This Brady Bunch guest star was a singer once deemed ''too sexy for Italy''

Abbe Lane flirted with Mike Brady and nearly scandalized Jackie Gleason.

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"Mike's Horror-Scope" feels unlikely any other episode of The Brady Bunch. It's not merely the supernatural overtones insinuated in the title and plot. The story is simply more adult — literally. The six Brady Kids do not show up until about 11 minutes into the episode — nearly halfway through. If this were the first episode you saw of the series, you would be excused for thinking it was something closer to I Lucy Lucy

It begins in the bedroom, with a rare look through the sliding glass door that opens off of Mike and Carol's master suite. Mike hops into bed and rips off his slippers. Carol reads the newspaper, flipping through the pages to find the astrology forecast. Mike chuckles as he reads his forecast: "A strange woman will soon come into your life."

Of course, that strange woman turns up a couple of scenes later in Mike's office. She is the fabulously named and dressed Beebe Gallini, who hopes to employ Mike Brady's architectural skills to build a new cosmetics factory. She has the air of a Gabor about her. In real life, the actress' name is Abbe Lane.

Abbe Lane — doesn't it just sound like a Beatles outtake? The Brooklyn native was hardly 20 when she married Latino bandleader Xavier Cugat in 1952. The musician was three decades older. The couple collaborated on an album called Cha Cha Cha in 1955, released during what was arguably the peak popularity of Caribbean, calypso, Latin, jazz and exotica music in America.

Lane would go on to sing on albums with Tito Puente And His Orchestra and Sid Ramin And His Orchestra. The major record labels — Philips, RCA and Mercury — were no fools. They all slapped Abbe Lane in a skimpy dress on the LP covers. The redhead looked like a precursor to Ginger of Gilligan's Island. (Unsurprisingly, Tina Louise appeared in similar poses as a model/singer on Fifties easy-listening records.)

In 1963, a magazine called Adam labeled Lane "the Swingingest Sexpot in Show Business." The sultry singer caused a stir when she was slated to appear on The Jackie Gleason Show. Her costume was deemed to be too revealing, and she was forced to wear something more conservative. Likewise, when living in Italy with her husband Cugat, Lane was deemed "too sexy" for the national television network RAI. 

Yes, in Italy, the country that gave us Sophia Loren.

When Cugat and Lane split in 1964, she stayed behind in Italy. Not forever, obviously, as she began turning up all over TV in 1965. She was on F Troop and The Flying Nun. Following her 1970 spot on The Brady Bunch, she had just a handful more acting roles, including a gig as a flight attendant in Twilight Zone: The Movie, in the remake of "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."

She eventually earned a star on the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard. You know who doesn't have a star on the Walk of Fame? Robert Reed, Mike Brady himself.

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cperrynaples 1 month ago
Really METV did you have to make a really lame Beatles joke? I suppose now you're going to search Google to find Penny Road...LOL! Don't forget some of us saw The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964!
kevopilis 1 month ago
Too sexy? Count me in. I'll judge for myself thank you. Probably some other issue.
mellotronage 1 month ago
Our cat is named Beebe. Sometimes we call it "Beebe Gallini"....lol
Coachangel85 1 month ago
Not impressed with website! You can't watch the shows we love. Not free if I need cable to watch it. I stream it, but it still costs me. All Lies on MeTV!!!
Tlor Coachangel85 1 month ago

what are you talking about I have free tv, we have an antennae and all the shows I watch don't cost me a dime. The antennae is tiny compared to the 50s and 60s type, everything is free the networks, Movie Channel, DABL, Quest, Cozi, Decades, Heroes, Buzzer, etc, etc, etc,
LeslieK1966 Tlor 29 days ago
I love DABL! Watch it everyday!
15inchBlackandWhite 1 month ago
hmmm.....redhead married to a Cuban band leader. Where have we seen this before?
Actually, Xavier Cugat was born in Girona, Spain, not Cuba...
justjeff 1 month ago
Personally, I find Abbe Lane much prettier and sexier than Tina Louise while she was on Gilligan's Island [probably because of her now infamous diva-ish behavior] - however some early images of Louise in the 1950s were stunning.

Cugat loved his women young and beautiful. Lane was 20 when she married him.

Charo (born Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza) was supposedly also 20, but she has told a story that she was allowed to falsify her age in order to marry Cugie as a "business arrangement" to get into the US - which may have made her 15 or 16 at the time... Cugie was 66.

Some guys have *all* the luck...
If you want to see Tina Louise true acting/comedy ability, watch the movie For Those Who Think Young(1964). James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Paul Lynde and Woody Woodbury.
Gilligan's in it too, and so is Ellen Burstyn under her birth name which I forgot! Fun Fact: She was one of the Glee Girls who introduced Gleason's '50's show! You can see her in the lost Honeymooners from 1957!
MrsPhilHarris 1 month ago
Some how I doubt Jackie Gleason was scandalized. It was more likely someone from the network or a producer that said no to the dress.
Krn 1 month ago
One of my favorite Brady Bunch episodes
You say it's one of your fave BB episodes. Then perhaps you can answer a couple of questions about it: What was the name of the character Abbe Lane portrayed? What did she want her office building to look like?
Bebe Galini and at one point she wanted it to look like a compact and I believe lipstick.
Yes, she wanted the building to look like both, but I think MIke convinced her on the Pink Powder Puff (compact), I think it was.
Can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve seen this one 😀
cperrynaples 1 month ago
Bonus Question: What Bill Murray comedy refers to Tito Puente?
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cperrynaples texasluva 1 month ago
Yep, Bill's girlfriend breaks up with him partly because of his Puente records! Of course if she hadn't he wouldn't have gone into the Army!
cperrynaples 1 month ago
I Lucy Lucy? When did that happen...LOL! Also, the illusion the writer was going for is more suited for DVDS! In fact, there's an episode where an Italian actress hits on Rob making Laura green with envy!
RobertM 1 month ago
"....Italy, the country that gave us Sophia Loren"--I believe that story about Abbe Lane, as Sophia Loren once had some trouble with that country's government over her personal life.
Pacificsun 1 month ago
Abbe Lane appeared in MFU's "Come With Me to the Casbah Affair."

And while the series was ultimately cancelled (perceived) as being "too violent" actually it could've been cancelled for being "too sexy" except for the fact that it ran at 10pm in many US markets. However the production spiced up many of its scenes (using beautiful, exotic women) just one more notch in order for movie versions of the episodes to be released overseas!
As you no doubt know, the MFU "movies" weren't really movies, {if I remember right,} they took the two part episodes and ran them together. If they weren't long enough to be considered "movie length," they would add on more scenes to make them so.
(The relevance of this comment to the article is related to spotting another "too sexy" actress for television (being Luciana Paluzzi) in the same vein as Abbe Lane!).

😉 Very true Stephanie! Am currently reading a (Spy Command) blog called "The Cut & Paste Affair!" that describes just what you say. Splicing together The Vulcan Affair and parts of The Double Affair. The "movie" version (in fact there are 8) has a much different vibe than episodes made for TV (using additional footage). The Spy Commander is very much into his trivia (as are you). That's a good thing!

You might enjoy the link:
https://hmssweblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/22/u-n-c-l-e-script-the-cut-and-paste-affair-part-i/#respond

Thank you for commenting on the MFU 😉
Thanks for the link to the link. I'll let you know when I check it out, what I think of it. You're welcome. I like the M.F.U. as much as the next fan. I have a terrible habit of getting shows and then not watching them. {I might be repeating myself, sorry if I am.} I end up watching them on whichever retro channel the happen to be on.. I keep telling myself why am I wasting my time when I could be watching that which I don't have? I never listen to myself! But then I think if I should get a craving for when they're not on...I'm covered!
texasluva 1 month ago
She's just too sexy for....................................
MrsPhilHarris texasluva 1 month ago
What a stunning beauty!
texasluva MrsPhilHarris 1 month ago
I did it for a laugh. She is a cutie though
texasluva MrsPhilHarris 1 month ago
There is an oddity about this which I did not know until after I posted "too sexy video" Abbe Lane who was married to Xavier Cugat divorced him 1964. Then married this guy named Perry Leff (1966). He has one credit in IMDb doing Love It or Leave It (Documentary) (executive producer). It has no likes or much of a mention. In that documentary is Tina Louise. What are the chances?
texasluva MrsPhilHarris 1 month ago
Way! Search his name and then get to IMDb. Below there is a link to the documentary. Click it and see her name in the cast. I was thinking what is this? Only reason I check it because story was on Abbe and checked her bio found her husband. Then was wondering what he might have done in cinema. If you take into account since like the 1960's how many actors there were. 20,000 maybe more. Then Louise pops up in his only credit (husband of person in this story). You just never know
MrsPhilHarris texasluva 1 month ago
You are correct sir! Who knew?
texasluva MrsPhilHarris 1 month ago
Just I and the fly on the wall .
harlow1313 1 month ago
Doris Ziffel (Barbara Pepper) was once deemed too sexy for Hooterville.
cperrynaples harlow1313 1 month ago
Doris Ziffel? Lisa maybe, Arnold's "mother" NEVER!
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