A sharp eyed viewer alerted us to the fact that ROBERTA TENNES, who was a long term dancer on WHERE THE ACTION IS, started her go-go career on HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO. Calls to JUNE FAIRCHILD, LUCILLEWILLS, and OSCAR WILLIAMS confirmed thatROBERTAwas indeed a dancer on the earlier episodes from March through May 1965. We get some very good looks at her on select performances from episodes # 15 and # 17. You can find these on our "Episode 10 - 19 Capsules" page".
ROBERTA'S movie career got its start before she became a GAZZARRI DANCER. She was a classically trained dancer and was in the "West Side Story" movie as one of the dancing Jets. She also had an uncredited role in the 1964 flick, "Get Yourself A College Girl". Then came another uncredited part in "Redline 7000" from 1965. That was followed by an uncredited dancing role in "Wild Wild Winter" from 1966. In 1967 she scored another uncredited part in the Elvis movie, "Clambake". You can see her and Elvis kissing in the following video link from the movie, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo9KGMqM4V0
She then went on to credited roles in "Finian's Rainbow" (1968), and "The Only Game In Town" (1970).
We hope to discover more about her career through continuing research.
ROBERTAand her husband were the founders of a well known California charitable organization. She passed away in August 2015 and leaves behind an impressive legacy from her charitable work, and also a dedicated fan base from her movie and dance work.
The eight photos above show a very vivacious ROBERTA from episode # 19 which was taped on April 24, 1965. The man in the background shadows is Tony Minichiello, the drummer for the Sinners.
1961 WEST SIDE STORY (Jet dancer) (uncredited)
1964 GET YOURSELF A COLLEGE GIRL (uncredited)
1965 REDLINE 7000 (waitress) (uncredited)
1966 WILD WILD WINTER (dancer) (uncredited)
1967 CLAMBAKE (uncredited)
1968 FINIAN'S RAINBOW - sharecropper
1970 THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN - chorus girl
We here at GAZZARRIDANCERS.COMare willing to go out on a limb and make a guess that ROBERTA was the only GAZZARRI DANCER to have ever kissed Elvis. The scene is from the 1967 movie "Clambake".
The photo to the right pictures ROBERTA in her second movie, "Get Yourself A College Girl", from 1964. After her time on HOLLYWOOD A GO-GOand WHERE THE ACTION IS she appeared in three more movies.
Three photos below of ROBERTA as she appeared on WHERE THE ACTION IS.
Above is ROBERTA'S 1959 high school yearbook photo.