Francisco (I really must try and get over there at some point; maybe when I go to California in December) for pointing me in the direction of the gorgeous Linda Harrison who featured in both Planet of the Apes (1968) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).

Although I have seen both films it must be twenty years since I have watched either so had completely forgotten about the character of Nova, played by Ms Harrison. Although she is not a cavegirl (properly she is a post-apocalyptic barbarian) she does have a very fetching cavegirl-type outfit.

Linda displays an awesome hip/waist ratio

Very sixties bikini!

Linda was born in Berlin, Maryland ( I very much enjoyed a brief thing with a young lady from Maryland when I was at college) and did some beauty contests (she was Miss Berlin in 1963, Miss Del-Mar-Va in 1964, Miss Ocean City and Miss Maryland in 1965) before doing some modelling in New York.

Trim, very trim!

Good outfit!

Although she had the credit "And introducing Linda Harrison as Nova" in Planet of the Apes she had actually appeared in small parts in several films before this as she had won a seven year contract with 20th Century Fox following a screen test in 1965. She had been talent spotted by a young agent called Mike Medavoy, now a top producer, of course, but then just starting his career with General Artist Corporation.

Cleverly, she married studio head Richard Zanuck and he offered her the part in Planet of the Apes. She returned for the sequel and then worked intermittently appearing in films such as Airport 1975 (1974) and Cocoon (1985). She also had a cameo in the Tim Burton remake of Planet of the Apes (2001).


As to her cavegirl outfit, it was actually rubber with bark attached, so not a fur bikini at all. Nevertheless, we think Ms Harrison looks quite splendid in it and have to give her a cavegirl rating of: 8/10

Just lovely!

1 comment:

  1. The greatest sf / furkini crossover must surely be Jane Fonda in Barbarella, as shown in this image.