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Friday, April 3, 2009

Venus passing: Melodye Prentiss 1944-2009

Melodye Prentiss photographed by Pompeo Posar

Agent Triple P was sad to learn of the recent tragic death of Melodye Prentiss, Playboy Playmate of the Month for July 1968. 

Pompeo and Melodye review her pictures

Born Melodye Panchesin in Chicago on December 14th, 1944 she studied fine art and painting at the University of Chicago and the Chicago Academy of fine arts.

One of her brothers let Triple P know that she continued to pursue her artistic talent and had a number of art exhibitions in Los Angeles in later years.

She was working as a part time researcher in the Playboy editorial library whilst at art school when she was asked to pose by photographer Pompeo Posar who ran into her in the lift of the Playboy building.

Despite her wearing unflattering glasses and, according to Posar, "not looking much" he saw something in her and despite her incredulity at being asked she agreed to pose. for Playmate.

A handy 5'5" tall and a trim 34-23-34 there weren't many Playmates who when asked to list someone they admire who would have named Frank Lloyd Wright.

More recently she had a knee injury that required medication and latterly she was also prescribed more medication for a seperate chronic illness. The medicines reacted badly with each other and she was rushed to hospital with breathing problems. Unfortunately the idiots in the hospital connected her to an empty oxygen tank and she asphyxiated. A sad end for a lovely girl. Here she is in all her glory.

Melodye a couple of years ago

Melodye Panchesin December 14, 1944 - March 3, 2009.


  1. Melodye was also a very talented artis and a brilliant girl. She had several curated art show in various art centers around Los Angeles. Her work was quite impressive.
    I am one of Melodye's younger brothers and I deeply appreciate the very sensitive and tasteful job you did with this lovely tribute to her. Her death was a crushing blow to our entire family. She will be greatly missed. Thank you, Dale Panchesin


  2. 12/27/2012 I just learned of Melodye's passing. I went to high school and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts with her. We often rode the train to and from school together and wandered the downtown Chicago area sketching and talking about life. I liked her very much, and learned of her career and her death all at the same time. We once slipped in the back door of the Playboy club when it was in the old Palmolive Building in Chicago on a dare. Little did I know she would pursue a career with Playboy. I transferred to university mid-term and never heard from or about her again until now. She was a beautiful person with a wonderful soul. We shared a wonderful, innocent passion for art and enjoyment of each other. Dr. Paul R. Hain

  3. Thank you for sharing these memories of a lovely woman.

    As someone who won a place at art school (although I went to University instead) I particularly appreciate other artists.

  4. I must have been about 12 years old when I first discovered Playboy. A friend had a stack of them and to this day I remember that she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. So sorry to hear about her tragic passing. Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.