Terri Welles

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Terri Welles
Terri Knepper

(1956-11-21) November 21, 1956 (age 64)
Occupationmodel, actress
(m. 1981⁠–⁠1986)
Playboy centerfold appearance
December 1980
Preceded byJeana Tomasino
Succeeded byKaren Price
Playboy Playmate of the Year
Preceded byDorothy Stratten
Succeeded byShannon Tweed
Personal details
MeasurementsBust: 36D in (91 cm)[1]
Waist: 24 in (61 cm)
Hips: 36 in (91 cm)
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Weight120 lb (54 kg; 8.6 st)

Terri Welles (born Terri Knepper; November 21, 1956) is an American actress and adult model. She first appeared on the cover of the May 1980 issue of Playboy, wearing a flight attendant costume to illustrate a pictorial on stewardesses (Welles was a United Airlines stewardess at the time). She subsequently appeared as a centerfold in the December 1980 issue and was named Playmate of the Year for 1981. Her original pictorial was photographed by Richard Fegley. Welles was the inspiration for the "Bobo Weller" character in the film Star 80.


In 1997 Welles started an online business selling pictures of herself. On her web site she described herself as a former Playboy model and Playmate of the Year. Playboy Enterprises, which was starting up its own online business at this time, sued Welles in 1998 claiming that it had the exclusive right to use of its trademark terms "Playboy" and "Playmate of the Year" for commercial purposes. The outcome of the suit, Playboy Enterprises, Inc. v. Welles,[2] was that virtually all of Welles' use of the terms were considered nominative uses, and did not infringe on Playboy's rights.

Welles closed down her web site on October 31, 2006, with the announcement that it had "been a fun ride".[3]

Personal life[edit]

Welles was born in Santa Monica, California.[1] Welles married NHL ice hockey player, Charlie Simmer, in 1981; they divorced in 1986.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Playmate listing". Retrieved January 22, 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Playboy Enterprises, Inc. v. Welles, 7 F. Supp. 2d 1098 S.D. Cal. aff'd without opinion, 162 F. 3d 1169 (9th Cir. 1998).
  3. ^ "Official site". Archived from the original on February 2, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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