2/18/13

Mini Skirt Monday #143: Dana Lambert




Lesley Ann Warren (credited on the show only as Lesley Warren) played Dana Lambert during the fifth season of Mission Impossible 1970-1971).  Barbara Bain left after season three, so the show didn't really have a female lead again until Warren came on. She starred alongside Leonard Nimoy who began his role on the show the previous year.  So, the combination of the ultra hot Lesley Ann Warren and Spock made the show well worth watching.

Of course, 1970-1971 was prime time for miniskirts; so, naturally Warren was quite often in them.  Let's run through a few highlights of Warren in minis from Mission Impossible Season Five, shall we?  In the Chronology of the Mini, it's quite an important event.  It would behoove any armchair Miniskirtologists to read on.





The directors were very adept at making the most of Warren's minis.  If she had to leave a room, the camera didn't just show her walk out of the room.  It showed her walk out of the room, and then down the hall.... preferably a long hall.



And when it was time for Dana to get in and out of a car, the directors made damn well sure the audience got to see Dana get in and out of that car.




In one scene where she is injured in an alleyway (actually only pretending to be hurt to fool a drug dealer that she's been mortally wounded), audiences get a rather long leering look at Warren in a miniskirt up close.




Here Dana Lambert is posing as a singer (with Spock on guitar).  Obviously lip synching (to a Barbara Streisand sound-alike), but who cares? Dig that yella' mini!



Dana is disguised as a bar maid when Spock (pretending to be her pimp) walks up and manhandles her.  What a scene - Nimoy bitch slapping Leslie Ann Warren. Stored in my memory vault for eternity.


Later on, the "bar maid" gets totally roughed up in the basement by the real bad guy.  Herein lies Dana Lambert's fatal flaw - she has no fighting skills.  No Kung-Fu, no Karate, nothing.  She's basically a human punching bag in every episode.


Saved by Peter Graves.... as always.  She was damn good undercover (And Warren actually won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for the part), but she was constantly put in harms way with no means of defense.  You'd have though IMF would have given her some self defense training.


Dana poses as a stewardess, naturally wearing a miniskirt.  Unfortunately for her, she's discovered, captured, and interrogated..... still in the mini, of course.


And a few random miniskirt shots...




That mini doesn't belong to Dana, but I just had to share.  Even Spock appreciates a good miniskirt.

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  2. Lesley Ann Warren did have a good singing voice. She was the star of the Rogers & Hammerstein TV musical "Cinderella" when she was only 18. The show also starred Stuart Damon of the Brit spy series "The Champions" fame.

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    1. Damon is probably more famous for his long-running role as Alan Quartermaine on General Hospital.

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  3. Awesome miniskirt Monday! I always considered Lesley Ann Warren one of the hottest (yet underappreciated) actors in the retro-biz; it looks likes I was wrong :)

    (I am reposting this comment, I misspelled Lesley's name the first time & this goddess deserves better) ;)

    The first time I saw her was in a Columbo episode where she played the mistress of George Hamilton, a hypnotist--he compelled her to take off all her clothes & jump from her high-rise apartment. Dammit George, the strip down wasn't enough?!

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  4. I had never realized that Lesley Ann Warren had been so hot! thanks for the great frame grabs!

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    1. She was still just as hot eleven years later in Victor/Victoria!

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  5. I suspect Warren was booted from MI because she was too vibrantly "young" for the Silent Majority and replaced by Linda Aquanet George because George had that safe Establishment sheen. This was a period when actresses did not wear jeans outside of Westerns because of Evil Hippies, and miniskirts were only grudgingly portrayed at the end of the era.

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    1. A nonsensical analysis. The Lesley Ann Warren period of MI was bad because the show was cheapened, and Lesley was always whining and annoying.

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  6. Like the "sexy librarian" shot of her in glasses.

    When Lee Meriwether appeared in a few MI episodes, she was in minis, too.

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  7. You gotta love Peter Graves. "Have you ever... seen a grown man naked?" or "been in a Turkish prison?" "Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?" - Captain Oveur

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  8. Actually, it was Warrren's Rogers & Hammerstein TV musical "Cinderella" that she blamed for derailing her career. She was typecasted as too nice for "adult" roles. She hoped that an adult show like MI would change all that.
    (TVG interview)

    Good post with very good pictures. Never got user to Spock smiling.

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  9. Lesley Ann was also excellent at comedy. Very funny as Scarlett in "Clue".

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  10. Gilligan, everyone forgets...only Jim Phelps (and his predecessor, Dan Briggs) worked for the government full-time, and presumably trained by them. The Impossible Mission Force was made up of civilians with special talents, to be called upon when needed. Rollin Hand and Paris were actor/impressionists, Willy Armitage a weightlifter/strongman, and Cinnamon Carter a top model, while Barney Collier owned an electronics company, plus those called upon for only a single mission--the very first one had Underdog as a safecracker, while later Mr. Sulu beamed down from the ENTERPRISE when they needed a microbiologist. I don't think any of them went through some secret agent boot camp. They had to depend on their own wits when the plans changed.

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