Provocative Model June Wilkinson Was “The Most Photographed Nude In America”!

“The Most Photographed Nude In America”.

Well, what a nice title to have!

Time to look at the very provocative career of June Wilkinson – one of the most popular models of the late 50’s and 60’s!

June Wilkinson is an English Model who was, at the height of her career she was called “the most photographed nude in America”.

Here are some of the highlights of her terrific career as a Model and an Actress – including the film she made with Francis Ford Coppola!

Wilkinson’s incredible beauty – and willingness to bare all, made her a big success in the men’s magazine field.

June appeared in Playboy in the late 50’s, but it was her second appearance in 1959 that was legendary, because it was photographed by Director Russ Meyer!

What a gorgeous shot!

She was clearly meant for the great outdoors:

Wilkinson appeared in Playboy again that same year – in a spread titled “The Bosom In Hollywood.”

According to wikipedia, she also appeared with Musician/Comedian Spike Jones’ band, together with Actor Billy Barty. Recalling this period in her career, Wilkinson later remembered Barty with affection, but commented that off-stage, Jones had no sense of humor!

Wilkinson parlayed her Playboy success to a role in this 1960 film – about a young attractive blonde who arrives in Hollywood looking for a career in the movies.

Talk about typecasting!

Wilkinson also appeared in the 1960 voodoo film, “Macumba Love”, and the savvy Producers sent out press material promoting her measurements as “44-20-36”!

In 1963, Wilkinson corrected that by revealing that her correct measurements were actually “40-22-35”.

Well, who’s to argue? Then, she appeared in one of the strangest films ever!

Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Bellboy and the Playgirls!”

Yes, it’s true, and what a wild story!

This 1962 film is a re-edited version of a 1958 German film called “The Sin Began with Eva”, directed by Fritz Umgelter – but a savvy Producer hired Coppola and the legendary cult Director Jack Hill to shoot some nude scenes to add for an American release!

The book “Godfather: The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola” says this about the movie:

“Coppola’s color footage is easily identifiable in the finished film” and that “the five Coppola sequences add up to nearly fifty minutes of screen time”.

What a way to break into the business!

In December 1962, Wilkinson made her last appearance in Playboy, and surprisingly, she was never an official Playboy Playmate!

Wilkinson appeared in more than fifty other men’s magazines and newspapers from 1958 to 1970, making her one of the most-photographed models of the era – and of course, that led to a LOT of media coverage as well!

In 1997, in her late 50s, June came back for another nude shoot in “The Best of Glamour Girls: Then and Now Vol. 2”.

In 1999 when Playboy published its list of the “100 Sexiest Stars of the Century”, June came in at #30 – and who can argue with that?

Wilkinson wasn’t the only Actress at that time who used Playboy to their advantage:

Sex Kitten Ursula Andres has a great career, including being the very first “Bond Girl” – and she did many revealing pictorials as well – you can click here to see more!

More recently, this Actress was also a hugely popular pin-up Model:

Dora Baird was a favorite pin up, and a great Actress as well – see all of her best work by clicking on my story here!

And of course, a few Playmates never took advantage of the fame that came with their awards:

Candy Loving was named the 25th Anniversary Playmate and deservedly so, but she dropped out of sight soon after!

Click here for her story:

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15 replies

  1. I had never heard of her, but it’s great that she made that comeback later in life!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • She seems to have a youthful spirit and love of life to be sure! Thanks as always for the comments Pete!

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      • I was fortunate enough to meet Ms. Wilkinson about 20 years ago. She was very sweet & when I asked if I could have a photo taken with her, she agreed to do it. I gave my camera to a friend & she turned & backed up to me, putting my arms around her waist while holding my hands. Needless to say, I had a big smile on my face.

        Thanks for taking the time & highlighting all these fabulous babes.

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      • Thanks Moe! Love the tag name and thanks for sharing this memory with everyone!

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  2. Been reading interviews with her. Fascinating, gorgeous woman. Can’t believe see started her career dancing topless in a Brit club when she was 14 or 15. 😳

    She said they shot two versions of the beach scene in Macumba Love: One where she wore a one-piece swimsuit for U.S. distribution, and one where she’s in a bikini and her top falls off in the water for the European version. The topless scene wasn’t originally in the script, but on the day of filming, the director asked if she’d be willing to do it to help ticket sales and she agreed.

    Her male co-star was told by the director to rush in and help her put her top back on. He did but felt awkward. He was trying to grab her bikini top without accidentally grabbing her breasts, which he said in an interview were too big to miss.

    She joked in an interview that when she shot that version, suddenly the male crew seemed to double in size because there was a crowd of men behind the camera watching her bounce around wet. When the director yelled cut after every shot, the men applauded and whistled.

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    • Thanks so much for sharing this – great anecdote! I’m trying to pay tribute to some of the legendary cult movie queens and sex kittens of a bygone era, especially when the scenes you talk about in your note couldn’t be shown in some parts of the US at the time, hence multiple versions!

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  3. June is and looks like an angel. When i would order 8×10’s and correspond with her during the 90’s, she was so nice and kind to me and would write like we were close friends for many years. Her kindness and beauty is only surpassed by her charm.

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