Peacock’s new series “Angelyne,” starring Emmy Rossum as the neon-blond impresario of the title, may perhaps be primarily based on do the job by the Hollywood Reporter’s Gary Baum. But the actual-lifestyle Angelyne, known throughout L.A. for her striking billboards and brilliant-pink Corvette, has never restricted herself when it comes to publicity.
We at The Moments have caught up with her consistently above the a long time, from the set of “Earth Girls Are Easy” in 1987 to her (most latest) run for governor in 2021, and what arrives via in each dispatch is her hold on the city’s imagination: As David L. Ulin wrote in 2019, immediately after the Peacock sequence was declared, “She’s a Los Angeles initial, a vivid signifier of the area and how it operates. Impression, her presence tells us, is not frivolous it has material, specially in this article.”
With Thursday’s premiere of “Angelyne,” we’ve determined to spherical up that archival protection into this not-at-all-exhaustive timeline of her job. Content looking through.
In a Might 1987 profile, the star traces her profession to a “previous manager [who] papered Hollywood with 2-by-3-foot posters of Angelyne. Then her latest manager started obtaining up billboards and plastering even much larger portraits of the would-be star around city. Just one billboard designed it into the opening montage of the ‘Moonlighting’ tv clearly show one more photo was highlighted in National Geographic journal — ‘Just me! I’m section of the Hollywood scenery!’ she said with a chuckle.”
1996 marked the 15th anniversary of Angelyne’s billboards, becoming a member of various other notable American birthdays that year, in accordance to The Occasions — which include Harley-Davidson, Frederick’s of Hollywood and the Nationwide Enquirer.
1980s: The rise of Angelyne
A 2002 profile sums up her fame — if not accurately her small business design: “Since the 1980s, billboards have absent up on the Sunset Strip, La Brea Avenue and other famed corridors advertising and marketing Angelyne’s name, canyon-like cleavage and cellphone variety. If curious motorists get in touch with that variety, they’ll arrive at Angelyne Management, where by she has many total-time workforce devoted to selling the sizzle to her steak.
“An actress with a handful of display screen credits, which includes “Earth Girls Are Easy,” Angelyne has turn into an L.A. icon via her billboards. They have experienced a greater movie career than she has, showing in “Get Shorty” and “Volcano” as perfectly as TV’s “The Simpsons,” “Moonlighting” and “Futurama.” She statements a fan club of a lot more than 22,000 and has appeared in magazines from Nationwide Geographic to Individuals. Angelyne is also an occasional pitch girl for the La Brea Chevrolet dealership, which sells Corvettes.”
Between about 500 men and women cited was the painter a mural of Angelyne on the side of a building close to Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Road, for failing to safe acceptance from the city’s Cultural Affairs Fee: “The mural was commissioned by an actress contacting herself Angelyne — she refuses to give her very last identify — to draw in job provides.”
September 1987: Catching up with ‘the Patron Saint of a certain facet of L.A.’
“I loathe the warmth,” Angelyne tells The Moments from the set of “Earth Ladies Are Uncomplicated.” “I’m a pampered pussycat and I really do not like to be awkward.”
“Other rumors: Angelyne has a rich Turkish boyfriend who pays for all her billboards. Some people say it is an Arab sheik. She’s dated Charlie Sheen. She’s dated Madonna. She is mobbed by adoring supporters and Japanese travelers anywhere she goes. She lives in Studio Metropolis. She lives in Beverly Hills. She’s a Scientologist. She’s a lesbian. She’s a person. The rumors just cannot possibly all be real.”
August 2002: Angelyne moves from the billboard to the ballot
“Angelyne, the age-concealing actress who has appeared in the movie ‘Earth Women Are Easy’ and a Moby music video clip, filed her candidacy papers Friday, along with 19 other council contenders [in the proposed city of Hollywood]. The paperwork integrated a statement that stated she has no reportable belongings, regardless of those people billboards of her that commenced popping up in the 1980s. In an job interview, she insisted she is critical about earning Hollywood superior: ‘I’m Angelyne. I’m the impression of Hollywood. I want Hollywood to increase to my celebration.’”
“Among the very last to be part of a group of would-be governors that previously featured Hustler journal manager Larry Flynt and billboard pinup Angelyne were being a journey agent, a sitcom author, a structural engineer, a sumo wrestler and radio character Jim ‘Poorman’ Trenton, who named his marketing campaign ‘a good way to meet women.’”
“Running on the marketing campaign slogan, ‘We’ve had Gray, we’ve experienced Brown, now it is time for some blond and pink,’” The Occasions remembered in a 2007 story, “she completed 28th.”
“Bodacious billboard queen Angelyne needs to grow to be the upcoming star of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Not with a bronze plaque embedded in Hollywood Boulevard’s terrazzo sidewalk. But as the human being who presides over Tinseltown’s most important vacationer custom. Civic leaders are hunting for a new honorary mayor who can assistance select Walk of Fame honorees and then phase glitzy star unveilings in a way that tends to make famous people and onlookers alike sense special.
“Longtime Honorary Mayor Johnny Grant had that knack in the course of the 28 a long time he helped run the Walk of Fame and emceed its sidewalk ceremonies for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He died Jan. 9 at age 84. Nevertheless the variety could be months absent, a few entrance-runners have emerged: Angelyne, longtime Hollywood radio character Gary Owens and ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ activity-clearly show host Monty Corridor.”
Might 2008: Angelyne wins legal tussle with W Resort
“As element of a legal settlement with developers of the W Resort job close to Hollywood and Vine, the Tinseltown icon will sustain the exact company deal with she has utilised for the previous 19 years — despite the point that it was destroyed by the wrecking ball… Angelyne charged that the company and builders still left her trapped with thousands of photos, posters and other ‘Angelyne Admirer Club’ elements imprinted with the defunct Selma Road mailing deal with.”
August 2009: Or did she?
“[Angelyne] alleges that the Los Angeles Group Redevelopment Agency reneged on a guarantee to enable her hold her longtime mailing handle after evicting her to make way for a new Hollywood luxury resort undertaking. As a result, enthusiast mail is being stamped ‘return to sender’ and is not shipped….
“‘I get at the very least 10 letters a day from individuals seeking my products,’ Angelyne said. ‘But then it stopped. Last but not least 1 fan noticed me in person and outlined that his letter experienced been returned to him.’ Following that, she and an assistant mailed a collection of exam letters to the Selma tackle. All have been sent again as undeliverable by the article business — which routinely forwards mail for a maximum of one yr.
“Two months ago, Angelyne complained to the redevelopment company and demanded it pay out $403,566 so that pictures, posters and other marketing components bearing the aged Selma deal with can be reprinted. She also questioned for $50,000 in payment for reduction of company.”
August 2021: Angelyne operates for governor (once again)
“I realized as a 3-calendar year-aged that I could operate the earth and do a excellent work,” Angelyne tells The Moments in response to our satisfy-the-candidates questionnaire. “So why not California? I’m now Queen of the Universe, so governor is a piece of cake.”