In the 1970s, Chris began to suffer from postwar trauma.  Noel made frequent visits to troops and was shot down twice in helicopters. However, she has been less remembered than the aforementioned lovelies, all of whom went on to bigger and better things in their careers. She was considered so popular and influential that in fact the Viet Cong placed a $10,000 bounty on her head. Currently, Chris is autographing a limited number of copies of her book. View the profiles of people named Chris Noel. She took the standard route--cheerleader, model, beauty pageant winner--that most gorgeous girls take when trying to crash Hollywood. She became the GIs' favorite sexy radio and show personality while putting her own life on the line. She was just one of a myriad of beautiful, statuesque, bikini-clad blondes who pranced and romped about the sand and surf of the California shores in all those nostalgic beach party movies of the "swinging '60s". Twice her helicopter was shot down in Vietnam while she was on tour singing and entertaining troops. Who Killed Mr. Colby in Ladies' Lingerie? - IMDb Mini Biography By: For even more, visit our Family Entertainment Guide. Moreover, her first husband, a Green Beret captain (they married in Vietnam) suffering from the same postwar syndrome as Chris, killed himself during the Christmas holiday season of 1969. As of 2011 she was living in West Palm Beach, FL. Noel was performing cover songs by John Prine and needed a backup band. In late 1999 the sometime singer turned out a collection of songs called "Nashville Impact.". But, it was the specialty performers--The Supremes, The Four Seasons and The Righteous Brothers--who were noticed in that flick, not the actors. View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro. She is best known for her appearance on Soldier in the Rain.  Star of a dozen beach party movies in the 1960s, she is perhaps best known by veterans of the Vietnam war for her work on the Armed Forces Radio And Television Service as the "Voice of Vietnam". The incredibly photogenic teen seemed tailor-made for the camera and, sure enough, by 1963, she was appearing in her first film, Soldier in the Rain (1963), starring Steve McQueen. She was a finalist in the "Miss Rheingold" contest in 1963 (New York). In the great perky tradition of fellow blondes, DVD Review: "The Glory Stompers" (1967) Starring Dennis Hopper, Jody McCrea Chris Noel And Jock Mahoney, Turner Classic Movies Celebrates Elvis Presley's Birthday With All Day Film Festival January 8, The Tide Goes Out For "Beach Party" Co-star Jody McCrea - A Tribute By Tom Lisanti, I Wouldn't Miss My Own Funeral for Anything. Some time after, the band was dissolved and Noel pursued other interests. Chris took an entirely different, and much more meaningful, route, altogether.She was born near the water in 1941, albeit a different beach locale--West Palm Beach, Florida, to be exact. 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Star of a dozen beach party movies in the 1960s, she is perhaps best known by veterans of the Vietnam war for her work on the Armed Forces Radio And Television Service as the "Voice of Vietnam". After auditioning many New York area musicians, the band "Quilt" was formed. The recipient of the Distinguished Vietnam Veteran award from the Veterans Network in 1984.  Her radio program A Date With Chris was one of Armed Forces Radio's most popular shows and is fondly remembered by many Vietnam vets. I prayed to God to help me help young men in war.". Chris Noel (born July 2, 1941) is an American actress. Having perfomed in the '60s "Beach Movies", "Motorcycle Movies" and as one of the "Elvis Girls", Chris has developed a huge following. Based on the highest total points awarded the CD that won is Chris Noel's "Blues Shouter". , In 1993, she opened a shelter in Boynton Beach, Florida, providing space for 10 - 12 veterans at a time. Official Sites.  He killed himself after they had been married 11 months. She was just one of a myriad of beautiful, statuesque, bikini-clad blondes who pranced and romped about the sand and surf of the California shores in all those nostalgic beach party movies of the "swinging '60s". Gary Brumburgh / firstname.lastname@example.org, Other Works Paul asked Dennis Lepri, who had worked with Kenny Rogers and Gunhill Road, to form a band for her and produce her sound. In the early '70's, Noel was in New York and was working with Paul Colby, impresario and owner of the famous Greenwich Village club, The Bitter End. Join Facebook to connect with Chris Noel and others you may know. Noel wed soldier Ty Herrington, whom she later described as "a paranoid schizophrenic manic-depressive", following his proposal in a helicopter. Any attempt to resurrect her Hollywood career in the 1970s and 1980s would be short-lived due to her stress, ill health and depression. Chris Noel was one of the Original Swingin' Chicks of the sixties. She said, "That was the moment.  Her pin up pictures were very popular. While modeling in New York, Noel tried out for and became a cheerleader for the New York Giants in the early 1960s. In 1969 she married a Green Beret captain who proposed to her in a helicopter. Her interest in that war's military personnel began with her visit to a San Francisco VA hospital in 1965. She is currently featured in the new book and calendar "Swingin' Chicks of … In the great perky tradition of fellow blondes Sandra Dee, Linda Evans, Yvette Mimieux, and the late Sharon Tate, stunning Chris Noel, at the time, did what she did best: distract male viewers from some of the silliness around her. The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part II: 1962-1969, What to Watch if You Miss the "Game of Thrones" Cast. She went on to marry three more times. Check out our picks for family friendly movies movies that transcend all ages. She was born near the water in 1941, albeit a different beach locale--West Palm Beach, Florida, to be exact. She was just one of a myriad of beautiful, statuesque, bikini-clad blondes who pranced and romped about the sand and surf of the California shores in all those nostalgic beach party movies of the "swinging '60s". Chris Noel (born July 2, 1941) is an American actress. Though Chris made appearances in such TV series as Perry Mason (1957), Bewitched (1964) and a few Bob Hope specials, she was not satisfied with her career...or her life.A tour of a VA hospital in 1965 altered her destiny, forever. She took the standard route--cheerleader, model, beauty pageant winner--that most gorgeous girls take when trying to crash Hollywood. Chris Noel Official Website - complete with a couple of photo galleries, filmography, a page to order autographed photos and CD's, and lots more interesting stuff about Chris and her work with Vietnam vets. Posters that showed her holding a Kodak Brownie camera were displayed in camera stores. She also had her own modeling school in Lake Park, Florida. Her radio program A Date With Chris was one of Armed Forces Radio's most popular shows and is fondly remembered by many Vietnam vets. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, on July 2, 1941, actress and radio personality Chris Noel started her career as a successful teenage model in Florida in the 1950s and then moved to New York following high school in 1959. Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. Looking for a movie the entire family can enjoy? Chris Noel--a remarkable, courageous lady who could have just rested on her laurels as another beautiful Hollywood face, but didn't. She deserves to be remembered as such. Wild Wild Winter (1966) provided Chris a second chance as a lead and she also booked a secondary femme part in Elvis Presley's Girl Happy (1965), but nothing much came out of them, either. Chris' two subsequent marriages also ended in divorce.Persevering, she ventured into the operation of shelters for veterans in Florida during the 1990s, becoming a durable symbol for those who fought the unpopular fight. As it turned out, Vietnam veterans would become her prime mission and life's work long after the war. Publicity Listings A paratrooper wounded three times during his 18 months in Vietnam, he committed suicide 11 months after their wedding. Looking for something to watch? | After extensive rehearsals at the Bitter End, the band showcased for selected industry executives to mixed reviews. After a few other minor efforts, Chris received her first "Annette Funicello"-like star billing in Beach Ball (1965), opposite Edd Byrnes, in the Frankie Avalon role. , In addition to her work on radio during the Vietnam War, she toured the country eight times, including twice with Bob Hope. Considered the U.S.' answer to "Hanoi Hanna," Chris was heard on the Armed Forces Radio twice a week on a show called, "A Date with Chris". She is one of the popular actresses in the world of cinema. Runs Vetsville Cease Fire House, a shelter for homeless vets in Florida. Chris Noel, Actress: Soldier in the Rain. Chris Noel started her career as a model and ventured into the showbiz industry. The finalists will be announced prior to International Blues Challenge with the winner revealed during the IBC Finals on Saturday, February 1, 2020. | Chris's CD has been submitted by the Victoria Blues Society to the Blues Foundation for consideration in their competition. Suffered from flashbacks, migraines and stress disorders following her Vietnam mission. Her pin up pictures were very popular. Based on her minor pin-up celebrity, Chris impulsively auditioned for the Armed Forces Network (AFN) and started hosting her own radio show for the GIs in Vietnam, frequently flying to that war-torn country and visiting remote areas considered too risky for Bob Hope's USO shows.