Getting 2021 Off To A Legendary Start!
Now that 2020 is thankfully behind us, let’s celebrate by looking at the career of one of the most legendary Playboy Playmates of all time!
Cynthia Jeanette Myers was born in 1950 in Toledo, Ohio. She was raised by her mother Mary and other relatives after her father was tragically killed in a car accident when she was four years old.
Cynthia knew early on that she was destined to be a model, beginning when she was just 14 years old. Just a few years later, Playboy came calling!
She graduated from High School in 1968, and also celebrated landing the Playmate of the Month slot in the December 1968 issue of Playboy.
She was only 17 when her photos were taken, but Playboy waited until she turned 18 before it published them. And they were sensational!
An Immediate Icon!
Cynthia’s centerfold photos were hugely popular – in fact, she received so much fan mail from soldiers fighting in Vietnam that it wouldn’t fit in her apartment at the Playboy Mansion – and had to be placed in storage units!
The best part of that story? Myers wrote personal replies to every last soldier in Vietnam who wrote her a letter! Imagine if you were serving in the military and a Playmate send you a personal letter!
As she said at the time about her decision to pose for the magazine:
“So many people had told me, “With your figure and face, if you don’t pose for Playboy, you’re crazy. You’re a natural for them. Just let them know who you are — you’re Playmate material.” I figured, everyone thinks I should, so maybe I should do it.”
She made regular appearances on the TV series Playboy After Dark and had a few uncredited bit parts in films as well before catching the eye of legendary Director Russ Meyer.
Cynthia’s biggest movie role was her spunky portrayal of wide-eyed innocent rock guitarist Casey Anderson in Russ Meyer’s outrageous “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” in 1970.
Strangely, that was about it – her only other film role was a small but sexy part as a brash prostitute in the Sam Elliott western “Molly and Lawless John” in 1972.
As you can see, the camera loved her, so a bit strange that she never ended up making more films…I’m going to assume that she had no interest in becoming of the “big-busted” sex kittens for Meyer.
Cynthia continued to model in the 70’s, in both mainstream as as well as more adult magazines.
She lived in both Las Vegas and Southern California – she got married, had a son and was frequent star at autograph conventions all over the country.
One Of The Century’s Best Playmates!
Her most enduring away came when she was voted #10 in a poll for the greatest Playboy Playmates of the Century in 2000.
Sadly, Cynthia Meyers died of lung cancer at age 61 in 2011…she left us with memorable photos but very few movie and Tv roles…
Here’s another Playmate who made a big splash and then disappeared:
Candy Loving was a huge star for Playboy before she disappeared – click here to see her story:
Many mainstream Actresses also appeared in Playboy throughout the years:
Barbara Hershey did a totally nude pictorial to promote her Martin Scorsese cult film “Boxcar Bertha” – you can see more of those photos by clicking on my story here:
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