Marilyn Cole

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Marilyn Cole
Playboy centerfold appearance
January 1972
Preceded by Karen Christy
Succeeded by P. J. Lansing
Playboy Playmate of the Year
Preceded by Liv Lindeland
Succeeded by Cyndi Wood
Personal details
Born (1949-07-05) 5 July 1949 (age 68)
Portsmouth, England[1]
Measurements Bust: 36 in (91 cm)[1]
Waist: 24 in (61 cm)
Hips: 35 in (89 cm)
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)[1]
Weight 119 lb (54 kg)

Marilyn Cole (born 5 July 1949)[1] is Playboy magazine's January 1972 Playmate of the Month. She was the magazine's first full-frontal nude centerfold.[2] She also became 1973's Playmate of the Year – the only Briton to hold that title. Her original pictorial was photographed by Alexas Urba.[1]


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.[3] 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.[2]

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.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to former Playboy executive Victor Lownes[4] until his death in 2017, and now works as a journalist.[2] Among the subjects she writes about is professional boxing, which she began covering in 2000.[5] Her interests include the tango, which she studied under Paul Pellicoro,[6] and has partnered with actor Brian Cox.[7]


  • Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates (2004) (V)
  • Forty Minutes (1990) TV Episode
  • V.I.P.-Schaukel (1972) TV Episode


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