Victoria Vetri

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Angela Dorian
Playboy centerfold appearance
September 1967
Preceded byDeDe Lind
Succeeded byReagan Wilson
Playboy Playmate of the Year
1968
Preceded byLisa Baker
Succeeded byConnie Kreski
Personal details
BornVictoria Vetri
(1944-09-26) September 26, 1944 (age 74)
Los Angeles, US
MeasurementsBust: 36 in (910 mm)
Waist: 21 in (530 mm)
Hips: 35 in (890 mm)
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight109 lb (49 kg; 7.8 st)

Victoria Vetri (born September 26, 1944; also known as Angela Dorian and Victoria Rathgeb) is an American model and actress.[citation needed]

Biography[edit]

Background and early career[edit]

Vetri was born in the Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles, California to parents who were immigrants from Italy. She attended Hollywood High School in Hollywood, California between 1959 and 1963 and later studied art at Los Angeles City College. In 1963 she married her Hollywood High sweetheart that lasted less than one year but long enough to get what she wanted: a son, Bret Vetri, born September 8, 1963, She began acting and modeling in her teens.[citation needed]

Although a singer and dancer, Vetri rejected the role of the voice dub for Natalie Wood in West Side Story (1961). Of this she remarked: "I did not want to be known as a standby." (Marni Nixon ultimately accepted the work.) She auditioned for the title role in the Stanley Kubrick adaptation of Lolita, but the role went to Sue Lyon instead.[citation needed]

Beginning in 1962, using the professional name Angela Dorian, Vetri began working steadily in supporting guest roles on television. Credits included episodes of Hawaiian Eye and others. In 1965, Vetri played Debbie Conrad in the title role of the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Golden Girls". She was also writing poetry and playing guitar during this period.[citation needed]

Playboy involvement[edit]

Using the name Angela Dorian, Vetri was chosen as Playboy's Playmate of the Month for the September 1967 issue and subsequently was the 1968 Playmate of the Year. Her centerfold was photographed by Curt Gunther. Vetri won US$20,000 in prizes when she was selected Playmate of the Year. Among these were a new car (an all pink 1968 AMC AMX[1]), gold watch, skis and a ski outfit, a complete wardrobe, a movie camera, a typewriter, a tape recorder, a stereo, and a guitar. A nude photo of her (along with fellow playmates Leslie Bianchini, Reagan Wilson, and Cynthia Myers) was inserted into Apollo 12 Extra-vehicular activity astronaut cuff checklists by pranksters at NASA.[2][3]

Vetri posed topless for the April 1984 Playboy pictorial Playmates Forever! Part Two.[citation needed]

In Tom Clancy's 2004 biography of Gen. Tony Zinni, USMC (Ret.), Battle Ready (Chapter 2), Zinni remarks on having received a copy of the September 1967 Playboy Centerfold foldout from a group of other advisers for his birthday. He still has it as a memento of his time in Vietnam.[citation needed]

In late 1960s films[edit]

Vetri appeared briefly in Rosemary's Baby, where she was credited as Angela Dorian. In one scene, Rosemary (Mia Farrow) remarks of her character, Teresa "Terry" Gionoffrio, that she resembles the actress Victoria Vetri.[4][5]

In January 1969, Vetri signed a multi-picture contract with Warner Bros.-Seven Arts and was given a starring role in When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth. She refused to have her hair turned blonde from its natural auburn for the film. The story required a blonde, so Vetri demanded a wig instead. Columnist Hy Gardner nominated Vetri as "a new sex symbol on the Hollywood horizon" in March 1971.

Her non-appearance on Star Trek[edit]

Vetri has been incorrectly identified in numerous sources as playing the role of the "human form of a shape-shifting cat" in a Star Trek episode ("Assignment: Earth"). Vetri emphatically states she never appeared on Star Trek, saying "I was never in an episode of STAR TREK. I know that people think I was [...] I am not sure who she was. Look close enough and you can see that she has blue eyes and I, of course, have brown."[6]

Personal life[edit]

Marriage[edit]

Vetri married Bruce Rathgeb in 1986, and came to be known legally as Victoria Rathgeb as a direct result of the marriage. They were not known to have had any children.[citation needed]

Attempted manslaughter conviction[edit]

Vetri was charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting Rathgeb from close range inside the Hollywood apartment they were sharing at the time after an argument on Saturday, October 16, 2010.[7]

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division arrested Vetri that day. She was jailed on US$1.53 million bail. The judge refused to reduce it, pending the trial. In January 2011, the judge also denied her attorney's request for a reduction of the charge of attempted murder. She was ordered to stand trial on that charge.[8]

Between January and September 2011, the charge against Vetri was reduced to attempted voluntary manslaughter. She entered a plea of no contest. The judge sentenced her to nine years in state prison.[9]

In April, 2018 Vetri was released from state prison to begin probation.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1962 The Pigeon That Took Rome
1963 Kings of the Sun Ixzubin
1967 Chuka Helena Chavez
1968 Rosemary's Baby Terry Gionoffrio
1970 When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth Sanna
1973 Group Marriage Jan
1973 Invasion of the Bee Girls Julie Zorn

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1962 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet "The Maid Of Honor" Member of wedding party
1962 Going My Way Carmel "The Father"
1962 Cheyenne White Bird "Johnny Brassbuttons"
1962 Hawaiian Eye Kini "To See, Perchance to Dream"
1962–63 The Gallant Men Sister Catherine / Teresa Borrelli "A Place to Die", "Next of Kin"
1964 Destry Maiya "Ride to Rio Verde"
1964 The Tenderfoot: Part 2 Margarita Disney TV film
1964 The Bill Dana Show Maria "Jose on the Ledge or the Crystal Room"
1964–65 Wagon Train Maria / Marie "The Zebedee Titus Story", "The Jarbo Pierce Story"
1965 McHale's Navy Gina "Marriage, McHale Style"
1965 Bonanza Essie "Devil on Her Shoulder"
1965 Perry Mason Debbie Conrad "The Case of the Golden Girls"
1966 Run for Your Life Carmen "Carnival Ends at Midnight"
1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Charisma Highcloud "The Indian Affairs Affair"
1966 The Big Valley Teresa "Legend of a General: Parts 1 & 2"
1967 Hogan's Heroes Carla "The Crittendon Plan"
1967 Death Valley Days Sacagawea "The Girl Who Walked the West"
1968 Batman Florence of Arabia "I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle"
1969 The Courtship of Eddie's Father Dolly Daly "Mrs. Livingston, I Presume"
1969 The Pigeon Barbara Hagen TV film
1970 Land of the Giants Lisa "The Marionettes"
1970 Daniel Boone Susan "Noblesse Oblige"
1970 Night Chase Beverly Dorn TV film
1970 Mission: Impossible Eve Zembra "Squeeze Play"
1970 To Rome with Love Christina "Doctor Andy"
1971 Incident In San Francisco TV film
1975 Lucas Tanner Connie "Bonus Baby"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1968 AMC Playmate of the Year AMX - Jay Leno's Garage". YouTube. 2015-04-19. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  2. ^ "Playboy Playmates pranked into Apollo 12 mission checklists - Boing Boing". boingboing.net. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  3. ^ "Image: a12.cdrcuf08.jpg, (630 × 432 px)". hq.nasa.gov. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  4. ^ (Paramount Home Video DVD, at time code 00:12:50)
  5. ^ "Victoria Vetri - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  6. ^ Reed, Michael Augustine. "Interview with Victoria Vetri — "Sanna"". LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS magazine #41: 71.
  7. ^ "1968 Playmate Angela Dorian Shot Her Boyfriend? | TMZ.com". tmz.com. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  8. ^ "Trial Ordered For Ex-Playmate In Husband’s Shooting « CBS Los Angeles". losangeles.cbslocal.com. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  9. ^ "Ex-Playmate gets 9 years for wounding husband  | accessAtlanta". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2015-09-02.

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Cedar Rapids, Iowa Gazette, Hollywood Picks Playmate Angela, January 26, 1969, Page 69.
  • Lima, Ohio News, Miss Mooney Movie Stars Repeats Vows Following New Pattern, August 10, 1969, Page 12E.
  • Long Beach, California Independent, Miss Dorian Makes Debut as Playmate, April 11, 1968, Page 18.
  • Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram, AMX To Playmate, April 28, 1968, Page 81.
  • Long Beach Press-Telegram, Southland Sunday, March 7, 1971, Page 106.

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