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Cynthia Myers Miss December 1968 Playboy Playmate of the Month

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Cynthia Jeanette Myers was born September 12, 1950 in Toledo, Ohio. She was an American model, actress, and Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for the December 1968 issue. Myers was raised by her mother Mary, her grandparents, and various aunts and uncles after her father was killed in a car accident when she was four years old. She had two siblings: sister Tana and brother Lance. Was the mother of a son, Robert. Met her husband on a fishing trip to Lake Mead, Nevada in 1981.



Myers was the first Playboy Playmate born in the 1950s when she appeared in the magazine in December 1968. The pictures were shot in June 1968 when she was 17 years old, but it was Playboy’s policy by that time to wait until a Playmate turned 18 before her pictures would be published. Was paid $5,000 dollars for her pictorial in the December, 1968 issue of Playboy. Worked as a door greeter at the Playboy Club in Chicago.

Her pictorial was titled “Wholly Toledo!” because of Myers’ hometown and large breasts. Her centerfold was photographed by Pompeo Posar, and quickly became a favorite of American troops in Vietnam. The centerfold appears in the 1987 film Hamburger Hill and in the 1989 film The Siege of Firebase Gloria. According to Myers, she was 13 when her breasts began to develop to the size 39 DD they were when she appeared in Playboy. After her magazine debut, Myers made frequent appearances on Hugh Hefner’s Playboy After Dark TV series in 1969. She made an uncredited appearance in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? before taking the leading role of the sensitive bisexual rock and roll singer and bass player Casey Anderson in Russ Meyer’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. She followed this with a supporting role in the Western, Molly and Lawless John (1972).

Her pictorial in the December, 1968 issue of Playboy received so much fan mail from soldiers fighting in Vietnam that said mail couldn’t fit in her apartment at the Playboy Mansion and had to be placed instead in storage units. Moreover, Myers wrote personal replies to every last soldier in Vietnam who wrote her a letter.

Myers was a competitive horseback rider and worked part-time as a theatre usher while growing up. She was initially offered opportunities to model at age 14. In 1967 Cynthia began modeling for Detroit auto shows. Myers graduated from Woodward High School in 1968. Cynthia was the Playmate of the Month for the December, 1968 issue of Playboy. She made regular appearances on the TV series “Playboy After Dark” and had uncredited bit roles in “The Lost Continent” and “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”. Myers achieved her greatest enduring cult cinema popularity with her winningly spunky portrayal of wide-eyed innocent rock music guitarist Casey Anderson in Russ Meyer’s gloriously outrageous “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.” Her only other film role was a small, but memorably sexy part as brash prostitute Dolly Winwood in the offbeat Western “Molly and Lawless John.” Cynthia continued to model as “Miss Earthquake” in magazine print ads for Cerwin-Vega stereo equipment in the early 70s. She lived in both Las Vegas, Nevada and Southern California. The mother of a son, Myers was a beloved frequent guest at autograph conventions held all over the country.

In 1994, it became known that a nude photo of Myers (along with fellow playmates Angela Dorian, Reagan Wilson and Leslie Bianchini) was scanned and inserted into Apollo 12 Extra-vehicular activity astronaut cuff checklists by pranksters at NASA.

She was voted #10 in a pole for Playboy Playmates of the Century in 2000.

In 2009, Myers became a spokeswoman for Schlitz Beer.

Myers died of lung cancer on November 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA.




Measurements

Bust: 39″DD
Waist: 24″
Hips: 36″
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight 119 lb (54 kg; 8.5 st)

Personal Quotes

[on her decision to pose for Playboy] 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.

[on Hugh M. Hefner] He became a platonic pal. We were both movie buffs, so we had that in common. There was never any pressure. He always seemed genuinely pleased to have my company. Remember I was only 17, and he was almost fatherly with me. I felt a sense of protectiveness.

I’m a voluptuous exhibitionist.

Filmography

Actress (4 credits)
1972 Molly and Lawless John
Dolly Winward
1970 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Casey Anderson
1969 They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Marathon Dancer (uncredited)
1968 The Lost Continent
Native Girl (uncredited)

Self (2 credits)
2005 Strip de velours (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
2004 Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates (Video documentary)
Herself – Miss December 1968

Publicity

Article
Femme Fatales (USA) August 2002, Vol. 11, Iss. 9, pg. 38-43, by: Paul Wardle, “The Original Valley Girl: A Playmate at 18, Cynthia Myers found cult fame as one of Russ Myerr’s most popular dolls.”
Playboy (USA) November 1996, Vol. 53, Iss. 11, pg. 167, by: staff, “Cynthia Myers Returns to the Valley”

Pictorial
Celebrity Sleuth (USA) 2007, Iss. 47, pg. 72-75, by: staff, “Women of Fantasy 16: Miss December 1968”
Celebrity Sleuth (USA) 2001, Vol. 14, Iss. 5, pg. 74-77, by: staff, “Centerfold Bold: Beyond the ‘Valley'”
Playboy (USA) January 2000, Vol. 47, Iss. 1, pg. 107-127, “Centerfolds Of The Century”
Playboy Special Edition (USA) August 1999, pg. 10-11, by: staff, “Playboy’s Sex Stars of the Century”
Playboy (USA) January 1999, Vol. 46, Iss. 1, pg. 105-128+214-220, by: D. Keith Mano, “Sex Stars Of The Century”
Playboy (USA) May 1996, Vol. 43, Iss. 5, pg. 113-115, by: Pompeo Posar, “Playmate Revisited”
Playboy (USA) June 1995, Vol. 42, Iss. 6, pg. 92, by: Roger Ebert, “The Immoral Mr. Meyer”
Playboy (USA) January 1989, Vol. 36, Iss. 1, pg. 156, “Women Of The Sixties”
Playboy (USA) December 1980, Vol. 27, Iss. 12, pg. 152, “Bunny Birthday”
Playboy (USA) December 1976, Vol. 23, Iss. 12, pg. 114, by: Pompeo Posar, “Portfolio: Pompeo Posar”
Playboy (USA) January 1974, “Twenty Years of Playmates”
Playboy (USA) December 1970, “Sex Stars of 1970”
Playboy (USA) July 1970, “The Dolls of ‘Beyond the Valley'”
Playboy (USA) January 1969, “Playboy’s Playmate Review”
Playboy (USA) December 1968, by: Pompeo Posar & Knut Andreassen

Magazine cover photo
Video Watchdog (USA) October 2006, Iss. 127
Femme Fatales (USA) August 2002, Vol. 11, Iss. 9
Playboy (USA) December 1968

Cynthia Myer's Official Website

Cynthia Myer’s Official Website

Cynthia Myers page in the Internet Movie Database IMDB

Cynthia Myers page in the Internet Movie Database IMDB

Cynthia Myers on Tumblr

Cynthia Myers on Tumblr



1 comment to Cynthia Myers Miss December 1968 Playboy Playmate of the Month

  • Tony Piscitelli

    I would like to have all of Photo’s of Cynthia Myers and has she ever done Porn & if so, I can I purchase them. Also, I would like to purchase any and all of her Playboy editions and any other publications,
    A comment from me, I really surprised that you don’t feature Cynthia in the extra publications, I think she is by far the most beautiful, SEX Goddess you have ever published!!
    Best Regards,
    Tony Piscitelli
    Email: totelli2@gmail.com
    Cell: (208) 819-8322

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