Star Stowe

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Star Stowe
Star Stowe 1977.jpg
Playboy centerfold appearance
February 1977
Preceded by Susan Kiger
Succeeded by Nicki Thomas
Personal details
Born (1956-03-19)March 19, 1956
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Died March 16, 1997(1997-03-16) (aged 40)[1]
Coral Springs, Florida, U.S.
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]

Star Stowe (born Ellen Louise Stowe; March 19, 1956, Little Rock, Arkansas – March 16, 1997, Coral Springs, Florida)[1] was an American model. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for its February 1977 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Pompeo Posar.[1]

Stowe at one time dated Gene Simmons.[2] She later married and divorced Peter Maligo, with whom she had a son, Michael.[3] Stowe moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1986 to find work as an exotic dancer, and eventually fell into prostitution, alcoholism, and drug abuse.[2]

Her body was found strangled and partially clothed, 3 days before her 41st birthday.[4] Since several other prostitutes in the area had been strangled and dumped in a similar manner, Stowe's murder is believed to be the work of a possible serial killer in southeast Florida.[5] Her murder remains unsolved.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Playmate data". Retrieved January 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Anna Nicole Smith Wasn't First Playboy Pinup to Die Tragically". Fox News. February 13, 2007. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ Pazdera, Donna (1997-03-23). "Star's Fall a Dark Tale After World of Glamour". Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. pp. 1B. Retrieved 2006-10-04. 
  4. ^ Rollings, Grant (May 9, 2007). "The curse of the Playmates". The Sun. London. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Investigators Consider Link in 3 Slayings". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. 1997-12-04.