In this clip from The Psychotronic, Psychotronic contributor Dale Ashmun details his brief affair with the legendary starlet, Liz Renay.
Few actresses can claim that their acting career was financed by a gangster and that not be the most interesting thing about them.
It was Liz Renay’s relationship with L.A. racketeer Mickey Cohen, that financed her start in American cinema, though it would also lead to her serving a 2-year sentence for perjury in his income-tax evasion trial, which would ultimately end her burgeoning acting career as well.
Born April 14, 1926, in Chandler, Arizona to strict, evangelical parents. In 1949, Renay won “Miss Stardust of Arizona” and gave her the aspirations to dream of becoming an actress. And when production for the film “The Sound of Fury” came to Phoenix and wanted townspeople, a 24-year-old Renay would spend her time as an extra attempting to influence the production into noticing her.
One of her most famous roles was a part originally to be played by Divine, in the lead role of John Waters’ Desperate Living.
Her novel My First 2,000 Men, was a tell-all of men she had slept with in Hollywood, including Joe DiMaggio, Regis Philbin, and Cary Grant,
Renay died on January 22, 2007, at 80-years-old, in Las Vegas, Nevada from a heart attack.