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Beautiful South African-raised American dancer, noted for a very fine pair of legs.
Prowse studied to be a dancer from the age of 4 but grew to be too tall for the strict requirements of the ballet world.
She began her career as a chorus dancer at the London Palladium, went on to dance at a Parisian nightclub and then toured Europe as a member of a modern dance troupe. Legendary Hollywood choreographer Hermes Pan spotted her and cast her as the Snake in the “Adam and Eve” number of the 1959 musical Can-Can. While visiting the set of this film, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev took a long look at Powse and denounced the film for its depravity. Within weeks, Prowse was appearing on virtually every magazine cover in the USA.
As an added fillip to her newfound fame, Prowse fell in love with the star of Can-Can, Frank Sinatra. She next co-starred with Elvis Presley in G.I.Blues (1960) and before production finished, rumours began to fly that she and the King were romantically entangled. Nevertheless she and Sinatra announced their engagement in 1962. The marriage never took place, but the publicity value to Prowse was enormous, resulting in a high-playing Las Vegas nightclub engagement that raked in a fortune.
When her first blush of fame faded, Prowse maintained a successful nightclub career, supplementing her income with innumerable TV commercial endorsements for cosmetics and panty hose.