Marilyn Cole
Marilyn Cole was Playboy
Playboy is an American men's magazine that features photographs of nude women as well as journalism and fiction. It was founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner's mother. The magazine has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc., with...

magazine's January 1972 Playmate of the Month. She was the magazines's first full-frontal nude centerfold, although her pubic hair
Pubic hair
Pubic hair is hair in the frontal genital area, the crotch, and sometimes at the top of the inside of the legs; these areas form the pubic region....

 was partly covered by the shadow cast from the book in her hand, so the first clearly full-frontally nude Playmate of the Month was Bonnie Large, Playmate of the Month for March 1973), as well as 1973's Playmate of the Year - the only Briton to hold that title. Her original pictorial was photographed by Alexas Urba.

Cole was working for £12 weekly at the Portsmouth Co-op Fuel Office when she interviewed to be a Playboy Bunny
Playboy Bunny
A Playboy Bunny is a waitress at the Playboy Club. The Playboy Clubs were originally open from 1960 to 1988. The Club re-opened in one location in The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas in 2006...

 at the London Playboy Club
Playboy Club
The Playboy Club initially was a chain of nightclubs and resorts owned and operated by Playboy Enterprises. The first club opened at 116 E. Walton Street in downtown Chicago, Illinois, United States, on February 29, 1960. Each club generally featured a Living Room, a Playmate Bar, a Dining Room...

. She worked as a bunny from 1971 to 1974, and within a few days of starting work there was noticed by Victor Lownes and test photographed for the magazine.

She appeared on the cover of the Roxy Music
Roxy Music
Roxy Music was a British art rock band formed in 1971 by Bryan Ferry, who became the group's lead vocalist and chief songwriter, and bassist Graham Simpson. The other members are Phil Manzanera , Andy Mackay and Paul Thompson . Former members include Brian Eno , and Eddie Jobson...

 album Stranded
Stranded (album)
Stranded is the third album by art rock band Roxy Music, and was released late 1973, reaching number one on the UK album charts. The cover features Ferry's then girlfriend and 1973 Playmate of the Year, Marilyn Cole...

, having been noticed by Bryan Ferry
Bryan Ferry
Bryan Ferry, CBE is an English singer, musician, and songwriter. Ferry came to public prominence in the early 1970s as lead vocalist and principal songwriter with the band Roxy Music, who enjoyed a highly successful career with three number one albums and ten singles entering the top ten charts in...

 after winning Playmate of the Year. She had previously appeared on the covers of various Top of the Pops
Top of the Pops
Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, is a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC and originally broadcast weekly from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. After 25 December 2006 it became a radio program, now hosted by Tony Blackburn...


She is married to former Playboy executive, Victor Lownes
Victor Lownes
Victor Aubrey Lownes III An executive with Playboy Enterprises in various capacities, various vice-presidencies, always a close confidant of Hugh Hefner. Headed Playboy Europe and the UK Playboy Clubs from the mid-sixties until his dismissal in the early eighties...

, and now works as a journalist. Among the subjects she writes about is professional boxing, which she began covering in 2000. Her interests include the tango, which she studied under Paul Pellicoro
Paul Pellicoro
Paul Pellicoro is a professional ballroom dancer, instructor, and choreographer. He has owned and operated New York City's largest ballroom dance studio, , since 1985, which is currently located in its new home next to the Empire State Building in Manhattan in New York City Paul Pellicoro (born...

, and has partnered with actor Brian Cox.


  • Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates (2004) (V)
  • Forty Minutes (1990) TV Episode
  • V.I.P.-Schaukel (1972) TV Episode

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