Friday, September 11, 2015

#57 Claudia Jennings

Claudia Jennings was one of the few Playboy playmates to make a successful transition to the silver screen, where she was known as “Queen of the B’s.” The stunning redhead specialized in what’s been termed “hicksploitation” movies, a popular ‘70s genre that featured swamps, moonshine, bad Southern accents, a prominent lack of dentition, and jailbait in cutoff jean shorts. Cludia often played a feisty, lusty proto-feminist character who could stand up for herself. Tragically, Jennings died in a car accident before turning 30.

Embarrassing Real Name:  Mary Ellen (“Mimi”) Chesterton

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  St. Paul, MN

Embarrassing Movies

  • The Love Machine
  • Deathsport 
  • Group Marriage
  • Moonshine County Express
  • ‘Gator Bait *
  • Truck Stop Women *
  • Sisters of Death *
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines

  • A locker room look at the toughest broads in the world!
  • Half Clad – All Bad!
  • 100 Proof Women Running Shine 'Cross The County Line!
  • Double-clutchin'... gear-jammin' mamas who like a lot of hi-jackin' by day... a lot of heavy truckin' by night!

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends

  • Hugh Hefner
  • Warren Beatty
  • Ron Wood
  • Keith Richards
  • David Bowie

Whiffs of Scandal

  • Lots of appearances in Playboy
  • Drug abuse

Untimely Demise:  Car accident (fell asleep at the wheel), age 29

Interesting Tidbits

  • Her mom was a college professor
  • National Merit Scholar, class officer in high school 
  • Was actually a receptionist at Playboy before appearing as a playmate
  • Was going to replace Kate Jackson  on Charlie’s Angels, but the network got cold feet
  • Was once on The Brady Bunch

Where can I learn more?

It was a popular pose

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