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Playboy Retro: Sexy Playmates of Late Night
  • April 26, 2014 : 15:04
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Playboy extends further than the written word and scintillating photographs, and our multimedia presence predates our website and cable channel. Twice Hugh Hefner brought the swinging Playboy lifestyle to late-night television, the first time with Playboy’s Penthouse in 1959 and again via 1969’s Playboy After Dark. Both programs were variety talk shows set up as a casual party at Hef’s. The shows featured huge stars like Lenny Bruce and Michael Caine, musical acts such as The Grateful Dead and The Byrds and, naturally, a plethora of beautiful women. In this Playboy Retro we’re looking at a selection of Playmates who spiced up TV’s evenings.   

Merle Pertile was an actress and model who came into the Playboy world when she was hired to attend the parties in Playboy’s Penthouse in 1960. It was on that set her ginger looks, 38D bust and magnetic personality captured the attention of Hugh Hefner. When the TV show ended its run, Hef kept Merle in mind and brought her into the magazine as Miss January 1962. Now you can see for yourself what Hef saw in this glorious babe.


Chris Cranston was another actress who scored a plum late-night gig; she first appeared in Playboy to promote her 1968 movie Funny Girl, and it turned out Playboy was a fit for this blonde goddess. Chris came back as a regular on Playboy After Dark and scored the centerfold in April 1971. The After Dark party might be over, but thanks to her splendid photo shoot she’s here for us and for the ages.

Janice Pennington is perhaps best remembered from The Price Is Right, serving from 1972 to 2000 as the game show’s longest-running model, but before Janice was one of Barker’s Beauties she was a Playboy girl. One of her first ever TV roles was as an extra on Playboy After Dark, and her work there made a big enough impression for Janice’s elevation to Miss May 1971. This tall, exotic brunette can’t be seen in prime time any longer, but we have her for your viewing pleasure.

Don’t worry, the party never really ended: the midnight soirees of Penthouse and After Dark live on in reruns and the programs' babes are right here in the gallery above.


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