Read Gail's autobiography!
|Terry Southern had already written the risque novel Candy, and the screenplay of a classic counter-culture film, Dr Strangelove, but would go on to write The Cincinatti Kid, Barbarella, Casino Royale, The Magic Christian, and Easy Rider. I don't know about you, but I'm thinking there's not a bad movie on that list! Speaking of bad movies...|
In Harum Scarum, Gail played Sapphire, one of the three gypsy dancers who become part of Elvis' extended family, sort of, and along the way Gail gets to teach the King a thing or two:
"I had so much fun working with Elvis on this movie. The film's finale also was a big production number set in Las Vegas and I danced again with Elvis as he sang, Harem Holiday. As we rehearsed this last number, I showed Elvis how to do Chaînès Finger Turns. I have a picture of us going off stage. He was not planted right but we did it and nobody broke their neck. However, they cut it."
After The Magic Christian(1969) and End Of The Road (1970), Gail quit her movie career to move to the east coast with Terry, where she began teaching ballet. Terry died in 1995, and Gail finally made a return to the screen in 2008 with a role in the comedy-drama Lucky Days. Gail teamed up with writer Tom Lisanti to write about her life and adventures with Terry Southern, and the book was released in July 2009. Click on the cover at left to get your copy!