The Wildly Troubled Life Of Sex Kitten Victoria Vetri! This Cult Actress Was Also Playmate Angela Dorian – Who Went To The Moon And Just Got Out Of Prison!

The Strange And Troubled Life Of A Classic Sex Kitten!

Here’s a wild story: a promising new Star avoids being murdered by Charles Manson and his gang, is touted as the “star of the future”, takes on a second persona in order to appear as a Playboy Playmate…goes to the Moon and ultimately goes to prison for shooting her husband!

Ready for a wild ride? Buckle Up!

The Compelling Story Of Victoria Vetri AKA Playmate Angela Dorian!

This is a crazy tale. Victoria Vetri was born in the Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles. Her father was a restaurateur from Sicily and her mother a Broadway singer from Rome.

That’s pretty much the last normal thing about her!

Victoria Becomes Angela Dorian!

Victoria changed her name to Angela Dorian when she posed for Playboy. She was chosen Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for September 1967 issue and was the 1968 Playmate of the Year.

Vetri won $20,000 and a new car – an all pink 1968 AMC AMX – when she was selected Playmate of the Year.

But an even wilder honor was ahead!

Angela’s “Out Of This World” Trip!

Ready for this? Dorian went to the moon!

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.

That photo was pasted into astronaut Charles Conrad’s Apollo 12 lunar-surface checklist by the Apollo backup crew. Conrad wore the checklist on his spacesuit cuff and first found the photo during his walk on the moon. The caption read, “Seen any interesting hills and valleys?”

During one of her “Playboy” photo sessions, she was being photographed while reclining in a hammock that gave way. She suffered two broken ribs!

A Dangerous Movie Debut…

Vetri had one scene in the classic horror film “Rosemary’s Baby”, directed by Roman Polanski. Because of that, she ecame close friends with Sharon Tate, wife of the Director Roman Polanski. On the night of August 8 and 9, 1969, Tate invited Vetri to her and Polanski’s house while the director was away. She declined due to illness. That was the night Tate and four others were massacred by Manson’s sick followers!

It was at this time that Victoria scored a plum movie role – one that was designed to make her a star!

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!”

This was in the wake of the success of “One Million Years BC” starring Raquel Welh, and it seemed that every studio was looking for their own sexy cave girl!

Check out this vintage trailer:

The film was pretty goofy, but it did give Vetri a chance to show herself off onscreen – and the blonde beauty too full advantage…but was she really blonde?

It turns out that 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!

Next up, another film that gave Victoria a chance to show it all off!

“Group Marriage!”

Here’s the plot of this 1973 sex farce:

Chris has an affair with Dennis. Dennis invites the couple to dinner with his ex-girlfriend Jan. Jan meets Phil, who later sleeps with Chris. Phil brings in Elaine. It becomes a “group marriage!”

Check out the trailer:

Strangely, the poster misspells Vetri’s name – it says VERTI!

Also, did you see that Claudia Jennings also appeared in this? You remember her from the classic exploitation film “Gator Bait!”

You can see more about this Cult Movie Queen’s revealing career by clicking on my story here:

Next up, Vetri appeared in a classic slice of sexploitation!

“Invasion Of The Bee Girls”

This 1973 sci-fi gem is pure cult fun!

A powerful cosmic force is turning Earth women into queen bees who kill men by wearing them out sexually!

Check out this wild trailer!

Victoria plays a research Assistant who gets caught up in the mysterious deaths of men in a town where a secret lab is located. It turns out they are mating with men – loving them to death!

Victoria finds herself being prepped to become a killer bee woman!

A horrified Hollywood newcomer, Screenwriter Nicholas Meyer, tried to have his name removed from the screen credits but was talked out of it by his manager. Meyer went on to direct two “Star Trek” films as well as the cult classic “Time After Time” among many other hits.

With all of that, it was suddenly over – that was it for Victoria’s acting career!

In fact, one of her biggest roles was one that she didn’t do!

Vetri has been incorrectly identified as playing the role of the “human form of a shape-shifting cat” in the 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.”

From here, Vetri’s story takes some dangerous turns.

She was the victim of a brutal attack in her house in Hollywood in 1980, suffering a broken nose and broken ribs. The perpetrators were never caught.

Vetri posed topless for the April 1984 Playboy pictorial Playmates Forever! Part Two.

She was married several times, but it took a wildly dangerous turn when She married Bruce Rathgeb in 1986.

Victoria’s Notorious Shooting Incident…

Victoria made headlines worldwide when she was charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting Rathgeb from close range inside the Hollywood apartment they were sharing after an argument on Saturday, October 16, 2010.

The Los Angeles Police arrested Vetri, and a Judge denied her Attorney’s request for a reduction of the charge of attempted murder. She was ordered to stand trial – but sometime 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.

She was released on parole in April 2018.

At very sad ending to a wild True Hollywood Story. She has said she wants to act again, but we will see…

As you saw, Hollywood attempted to make her a sex kitten in a dinosaur movie – and she wansn’t the first:

Julie Ege was called “the new Raquel Welch” as well – and you can see her wild career by clicking on my story here:

There will only be ONE Raquel:

She is an icon, with so many great films to her credit…you can see more of her revealing work by clicking on my story here:

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19 replies

  1. Another great tribute. And what a sad end to her career!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I’m intrigued by a couple stories, that her life continues from not feeling well , and thus not being part of the Tate murders , and the NASA story is hilarious, who would have figured those *nerd” scientists to pull a fast one on the freakin’ moon no less

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  3. She’s currently appearing at Monster Movie Conventions signing autographs and talking about her movies.

    Liked by 1 person


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