Monday, March 20, 2006

The Playmate Book - Six Decades of Centerfolds

High on Fred's "I want" list is Gretchen Edgren's updated book (warning: NWS) covering - ah, actually uncovering - every Playmate of the Month since issue number one, including Marilyn Monroe, Pamela Anderson, Anna Nicole Smith, Jenny McCarthy, and believe it or not, Miss January 1957, who a quick Google returns was June Blair, David Nelson's wife in both real life and on "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet"

David reportedly saw June in her one and only movie, The Rabbit Trap, suggested her for the show, and married her a year later. I located a picture of June, clothed, here, which I only provide because I'm a completist.

The information on June comes from a very detailed, very good review of the book in The New Yorker by Joan Acocella called "The Girls Next Door," which I commend to your attention if you're interested in Playboy, Hefner, or even just nekked wimmin.

Out of many good points that
Acocella makes is the wonderful observation, "Today, if you tried to present yourself as [Playboy's ideal] a suave, middle-aged bachelor, people will assume you're gay."

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