When the first issue of Playboy magazine came out in December 1953, the centerfold was Marilyn Monroe. Founded by Hugh Hefner, Playboy has managed to keep a steady stream of bombshells and beauties on the magazine's cover for more than half a century. In many cases, landing a Playboy shoot has propelled models to new heights of fame and fortune. Here's a look at some of the famous women who have been Playboy playmates and bunnies.
Film Actress, Theater Actress, Television Actress, Pin-up / 1933 - 1967
Jayne Mansfield was an American actress best known for her bombshell curves and roles in films during the 1950s and '60s.
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Animal Rights Activist, Film Actress, Television Actress, Model, Reality Television Star / 1967 -
Pamela Anderson first gained fame in the pages of Playboy and rose to international fame with her role on Baywatch. She garnered more fame in 2010, when she competed on Dancing with the Stars.
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