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|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Lynn Winchell|
|Succeeded by||Nancy Harwood|
|Playboy Playmate of the Year|
|Preceded by||Angela Dorian|
|Succeeded by||Claudia Jennings|
September 19, 1946|
Wyandotte, Michigan, United States
|Died||March 21, 1995
Beverly Hills, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 5 in (165 cm)|
|Weight||118 lb (54 kg)|
Connie Kreski (September 19, 1946, Wyandotte, Michigan – March 21, 1995, Beverly Hills, California) was an American model and actress. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for January 1968 and Playmate of the Year for 1969. Kreski was born Constance Kornacki; she had long taffy-colored hair and blue eyes.
As a reward for her Playmate of the Year title, she received numerous gifts:
- Shelby Mustang GT-500 (fastback 428 Cobra Jet)
- Schwinn Varsity 10-speed bicycle
- Harley-Davidson M-65
- Hart pair of skis, fur-jacket by Alpers Furs and outfit by Peter Kennedy
- Arctic Panther snowscoot with riding outfit
- Jantzen swimsuits and scuba diving equipment by US Divers,
- a pool cue, jewels, cosmetics, AM/FM car-stereo, Champagne, a typewriter...
In April 1969 Kreski was signed by Anthony Newley to play the feminine title role of Mercy Humppe in the Universal Pictures film Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? The movie was shot in Malta and starred Milton Berle, Joan Collins, and George Jessel.
Los Angeles Times writer Joyce Haber mentioned Kreski in a newspaper column just days after the murder of Sharon Tate by followers of Charles Manson. Kreski was a member of the murdered actress's social circle along with John Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Tina Sinatra, Jacqueline Bisset, Michael Sarrazin, and Andrew Prine. Kreski was among those invited to the mansion Tate shared with her husband, director Roman Polanski, on Cielo Drive in Los Angeles, California. Haber reported that some of those invited declined to attend on the fatal night of August 9, 1969.
Film and television appearances
- Lost Flight (1969) .... Australian's Wife
- Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969) .... Mercy Humppe
- Ironside – "A Matter of Love and Death" .... Arlene (1 episode, 1969)
- The Bold Ones .... Waitress (1 episode, 1969)
- Love, American Style - Love and the Big Night/Love and Those Poor Crusaders' Wives/Love and the V.I.P. Restaurant (1970) TV Episode (segment "Love and the V.I.P. Restaurant")
- The Trackers (1971) (TV) .... Becky Paxton
- The Outside Man (1972) .... Rosie
- The Black Bird (1975) .... Decoy Girl
- Captains and the Kings (1976) (mini) TV Series .... Pearl Gray
- Aspen (1977) (mini) TV Series (uncredited) .... Jackie Camerovsky
- Burlington, North Carolina, "She's On Her Way To Stardom, But Mom's On Tranqulizers", April 30, 1969, Page 58.
- Florence, South Carolina Morning News, "Star Chat, Tough Talk From James Caan", January 6, 1974, Page 44.
- Los Angeles Times, Movie Call Sheet, April 15, 1968, Page C21.
- Los Angeles Times, "Venus of the Centerfold", July 13, 1969, Page K22.
- Los Angeles Times, "Playmate of the Year Ceremonies Present", May 15, 1969, Page D21.
- Los Angeles Times, "Living in Era of Uncommon Barbarity", August 12, 1969, Page C11.
- Los Angeles Times, "Lived The Part, How James Caan Became Godson", May 30, 1972, Page G1.