Neva Gilbert

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Neva Gilbert
Playboy centerfold appearance
July 1954
Preceded byMargie Harrison
Succeeded byArline Hunter
Personal details
Born (1929-09-01) September 1, 1929 (age 89)
New York City, New York, U.S.
MeasurementsBust: 36 in (91 cm)
Waist: 26 in (66 cm)
Hips: 37 in (94 cm)
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight130 lb (59 kg)

Neva Gilbert (born September 1, 1929) is an American model. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for its July 1954 issue.[1]


When Playboy was launched, it did not commission its own photo sessions. Gilbert's photos were actually taken by a private photographer, who sold them to the Baumgarth Calendar Company. Hugh Hefner bought her photos, (along with the photos of many other models), and, to Gilbert's surprise, published them.

According to Gilbert,

In those days, I was an aspiring actress. I'd go on assignments with Marilyn Monroe. We did some calendar shots for a photographer named Tom Kelley. A few months later, I heard the pictures had appeared in a new magazine called Playboy, but I couldn't find a copy. I didn't see my centerfold until this year.

— Neva Gilbert, Playboy, December 1979

Gilbert had small parts in two films: Combat Squad (1953)[2] and The Country Girl (1954). She also appeared in various off-Broadway and college theatre productions, especially the plays of Tennessee Williams. Decades later, she returned to Playboy and posed semi-nude for a feature called, "Playmates Forever!", in the December 1979 issue.[3]


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  1. ^ "Playmate data". Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  2. ^ Edwards, Paul M. (1997). A Guide to Films on the Korean War. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 63. ISBN 978-0313303166.
  3. ^ Aydlette, Larry (December 2016). "Lake Worth's Neva Gilbert recalls her "lucky" life as one of Playboy magazine's original Playmates". The Palm Beach Post.

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