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Playmate of the Month December 1963 - Donna Michelle


PRIMA DONNA triply gifted Miss December is a prize package of holiday bounty

The familiar Hollywood saga of childhood stardom has been refreshingly rewritten by Donna Michelle, the azure-eyed 18-year-old who adorns our December gatefold. In the years since her triple flowering as a grade-school piano prodigy, drama-contest winner and bantam ballerina with the New York City Ballet, Donna has ripened under the Southern California sun into a mature mistress of her performing arts – and an offbeat beauty with a style and a mind emphatically her own. An honor graduate from L.A.’s Reseda High School, she enrolled in college this fall for an ambitious 18-hour curriculum running the academic gamut from art history to abnormal psychology. “It’s a scholastic smorgasbord,” she admits, “but with my appetite for learning, I don’t think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.” She digs the kind of guy “who’s been around and looks it, who’s worldly-wise without being world-weary, articulate and affirmative. I’m afraid I have a long list of third-class males who really set my teeth on edge – especially the moral Milquetoast who continues to obey unquestioningly the outmoded codes decreed by society’s die-hard guardians of Victorian society. Fortunately, you can’t hold back a flood for long with a dike that’s so full of holes. When it finally gives way, maybe we’ll begin to understand, accept and, who knows, even rejoice in our sexual identities.” We’ll drink to that.