The contestants for this post are Centerfolds from Playboy and Penthouse for the Months October, November and December, 1969. There is a poll at the bottom where you can vote for your favorites and see the results so far.
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Bell was only the second African American woman to appear as the centerfold (the first was Jennifer Jackson, in March 1965). Her centerfold was photographed by Don Klumpp. A few months later, Bell became the first black person to appear on the magazine’s cover.
In Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies, Vivica A. Fox’s character uses the alias “Jeannie Bell”, a reference to Jean Bell.
Jean was the first African American woman to participate in the Miss Texas Pageant, which is part of the Miss Universe competition. She aspired to professional bowling.
Bell dated Richard Burton and helped him quit drinking and as a result was credited with getting him back together with Elizabeth Taylor afterwards. An Earl Wilson column in September 1975 revealed Bell’s three-month friendship with the actor. She visited Burton at his villa in Céligny, Switzerland, during her effort to help him “dry out”. With his assistance Bell acquired a place of her own in Geneva, Switzerland. Around that time, Bell worked at Splendors Gentlemen’s club in Houston and went by “Bunny”.
The inaugural page three girl in the UK Sun newspaper, November 1969
One film credit: a “Playgirl” in the appallingly unfunny and unexciting spy-movie ‘The Ambushers’ (1967) starring the ageing, Dean Martin.
She is the daughter of a movie theater manager in Ireland and is spotted by a publisher of the magazine, A movie theater.
She then worked at the Mayfair Penthouse Club in London.
Gloria – In 1970 she was arrested in Greece, convicted of smuggling 38 pounds (17 Kilos) of hashish across the border from Turkey, and received a prison sentence of 10 months.
Claudia – Playmate of the Year 1970
During the 1970s she was called “Queen of B movies”
Claudia – Early in the morning of October 3, 1979, Jennings died in a car accident when a van hit her while she was driving her Volkswagen Beetle convertible.
Jennings auditioned for the role as Kate Jackson’s replacement on the hit television show Charlie’s Angels, but the role was awarded to Shelley Hack.