Showgirl, model, and local late-night TV starlet Gloria Pall aka Voluptua, the woman deemed “too hot for television,” died of heart failure December 30 at Burbank Hospital. She was 85. In 1954, after the success of Vampira, late-night TV executives at Los Angeles’ KABC-TV cast Gloria Pall as Voluptua, the sultry hostess of a new, love-themed movie program. From the Los Angeles Times: “Fans dubbed the statuesque Pall ‘Eyeful Tower’ and ‘Miss Cleavage’ for her shapely figure and plunging necklines. Her steamy on-camera poses and flirtatious comments soon earned her another moniker: ‘Corruptua.’ Each Wednesday night, as the show’s romantic theme song played, Pall slinked across Southland TV screens wearing an evening gown and dragging a fur coat. Before she introduced the week’s romantic flick, she greeted viewers with a breathy coo: ‘Welcome to my boudoir, I want you to feel that it’s your special hideaway. Relax, take off your shoes, loosen your tie.’ She caressed a bearskin rug, made silhouetted on-camera costume changes behind a translucent screen and answered a phone that didn’t ring. Instead, it sighed her name: ‘Voluptua…Voluptua.’ As she signed off, by now clad only in a men’s pajama top, she kissed the camera goodbye. ‘You put that on television and people went crazy,’ Greene said. ‘They were simultaneously titillated and appalled.’ Just seven weeks after it first aired, amid mounting pressure from religious and PTA groups and lackluster commercial sponsorship, the station abruptly canceled the show.” The show’s risque theme and the protests it drew attracted national media attention. In 1955, Pall was featured in photo spreads in Playboy and Life. She later went on to sell real estate and self-publish several books about her life. She’s pictured here in a publicity still from the ’50s (top), and with Charles Laughton on the set of Night of the Hunter, where she played a showgirl (bottom).
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