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.Van Doren was discovered by producer Howard Hughes when she was crowned Miss Palm Springs. Hughes launched her career by placing her in several RKO films. Though production of the movie was from 1949 to 1953 (delays by Hughes), it was not released until 1957.
As Eve in The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960) she wore only fig leaves, and in other films, like The Beautiful Legs of Sabrina (1959), Sex Kittens Go to College (1960) and Vice Raid (1960) audiences were clued in as to the nature of the films from the titles.
Many of Van Doren's film roles showcased her ample curves, and her onscreen wardrobe usually consisted of tight sweaters, low-cut blouses, form-fitting dresses, and daring (for the era) swimsuits, but she and such other blonde bombshell contemporaries as Jayne Mansfield, Cleo Moore, Sheree North, Anita Ekberg, Barbara Lang, Joi Lansing, Greta Thyssen, and Barbara Nichols did not attain the same level of superstar status as Marilyn Monroe.
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.
Van Doren went to star in several bad girl movies that later became cult films.