On January 20, 1953, Van Doren signed a contract with Universal Studios.They had big plans for her, hoping she would bring the same kind of success that 20th Century Fox had with Marilyn Monroe.Van Doren, whose signing day coincided with the inauguration of President Eisenhower, was given the first name Mamie for Ike's wife, Mamie Eisenhower.
I thought I knew what I was looking for but it turns out that I'm not looking for anything. I would love to marry my dream guy one day and I've know him 18 years.
I get bored and meeting new people gives me hope, peace, wisdom and joy....sometimes even a headache...it's all good. We had one date in 2003 and started dating again in 2010. But everyday has an uncertainty that either keeps us interested or keeps us apart.
In Yankee Pasha (1954), starring Jeff Chandler and Rhonda Fleming, she played a slave girl, Lilith, in a supporting role.
In 1955, she had a supporting role in the musical Ain't Misbehavin' and starred in the crime-drama, Running Wild.
Universal first cast Van Doren in a minor role as a singer in Forbidden, starring Tony Curtis.
Interested in Van Doren's allure, Universal then cast her in The All American (1953), (also starring Tony Curtis), playing her first major role as Susie Ward, a wayward girl who is the man-trap at a campus beer joint.Soon thereafter, Van Doren turned down a Broadway role in the play Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? In 1956, Van Doren appeared opposite a young and unknown (at the time) Clint Eastwood in the Western, Star in the Dust.Though Van Doren garnered prominent billing alongside John Agar and Richard Boone, she appears rather briefly, as the daughter of a ranch owner.Mark and Dorothy's son, Charles Van Doren, made front page news both by winning 9,000 on a television game show in 1957, then admitting in 1959 that the program was rigged.The publicity around this scandal kept the 'Van Doren' name in the newspapers and tabloids.About her appearance in that one, Van Doren has said, "If you blinked you would miss me.