List of Playboy Playmates of 1956

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The following is a list of Playboy Playmates of 1956. Playboy magazine names its Playmate of the Month each month throughout the year.

January[edit]

Lynn Turner
Personal details
Born (1935-12-01) December 1, 1935 (age 80)
California
Measurements Bust: 38"
Waist: 24"
Hips: 37"

Lynn Turner (born December 1, 1935 in California) was an American model. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the January 1956 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Peter Gowland, the first of his extensive Playboy career. According to The Playmate Book, Turner did layouts for other men's magazines, including Frolic, Jest and Modern Man Quarterly.

February[edit]

Marguerite Empey
Personal details
Born (1932-07-29)July 29, 1932[2]
Los Angeles, California[1]
Died August 19, 2008(2008-08-19) (aged 76)[1]
Los Angeles, California
Measurements Bust: 39"C[1]
Waist: 23"
Hips: 37"
Main article: Diane Webber

Billed as Marguerite Empey, Diane Marguerite Webber (July 29, 1932 – August 19, 2008[1][2]), an American model, dancer and actress, was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month in May 1955 and in February 1956. The photos for her 1956 appearance were taken by soft core porn director Russ Meyer.

March[edit]

Marian Stafford
Personal details
Born (1933-02-07)February 7, 1933
Houston, Texas, United States[3]
Died August 16, 1984
Measurements Bust: 34"[3]
Waist: 21"
Hips: 34"
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)[3]
Main article: Marian Stafford

Marian Stafford (February 7, 1933 – August 16, 1984) was an American actress and model born in Houston, Texas.[4] She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the March 1956 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Ruth Sondak,[3] and was the first to fold out to three pages. (Prior to this, the centrefolds were of two pages.)

April[edit]

Rusty Fisher
Personal details
Born (1935-04-05) April 5, 1935 (age 81)
Colorado, United States
Measurements Bust: 36"
Waist: 22"
Hips: 35"
Height 5 ft 5½ in (1.66 m)

Rusty Fisher (born April 5, 1935 in Colorado) was an American model. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the April 1956 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Sam Wu. Prior to her Playboy appearance, she had posed for several other men's magazines, often under other pseudonyms such as Rusty Williams and Donna Fisher.

May[edit]

Marion Scott
Personal details
Born Germany
Measurements Bust: 36"
Waist: 23"
Hips: 35"
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)

Marion Scott, a German-born American model, was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the May 1956 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Herman Leonard.

According to The Playmate Book, Scott emigrated to the U.S. along with her parents after World War II ended, and eventually became a fashion model, as well as a frequent cover girl for detective magazines.

June[edit]

Gloria Walker
Personal details
Born (1937-07-16) July 16, 1937 (age 79)
The Bronx, New York
Measurements Bust: 36"
Waist: 21"
Hips: 32"
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 108 lb (49 kg; 7 st 10 lb)

Gloria Walker (born July 16, 1937 in The Bronx, New York) was an American actress and model. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the June 1956 issue.

July[edit]

Alice Denham
Personal details
Born (1927-01-21)January 21, 1927
Jacksonville, Florida, United States[5]
Died January 27, 2016(2016-01-27) (aged 89)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Measurements Bust: 36"[5]
Waist: 24"
Hips: 34"
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)[5]
Weight 105 lb (48 kg; 7 st 7 lb)

Alice Denham (January 21, 1927 – January 27, 2016)[5] was an American model, author, and former adjunct professor of English at City University of New York. She is the author of the novels Amo: The feminist centrefold from outer space (1974) and My Darling from the Lions (1968), and the short story collection Secrets of San Miguel (2013), as well as the novelisations Adios, Sabata (1971) and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1968). She has also published a memoir, Sleeping with the Bad Boys (2006), about her time among the New York circle of writers in the fifties and sixties.

She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the July 1956 issue. Her centerfold was credited to Arthur-James and Mike Shea.[5] She died of complications from ovarian cancer on January 27, 2016.[6]

August[edit]

Jonnie Nicely
Personal details
Born (1936-02-25)February 25, 1936
Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Died February 6, 2013 (aged 76)
Lancaster, California
Measurements Bust: 37"
Waist: 24"
Hips: 36"
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 122 lb (55 kg; 8 st 10 lb)

Jonnie Nicely (February 25, 1936 – February 6, 2013) was an American model. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the August 1956 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Hal Adams.

Nicely was originally supposed to be a Playmate for the October 1955 issue, but scheduling and creative conflicts temporarily pushed her aside in favor of Jean Moorhead. Before and after her Playboy appearance, Nicely did additional pin-up modeling, but eventually she went on to a long career as a mechanic at a Rockwell International B-1 bomber plant in California.

September[edit]

Elsa Sørensen
Personal details
Born (1934-03-25)March 25, 1934
Copenhagen, Denmark
Died April 18, 2013(2013-04-18) (aged 79)
Florida, United States
Measurements Bust: 38"
Waist: 24"
Hips: 35"
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)

Elsa Sørensen (March 25, 1934 – April 18, 2013) was a Danish model, and Miss Denmark, who did most of her work under the pseudonym Dane Arden. Under her real name, she was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the September 1956 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Peter Gowland. She was first married to Guy Mitchell but that marriage ended in divorce. She survived her second husband Philip Mattingly.[7]

October[edit]

Janet Pilgrim
Personal details
Born (1934-06-13) June 13, 1934 (age 82)
Wheaton, Illinois
Measurements Bust: 36"D
Waist: 24"
Hips: 36"
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 115 lb (52 kg; 8 stlb)
Main article: Janet Pilgrim (model)

Janet Pilgrim (born Charlaine Karalus[8] June 13, 1934 in Wheaton, Illinois)[9] was an American model and office worker for Playboy. She was chosen as Playboy's Playmate of the Month three times: July 1955, December 1955 and October 1956.

November[edit]

Betty Blue
Personal details
Born (1931-08-14)August 14, 1931
West Memphis, Arkansas, United States[3]
Died August 23, 2000(2000-08-23) (aged 69)[3]
Measurements Bust: 39"D[3]
Waist: 22"
Hips: 36"
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)[3]
Weight 128 lb (58 kg; 9 st 2 lb)
Main article: Betty Blue (model)

Betty Blue (August 14, 1931 in West Memphis, Arkansas – August 23, 2000[10]) was an American model and actress, and was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the November 1956 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Hal Adams.[3]

December[edit]

Lisa Winters
Personal details
Born Florida, United States
Measurements Bust: 35"
Waist: 23"
Hips: 35"
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Weight 106 lb (48 kg; 7 st 8 lb)

Lisa Winters (born in Florida) was an American model and actress. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for its December 1956 issue and later named as the magazine's first Playmate of the Year for 1957.[citation needed] She was also a secretary working for Hugh Hefner in Chicago's Playboy offices. She starred in two movies: her first film was with her Playboy photographer Bunny Yeager, and named "Bunny Yeager's Nude Camera" (1963); her second film, in which she starred under her real name, Marie Perry, was named "Intimate Diary of Artists' Models". Both films are rated R for nudity. She is now retired in Florida.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Playmate listing". Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Name:Diane M Webber, State:California". Retrieved March 24, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Playmate data". Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ Death Notice
  5. ^ a b c d e "Playmate data". Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/arts/alice-denham-ex-playboy-centerfold-dies-at-89.html?_r=0
  7. ^ http://www.obitsforlife.com/obituary/694126/Mattingly-Elsa.php
  8. ^ Fraterrigo, Elizabeth (2009). Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America. Oxford University Press US. pp. 123–124, 230. ISBN 0-19-538610-8. 
  9. ^ "The Girls – Janet Pilgrim". Playboy.com. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Playmate listing". Retrieved January 23, 2009.