The Original Playboy Bunnies Then & Now

By Nick Hadji 1 year ago

Pamela Anderson Then

Image Source: pinterestWe all know Pamela Anderson. But some people forget that she is best known for being a Playboy bunny - she actually holds the record for the most Playboy Playmate covers of all time. Her first cover was in 1990 and from there she quickly made her a star and appeared 13 as the main cover.Original content sourced from

Pamela Anderson Now

Image Source: dailymailPamela Anderson has done a lot of reality TV in more recent times. She's less in the limelight now but she's still followed by her past and the documentary about her and Tommy Lee is something she still gets asked about on a regular basis, but she claims she still has love for the drummer.

Jenny McCarthy Then

Image Source: thetelegraphJenny McCarthy was initially a model who then applied to be a bunny. She was one of 10,000 applicants but Hugh Hefner chose her. The main reason was what he described as her wholesome Catholic girl look. She won Playmate of the year in 1994 and 100,000 from Hefner.

Jenny McCarthy Now

Image Source: ShowbizJenny McCarthy after divorcing from her first husband, went on to date Jim Carrey for around 5 years. She is currently remarried to Donnie Wahlberg as of 2014 and claims it's still going strong. And in 2021 last year she launched her own vegan makeup brand.

Cheryl Hill-Gallucci THEN

Image Source: NBC4Cheryl Hill-Gallucci was a bunny for the Columbus Ohio Playboy Club for the years 1982 to 1986. For the recruitment process, Cheryl was up against around 3,300 girls that dreamed of being Playboy Bunnies. Out of all of these girls, 34 were chosen, including Cheryl.

Cheryl Hill-Gallucci NOW

Image Source: CajfCheryl Hill-Gallucci these days is still in Ohio, but she now works as an interior designer and decorator. No doubt she uses inspiration from her previous glam and glitz Playboy life to make the best design decisions for her clients. She was also "heartbroken" to hear of Hugh Hefner's passing.

Carmen Electra Then

Image Source: eonlineCarmen Electra actually started as a backup singer for one of Princes new singles - but as soon as it released it failed. Then, she became a Playboy playmate. Her first shoot in 1996 for the magazine was totally nude and she continued to feature a few times over the years.

Carmen Electra Now

Image Source: OtakuKartElectra joined Britain's Got Talent as a guest judge for the auditions staged in London in 2012. She stepped in as a replacement for Amanda Holden.  She has never remarried despite being married to Rob Patterson for a number of years. She then joined a reality bachelorette show.

Barbi Benton Then

Image Source: Vintage EverydayBarbi Benton became one of the most well known bunnies, not just because she was a longtime playmate but also because she was the girlfriend of Hugh Hefner for a number of years. She would stay at the mansion for some years along with he other bunnies.

Barbi Benton Now

Image Source: Spiky TVBarbi Benton is now settled down with her husband George in Los Angeles California and the two of them have two children together. When Hefner died, Benton still had nothing but love for him claiming that when he died he took a little piece of her with him and that she'll always love him.

Jennifer Jackson Then

Image Source: PinterestJennifer Jackson made Playboy history. She was chosen as Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the March 1965 edition. She was the first ever black Playmate of the Month. Not only did she pose for the magazine she also worked as a bunny in a Playboy club.

Jennifer Jackson Now

Image Source: PinterestShe became an investigator for child protection service. She has three children and her Playboy days were something she thought were behind her until her children found out. Her daughter thought it was cool but she admitted she was embarrassed when her two sons found out.

Kimberley Conrad Then

Image Source: Daily MailKimberley Conrad was chosen as Playboy's Playmate of the Month in January 1988 and then she became the Playmate of the Year 1989. She also became much more. Conrad married Hugh Hefner and became his second wife. She is the mother of two of his four children.

Kimberley Conrad Now

Image Source: viralerNow she prefers to be out of the limelight after marrying and divorcing one of the most publicised men ever. They eventually settled the divorce in 2010 and she moved next door so that they could continue to co-parent. The two of them only split when their son turned 18. During their marriage, the partying in the mansion continued like ever.

Kathryn Leigh Scott THEN

Image Source: The Last Drive-InKathryn Leigh Scott, like so many other girls, arrived in New York City with dreams of being an actress. After seeing an ad in the local paper, she auditioned for - and got the job as - a Playboy bunny. She worked as a Bunny until she graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Kathryn Leigh Scott NOW

Image Source: lyndhurstSince her Bunny days - and after graduating from her acting scholarship - Kathryn Leigh Scott has since made a name for herself in the world of acting and publishing. She wrote a book - The Bunny Years - to chronicle her life as a Bunny, and the book inspired TV specials and a film, too.

Jan Marlyn Reesman THEN

Image Source: IMDbWhen Jan was 16, during a vacation in Miami, her family encouraged her to apply for a job as a Bunny. Jan became a Bunny after pretending to be 23 years old instead of 16. But her true age was eventually found out, and she was asked to leave - but to return when she became of age.

Jan Marlyn Reesman NOW

Image Source: IMDbShe has had a varied career since; she moved to Los Angeles, where she became a veterinarian technician and an Animal Health Technician a little later, due to her love of animals. She then moved on to have high profile celebrity clients as an Animal Behaviorist. After this, she moved to theatre production and directing.

Sharon Bernstein Peyton THEN

Image Source: Baltimore MagazineSharon Peyton was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She was already thinking about the glam life of a Playboy Bunny at 16 years old after seeing a magazine - and 2 years later, she became a Bunny herself at the Baltimore club after looking for a job and spotting an ad.

Sharon Bernstein Peyton NOW

Image Source: PapilotNowadays, after starting out her career in the entertainment industry as a Bunny, Sharon switched to become a serious businesswoman and entrepreneur. She has also worked as a talent booking agent, a writer in advertising and PR, as well as moving on to producing and directing.

Judy Bruno Bennett THEN

Image Source: thecutJudy Bruno Bennett was a Playboy Bunny for the New York Playboy Club from 1971 to 1982. She was a Bunny for 11 years, and has admitted that it took up so much of her life that there were other things going on in the world that she didn't even know about.

Judy Bruno Bennett NOW

Image Source: BackstageThese days, Judy Bruno Bennett has stuck to the glam life and now works as an actress based in New Jersey. She began her stage carer in 2005 and has since appeared in a variety of movie roles, including Hell Fire in 2015, Destiny Jones in 2014 and What Exit? in 2012.

Stephanie Cozart Burton THEN

Image Source: FacebookStephanie Cozart Burton was a Playboy Bunny for the Los Angeles/Century City Club from 1981 to 1986. She was actually one of the longest-serving Playboy bunnies during the 1980s, and her responsibilities took her away from simply posing for the magazine.

Stephanie Cozart Burton NOW

Image Source: Glamour PathStephanie Cozart Burton is now residing in Los Angeles, California, and working as a makeup artist. She is married to the American actor Levar Burton, and they have been together for almost 30 years. Her professional makeup career has seen her working on various movies, including White Men Can't Jump and In Living Colour.

Joy Tarbell THEN

Image Source: FacebookJoy Tarbell was a Bunny for both the Boston and Chicago Playboy Clubs. She spent five years living in the Chicago Playboy mansion. She was also one of the first Bunnies aboard Hefner's jet. Her appearance even inspired the 45th Anniversary Commemorative Playboy Bunny Figurine.

Joy Tarbell NOW

Image Source: TwitterJoy Tarbell has now made a career out of business, as well as a family life. She's a real estate agent and business leader, as well as spending her time with her family as a wife and mother. She currently resides in North Conway New Hampshire with her family.

Sandra Costa THEN

Image Source: FacebookSandra Costa originally grew up in New Zealand before relocating to the United States - and Playboy, of course. Due to her upbringing, she was then known as the "Kiwi Bunny". Her Bunny career saw her working 7 years in both Miami and Los Angeles Playboy clubs.

Sandra Costa NOW

Image Source: YouTubeToday, Sandra has left behind the Bunny glam for a life set on business. She's built a career as an entrepreneur, and has built up more than one successful company. She now works as an architectural designer, with a focus on remodeling properties and constructing new ones.

Scarlett Rabalais THEN

Image Source: Marie Claire - GloboScarlett "DeeDee" Rabalais was a Bunny for the Baltimore Playboy Club. She worked from 1974 to 1976, and her official titles were 'Customer Service Bunny' and 'Disco Bunny'. When she left the club, she was even provided a Letter of Reference from the manager to help her get hired again in LA.unnies,

Scarlett Rabalais NOW

Image Source: Marie Claire - GloboLike many other Bunnies, Scarlett has now turned to business, and she currently owns a small hotel in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, on the beach, where she lives as well as works. She doesn't appear to have a family at the moment, enjoying the single entrepreneurial life.

Joy Percival THEN

Image Source: FacebookJoy Percival was looking for work in Michigan when her mother told her about the new Playboy Club opening in Detroit. Originally unsure, Joy went for the job and became a Bunny. As well as being a Bunny, Joy later became a Bunny Mother - the Playboy version of a HR manager.

Joy Percival NOW

Image Source: The CutThese days, Joy lives life with husband Mel and their two daughters. Joy got into riding, and they bought a riding academy in Milford which was their business for 20 years. They now live in North Carolina, while their daughters live in Las Vegas and Florida.

Marcia Roma THEN

Image Source: PapilotBunny Marcia Roma worked at the Playboy Club in Miami. She was a Bunny from 1969 to 1972, alongside a host of other girls. She's even admitted that her 'small boobs' meant she wasn't 'door bunny material' but she was focused on being a training Bunny.

Marcia Roma NOW

Image Source: PapilotShe now lives a life away from the glitz and Bunny glam, but says that she still loves to talk about her time as a Playboy Bunny (because why wouldn't you!). She's focused a lot on family life, with two children she was actually raising during her Bunny years, and now has 4 grandchildren.


Image Source: Marie Claire - GloboDJ Fox was a Bunny for the Los Angeles/Century City Club for six years from 1980 to 1986. DJ fox - full name Danita Jo Fox - was apparently born on the same day the first Playboy club officially opened in 1960. This would be the start of her career in entertainment.


Image Source: Marie Claire - GloboThese days, DJ Fox - as the name suggests - is an executive producer in sound, as well as voice acting and film appearance. She's made a career from this for 25 years, and is based in Santa Monica, California. She's also worked as a director of business development and commercials.

June De Young THEN

Image Source: TheOtherSideOfMidnightJune De Young was a Bunny at The Empire Club in New York City from 1985 to 1986, and she wasn't just a standard Bunny hired to entertain: she was actually in charge of creating new and unique looks for other Bunnies. She then went on to create historical Bunny costumes, including the Statue of Liberty Bunny.

June De Young NOW

Image Source: TheOtherSideOfMidnightJune De Young went on to have an amazing career in acting as well as further design work, appearing in hit movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles. She has also appeared as a model and moved on to staff writer for film and TV, as well as building a career in production and TV spokesperson.

Maria Richwine THEN

Image Source: Celebs Birthday TodayMaria Richwine was the very first Latina Playboy Bunny. After her family moved to Los Angeles, she began teaching aerobics classes on the side at Century West Health Club. The Club was opposite the Playboy Club, and one of her aerobics students was The Bunny Mother from the club. Maria was offered the job, and worked as a bunny for the following 4 years.

Maria Richwine NOW

Image Source: AlchetronThese days, Maria Richwine has made a name for herself in the world of modelling and acting. Her career came after she decided to take acting classes which led her into lead stage roles and then on to feature films and television appearances. Her accolades also include Latino sitcoms and TV commercials.

Barbara Camp THEN

Image Source: FacebookBarbara Camp was a Playboy Bunny for the Wisconsin Playboy Club in he resort city of Lake Geneva. She was a Playboy Bunny in 1974. Her duties also included being a Bunny stylist for other girls as well as her own role as a waitress Bunny in the USA.

Barbara Camp NOW

Image Source: The CutBarbara Camp has now turned to entertaining in a different way: through writing. She's now an inspirational author as well as illustrator, with a focus on spirituality and self-help. Her books explore religion and the topic of belief, including works such as '33 New Lessons from the Old Testament'.

Marilyn Monroe Then

Image Source: PinterestMarilyn Monroe - who would have thought that this cultural icon was actually the center of the very first Playboy release back in 1953. Hefner said that she set the standard from what he then called the sweetheart of the month - what then became the Playmate of the month.

Marilyn Monroe Now

Image Source: Biography
Monroe struggled with mental health issues and before her death she had become a recluse from any kind of social life. She then tragically passed away as a result of an overdose of sleeping pills at her home. it was deemed probably suicide due to her drug use history and previous suicide attempts. 

Anna Nicole Smith Then

Image Source: ABC NewsAnna Nicole Smith found fame after featuring on her first cover of Playboy magazine. Her cover caused quite a stir and she soon became known for her looks. From there she became a successful model. She tried for years to branch into the world of TV and film but she never managed it.

Anna Nicole Smith Now

Image Source: IndependentShe had a hard time after finding fame but never succeeding to get where she wanted. She then married 86-year-old petroleum tycoon J. Howard Marshall and was widely criticised for being a gold digger since she was so much younger herself. She began to struggle with drug addiction in the 2000s and then in 2007 she sadly died due to an accidental overdose.

Dorothy Stratten Then

Image Source: Reel RundownDorothy Stratten was the Playboy Playmate of the Month in August 1979 as well as the Playmate of the Year in 1980. And, she worked as a Bunny at the Playboy Club in Century City, Los Angeles. Hugh Hefner thought she was special and could have made it in film.

Dorothy Stratten Now

Image Source: WikipediaDorothy Stratten had a tragic end of life. She has a husband who was estranged called Paul Sniden, but he came back in 1980 and murdered Stratten before then taking his own life too. She was only 20 years old and her life was just beginning.

Jayne Mansfield Then

Image Source: AllthatsinterestingJayne Mansfield became a Playboy and a kind of rival to Marilyn Monroe. She adopted her look but painted herself as the naughtier version of Monroe. It made her very successful. But, Monroe was not happy and called Mansfield an embarrassment for imitating her.

Jane Mansfield Now

Image Source: OutsiderJayne Mansfield had a very tragic story. In 1967 in the middle of the night she was in a car along with Mariska Hargitay, another adult and three of her children in the back. The car hit the back of a truck on a dark highway killing the three adults in the front instantly. The children in the back all survived.