Lori Martin Lives Here.

The Home of televisions "National Velvet" show. By malcolmjames1945@yahoo.co.uk

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Lori's Television Career,Facts.

First appearence as Liza on 7th June 1957 as Dawn Menzer in Television series, "On Trial" Season 1 episode 29 called, "The Deadly Chain"

 

Appearence as Laurie Dawit in "Sam Benedict" 1963

 

Appearence as Joyce in "The Donna Reed Show" 1963

 

Appearence as Mary in "Leave it to Beaver" 1963

 

Appearence as herself in "The Bob Hope Show" 13th March 1963.

The Shadowy Third, 1955

Medic,

Wagon Train,

Whirlybirds,

Alfred Hitchcock Presents,

Mickey,

The Breaking Point

My Three Sons.

 

"Slattery's People" 1964   episode name in center box is Richard Crenna, with Lori playing the part of Sharon.



Lori did appear on the 13th January 1969 in Season three, episode 15 of "Family Affair"  in what was called "A Family Group". Lori played the part of Dana.



Photo by kind permission of Belinda, from this series.

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"Please dont eat the Daisey's" 1967 as Anna.

 

"Days of our Lives" as Sally Reed 1974.

 


Cape Fear, New thanks to Ash.

Honorary Members Jeannie, Carole and Brett.


The above picture is of Brett recently taken at work.

Hi Im Jeannie, Lori's eldest sister.

Hello Im Carole Wells actress and writer. I was Edwina in "National Velvet" with Lori.
Buy this book on Amazon now by Carole and please write reviews for her. Thank you. Malcolm

Mr and Mrs Breitenbucher at wedding.

Honorary Members, Jeannie, Ray Marek




"National Velvet"


Music From The Series "National Velvet"...Starring Actress Lori Martin...


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Dawn Catherine Menzer aka Lori Martin 1947-2010..

Actress Lori Martin (born April 18, 1947, Glendale, California, died April 4, 2010 Oakhurst, California) was an American actress, born Dawn Catherine Menzer. She was born at 10:02 a.m., and four minutes later, her fraternal twin sister, Doree, arrived. As Martin weighed only 5 pounds and measured just 18 inches at birth, she spent the first few weeks of her life in an incubator, during which time her survival was somewhat doubtful. Her father was Russell C. Menzer (1916-1999), an M-G-M and Warner Brothers commercial artist and art director. She had a younger brother, Stephen, and an older sister, Jean. 1 Early career 2 National Velvet 3 Cape Fear 4 Singing career 5 Later career 6 Post acting life 7 Selected film and television appearances Early career When she was six years old, her mother took her to an agent who specialized in child actors and actresses, thinking that performing might be a healthy outlet for her. When later asked what inspired her to be an actress, Martin said that, "the best time in my life was when I was about four. Doree and I had to go live with my aunt in Ponca City, Okla. My mother got sick and Daddy had to go to work every day, so we couldn't stay here. I didn't want to come back. I cried and cried. That was when I decided, if I had to come back, I'd be an actress. I started getting parts immediately and my little brother was signed by the same agent, but he lacked my interest in acting. I just loved it." Martin auditioned so well that her parents soon allowed her to attend them by herself. Her mother recalled that "I'll never forget the first interview she went on. It was for a Chrysler commercial, and my car broke down about six blocks from the studio. I had to stay with the car, but Lori was all for going on in herself. She got out of the car, walked six blocks, found the right office, told the receptionist who she was, went in for her interview and got the job. Since then I've usually waited outside in the car and she's handled everything herself." As well as appearing in several commercials, including one for which her father designed the set and a Milky Way commercial, she won parts in the films Machine Gun Kelly (1958), The FBI Story (1959). She also appeared in several TV shows including Medic, Wagon Train, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Leave It to Beaver, and in Whirlybirds. She also appeared on the NBC interview program Here's Hollywood. National Velvet At the age of 12, Martin was the 975th young hopeful to be auditioned for the role of Velvet Brown in the NBC TV version of National Velvet, the role for which she is best remembered. After being included in the final three, she was interviewed a further ten times before winning the part. Ann Doran played her mother, Martha Brown. When she won the role, her name was changed from Dawn Menzer to "Lori Martin". On the change of name, Martin later said that, "I didn't like the name Lori at first. But I like it now. The reason I like it now is I've been brainwashed!" A natural blonde, one of the reasons why Martin won the National Velvet role was because when her hair was dyed black, many thought Lori had a striking resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor at the same age when Taylor starred in the 1944 film version. According to the show's producers, Martin won the role because "she looks like Elizabeth Taylor and is just as good an actress as Elizabeth Taylor was at 12. She is also, obviously, small enough for the role. And of all those kids, she was the one of them who wanted it the most." Indeed, Martin later said that she "wanted the part so bad I couldn't sleep." Whilst filming the TV show, Martin recalls that "one day someone told me that Elizabeth Taylor was going to be in the Thalberg Building. I ran right over hoping to see her and caught a glimpse just as she left. She was just so beautiful! I guess I was pretty at that age, but never anything like her!" At the time she was filming the series, Lori said that “I hope Elizabeth Taylor likes me in the series. I saw her in the movie before I ever got the part and I thought she was wonderful!' In the National Velvet TV series, Velvet Brown (played by Martin) lives on a dairy farm with her parents, Martha and Herbert, an ex-jockey, Mi Taylor, her brother Donald, and her sister Edwina (who had a boyfriend called Teddy). Velvet owned a thoroughbred stallion named King which she hoped would one day run in the Grand National Steeplechase. The show ran for 54 episodes between 1960 and 1962 (at 8 pm on Sunday evenings) and critics and audiences were extravagant in their praise for Martin’s performances. The show was axed by NBC in 1962 due to the enormous popularity of the competing CBS show, The Ed Sullivan Show. Cape Fear In 1962, Martin won the role of Nancy Bowden in the film Cape Fear which also starred Gregory Peck, Polly Bergen, and Robert Mitchum. In the film, Max Cady (Mitchum) re-enters the life of a small town lawyer, Sam Bowden (Peck). Eight years earlier, Cady was jailed after Bowden testified that he attacked a young woman. Now out of jail, Cady begins to terrorize Bowden and his family in revenge for his imprisonment, targeting Bowden's daughter Nancy (Martin) in particular. Ultimately, as Cady is fully intent on murdering the entire family and raping its female members in the process, Sam Bowden is left with no option but to try and trap and kill Cady. However, after subduing Cady after a brutal fight, Bowden spares his life knowing that life imprisonment for Cady would be a fate worse than death. Martin later said that she delivered her best performance in her role as Nancy. Singing career Lori jumped on the singing teen idol bandwagon and released her only single on Bob Keane's legendary Del-Fi Records. Recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood in September 1963, the girl group-styled, "The House of the Boy I Love", backed with "Mine 'Til Monday" (Del Fi 4201), was mistakenly released with songwriting credits given to the successful team of Barry Mann and Cythia Weil when in fact it was produced by Barry Mann and written by lesser known hit-man, Sylvester Brandford. Brandford's claim to fame was his composition of "Tears On My Pillow" which was a #4 hit in 1958 for Little Anthony & The Imperials. Although Lori's only record went nowhere fast, it has now become quite collectable and sought after among girl group record collectors. Later career After Cape Fear, Martin appeared in TV shows such as Slattery's People, Sam Benedict, Breaking Point, Please Don't Eat The Daisies and My Three Sons. She also won roles in the films, The Chase (1966) and The Angry Breed (1968). Post acting life During the early 1970s, Martin decided to put her acting career on hold. She later recalled that her reasoning behind her decision was that "I'd been in the business long enough to know I'd been stereotyped. My mother was in poor health and I felt I had worked from such an early age I could take some time off and get a college education." A few years later, she tried to reactivate her career but unfortunately she became "discouraged by the many changes in casting and techniques". In an article which was written at the height of her fame, she was quoted as saying that what she wanted to be when she grew up was "normal". Martin later recalled after her acting career had finished that it "was probably an accurate quote because that's what I wanted and as it turns out, that's what I am." Selected film and television appearances The Chase (1966) Cape Fear (1962) National Velvet (1960-1962) The FBI Story (1959) Machine Gun Kelly (1958)

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Actress Lori Martin (born April 18, 1947, Glendale, California, died April 4, 2010 Oakhurst, California) was an American actress, born Dawn Catherine Menzer. She was born at 10:02 a.m., and four minutes later, her fraternal twin sister, Doree, arrived. As Martin weighed only 5 pounds and measured just 18 inches at birth, she spent the first few weeks of her life in an incubator, during which time her survival was somewhat doubtful. Her father was Russell C. Menzer (1916-1999), an M-G-M and Warner Brothers commercial artist and art director. She had a younger brother, Stephen, and an older sister, Jean.
1 Early career
2 National Velvet
3 Cape Fear
4 Singing career
5 Later career
6 Post acting life
7 Selected film and television appearances
Early career
When she was six years old, her mother took her to an agent who specialized in child actors and actresses, thinking that performing might be a healthy outlet for her. When later asked what inspired her to be an actress, Martin said that, "the best time in my life was when I was about four. Doree and I had to go live with my aunt in Ponca City, Okla. My mother got sick and Daddy had to go to work every day, so we couldn't stay here. I didn't want to come back. I cried and cried. That was when I decided, if I had to come back, I'd be an actress. I started getting parts immediately and my little brother was signed by the same agent, but he lacked my interest in acting. I just loved it." Martin auditioned so well that her parents soon allowed her to attend them by herself. Her mother recalled that "I'll never forget the first interview she went on. It was for a Chrysler commercial, and my car broke down about six blocks from the studio. I had to stay with the car, but Lori was all for going on in herself. She got out of the car, walked six blocks, found the right office, told the receptionist who she was, went in for her interview and got the job. Since then I've usually waited outside in the car and she's handled everything herself."

As well as appearing in several commercials, including one for which her father designed the set and a Milky Way commercial, she won parts in the films Machine Gun Kelly (1958), The FBI Story (1959). She also appeared in several TV shows including Medic, Wagon Train, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Leave It to Beaver, and in Whirlybirds. She also appeared on the NBC interview program Here's Hollywood.

National Velvet
At the age of 12, Martin was the 975th young hopeful to be auditioned for the role of Velvet Brown in the NBC TV version of National Velvet, the role for which she is best remembered. After being included in the final three, she was interviewed a further ten times before winning the part. Ann Doran played her mother, Martha Brown. When she won the role, her name was changed from Dawn Menzer to "Lori Martin". On the change of name, Martin later said that, "I didn't like the name Lori at first. But I like it now. The reason I like it now is I've been brainwashed!" A natural blonde, one of the reasons why Martin won the National Velvet role was because when her hair was dyed black, many thought Lori had a striking resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor at the same age when Taylor starred in the 1944 film version. According to the show's producers, Martin won the role because "she looks like Elizabeth Taylor and is just as good an actress as Elizabeth Taylor was at 12. She is also, obviously, small enough for the role. And of all those kids, she was the one of them who wanted it the most." Indeed, Martin later said that she "wanted the part so bad I couldn't sleep." Whilst filming the TV show, Martin recalls that "one day someone told me that Elizabeth Taylor was going to be in the Thalberg Building. I ran right over hoping to see her and caught a glimpse just as she left. She was just so beautiful! I guess I was pretty at that age, but never anything like her!" At the time she was filming the series, Lori said that “I hope Elizabeth Taylor likes me in the series. I saw her in the movie before I ever got the part and I thought she was wonderful!'

In the National Velvet TV series, Velvet Brown (played by Martin) lives on a dairy farm with her parents, Martha and Herbert, an ex-jockey, Mi Taylor, her brother Donald, and her sister Edwina (who had a boyfriend called Teddy). Velvet owned a thoroughbred stallion named King which she hoped would one day run in the Grand National Steeplechase. The show ran for 54 episodes between 1960 and 1962 (at 8 pm on Sunday evenings) and critics and audiences were extravagant in their praise for Martin’s performances. The show was axed by NBC in 1962 due to the enormous popularity of the competing CBS show, The Ed Sullivan Show.

Cape Fear
In 1962, Martin won the role of Nancy Bowden in the film Cape Fear which also starred Gregory Peck, Polly Bergen, and Robert Mitchum. In the film, Max Cady (Mitchum) re-enters the life of a small town lawyer, Sam Bowden (Peck). Eight years earlier, Cady was jailed after Bowden testified that he attacked a young woman. Now out of jail, Cady begins to terrorize Bowden and his family in revenge for his imprisonment, targeting Bowden's daughter Nancy (Martin) in particular. Ultimately, as Cady is fully intent on murdering the entire family and raping its female members in the process, Sam Bowden is left with no option but to try and trap and kill Cady. However, after subduing Cady after a brutal fight, Bowden spares his life knowing that life imprisonment for Cady would be a fate worse than death. Martin later said that she delivered her best performance in her role as Nancy.

Singing career
Lori jumped on the singing teen idol bandwagon and released her only single on Bob Keane's legendary Del-Fi Records. Recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood in September 1963, the girl group-styled, "The House of the Boy I Love", backed with "Mine 'Til Monday" (Del Fi 4201), was mistakenly released with songwriting credits given to the successful team of Barry Mann and Cythia Weil when in fact it was produced by Barry Mann and written by lesser known hit-man, Sylvester Brandford. Brandford's claim to fame was his composition of "Tears On My Pillow" which was a #4 hit in 1958 for Little Anthony & The Imperials. Although Lori's only record went nowhere fast, it has now become quite collectable and sought after among girl group record collectors.

Later career
After Cape Fear, Martin appeared in TV shows such as Slattery's People, Sam Benedict, Breaking Point, Please Don't Eat The Daisies and My Three Sons. She also won roles in the films, The Chase (1966) and The Angry Breed (1968).

Post acting life
During the early 1970s, Martin decided to put her acting career on hold. She later recalled that her reasoning behind her decision was that "I'd been in the business long enough to know I'd been stereotyped. My mother was in poor health and I felt I had worked from such an early age I could take some time off and get a college education." A few years later, she tried to reactivate her career but unfortunately she became "discouraged by the many changes in casting and techniques".
In an article which was written at the height of her fame, she was quoted as saying that what she wanted to be when she grew up was "normal". Martin later recalled after her acting career had finished that it "was probably an accurate quote because that's what I wanted and as it turns out, that's what I am."

Selected film and television appearances
The Chase (1966)
Cape Fear (1962)
National Velvet (1960-1962)
The FBI Story (1959)
Machine Gun Kelly (1958)

Dawn passed away on 4th April 2010.

She was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea, as were her husband's ashes, off the south coast of Maui, near Mamalu Bay, Hawaii.

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My first crush

Posted by John on January 6, 2014 at 14:16 1 Comment

Just wanted to let you know that at 10 years old , after viewing the first episode of National Velvet I was so infatuated with Lori that I was unable to go to school the next day. I just laid on the sofa all day thinking about her and the show!

My favorite line in the show is what Donald said to Velvet after he saw her with lipstick on, " Velvet, are your lips bleeding?".

I really enjoyed that series and sad to see her go!


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Femme the Movie

Posted by Carole Wells on October 10, 2013 at 19:39 0 Comments

I am so proud to be a producer and a part of this movie. Please check out our our website. There are even ways YOU can bring the movie to your city and invite your friends to attend. The website is www.FemmeTheMovie.com 

Here is the FEMME trailer.

A Recent Book Review by Grady Harp

Posted by Carole Wells on July 29, 2013 at 0:00 0 Comments

Hello my friends. I wanted to place one of the reviews to my book Amberella here for you to read. There are many others on Amazon.com. I am adding this one because of the detail I feel that captures what the book is all about. Please enjoy.

In AMBERELLA Carole Wells has created a character whose personality courage and wisdom and perseverance will likely make her a heroine for young girls fortunate enough to be introduced to this magical book. And it seems a propitious…

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A Site Dedicated to the Memory of Lory Martin.

Lori and her son Brett. This photo from her family scrapbook.


Kevin, Kim, Dawn and Brett. Kevin is Doree's husband and Kim is Doree's daughter.

This photo was officially used by Rexall to present Lori to the press and her first episode of "National Velvet"

NEWS. What happened to Lori's ashes?

I can now reveal to you all for the first time in the world the following information.

On the 16th October 2010, Brett scattered his mums ashes (Lori Martin) with her husband Charles' ashes off the South coast of Maui, near Mamalu Bay, Hawaii

R.I P Dawn and Charles.


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The Official Site of Lori Martin star of televisions "National Velvet" and "Cape Fear" These photos from Lori's own scrapbook.

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I worked with Lori and loved her.

Started by Rich Correll. Last reply by Po Apr 2. 4 Replies

Hi. I'm Richard Correll.At the time that "National Velvet" aired, I was re-ocurring actor on the series "Leave It To Beaver. "I played Beaver's friend "Richard" and was on the show for three years. It was during this time, that I landed a part on "National Velvet" and man, was I excited. Mostly because I had a huge crush on Lori.So much so, that the other actors on "Beaver", including Jerry Mathers (who to this day is still a great friend of mine... I was best man at his wedding) kidded me about it all the time. I don't think I was ever nervous to work with anyone... except Lori, because, again, I was simply infatuated with her.Buzz Berger was the MGM TV casting person assigned to the show and he had just cast me in "Dr. Kildair" and even Buzz knew how crazy I was about Lori.  So I landed the part of "Alvie Jessup," a villain and the nemesis of Velvet's "boyfriend" on the show "John Hadley" ( played by another friend...Ricky Kellman).The first day of shooting was not on the stage, but rather on the back lot close to the town square where they shot the final parade in "The Music Man."  Ricky and I had a fight scene to do and along with the director, Frank McDonald, we were working out the fight moves, when out of a crowd of extras I heard this angelic voice say "I hope you two don't hurt each other."  I turned and there was Lori, in full makeup and wardrobe as Velvet.  I was looking straight into the face of an angel. I thought she looked even more beautiful in person... if that was possible. I shook her hand and introduced myself in a totally professional manner, never letting on that inside I was completely crazed. "Oh my God, I'm finally getting to meet Lori Martin... and she's awesome!!Lori was great to work with, although in most the scenes she had with me, she was supposed to be angry with me and sweet and kind to Ricky. Boy, was he lucky!That part of Alvie turned out to be a great thing for me because they called me back for two more episodes... so I did…Continue

My Three Sons

Started by John Perin May 27, 2013. 0 Replies

Those are really nice photos of Lori from that 1966 "My Three Sons" show.  I recently watched that episode and it appears Lori is really having a good time.  Really cute how she tries on the outfit to wear to go dancing at the nightclub and asked the other girl, "Do you think it's watusi proof".  Continue

Memories From Jr. High Classmate Of Dawn

Started by Denise Whitman. Last reply by Po May 18, 2013. 1 Reply

Over the course of last weekend (12/01/2012), I had the distinct pleasure of sharing Emails with a former junior high school classmate of Dawn (from 7th grade), just prior to her being selected for her role as Velvet Brown in the "National Velvet" TV series and being renamed Lori Martin and having her hair dyed black.  He never knew her as "Lori Martin" but only as Dawn Menzer.  I have his permission to share excerpts from his Emails to me.  I invited him to join this website but he respectfully declined, preferring to remember Dawn Menzer as she was when he knew her as a beautiful, petite girl with waist-length blonde hair who was a very caring and kind person.  Below are his memories that I share with you:"I went to Luther Burbank Junior High School with Dawn. We were in the same Social Studies class in 7th grade. She was tiny, blonde, and beautiful. The teacher's name was Mrs. Hughes.  Dawn was nice to me when most people were not. I was not well liked in school.  I was twelve when my dad died, three months short of (turning) thirteen, and when my father died she was very sympathetic.  She used to go horseback riding nearly every day after school.  The last time I saw Dawn, she was so different that I failed to recognize her.  Her beautiful waist-length blonde hair had been shorn to shoulder-length and dyed black.  I ended up in a home in Inglewood, CA called The Children's Baptist Home of Southern California. At Christmas, we were all taken to the National Guard post in, I believe, Inglewood. There was a girl actress there making a personal appearance named Lori Martin.  We were both 14, or nearly 14, because it was just before Christmas.  They put us all in Jeeps and took us around and around in a circle.  Lori was in one of the Jeeps and she looked at me and shouted, "How's Mrs. Hughes?"  Unfortunately, we had a boy in the home who was there that day named Hughes. None of us could figure out how she knew Hughes' mother. We were too busy playing on the…Continue

Comparable Pictures

Started by Denise Whitman. Last reply by Po May 20, 2013. 3 Replies

I know that when this picture of Lori was in Seventeen Magazine back in 1962, Seventeen was a LARGE magazine...not your typical 8.5x11 magazine....it was probably more like 11x16.  I originally posted this (single) picture of Lori because I thought it was such an awesomely spectacular COLOR picture of Lori, but then Belinda Higgins acquired the original Seventeen magazine that contained both Lori Martin and Carole Wells advertising the headbands, and I am posting them both here.  You can definitely see the "full" picture of Lori that was not "scan-able" in Belinda's picture due to the size of the magazine page, but I thought you'd enjoy seeing both pictures side by side so that you can see the full, pretty picture of Lori.  I love these pictures!Continue

When I first saw You!

Started by Jim Eure. Last reply by Po Oct 9, 2012. 4 Replies

        When I first saw you..... you were filming Cape Fear in Savannah..You were 14 and I was 11..I had a big crush on you!..I remember your plaid blue skirt and your beautiful blue eyes!...You were sitting at a table in Forsyth Park... everybody was having lunch and had a break in filming...I went up to you and got your autograph!..I was trilled beyond belief!..You touched my piece of paper!.....I remember the movie very well..I have seen it many many times..I know where all the shots were filmed..Isle of Hope....Live Oak Bowling Lanes,.. that was less that a mile from my house!.. The Ogeechee River....Armstrong State College..etc...You were such a great actor!..You will be missed by many....Thank You!..Jim Eure     Continue

two years since lori's passing

Started by JEANNIE COULTER MAREK. Last reply by JEANNIE COULTER MAREK Apr 5, 2012. 1 Reply

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