Celebrating Monique St. Pierre!
In the 70’s, many of our Cult Movie Queens got their start in the pages of Playboy – for some, it was a path to stardom. For a few however, it was a short burst in the spotlight that quickly faded.
For my latest “2021 Sex Kitten Countdown”, I have the story of a successful centerfold who flirted with movie fame, but never achieved it.
Monique St. Pierre was born on November 25, 1953 in Wiesbaden, Germany.
St. Pierre graduated from high school in Munich and came to the United States to attend college and nursing school. She ended up modeling – check out this Michelob ad!
It was Playboy magazine, however, that gave her a shot at the big time – even though it cost her a job as well!
Monique was the Playmate of the Month in the November, 1978 – and these provocative photos were no doubt hugely popular at the time – but they came at a price!
You see, according to her biography, she was working for the Wilhelmina modeling agency in New York City when she became a Playmate.
When the agency discovered that she was the Playmate Of The Month, they fired her!
That setback was short-lived however.
St. Pierre was named Playmate of the Year in 1979.
Monique turned to film and TV, but the roles weren’t plentiful. In fact, she didn’t have a long career in the entertainment business at all – she only had seven credits – but one was a camp classic!
Her moment of cult movie immortality came in 1980 when she appeared in the classic cult gem “Motel Hell.”
Check out the trailer:
She appeared in the 1983 film “Stryker”, a blend of “Waterworld” and “Mad Max”, where the world’s water supply has dried up due to some sort of apocalypse. A beautiful woman holds the secret to where one of the last springs being guarded by a group of Amazons!
Check out the trailer:
This has a real “Mad Max: Fury Road” feel to it, doesn’t it? Women leading the charge in a post-apocalyptic society…you can almost see a bald Charlize Theron riding with them!
Monique was also in “The Fall Guy” TV series, but after that, only a single film credit before she stopped acting.
“The Island Of Love”
In this 1989 erotic thriller, an American fashion photographer and his entourage start behaving in a completely different way than usual when they visit an island paradise, where they experience passion and ancient rituals.
As I said, Monique St. Claire had a brief run in the entertainment industry – she’s one of the many who achieve fame but then move on…like Candy Loving:
Candy was chosen as Playboy’s 25th Anniversary Playmate, but left the business soon after…you can see her whole story with lots of great photos by clicking here:
Yes, she beat out Dorothy Stratten for that honor – but Dorothy was poised for a long and successful career before her tragic death…
An Icon to be sure: here’s an appreciation of her life and career:
Here’s a Playmate who had another honor: the first and only British Playmate Of The Year!
You can read the whole, fascinating story of Marilyn Cole by clicking on my story here:
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