70’s Actress Monica Tidwell Was A “Yum Yum Girl” And Much More – Here’s Proof! 

Celebrating Cult Actress Turned Filmmaker Monica Tidwell!

My “2023 Sex Kitten Countdown” will be profiling many of my favorite Cult Movie Queens – some very well known, others less so – and this edition looks at the empowered career of Monica Tidwell!

Monica was born in Shreveport Louisiana in 1954. As with many of the Actresses of that era, her entry into entertainment came thanks to Playboy magazine!

Monica burst onto the scene as Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in November 1973, when she was 19 years old.

She made her film debut in this cult shocker:

It was Director James Glickenhaus’ first film “The Astrologer” A/K/A “The Suicide Cult” – check out the trailer:

This is how I discovered Monica – I bought the film at one of those annual sales and it’s a wild, strange little movie to be sure!

Next up was a role in “Nocturna”: 

“Nocturna” was called “the Xanadu of Vampire Movies” in an online review!

Nocturna, Dracula’s granddaughter, falls in love with a disco guitarist and follows him to the Big Apple, where she takes up residence with Drac’s ex. The Count and his lovelorn henchman soon follow to bring Nocturna home to Transylvania!

There are very few pics from these films, so enjoy more of Monica’s terrific Playboy pictorial!

She also had a role in “The Yum Yum Girls” – a classic slice of 70’s drive-in fun!

Tanya Roberts was in this one as well:

Roberts had a great cult film career – sadly she died a couple of years ago but I shared an homage to her life – and you can see that here:

As for Monica, she was newcomer Willem DaFoe’s girlfriend in “New York Nights’. 

She starred in the title role of the film “Robin” in 1979, but after one more role 5 years later, she was out of the acting business.

It was the next phase of Monica’s career that took her behind the camera – both producing and directing!

Monica Tidwell was the primary producer of the Off- Broadway play “Mindgame” which was directed by the iconic Ken Russell.

Tidwell’s return to the screen came when she produced, directed and starred in the short film “Rawdon’s Roof”, which won several awards!

She followed it up with another short horror film:

Bravo to Tidwell for making a return to filmmaking with this short movies!

Monica is one of many iconic Playmates who went off to have empowered careers away from the camera:

Marilyn Lange was not only a Playmate, she was almost a professional Soccer player as well…see her sexy “sting” here:

And here’s a Playmate who was a News Reporter – until she got fired for posing nude!

Shelly Jamison was a Playmate – which cost her a job as a News Anchor! That’s OK, she ended up doing so much more!

Click here to see her story:

And what about this Playmate?

Denise McConnell became a Private Eye!

Click here for her wild story:

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Categories: 70's Films, Artsploitation, Books / Media, Camp Cult Classics, Exploitation Films, Grindhouse, JRsploitation, Nudity, sex kittens, Sexploitation Films, Talent / Celebrites

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3 replies

  1. OMG! My top priorities in dating….red heads and….I can’t remember the other two. chuq


  2. I like her freckles, and natural red hair. She is unknown to me though. Until now. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.


  3. Another mystery solved, thank you John.


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