Sue Williams | Sue Hamilton

Sue Williams: Playboy Magazine Miss April 1965.

also known as

Sue Hamilton: actress for American International Pictures 1965 – 1966.

unrelated to

Karen Sue Hamilton (1945 – 1969): Arizona model and minor Hollywood actress.

The Playboy biography is fictional, IMDB biography is incorrect, Find-A-Grave confuses two different people, someone keeps ‘updating’ Wikipedia with the wrong information.

Anyone with access to and can easily prove that Karen Sue Hamilton, who committed suicide in 1969, was a different person to Playboy’s Sue Williams and AIP’s Sue Hamilton.

Establishing the actual life story of Sue Williams / Sue Hamilton is harder: both Playboy and AIP published fictional biographical information at the time. But two of her childhood friends revealed to me her real name, and another AIP actress confidentially shared some recollections of working together. This enabled me to establish her true age and discover details about her life before, during and after her public career. It appears that the lady in question, although elderly, is still alive and enjoying over 50 years of privacy.

The facts:

  • Born in southern California in the early 1940s
  • Married at age 17 to a boy from the same high school
  • Two children born in the first four years of marriage
  • Photoshoots for Playboy in 1965 and 1966, published under the name ‘Sue Williams’
  • Credited in How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965) as Sue Williams
  • Four more AIP movies 1965 – 1966 as Sue Hamilton; appeared uncredited in an episode of Gidget (1965).
  • Made an appearance at an Anaheim menswear store as Playboy Playmate Sue Williams in September 1966 – last recorded public appearance or publication.
  • Divorced in the late 1960s, remarried in the 1970s
  • Continued to live in southern California until present day
High school, Playboy, New Year 1966, The Ghost In The Invisible Bikini

Karen Sue Hamilton

  • Born November 14, 1945, Queens NY
  • Graduated from Bayside High School, New York, in January 1962
  • Moved with family to Tucson Arizona in late 1962, enrolled in University of Arizona
  • Finalist in the 1963 Miss Pima County pageant
  • Married Kenneth Mayer, June 13, 1964
  • Fourth in 1965 Miss Arizona contest
  • Divorced Kenneth Mayer 1 February 1966
  • Moved to Los Angeles, married actor Allen Hamilton; divorced May 1968
  • Willa (non-speaking and uncredited) in Speedway (MGM 1968)
  • Engagement to Richard Allen Wagner announced May 20, 1969
  • Killed herself 1.40am, September 3, 1969, in her apartment on El Cerrito Place, north of Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Suicide listed in Who Was Who on Screen by Evelyn Mack Truitt, 1974
Bayside High (NY) 1962, Miss Arizona pageant 1965, Speedway 1968, engagement 1969