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Playboy Playmates: Fame and Fortune

Updated on November 10, 2013

The Five Famous Playboy Playmates.

Every month, Playboy selects a playmate, or playmate of the month, who will be featured in a centerfold, and a series of photos. Every year, one of the Playboy Playmates is selected to be the playmate of the year.

The Playboy Playmate of the month receives $25,000 and the Playboy Playmate of the year receives $100,000 a car and a motorcycle.

As of January 2008, there have been approximately 650 Playboy Playmates of the month. Technically Miss January, 1954 Margie Harrison was the first 'Playboy Playmate of the Month', although this was the second edition. Marilyn Monroe was in the first edition of Playboy but at the time it was known as the 'Sweetheart of the Month'.

Hugh Hefner is personally involved in all decisions regarding Playboy Playmates. To select the Playboy Playmate of the month, he conducts an annual readers poll and he speaks to several members of his staff. However, he alone makes the final decision.

Many Playboy Playmates have used their feature as a Playboy Playmate of the Month to launch a career. This lens is dedicated to the five Playboy Playmates who went on to become famous.

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What Do The Famous Playmates Have In Common?

What Do The Famous Playmates Have In Common?
What Do The Famous Playmates Have In Common?

Famous Playboy Playmates: What do they have in common?

The famous Playboy Playmates have more in common than you might think!

All of the famous Playboy Playmates are blonds (bleached apparently) All of the famous Playboy Playmates are busty All have struggled to be taken seriously as actresses and have fought being sterotyped as dumb. Three died before reaching 40 Three (Marilyn, Jayne, Anna) grew up without fathers. All had tragedies related to their children. Marilyn and Pamela had miscarriages. Jayne's son Zoltan was mauled and nearly killed by a lion. Jenny's son is Autistic. Anna's son was depressed and died due to drugs.



Marilyn Monroe

The First And Most Famous Of the Playboy Playmates

Marilyn Monroe was the most famous Playboy Playmate ever. However, as mentioned above, technically the name did not exist at the time that her feature was published. Marilyn was known as "Sweetheart of the Month".

Marilyn did her nude photoshoot in 1949, 4 years before it was published in Playboy (December 1953) when she was a struggling actress. Hugh Hefner bought the rights to the photos for $500 and used them to launch Playboy. By that time, Marilyn had already reached a certain amount of fame. Rather than be hurt by the publicity, her career seemed to become even stronger. Marilyn was one of the first to benefit from her feature as Playmate/Sweetheart of the Month.

But Marilyn had a sad life. Many know about her tragic childhood, and her three failed marriages. But many do not know that Marilyn was considered a communist sympathizer by the FBI. The FBI even kept a file on Marilyn:

* Marilyn's FBI files part 1

* Marilyn's FBI files part 2

Marilyn was, in our opinion, by far the most talented and legendary of all the playmates. Even Hugh Hefner has said that she is his favorite Playmate ever. For this reason, we have made a page just for Marilyn Monroe. We will not repeat the information here.

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Jayne Mansfield

Many people are not aware that Jayne was one of the Playboy Playmates

Jayne Mansfield was Playmate of the Month for February 1955. Like Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield died young at the age of 34. But in her short career, she became very famous.

Jayne's most famous acting roles were:

The Wayward Bus, for which Jayne Mansfield won a Golden Globe award for New Star Of The Year - Actress.Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? which co-starred Tony Randall one of the leading comedic actors of the era. Kiss Them for Me costarred Jayne Mansfield and Carey Grant, one of the best leading men out of Hollywood Promises! Promises! Jayne Mansfield became the first mainstream American actress to appear in the nude. Although banned in Cleveland, Promises! Promises! achieved box-office success elsewhere.

Jayne Mansfield reported her I.Q. as 163, she spoke five languages, and was a classically trained pianist and violinist. But what made her famous was her figure and publicity stunts which she used to keep herself in the news.

Jayne Mansfield has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6328 Hollywood Boulevard.

Jayne Mansfield died the same way her father, Herbert Palmer did, in a car, though her father had a heart attack and Jayne died in a tragic car accident.

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Do You Think That Playboy Is An Important Magazine - Or is all about naked ladies?

Some think Playboy is an important magazine. Playboy is widely credited with changing US culture, by influencing Americans values about sex, feminisim and marriage. Many important authors have published in Playboy including Joseph Heller, Norman Mailer, Ray Bradbury, Jack Kerouac, Ian Fleming, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Kurt Vonnegut. Some leading celebrities have been interviewed in Playboy including Frank Sinatra, Mae West, John Wayne, David Letterman, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jimmy Carter. Playboy has also been used by many people (mostly women) to launch or relaunch their careers. Others see Playboy as pornography.

Which side of the Playboy controversy are you on?

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Pamela Anderson

The Most Famous Playmate Who Came To Television, due to Baywatch

Pamela Anderson was the February 1990 Playmate of the month and one of the most famous playmates of recent times. Pamela was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia and is the daughter of a waitress, and a furnace repairman.

Pamela's modeling career started when she went friends to a BC Lions football game wearing a Labatt's Beer t-shirt. Cameras zoomed in on her and her image was displayed on the stadium screen. The crowd erupted and Pamela was led to center field for an ovation. Labatt's Beer immediately offered her a modeling contract. Her modeling career led her to appear in Playboy, which led to a minor role on the successful sitcom, Home Improvement as a a "Tool Time girl". Pamela left Home Improvement for the role of C. J. Parker on Baywatch appearing in seasons 3-7.

Since Baywatch, Pamela has appeared in a series of poorly received TV shows (V.I.P, Stacked, Stripperella) and movies (Pauly Shore Is Dead, and the recently released Blonde and Blonder).

Possibly her biggest claim to fame was from a pornographic home video of her and husband Tommy Lee taken on their honeymoon which spread through the intenet like a virus. Anderson sued the Internet Entertainment Group, the company that was distributing the video. Eventually the courts awarded Anderson and Lee $1.5 million plus attorney fees for their share of the profits.

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Anna Nicole

Anna Nicole
Anna Nicole

Anna Nicole Smith

One Of The Most Tragic Of The Playboy Playmates

Like Marilyn, Anna was the product of a broken home and spent much of her childhood living away from her parents. She was married, gave bith and divorced before the age of 26. She worked as a waitress and exotic dancer before appearing in Playboy.

Anna was on the cover of the March 1992 issue of Playboy, then was the Playmate of the Month for May 1992 and then was chosen as Playmate of the Year for 1993 (the Year before Jenny McCarthy.)

She was selected by Guess Jeans to be their spokesmodel as she resembled Jayne Mansfield (see above) and did a series of Jayne Mansfield photosessions for Guess Jeans.

Anna reached the peak of her celebrity, but the reasons were less due to her acting talents than to her personal life. Anna married 89 year old billionaire J. Howard Marshall and later had a very public court battle with his son over inheritance. Smith also battled drug addiction, obesity and frequently appeared in public apparently under the influence of drugs. On her reality TV show, "The Anna Nicole Show" shown on E! Anna's speech was often slurred and almost incomprehensible.

The nearly simultaneous birth of her daughter and death of her son seemed to overwhelm her and five months later she died, like her son, due to drug overdose.

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Left: Photo of Jayne Mansfield and Sophia Loren Right: Anna Nicole Smith posing as Jayne

Left: Photo of Jayne Mansfield and Sophia Loren Right: Anna Nicole Smith posing as Jayne
Left: Photo of Jayne Mansfield and Sophia Loren Right: Anna Nicole Smith posing as Jayne



Jenny McCarthy

Possibly The Most Charismatic of The Playboy Playmates

Jenny is currently the least well known of the five famous Playboy Playmates. She is also probably the most balanced of the five. Jenny grew up with both parents, though her parents separated after she reached adulthood.

Jenny was Playmate of the month for October 1993 and Playmate of the Year for 1994. She followed Pamela Anderson with small roles in both "Baywatch" and "Home Improvement" and appeared together with Pamela in "Scary Movie 3". Jenny was host for the MTV show "Singled Out". She starred in the MTV comedy series "The Jenny McCarthy Show" and hosted the E! reality show "Party at the Palms".

Due to her son's afflication with Autism, Jenny is Spokesperson for "Talk About Curing Autism". Jenny is also in the center of the controversy about autism being caused by vaccination. There is no scientific evidence for her belief, since the paper that was published with this theory has been shown to be based on manipulated data and fraudulent research. Nevertheless Jenny continues to promote this belief and many children are going unvaccinated for potentially deadly childhood diseases. Read more about this controversy in an Article Published In Time.

Jenny is known for her humor sometimes raunchy humor in her performances. This combination of sensuality and outlandish humor is her tradmark, and serves to set her apart from the other famous playmates who were mostly known only for their looks and sensuality.

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Of The Five Famous Playmates, Who Was The Most Beautiful?

Which Of These Five Playmates Was The Most Beautiful

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I have selected the five (in my opinion) playmates who used their centerfold experience to launch a famous career. Do you know of any other famous playmates?

What is your opinion of playboy playmates? - Do you know any other famous playboy playmates?

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      7 years ago

      john How about Janice Pennington was on TV show The Price Is Right apx 15 yrs.

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      8 years ago

      Anna Nicole Smith as she started to gain weight was better then the rest. She had the curves and the boobs that none of the other PlayBoy models could come close too.

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      8 years ago

      Marilyn Monroe is probably the biggest playmate legend. But the cutest one is Jenny McCarthy.

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      8 years ago

      Stella Stevens, Miss January 1960

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      Ronald Tucker 

      8 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Another famous Playmate is Jaime Faith Edmondson who was chosen Playmate of the Month for December 2010.

      Jaime got the attention of Playboy photo editors after she and fellow Miami Dolphins cheerleader Cara Rosenthal finish second on the popular reality TV show The Amazing Race. Their 2nd place finish was the highest finish by a female team in shows history.

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      9 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Pamela causes a big stir on those rare occasions when she returns to BC.

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      11 years ago

      :) thank the world for playboy...hehe, its on my list to date a playboy playmate sometime:P

      Nice lens!!!! 5 *

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      12 years ago

      I like this lens. 5 stars to you.


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