Jennifer Walcott, Playboy’s Miss August 2001, told us she changes her address “at least once a year” and is a nomad by nature. The Ohio native told us about her first cross-country jaunt. “I packed up my little purple convertible and no one believed I was leaving,” she said. “It was a really great experience growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, but I always felt like there was more out there. People in Ohio tend to settle for a simple kind of life, and I knew I wasn’t that kind of girl.”
Miss August did “cotton-ball girl and craft service” work on movie and television sets before relocating to Chicago for eight months to be near her dying grandmother. “She was my best friend, and I told her if I ever got married, it would be a fight between her and my sister to be my maid of honor,” she said.“I felt I had to move back to the Midwest to be near her and to get grounded again.”
Jennifer studied to be a beautician before her compassion for animals compelled her to volunteer at a veterinary clinic in Los Angeles. “It was hard on me,” she told Playboy in a 2001 interview. “I would nurture squirrels back to health after they fell out of trees, and that was fine. But when I saw a cat with cancer on chemotherapy or abused animals, I couldn’t deal with that.”
After a neighbor got her on the guest list for Mansion parties, Jennifer busted out at Hugh Hefner’s Valentine’s Day bash in an outfit impossible to ignore. “I was wearing a bikini top and a sarong, and I got off the tram and noticed that a lot of people weren’t wearing lingerie,” she said. “I felt humiliated and wanted to leave when some of them laughed at me, but I had a few cocktails and I was fine. Then Hef called me to his table and offered me my test shoot. I want to give 100 percent to Playboy. Now, if a guy could give 100 percent to me, I’d be happy. I’ve had only five boyfriends my whole life and was never into casual dating. I like a guy who’s in touch with his feminine side so he can come with me to get a manicure or his hair colored or something. It’s nice to do things together—it’s like having a girlfriend and a boyfriend in one package!”
Jennifer told Playboy she’s also turned on by “a man who has some style and a sense of humor and knows how to live life.” She’s turned off by “people who are wasteful and not practical.” She found what she was looking for in former NFL player Adam Archuleta. The two are married and have a child together.
Since appearing in Playboy, Jennifer has been featured on many TV shows, including the Playboy Playmates editions of Weakest Link as well as Dog Eat Dog, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Howard Stern, Wild On!, MTV Cribs, and the Football Wives episode of E! True Hollywood Story. She has had acting roles in the movies Band Camp and The Pool Boys and the video game Postal III. In 2005 she and fellow Playmates Scarlett Keegan and Destiny Davis were given keys to the city of Las Vegas for posing in a calendar promoting the city.