Friday, March 12, 2010

Nerd Girl of Note #53

For every heroine there must be a foil, and on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, that foil was Princess Ardala, portrayed by Pamela Hensley. Ms. Hensley's biggest roles were as Janet Blake on Marcus Welby, M.D. (alongside Robert Young), and Matt Houston (with Lee Horsley) as C.J. Parsons. Her role as Ardala is for me the best known. Princess Ardala was everything Col. Wilma Deering (Erin Gray) was not. A smoldering brunette that oozed sex-appeal. She was leading an assault by the Draconian Empire against Earth.

Ms. Hensley's film credits include Doc Savage: the Man of Bronze and Rollerball as well as the "Get Smart" film The Nude Bomb. She appeared in numerous television shows of the day, including episodes of Vega$, The Six-Million Dollar Man, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, and Hotel.

Here is an okey video comparing Ardala and Wilma Deering.


The Vicar of VHS said...


That is all. ;)

Darius Whiteplume said...

I'll see your "Zang," and raise you a "Hachi-Machi!" ;-)

Wings1295 said...

How about Cowabunga!

Joe Ackerman said...

I'm going with: POW!

Lacey said...

I'd kill for a body like that NOW,
let alone back then.

When she walked into the ball in the pilot episode she rolled her hips like they were on ball bearings.

I went home and practiced that walk in front of a mirror for a week.

Sorry she dropped out of showbiz.

Anonymous said...

Oh hell yes!

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Wings - Cowabunga works.

@Joe, as does POW.

We'll also accept "Ta-dow!", "hominahomina", and "ah-ooga!"

@Lacey - Anyone who'd practice the slinky villainess walk is tops in my book. ;-)

@David - I concur. :-D

db said...

My brother and I wasted endless hours debating the Wilma or Ardala question, truly the defining philosophical debate of our times, and while I eventually had to wave the Ardala flag (history has shown that I have a weakness for darksider princess types) I gotta say that the bit in the last episode of the first season, when Wilma tells Buck that he taught her what it means to be a woman? It's my life's work to get someone to tell me that!

Anonymous said...

Wilma is much, much hotter than every other woman in the 25th century. No contest.

Darius Whiteplume said...

@DB - sorry I missed your comment. I too am powerless in the face of brunettes with ulterior motives. Ornella Muti/Princess Aura, The Baroness, Evil-Lyn... The list goes on :-)

@Johnny Noir - Wilma just edged Ardalla out in the poll. I guess someone in casting got it right, back then :-)

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