Edwards in 1958.
|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Sally Todd|
|Succeeded by||Gloria Windsor|
March 12, 1938 |
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||120 lb (54 kg; 8.6 st)|
Sandra Edwards (born March 12, 1938 in Los Angeles) is an American actress and model. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the March 1957 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Peter Gowland. Her name is usually spelled Saundra Edwards.
In addition to her modeling career for Playboy and other men's magazines, Edwards, who is part Cherokee, was a showgirl in Las Vegas. Her acting credits—she was a contract player at Warner Bros.—include a few films like The Crowded Sky (1960), A Fever in the Blood (1961), and many television roles in programs such as Sugarfoot (as Prudence in the 1959 episode, "The Return of the Canary Kid"), Hawaiian Eye, and Maverick (in "Holiday at Hollow Rock" with James Garner).
Edwards married actor Tom Gilson on December 8, 1961 and had a son named Thomas S. Gilson, Jr., who was born the same day. She separated from him in August 1962 when he became abusive, after which she moved in with her sister and brother-in-law. On October 6, 1962, Edwards killed Gilson with a shotgun blast through the heart when he broke into the house where she was staying. A coroner's jury later ruled the shooting as justifiable homicide. The scandal, however, abruptly ended her acting career.
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