Miss January 1997 Jami Ferrell ditched her small-town roots on her way to becoming Playmate of the Month. Born in Muncie, Indiana, she always dreamt of living in a big city. She says she loves to try new things at the spur of the moment. She proved that the day after graduating from high school when she went to the Indianapolis airport and bought a ticket to Los Angeles without any plans for what to do after she landed.
Jami was shy growing up. She would sit in the back of the classroom so she could stare out the window. “I was always reserved, even painfully shy,” she said. “I didn’t have any friends.”
She still likes to spend most of her time alone. One of her favorite things to do is curl up with a good book. That doesn’t mean she’s a shut-in. She loves horseback riding and scuba diving. She’s also an avid antique hunter and loves buying nostalgic toys and novelties.
After appearing in Playboy Jami became a fixture in the Hollywood scene. She married Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon and divorced him only a few weeks after the wedding. She also was connected to Jack Nicholson and attended several Los Angeles Lakers games in his courtside seats. Jami made several appearances in a series of videos for Playboy for her pictorial and also had a small part in 2002’s Boat Trip.
Despite her lifelong desire to live in the big city, Jami returned to Indiana to start a family. She dated Tim Durham, an Indianapolis lawyer and financier who played a major role in the Indiana Republican Party. However, it was discovered that Durham operated a massive Ponzi scheme from his offices and went to prison. Shortly after the allegations were found out, Jami broke up with him.
Jami remained in the Midwest after her relationship with Durham ended. She eventually started her own business renting out reindeer for holiday parties. She still lives in Indiana with her children.