|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Karen Christy|
|Succeeded by||P. J. Lansing|
|Playmate of the Year|
|Preceded by||Liv Lindeland|
|Succeeded by||Cyndi Wood|
7 May 1949 |
|Height||5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)|
|Weight||119 pounds (54 kg)|
Marilyn Cole (born 7 May 1949) is Playboy magazine's January 1972 Playmate of the Month. She was the magazines's first full-frontal nude centerfold, although her pubic hair was partly covered by the shadow cast by a book in her hand, (so the first clearly full-frontally nude Playmate of the Month was Bonnie Large, Playmate of the Month for March 1973),. She also became 1973's Playmate of the Year - the only Briton to hold that title. Her original pictorial was photographed by Alexas Urba.
Cole was working for £12 weekly at the Portsmouth Co-op Fuel Office when she interviewed to be a Playboy Bunny at the London Playboy Club. She worked as a bunny from 1971 to 1974, and within a few days of starting work there was noticed by Victor Lownes and test photographed for the magazine.
She appeared on the cover of the Roxy Music album Stranded, having been noticed by Bryan Ferry after winning Playmate of the Year. She had previously appeared on the covers of various Top of the Pops albums.
She is married to former Playboy executive, Victor Lownes, and now works as a journalist. Among the subjects she writes about is professional boxing, which she began covering in 2000. Her interests include the tango, which she studied under Paul Pellicoro, and has partnered with actor Brian Cox.
- Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates (2004) (V)
- Forty Minutes (1990) TV Episode
- V.I.P.-Schaukel (1972) TV Episode
- "Playmate data". Retrieved 8 November 2010.
- Van Praagh, Anna, "Playboy bunnies 50 years on" Telegraph (May 23, 2010)
- Jenkins, David, "50 years of the bunny girl:Hugh Hefner on a life with controverisal pop icon", The Independent (May 15, 2010)
- Barrell, Tony, "I want to tell you a cover story", Sunday Times (November 11, 2007)
- Lownes, Marilyn Cole, "How I fell in love with the fight game", The Observer (November 30, 2003)
- Scott, Janny, "Flirting with the tango", New York Times (June 11, 1999)
- Grove, Valerie, "Brian Cox plays Humbert Humbert in Lolita", Sunday Times (August 29, 2009)