Dalene Kurtis is Playboy’s Miss September 2001, and Playmate of the Year for 2002. Dalene arrived in Los Angeles with a bang, but not the type she expected. Shortly before her photo shoot, the native of Apple Valley, California, found herself in a seven-car pileup on the freeway. "My car was totaled and my life flashed before my eyes," she said. "Ever since then I've been really grateful for the good things in my life."
After graduating from high school and attending business college, Dalene worked for three years at an insurance agency before she tried modeling. A state semifinalist for both Hawaiian Tropic and Venus Swimwear, she moved to Los Angeles and worked as a Budweiser girl and landed other modeling gigs. She met Hugh Hefner at a Playboy party. She says she reminded him of Doris Day, and when you take another look at her sweet, fresh-faced good looks, Hefner makes a persuasive point. She started seeing him soon after, joining his party posse at clubs such as Las Palmas, Barfly, and Deep.
Dalene moved into the Mansion in May 2001 and called it the happiest time of her life. She’d dreamed of being a Playmate since she was 14, and she felt the tug of Hollywood from an early age as well. "It's hard for me to think I'm actually going to be in Playboy, because I'm so critical of myself," she told Playboy in a 2001 interview.
When she isn't taking acting classes, she is addicted to working out. "I'm a Scorpio, so I'm trustworthy, honest, and determined. I've made some good choices recently and I want to keep that momentum going."
Nowadays Dalene is a successful fashion designer, has her own jewelry line, and is a spokesmodel for a line of tanning salons. She celebrated 10 years with Playboy and said she looked forward to many more in her Facetime interview.