Yeah the title of this blog is a little off colored but when else does a podcast/ blog about dead people get to use such ‘keyword” that the sex surfers will pick up on.
Ok—so now that we found out that Anne Nicole Smith died of a drug OD ( was there a doubt?) maybe we will not see any more news about her for a while. After thinking about Smith, I said what about the other Playboy pinups that have died tragically in the years?
How any other Playmates suffered an unfortunate fate?
I was surprised to see that there have been several who have had tragic ends.
One of the most famous would be the December 1953 Playboy Playmate, Marilyn Monroe. Playboy’s first cover girl and 1950s actress died when she was only 36 on Aug. 5, 1962, of an overdose of sedatives used for insomnia. Her housekeeper discovered her lying nude and face down on her bed at her home in Los Angeles, with the phone in her hand. She was already dead.
Monroe, nicknamed the “Blonde Bombshell,” was a leading lady in films including “Some Like It Hot,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “How to Marry a Millionaire.” Among her three ex-husbands were baseball great
Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller. She was also romantically linked to Frank Sinatra. I keep hearing conspiracy theories that she was murdered over rumored relationships she was having with President John F. Kennedy and/or his brother, Sen. Robert Kennedy, or because of alleged ties to the mafia and the Communist Party. In the end, her cause of death was deemed “probable suicide.”
The next famous death of a Playmate would be Sharon Tate. I loved her in “The Fearless Vampire Killers” and “Valley of he Dolls.” Her film director husband, Roman Polanski, did the Playboy shoot on the set of one of her films. The tragic death happened when she stabbed to death in the couple’s house in August 1969 by members of mass murderer Charles Manson’s family. Four friends were also killed in the spree. The details were told in the best selling book, Helter Skelter. Manson was convicted of murder for those five victims and two others in 1971 and remains in prison, though he has bragged of killing dozens.
The next Taxi rider is Dorothy Stratten, Playmate of the Year in 1980. She was just taking off in the movie and TV industry. She had appeared in Skatetown USA and Autumn Born in 1979. I loved her in Ameicathon, where she played the John Ritter’s wife ( the First lady?). The film also starred Harvery Korman and Fred Willard. Her starring role was in the Sci-fi comedy Galaxina in 1980. She did very well. She also appeared in Fantasy Island and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. In 1980, she was found shot to death in Los Angeles in what police believed was a murder-suicide involving her estranged husband and ex-manager Paul Snider. Stratten was only 20. ( For more on her rent the film Star 80 starring Mariel Hemingway and Eric Roberts. )
Miss February 1977, Star Stowe, dated Kiss band member Gene Simmons and then was known for tattooing a bright blue star on a private part. Stowe slipped from the spotlight and into erotic pole dancing, prostitution, alcoholism and drug abuse after moving to Ft. Lauderdale. Only days before her 41st birthday, in 1997, Stowe was found murdered in Coral Springs, Fla.
A drug overdose also apparently took the life of Elisa Bridges, the magazine’s Miss December 1994. She was found with a massive amount of Heroin in her system.
Willy Rey, a Vancouver woman featured as Playboy’s 1971 centerfold, took her own life at age 23 by consuming a large quantity of barbiturates in August 1973.
Others who took off their clothes in the magazine died young in car crashes. Claudia Jennings, the Playmate of the Year in 1970 and also Miss November 1969, was killed in an accident in 1979 at the age of 29 when she fell asleep at the wheel of her VW convertible in southern California.
Famous actress Jayne Mansfield was Playboy’s February 1955 Playmate. She died in 1967 at age 34 when the car she was traveling in slammed into the back of a truck in Louisiana.
Anne Nicole Smith, born Vickie Lynn Hogan, was on the cover of Playboy four times. She not only wanted to live like Marilyn Monroe but she died like her too. Over dose on ‘legal drugs’ and naked make a bad combination it seems.