Rockbrat Introduces You To: Angela Aames (1956-1988)

Photo by K. Kristofferson

It was only after watching Pacino in Scarface a few weeks back, when I re noticed Angella Aames, one of Hollywood’s brightest stars from the late 70s / early 80s. Aames is a name that is largely forgotten now, but for anyone who ever saw Bachelor Party in the mid 80s, the buxom blonde left an, ahem, immediate impression. Apart from the aforementioned films, Aames also appeared in many films of a similar genre including H.O.T.S. (1979), Basic Training (1985), and Chopping Mall (1986). She did guest appearances on several television shows, including Cheers (1982), and Night Court (1984).  In 1983, she appeared on Cinemax’s Likely Stories, playing an 80-foot-tall (24 m) giantess. Aames often played typecast busty blonde roles, including as Penny, a fitness instructor, on The Dom DeLuise Show (1987). Sadly, she was found dead at a friend’s home in West Hills in the San Fernando Valley on November 27, 1988. She was only 32 years of age. Although the Hollywood rumor mill talked up death by drug overdose angle, the coroner later ruled that her death was a result of a deterioration of the heart muscle, probably caused by a virus. By sheer coincidence, as I was unrolling a bunch of posters to put up for sale on eBay, I came across this poster I have promoting KB Lager in the US (KB Export). KB stood for Kent Brewery by the way. Although I have had this poster for many many years, it was only on closer inspection did I realise that the beach blonde in the wet KB tee shirt is none other than Angela Aames. At a guess, the poster must be from the mid to late 70s. Angela Aames – and a can of KB. Not much else you really need is there……

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