For the last six decades, Playboy has featured interviews and photo shoots with the most glamorous of Hollywood’s celebrity women, and Playboy remains the best place to see famous actresses model their sensational selves. But the classic movie stars of the 1950s and 1960s were a special breed when it came to poise, talent and vivacious looks. So in this Playboy Retro we’re spending time with the women who’ve mesmerized us both on the centerfold page and on the screen.
Dolores Donlon was the kind of blonde goddess people were always flocking to with advice like, “You should be in the movies, miss!” Dolores heeded the strangers’ wishes and made the odyssey to Hollywood, where she immediately found work as a film extra. Dolores was more than a pretty face and a banging bod, and she quickly progressed to lead parts in The Long Wait, Security Risk, Flight to Hong Kong and the Italian auteur Franco Rossi’s Odissea nuda. She also guest-starred on the biggest television shows of the era, like I Love Lucy and Perry Mason. And she brought a hefty dose of her star power to the pages of Playboy as Playmate of the Month for August 1957. Go ahead and see for yourself that they don’t make them like they used to!
Sally Todd grew up acting in local drama clubs but ended up in Hollywood in a most unexpected fashion: she wanted to travel from her native Arizona to Canada on holiday, but only had enough money to reach California. Hollywood suited her well enough, though, and she decided to call it home. Her bombshell physique made Sally a natural model and it was through modeling that a talent scout spotted her and got her out to auditions. Sally scored parts in the mob drama Al Capone and Elvis’ G.I. Blues and in drive-in fare such as The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent and Frankenstein's Daughter, but when it comes to her body of work it’s her role as Playboy’s Miss February 1957 that we most love her for.
Unlike the ladies above, Delores Wells didn’t have an actress-to-Playmate progression. Delores started as a Bunny in the Chicago Playboy Club and shot up to Playmate with her star turn as Miss June 1960. This taste of life in the public eye suited Delores and from Playboy she embarked on an acting career, appearing in the blockbuster 1960s “beach” movies like Beach Party, Bikini Beach and Muscle Beach Party. She wasn’t your typical beach gal, however. Dolores measured only five-foot-two and wore her hair long and brown. When you take in her luscious 36C-20-36 frame, luminous appearance and seductive smile, you’ll quickly see why they wanted her in the movies.
Capture some of that Hollywood magic in the gallery above.