How it all began
This is me just before I decided to try to become a Playboy Bunny, at home and also in my business suit.
I was working as a secretary in London in 1969, but I wanted a more exciting life.
I had no idea that the next three years were to be more exciting than I could ever imagine!
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you recognize yourself, or someone you
in these pictures? Maybe you're an Ex-Playboy Bunny yourself.
Please be sure to let me know. Remember, they were taken at
the London Playboy Club between 1969 and 1972.
|I joined the London Playboy Club in March 1969. Just a few months
later, in October, I was persuaded to enter the annual Bunny Of The Year
competition. The prize was an all-expenses-paid luxury trip to America to compete in the first-ever International Bunny of The Year Pageant.|
I never dreamed of winning. I thought it would be just a bit of fun, then back to work next day as usual. How wrong I was! That evening I was crowned as London Playboy Bunny Of The Year, and two weeks of incredible excitement were just beginning.
Here I am receiving my crown from
|My Union Jack Bunny costume was made specially for me so I could "Fly The Flag" for Britain!|
|Bunnies from all over the world meet Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (that's me standing to his left) at the legendary Playboy Mansion in Chicago, before the inaugural International Bunny Pageant. Just imagine - two weeks earlier I had never been out of England before; now here I was in the amazing city of Chicago, AND in the Playboy Mansion AND standing next to Hugh Hefner, sipping a champagne cocktail...simply unbelievable!|
|In this picture I'm in the middle of the back row.
The eventual winner and first-ever International Bunny of The Year for 1970 was the lovely Gina Byrams.
She is sitting in the front row on the right.
Here I'm receiving my trophy at the International Bunny of The Year Pageant, held at the world-famous Playboy Resort at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in November, 1969. The judges included Bill Cosby and Jean Shrimpton. I remember the gala dinner before the show and sitting next to Jean, chatting happily about England! All the Bunnies in the pageant put on an exciting musical presentation before the main show. We rehearsed for days and then opened the show with the brilliant song from the hit Broadway and Hollywood musical Sweet Charity, "If My Friends Could See Me Now". Truly, "They'd never believe it" !
(For the record, in the final judging I was third runner-up.)
|In 1970 I was invited to greet Hugh Hefner when he flew into London, in his own DC9 private jet known as "Playboy 1" and "Big Bunny", to visit the Playboy Club. Just in front of me (on the right), wearing my Union Jack costume which I wore when I flew out to the International Bunny Pageant, is Anthea Redfern. Anthea took a fancy to the costume and asked me if she could borrow it. She later hung up her Bunny ears and went on to a new career as a game show host on British TV (and eventually she became Mrs Bruce Forsyth!)|
I've obscured my date of birth only for ID security.
|I still have my original 1960s Playboy Bunny Training Manual (partly, perhaps, because it featured me on the front cover!) Looking through it again it is fascinating to be reminded of the amazingly low prices that were charged for food and drink at the London club. For example, a three-course meal was available in the Play Room for only 50p (less than $1) with choices including prawn cocktail, fillet steak and fruit salad. Even in the prestige VIP dining room, prices were still quite low. And all this in a prime Mayfair location in central London. Even allowing for inflation over 40+ years, that was clearly something of a bargain. And just look at those rental rates for apartments at the top of the Playboy Club building in ultra-posh Park Lane! Imagine what you'd have to pay today.|
|Rare gold & diamond Bunny Head Pendants,
exclusively awarded to me to mark my 1-year
and 3-year service as a Playboy Bunny.
|Authentic 1960s beaded and sequinned Bunny Ears,
actually worn by me at the London Playboy Club.
|Very rare genuine vintage 1960s carved wooden
Bunny Belt with unique Bunny Head buckle.
|Official Bunny uniform item; 1969 chrome & black enamel
Playboy Cuff Links, as worn by me at the London Playboy Club.