Category Archives: A Playboy Playmate of the Month

Miss April 1965

Sue Williams aka Hamilton: born Los Angeles 1940, Playboy Magazine Miss April 1965, five AIP beach movies and three episodes of Gidget between July 1965 and June 1966, final appearance as Sue Williams Playboy Playmate in September 1966; divorced in … Continue reading

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Jo in a striped Jantzen bikini

Jo Collins (born Janet Canoy 5 Aug 1945, Lebanon Oregon). Playboy Playmate of the Month, December 1964. Ski Party (1965) Jo; How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) beach girl; Sergeant Deadhead (1965) Gail; Lord Love a Duck (1966) Kitten; … Continue reading

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Don’t Stop Now!

Beach Party (1963): Frankie flirts with Eva while performing ‘Don’t Stop Now’ at Big Daddy’s, and Dee Dee is unimpressed. Watching the video, it’s obvious that Frankie Avalon is most interested in the unidentified dancer with long blonde hair, blue … Continue reading

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Fifteen wild bikinis

How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965) bikini girls: from left to right: Rosemary Williams, Playboy Playmate Marianne Gaba, unidentified brunette in polka dot bikini (behind), Salli Sachse, Patti Chandler (front), Luree Holmes (obscured, behind Patti Chandler), Playboy Playmate Jo … Continue reading

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Playmate Jo

Jo Collins (born Janet Canoy 5 Aug 1945, Lebanon Oregon). Playboy Playmate of the Month, December 1964. Ski Party (1965) Jo; How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) beach girl; Sergeant Deadhead (1965) Gail; Lord Love a Duck (1966) Kitten; … Continue reading

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Beach Blanket Screenshot

Donna Michelle (left) in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) … LIVES AND TIMES OF ANDERSON VALLEY FOLKS: CONVERSATIONS WITH VALLEY PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR LIVES, BOTH IN THE VALLEY AND OFTEN FAR BEYOND… Sharon Sullivan – July 21st, 2012. “[my boyfriend] lived … Continue reading

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Mickey, Dee Dee, Animal and Peanuts

A pregnant Annette Funicello, modestly dressed in How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965), with Mickey Rooney, and two Playboy Playmates: statuesque Marianne Gaba as ‘Animal’ and diminutive Sue Williams as ‘Peanuts’.

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The Girl in ‘Mickey One’ 1965

Donna Michelle (Beach Blanket Bingo) in Mickey One (1965) as “the girl”. “The man on the run in “Mickey One,” Arthur Penn’s and Warren Beatty’s nightmare of a 1965 neo-noir, is a Chicago standup comedian  trapped in an urban world … Continue reading

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Skydiving Animal

Playboy Playmate Donna Michelle – ‘Animal’ in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).

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Peanuts and Playmates

Playboy Playmates Jo Collins (center left, with headband) and Sue Williams (aka Sue Hamilton) with Hollywood veteran Mickey Rooney, appearing for a $5,000 fee, to help with with his latest divorce settlement. How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965). Sue … Continue reading

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© 1965

Sue Hamilton as one of the robots in Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965), in a publicity photo still stamped Fireball 500 (1966) on the reverse.

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New Year 1966

Update here (August 2017). Sue Hamilton: Playboy Playmate of the Month April 1965 as Sue Williams. See Sue Williams / Sue Hamilton Mystery for biographical details and discussion.

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Some Cover Girl Tips About Your Makeup

Update here (August 2017). Sue Hamilton: Playboy Playmate of the Month April 1965 as Sue Williams. See Sue Williams / Sue Hamilton Mystery for biographical details and discussion.

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Embryonic Teen Star

By PATRICIA McCORMACK. NEW YORK (UPI) – If sticking to a diet helps, Sue Hamilton will see her name in big lights someday. The embryonic filmstar sat beside me at lunch. She voiced an emphatic “no” to rolls, butter, potatoes, … Continue reading

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New Breed of Starlets

Starlets No Longer Lounge On Chaises; They Ride Surf – Hollywood’s new look in starlets is natural and un-made up, pretty and well-groomed in fashion. American International Pictures starlets Sue Hamilton (left) and Susan Hart (right). Sunday August 22, 1965.

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Tarmac Bunnies

Dolly Read (second from left) and four other English women, flown to the USA (in costume!) to train as “Playboy Bunnies” for London’s Playboy Club which opened in 1966. Dolly Read moved to Hollywood, starred in Beyond The Valley of … Continue reading

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Dolly Read

A promotional headshot of actress Dolly Read from the movie ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’, 1970. Photo by Stanley Bielecki.

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Which girl fashioned this pulsating passion in me?

Miss Sea Nymph ($12.99) – glenna richards Miss Catalina ($22.95) – heather hewitt Miss Sea B ($23.00) – pam tiffin. For which girl won Dion’s heart – and for where to buy bathing suits – see page 96.  

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Dolly and the Beyond the Valley of The Dolls dolls

Sam:  How did you get the lead in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls? Dolly:  I had an old brown push button Dodge Dart and I was going up Peco Boulevard in Beverly Hills, where 20th Century Fox is, and … Continue reading

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The Beach Party Gang

Chris Cranston (born 1946) in a teenie-weenie polka-dot bikini (before she was a Playboy Playmate) and Donna Loren (born 1947) in a basque shirt, in a magazine feature to promote Beach Blanket Bingo (released April 1965).

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Bingo Kids

Beach Blanket Bingo (AIP 14-Apr-1965) director: William Asher writers: William Asher and Leo Townsend Girls: Annette Funicello (Dee Dee), Deborah Walley (Bonnie Graham), Donna Loren (Donna), Marta Kristen (Lorelei),  Linda Evans (Sugar Kane), Donna Michelle (Animal), Patti Chandler (Patti), Bobbi Shaw … Continue reading

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Beach boys and girl on ’77 Sunset Strip’

77 Sunset Strip (TV 1958 – 1964) launched the career of Edd Byrnes, who played hipster carparking attendant “Kookie” in the first three seasons. When Byrnes returned to the series as a fully-fledged private investigator, the new carparking attendant was … Continue reading

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Beach kids and the monster

Sue Hamilton and Salli Sachse with unidentified monster in a photo for The Ghost In The Invisible Bikini (1966).

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Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) lobby cards

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

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“How To Stuff A Wild Bikini” OST

How To Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) original sound track album. Bottom row photos feature Tonia Van Deter, Playboy Playmate Jo Collins, “the bookends” Salli Sachse and Linda Opie Bent, and Mary Hughes.

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Sherry Jackson in the boys’ room

Wild On The Beach (1965) starring Sherry Jackson (born 15 Feb 1942, Wendell, Idaho). Sixties credits include: Batman (TV 1966) ‘Pauline’ – episodes 31/32 “Death in Slow Motion” and “The Riddler’s False Notion”; Star Trek (TV 1966) ‘Andrea’ – “What … Continue reading

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Annette, Donna, Mike and Frankie

A dramatic scene in the musical surfing and skydiving comedy Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), with Annette Funicello, Playboy Playmate of the Year Donna Michelle, Dynasty star Michael Nader, and Frankie Avalon. The beach girls sleep on the mezzanine level of … Continue reading

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Beach kids in ‘Beach Blanket Bingo’ (1965)

Unidentified beach boy (half in frame), unidentified beach boy (behind), Donna Michelle, Mike Nader, Annette Funicello, Mary Hughes (behind), Patti Chandler (behind), Frankie Avalon, Guy Hemric in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).

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Watching the Beach Blanket Bingo skydivers

Donna Michelle, Annette Funicello (front), Mike Nader (behind), Patti Chandler (behind), Frankie Avalon (front), and Jody McCrea watching the skydivers in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965).

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Johnny and Karla tandem surfing

Southern Californian originals Johnny Fain (born 1943 Los Angeles) and Karla Conway (born 1944 Pasadena) in Playboy magazine, April 1966.

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Karla Conway and Johnny Fain sitting on the beach

Playboy Playmate Karla Conway and professional surfer Johnny Fain in Conway’s April 1966 pictorial, “Malibu Beachnik”. Fain appears in six AIP Beach Party movies but Conway only appears in the AIP stock-car racing movie Fireball 500 (1966).

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Bikini girls and surf boards

How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965) bikini girls: from left to right: Rosemary Williams, Playboy Playmate Marianne Gaba, unidentified brunette in polka dot bikini (behind), Salli Sachse, Patti Chandler (front), Luree Holmes (obscured, behind Patti Chandler), Playboy Playmate Jo … Continue reading

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Mickey Rooney among the bikini girls

Salli Sachse, Linda Opie Bent (behind), Sue Williams/Hamilton, Rooney and Marianne Gaba in How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965).

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Annette sings ‘Perfect Boy’ on the beach

Annette Funicello, about two months’ pregnant, sings ‘Perfect Boy’ to the beach girls, from left Tonia Van Deter, Linda Opie Bent, Rosemary Williams (behind), Patti Chandler, Luree Holmes, Mary Hughes, obscured behind, Annette, Marianne Gordon, Jo Collins, Sue Williams/Hamilton, obscured, … Continue reading

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Ski Party (1965) Aron Kincaid and girls

Ski Party (1965) Patti Chandler, Aron Kincaid, Salli Sachse, Jo Collins, Mary Hughes, Mikki Jamison

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How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965) bikini girls

How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965) bikini girls, from left to right: Rosemary Williams (behind), Marianne Gaba (front), obscured brunette in polka dot bikini (behind), Salli Sachse, Patti Chandler (front), Luree Holmes (obscured, behind Patti Chandler), Jo Collins, brunette … Continue reading

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Sue Williams’ Accent

Sue Williams dialogue in How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965) Can anyone tell where Sue Williams is from, by her accent? Update here (August 2017). The Sue Williams / Sue Hamilton Mystery

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Sue Hamilton speaks

Woman to Woman By PATRICIA McCORMACK

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Chris Cranston

Chris Cranston: born 14 September 1946, Santa Monica California. Playboy’s Miss April 1971. Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) Beach Girl Funny Girl (1968) Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited) Playboy After Dark (TV 1969 – 1970) herself Match Game 73 (1977) herself

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Sue Williams in Playboy

Sue Williams: Miss April 1965, Playboy

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The Sue Williams / Sue Hamilton mystery

Update here (August 2017). Sue Williams, also known as Sue Hamilton, Playboy Playmate and beach party movie actress, WAS NOT Karen Sue (Levitt) Hamilton, who died by suicide in 1969. Who was the actress who played “Peanuts” in How To … Continue reading

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Donna Michelle

Above: Donna Michelle in the opening credits of Beach Blanket Bingo, from an original colored lobby card. Donna Michelle (born Donna Michelle Fick, 8 December 1945, Los Angeles, California; died 11 April 2004, Ukiah, California after a heart attack). Playboy … Continue reading

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Hedy Scott

Hedy Scott (born 24 January 1946 in Jodoigne, Wallonia, Belgium) Playboy Playmate of the Month June 1965 The Munsters (TV 14-Apr-1966) ‘Herman’s Sorority Caper’ – 2nd girl Fireball 500 (07-Jun-1966) Leander fan

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Maria McBane

Maria McBane (born 8 February 1946, Bilbao, Spain, educated in Detroit, Michigan) Fireball 500 (07-Jun-1966) Leander fan

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Karla Conway

Above: Playboy Playmate Karla Conway at the beach with surfer partner John Fain. Karla Conway (born Karla Jo Musacchia, 5 July 1946, Pasadena, California, USA). Fireball 500 (07-Jun-1966) Leander fan Space Thing (20-Sep-1968) Now a retired artist in Hawaii under … Continue reading

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Sue Hamilton

Sue Hamilton (aka Sue Williams) in a publicity photo for The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966). Update here (August 2017). Sue Williams: Playboy Playmate of the Month April 1965; also known as Sue Hamilton. See Sue Williams / Sue … Continue reading

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Marianne Gaba

Marianne Gaba (born Mary Ann Gaba, 13 November 1939, Chicago Illinois). Playboy Playmate of the Month September 1959. How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (14-Jul-1965) Animal Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (6-Nov-1965) robot – final credit

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Jo Collins

Jo Collins (born Janet Canoy 5 Aug 1945, Lebanon Oregon). Playboy Playmate of the Month, December 1964 Ski Party (30-Jun-1965) Jo How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (14-Jul-1965) beach girl Sergeant Deadhead (18-Aug-1965) Gail Lord Love a Duck (21-Feb-1966) Kitten … Continue reading

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Laura Lynn aka Ashlyn Martin

Laura Lynn (born Laura Lynn Hale, 20 Mar 1946 Ohio – suicide 24 Oct 1991) Complete credits: Blood Feast (1963) Marcy, girl on beach Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) beach girl (uncredited) Burke’s Law (TV 25-Oct-1963) ‘Who Killed Alex Debbs?’ – 2nd … Continue reading

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Yvette Vickers

Yvette Vickers (born Iola Yvette Vedder 26 Aug 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri; found dead in April 2011 in her house in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, California). Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) blonde yoga girl – uncredited First movie appearance: Sunset Boulevard … Continue reading

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Delores Wells

Delores Wells (born 17 Oct 1937) Playboy Playmate of the Month June 1960, later secreatry to Linda Lovelace Four film credits: Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) Sue Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) Sniffles Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) Sniffles The Time Travellers (1964) … Continue reading

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