MICKEY COHEN'S GIRLFRIENDS
Excerpt from Hollywood's Celebrity Gangster,
The Incredible Life and Times of Mickey Cohen

Mickey’s social life blossomed, and it became the subject of early supermarket tabloid journalism. To ensure convenient and luxurious trappings for the girls in town, Mickey kept a second apartment near the Hollywood nightclubs. The diminutive Casanova’s regulars were Brandy Long, Tempest Storm (Annie Becker), Arlene Stevens, and statuesque Beverly Hills, a favorite through 1959 as a substantial fill-in for main squeeze Candy Barr. Popular Stevens’ elaborate club act included an oyster shell, and little more. Many columnists, including Dorothy Kilgallen, followed Tempest Storms’ exploits, also mentioning her romance with singer Herb Jeffries.

Candy Barr - click to see her strip act

Mickey’s relationship with chocolate lover Candy Barr was no secret, and when he was older, he confessed a certain friction. She had a talent for being able to ripple her muscles while standing still, which certainly didn’t inhibit his original attraction.

Liz Renay

Before becoming Liz Renay, she worked as a waitress in Phoenix, and answered to the name Pearl McLain. Tough, good-natured Renay got around when she stopped giving the chef orders for “two over easy”, and attained fame after winning a Marilyn Monroe look-alike contest.

Renay fit the bill perfectly for Mickey and Hollywood. She not only had hung around with syndicate regulars Champ Segal and Anastasia bodyguard Tony “Cappy” Cappola, but she had the pie-in-the-sky aspirations of so many young women who flocked to tinsel town to pursue acting.

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