Playboy Bunnies: Then and Now

The first issue of Playboy hit the newsstands of the United States in December 1953. The star of the magazine’s cover was none other than Marilyn Monroe, the blonde bombshell actress who had just scored her first major motion picture hit that same year with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Since that first issue, the magazine has featured many famous women on its covers and inside its pages, including some of the biggest female stars in the world. But what happened to these famous women after they bared all for Playboy? LostStars put its best detectives on the case to bring you fifteen women who said yes to Hugh Hefner, and takes a look at what happened after they put their clothes back on …

 

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Erika Eleniak
The Under Siege and Baywatch starlet was made Playboy Playmate of the Month way back in July, 1989. Since then she’s gone on to star in a string of movies you’ve never heard of such as The Pandora Project, One Hot Summer Night, Stealth Fighter and Vegas, City of Dreams. Struggling with eating disorders all her life, Eleniak appeared on the fourth season of Celebrity Fit Club in 2006. Since then she has occasionally appeared in a series of television shows you’ve also never heard of.

 

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Raquel Welch
The ’60s sex symbol appeared in a wildly anticipated shoot for Playboy back in 1979. The actress’s biggest roles were in One Million Years BC, Bedazzled, the Musketeers movies and 100 Rifles. Since her ’60s and ’70s heyday, Welch has made the occasional appearance in films and on TV, such as Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and Legally Blonde. Her likeness also appeared on the cell wall of Andy Dufresne in a poster hiding a secret escape tunnel in the 1994 sleeper hit, The Shawshank Redemption. Raquel’s daughter, Tahnee Welch, followed in her mother’s footsteps in 1995, appearing on the cover of Playboy, and in a nude photo-spread inside. Talk about keeping it in the family!

 

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Pamela Anderson
It’s hard to imagine it now, but at one stage in the 1990s, Pamela Anderson was one of the biggest female stars in the world. The 1990 Playboy Playmate shot to international fame when she appeared as the feisty C.J. Parker in the Hofftastic, beach ‘n’ bikini boobfest, Baywatch. Film roles quickly followed, including the staggeringly awful Barb Wire, and the completely unwatchable Scary Movie 3. Since then she has busied herself appearing in reality television shows around the world, such as Big Brother UK, Big Brother Australia, Big Brother India, Big Brother Bulgaria and Big Brother Antartica (probably). She also starred in a sex tape alongside rock star Tommy Lee, which briefly broke the Internet back in 1995.

 

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Ursula Andress
The original Bond girl, Ursula Andress graced the glossy, easy-wipe pages of Playboy back in 1965, and again in 1985. When asked why she had agreed to pose for the magazine, Andress replied, ‘Because I’m beautiful’. And you can’t really argue with that. Since her days avoiding being used as a human shield by the United Kingdom’s most promiscuous alcoholic secret agent, the Swiss actress has appeared in a string of movies, most of which we’ve never heard of (apart from Clash of the Titans). Her last film role was in something called Die Vogelpredigt oder Das Schreien der Mönche, which we have a strong suspicion was not made in the United States. Now 79, the actress is pretty much retired from the business.

 

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Jenny McCarthy
McCarthy began her career modelling for Playboy back in 1993, later becoming Playmate of the Year. A successful career in film and television followed, with roles in Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead, Scream 3 and Two and a Half Men. In her personal life, McCarthy has busied herself denying science with a much publicized campaign against childhood vaccination. Her stance has coincided with a huge rise in cases of mumps, measles and whooping cough, though we’re sure that’s just a coincidence.

 

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Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell appeared on the cover of Playboy back in 1999. By then she was already one of the most famous women on the planet, having become one of the six ‘Supermodels’ who dominated the modelling scene throughout the 1990s. Since her modelling heyday, Campbell has appeared in several TV shows and movies, as well as being one of the coaches on the modelling competition show, The Face. In her spare time Naomi busies herself with attacking her staff and members of the public, racking up an impressive four convictions for assault so far.

 

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Donna D’Errico
Another Baywatch alumnus, Donna D’Errico was made Playboy Playmate of the Month in September 1995. Two seasons on Baywatch followed, plus appearances in Austin Powers in Goldmember and Candyman: Day of the Dead. Following a nine year marriage to rock train wreck, Nikki Sixx, D’Errico announced in 2011 that she was mounting an expedition to find Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat in Turkey (as you do). After falling off the mountain, D’Errico returned to the US and filed for bankruptcy. She has yet to discover the whereabouts of Noah’s Ark.

 

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Sharon Stone
Stone’s breakout role was in 1990’s Total Recall, and that was also the same year she bared all for Playboy. International fame followed when Stone played femme fatale Catherine Tramell in the 1992 erotic thriller, Basic Instinct. Voted one of the sexiest women alive, Stone went on to appear in a string of hit movies, including Sliver, The Quick and the Dead and the Oscar-nominated Casino. In later life, Stone has become a peace campaigner, a Buddhist, an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church and a cherished memory for forty year old men looking back on their teenage cinema-going years.

 

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Victoria Silvstedt
The former Miss Sweden was invited to grace the pages of Playboy in 1996, becoming Playmate of the Year in 1997. Since then she has appeared mainly in small roles in awful movies nobody can remember any more. She has presented television shows in both the US and in Europe, has launched her own sexy underwear line and has even released an album in her native Sweden which received favorable reviews in Sweden and terrible ones everywhere else. She was also the star of an E! television reality show called My Perfect Life where Silvstedt was shown having a much better time than we mere mortals could ever hope to have.

 

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Sherilyn Fenn
Sherilyn Fenn rose to fame in the weird David Lynch television fever dream, Twin Peaks. It was a surprise cult hit, and it was not long before Hugh Hefner came sniffing around for a photoshoot, and Sherilyn duly obliged him. After Twin Peaks ended, Finn carved out a career in independent and ‘art house’ movies, as well as starring as a woman with no arms and legs in the insufferable 1993 movie, Boxing Helena. Her career took a downturn towards the end of the ’90s, but she reemerged a few years later to star in the critically-acclaimed (by no one whatsoever) Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning. She is set to reappear as Audrey Horne in the 2016 reboot of Twin Peaks, which will no doubt leave a new generation of TV masochists scratching their heads, wondering what on earth is going on.

 

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Carmen Electra
Playboy fans got their first sight of Carmen Electra’s assets in a 1996 edition of the magazine, and she became an instant hit for two very obvious reasons. A role in Baywatch (but of course) followed, as did a stint on MTV’s Singled Out where Electra replaced host Jenny McCarthy, who left to concentrate on denying the existence of peer-reviewed scientific evidence. Electra went on to star in just about every terrible Wayans Brothers movie produced between 2000 and 2008. As well as her modelling, acting and presenting credits, Carmen Electra is the only lady on this list to have an extinct species of fly named after her. This is honestly not a joke.

 

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Kristy Swanson
The nerdgasm could be heard in space when original Buffy, The Vampire Slayer actress Kristy Swanson agreed to bare all for the November 2002 issue of Playboy. Swanson’s acting career has been rather unimpressive since she played Buffy, with small supporting roles in movies such as Hot Shots!, The Program and the Adam Sandler atrocity, Big Daddy. She has also made guest appearances in several TV shows and is a spokesperson for the Medifast Diet apparently.

 

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Kelly Monaco
Kelly Monaco was given the prestigious accolade of Playboy Playmate of the Month in the April 1997 edition of the magazine, and soon became a familiar face on its sticky pages. As per usual, Baywatch soon came calling, and Monaco followed up her stint running up and down a beach in a bikini with David Hasselhoff in TV soap operas General Hospital and Port Charles. Monaco then went on to win the first season of Dancing With the Stars, and has since concentrated on dance-related projects such as her successful Las Vegas burlesque live show. Burlesque is a fancy word for a strip show, so in a way Monaco has pretty much come full-circle.

 

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Daryl Hannah
With her career on the wane, former mermaid Daryl Hannah agreed to bare all for the Bunny in 2003 – the same year she came crashing back from the dark recesses of a million ’80s teenagers’ memory banks to star as a psychotic nurse / deadly assassin in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Since that brief reemergence, she has once again faded from the popular gaze, only occasionally resurfacing to star in TV shows and movies nobody wants to watch. She is also an environmental activist and alleged plastic surgery enthusiast.

 

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Madonna
As her career took off in the mid-1980s, the helpful people at Playboy unearthed a nude photo-shoot Madonna had done in 1978. Uproar followed, but Madonna was unapologetic about baring all, and indeed agreed to be photographed for the July 1985 edition in which the photo-shoot appeared. Since then, Madonna has enjoyed enormous success in the music industry, as well as making mostly unwelcome moves into acting. An exception was her standout role in the 1996 film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Evita, for which she won a Golden Globe. In recent years Madonna has concentrated on making people feel slightly uncomfortable about her wardrobe choices, and falling over at awards ceremonies.

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