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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Centrefold Venus of the Month 70: Priscilla Wright, March 1966

Priscilla shows us her tiny, tiny waist

This entry is a slight cheat as I posted some of the pictures some time ago but I have updated it with many more pictures of the lovely Priscilla (or Pat as she preferred to be called).

CK Dexter-Haven has requested the pictorial featuring Playmate Priscilla Wright. Priscilla was just nineteen when photographed by Mario Casilli (1931-2002), who shot 57 Playmates in total; in other words nearly 10% of them!  She appeared as Playmate in the March 1966 issue of the magazine which featured a previously unpublished James Bond story by Ian Fleming called Octopussy.

Unusually, we have included the page scans of the feature as that was what was requested.  We don't usually do this but they do give a good snapshot of what the centrefold pictorials were like at the time and how few nude shots there were of the Playmates.

Much of the text, and indeed the pictorial, concentrated on the fact that she was a keen golfer.  Her father was a golf pro and she was Southern California Junior Champion at the age of 13.  Typically, for Playboy in this period, she is dressed in all of her pictures save one plus her centrefold.

It is, perhaps, no wonder that Penthouse started to eut into Playboy's market in the sixties.  Penthouse's Pet of the Month for March 1966, Giovannia Podesta, in contrast, was undressed in all ten of her shots plus the centrefold.

Still, this was all very much part of Hugh Hefner's girl-next door approach to his models in that he insisted on showing them in real life, or, at least, Playboy's version of it. 

Priscilla became a Bunny, unusually, after her centrefold appearance and was featured in the Bunnies of Hollywood feature in December 1967. 

From the December 1967 Bunnies of Hollywood feature

Very sixties hair!

At the time of her pictorial she was a very petite 5'2" tall and a very trim 34-19-35.  We can't think you would get a Playboy Playmate with a 19 inch waist these days.  She was not quite the smallest in the magazine's history, as both Joni Mattis (November 1960) and Mickey Winters (September 1962) had 18 inch waists.

Anyway, although Priscilla was mainly dressed in her pictorial, fortunately Playboy did  take a number of shots of her, revealing her svelte teenage body. Firstly, here she is in a little green vest which highlights, rather nicely, her perky points.

Next we have just the one shot of her in a bikini, although it's obviously not the one she usually wears by the way her tan lines are visible.

Out in the desert and out of her golf clothes for once she sports quite the most fetching skirt (if you can call it that) we have ever seen.

She soon dispenses with the skirt and frolics on the sands without any clothes at all and thereby displays her extreme tan lines.

Next we have some shots of her wearing a pair of tight.  We have always enjoyed the sight of  lady wearing just a pair of jeans.  It's a lot about texture, of course.  The one above provides a lovely demonstration of the effects of gravity.

This one above of Priscilla in tights demonstrates what lovely legs she has.  For someone of just 5'2" she is very nicely in proportion and doesn't have that short girl look you sometimes get.

The orange and red towel in the shot of her in her tights makes an appearance in a number of other photos too.  It is used to cover her groin in many shots as we are still nearly five years from Playboy showing a Playmate's fluff.

Here she is posing on some politically incorrect furs and in fact she is quite close to flashing her own fur in some of these.

Now the only shot of her undressed in her magazine pictorial, other than the centrefold was this mirror shot (top) but here are a couple of others too.

These three while, perhaps, actually revealing a hint of her fur, serve to showcase her amazingly flat and toned stomach and a very cute belly-button.

This one highlights her hourglass figure and tan lines.  Unlike our friend Agent DVD, Agent Triple P is not such a fan of these, however.   We prefer our women the same colour all over, not looking like saddleback pigs!  Actually to be fair to Priscilla her lower tan lines are not too big.  Some of the examples from the fifties were just ridiculous!

Another magnificent shot of Priscilla's stomach here.  You just want to pour stuff all over it and lick it off!  

Here is Priscilla looking happy, which is always a good thing in these pictorials.  Nothing more off-putting than a miserable looking girl!

Finally, it's curtains for Priscilla.   Unlike many other Playmates we haven't been able to find out anything about her after her Playboy appearance.  She would be 71 years old now but what a very lovely and eonveniently portable young lady she was.

We are listening to Cy Coleman as we put this together. Coleman (1929-2004), of course, composed Playboy's Theme which was used for Playboy's TV shows. In 1966, the year of Priscilla's pictorial, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his musical Sweet Charity which is currently enjoying a successful run here in London starring the rather splendid Tamzin Outhwaite; much missed from one of Triple P's favourite TV series Hotel Babylon.


  1. I like tan lines, but golf not so much... :D

    Thanks for posting this. It made my day!

    Priscilla Wright is yet another example of the bunny rag's "Girl Next Door" look of that time, when the women in the pages were gorgeous but still gave off a "if you met them in public they'd say hi" kind of vibe, which I guess was the intention.

    Priscilla's in my top five PMs of the 1950-to early '70s timeframe (not interested as much after that).

    Oh, I've also linked Venus Observations to my new blog attempt, The Neo-Edwardian HipsterThe Neo-Edwardian Hipster.

    1. If you're taking requests.... Polly Anne Pendledon?

  2. Amazing photos. Truly superb.
    What beautiful photos they are.

  3. Pat Wright was a wonderful girl. I dated her in 1962. She was two years older than me . She lived in Newport Beach at the "Flagstone Apts." Her cousin was a down the street neighbor. I also dated her after the centerspread. She only liked to go out at night as many people would instantly recognise her! She loved everyone!! I miss her. Regards, Jay Allen

  4. I was so excited that you posted this. Priscilla Wright is a longtime favorite centerfold for me. I've done a lot of playboy research, but most of these photos were new to me. You rock! -ChrisB

  5. Thank you so much for the new scans. I had to stop looking at them because I kept imagining that I wanted to do bad bad things with Doris Day!. LOL

  6. While I'm partial to the dark-hair-pale-skin beauty, the photographic negative (remember those?) thereof is also particularly appealing to me. Add the happy attitude, the explosions of laughter, and that she is actually something outside of navel-gazing and you have a ferocious turn-on for me. Sorry to see she never hit the big time in golf, but I bet she's had a fantastic life, anyway. Great post!

  7. My God - she's beautiful, such great proportions & lines, that neck, those shoulders, that arch of her lower back and that WAIST.
    A sculpture of which Pygmalion could be proud.

  8. She is a classic, timeless beauty...

  9. I wandered over here after reading up through 1977 in your pubic wars posts and I'm glad I did. The photos that impress me are the ones that make me want to see more of a woman, rather than less. For me that's the difference between erotica and porn. Priscilla's photos are a welcome erotic break from the pubic wars which were tilting heavily towards the pornographic.

    From the time I was a kid I could never make up my mind about tan lines. I admired a woman who would expose herself for an all-over tan, but I was fascinated to see how a woman's body was situated under her bikini, and excited to see those not-usually-exposed parts of her. These days I vastly prefer the pale and healthy look.

    I love the research you put into your posts; they're a pleasure to read. Now I'm feeling a bit like someone who says they read Playboy for the articles.

  10. A terrific set. I was skeptical about a set of early pre-mid 70's model sans pussy shots or even pubic hair, but Priscilla is a stunning natural beauty, shot wonderfully. Just discovered this amazing site. Had vague memories of a 60 Minutes episode addressing this increase of hard core porn in the 70's, and was aware of Hustler pushing the envelope, but your site does an amazing job of articulating the history while showing gorgeous models and photography that make today's porn look amateurish. I always thought the Playmates from 1977 - 1982 were my favorites, but you shed new light on 1984 and I didn't realize that was also the glory years of Penthouse, even though I always thought Victoria Lynn Johnson was the most beautiful naked model I'd even seen. I'm impressed by the inclusion of, for me, new shots from overseas editions. For some time I have thought Playboy could charge extra for uncropped photos of models from the 70's and 80's in more explicit poses or uncovered when the model teasingly covered their bits with their hand or other prop. I'll put in a request for my favorite, Rita Lee, as well as some other faves, Lisa Welch, Sandy Cagle, Gig Gangle, Linda Beatty and Kim McArthur, who stirred my teenage and early 20's libido.

  11. I'm just starting to look at doing some more requests so I will add your (excellent) choices to the list. Sandy Cagle's shots I have already formatted.

  12. Can't wait to see more of Sandy Cagle. Too many requests, but more of the divine Jill DeVries would great. If you want to venture to the late 80's and 90's, I put in requests for redhead Jennifer Jackson, Saskia Linsen and Tiffany Sloan, who died young and apparently was working at one of the Vegas stripjoints. Had I known, I would've ventured to see her, unless she got a boob job like Teri Weigel and Victoria Zdrok. Going back to the 70's, would love to see more and learn about Anita Hemmings.

  13. Love these pictures--I like the older ones like this, that leave something to the imagination. Although a hint of fluff is nice too! If you are taking requests, how about Joyce Nizzari from December 1958? I ran into some pictures of her on Instagram but no overt nudity there so it would be nice to see more of her, if there are any available, that is. Also, at the very bottom of your page is a very curvaceous gal frolicking in the surf with just a bikini bottom--does she appear elsewhere? If not, could she?

  14. Posted on behalf of anonymous

    "Love these pictures--I like the older ones like this, that leave something to the imagination. Although a hint of fluff is nice too! If you are taking requests, how about Joyce Nizzari from December 1958? I ran into some pictures of her on Instagram but no overt nudity there so it would be nice to see more of her, if there are any available, that is. Also, at the very bottom of your page is a very curvaceous gal frolicking in the surf with just a bikini bottom--does she appear elsewhere? If not, could she?"

    1. Girl in the surf is English model and actress Kelly Brook. She appears on this site quite a lot and even more on our other blog

      Joyce Nizzari is a fine idea. I'll see what I can do! I have her copy of Playboy in my collection somewhere...