Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Happy Holidays from Cynthia Myers, Miss December 1968


Photographed by Pompeo Posar.

“Wholly Toledo!” is the name of the article that accompanies the pictorial for the lovely and talented Cynthia Myers, Playboy’s Miss December 1968. Her wildly popular centerfold shot her to stardom among the troops in Vietnam, and a pinup of her is featured in the film Hamburger Hill. She has been a teen model, a television personality, played a lesbian songstress in one of the most famous camp films out there, and become an unwitting space cowgirl in her 60 years on this planet. Buckle up, because here we go!



Cynthia wrote to Playboy a few years ago, informing us that she’d like to be considered as a centerfold beauty. Assistant Picture Editor Marilyn Grabowski answered with a reminder that our Playmates must be of legal age but that Cynthia should keep in touch. She did just that.

Well, kind of.

The shot was in June of ’68, and Ms. Meyers was born in September of ’50, but Playboy waited until Cynthia was comfortably 18 to publish her pictorial. It had become common practice for the magazine after the scandal with Elizabeth Ann Roberts.

In fact, the most recently featured “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” playmate, the fantastic Susan Bernard, was also 17 at her photoshoot and saw her spread published after she turned 18.

Posing underage for Playboy is not the only common ground between Ms. Bernard and Ms. Myers. While Ms. Bernard was featured in Russ Meyers’ cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, today’s special gal starred in his 1970 film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

I promise to have a full-out Movie Moment for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls one of these days. For my friend’s recent 31st birthday, I sent him a picture of the cast of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls with him tagged as Dolly Read and me as Cynthia Myers. I explained that I originally had me as Dolly and him as Cynthia, but I switched it because it was his birthday.

You know Roger Ebert wrote it? I don’t think he ever gets to criticize a movie again.

Cynthia is pictured reading a five-year-old palmistry pamphlet about what the following year once held for her because she placed a large credulity in psychic phenomenon.

“I’ve known since I was 15 that I’d be a Playmate. It’s almost as if this had been fated to happen.” Cynthia’s penchant for precognition can be traced to her early teens.

(Ibid.)



“A junior high school friend of mine in Toledo,” she says, “was a nut on palmistry, astrology and even reading tea leaves and crystal balls. Like most people, I thought is was just a bunch of baloney. But when I began reading about prophets like Edgar Cayce, I began to realize that there are strange spiritual forces in the world undreamed of even in The Playboy Philosophy.”

(Ibid.)

Ms. Myers, I think you’d be surprised by what the Playboy philosophy can dream of.

In 1994, it was revealed that a picture from Ms. Myers’ centerfold pictorial was among several that crafty NASA jokesters have launched in to space over the years. Ms. Myers, together with Leslie Bianchini, Angela Dorian, and Reagan Wilson, was snuck in to the checklist for the Apollo 12 mission that was placed in astronauts’ suit cuff on their trip to the moon in November of 1969. Ms. Myers specifically took her space journey with astronaut Al Bean.

Don’t forget: Describe the protruberances.

Boobs : Geeks :: Horse : Carriage. I think it’s kind of funny and sweet.

And the gals didn’t just go up in the lunar landing module: they straight moon walked. The astronauts found their pictures while fulfilling their extravehicular (read: outside the module on the lunar surface) mission duties on the moon itself.


Pete Conrad got Miss September 1967, Angela Dorian, (“Seen any interesting hills and valleys?”) and Miss October 1967, Reagan Wilson (“Preferred tether partner”). Al Bean got Miss December 1968, Cynthia Myers (“Don’t forget ā€” Describe the protuberances”), and Miss January 1969, Leslie Bianchini (“Survey ā€” her activity”).

(“Playboy Playmates pranked into Apollo 12 mission checklists.” January 13, 2007. BoingBoing.net.)


Conrad told us in 1994: “I had no idea they were with us. It wasn’t until we actually got out on the lunar surface and were well into our first moon walk that I found them.” Bean recalled: “It was about two and a half hours into the extravehicular activity. I flipped the page over and there she was. I hopped over to where Pete was and showed him mine, and he showed me his.”

(Ibid.)

A large, color version of the shot of Cynthia that was smuggled up to the moon in the Apollo 12.

Lest we forget, the lovely and talented DeDe Lind, Miss August 1967 and, like Cynthia, one of the most popular Playmates in the magazine’s history, also rode shotgun on the Apollo 12 mission. She was in the control console, her picture labelled, “Map of a heavenly body.”

I always feel compelled when talking about the Playmate pictures and NASA to bring up the fact that my sorority’s badge is on the moon. Neil Armstrong put it there for his wife. It’s my sorority’s badge and it is on the moon. The moon that is in space. Sorry, but I get pretty cocky and excited by that. Tell a friend.

This much more recent picture of Ms. Myers just might get her kicked out of the Red Hat Society.

Can our prescient Playmate predict anything about her future? “I’m going to be an actress,” she says simply. “Notice I didn’t say ‘I’d like to be,’ but ‘I’m going to be.’ I don’t know how good I’ll be as an actress, but I’ll be one.”

(“Wholly Toledo!” Playboy. December 1968.)


Judging from her track record as a prophetess — and from her already abundant attributes — we’d like to venture a prediction of our own: Playmatehood should be just the beginning for the remarkable Miss Myers.
(Ibid.)

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30 Responses to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Happy Holidays from Cynthia Myers, Miss December 1968”

  1. Chris Stokes Says:

    bloody lovely

  2. Anonymous Says:

    i rem. i was in nam when this came out

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Gone today you will be missed… please come again soon.
    Cynthia Myers died today at 61.

    • mrgumsandals Says:

      This is shocking. I wrote a screenplay around her: http://bit.ly/WEDY6S Years ago I contacted her to see if she would play herself, and she agreed. She sent me an autographed picture. She was an inspiration in so many ways. I’m so saddened. Too young to go so early.

  4. Marcellis Robinson Says:

    E,

    Another girl from ’68, a forgotten one named Michelle Hamilton (real name: Roxanna Platt) became a medical doctor in later life. I don’t think there are too many playmates who went on to such impressive educational and professional accomplishments after their modeling days were over. Most of ‘em try for some sort of show biz career, or they just settle for marriage & kids. That Ms. Platt took such a different path in life sort of amazes me. And to top it all off, she also had some of the nicest tits in Playboy history. You should do a post on her.

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  6. david finney Says:

    my fav playmate forever..God blessed me to see her on film.
    never will forget BVD & the Carrie Nations. We’re the same
    age-she sept, me oct, got a picture from the website with a
    sweet written response from the lady. She left the world a
    better place and us guys lovestruck.

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  8. Butch Says:

    Always wanted to get my hands on those warm globes, smother myself in those lovely pillows. Let the world go By I’d be happy sleeping in those puppies!

  9. Anonymous Says:

    I was in Viet Nam when I saw her in that issuet. She is my all time favorite because to me, she epitomizes the ultimate Playboy Bunny. She would have been a perfect real-life model for that little cartoon tart that used to be alongside the jokes on the back of the centerfold. I still have that same Playboy foldout. It is the only one I have ever kept.

  10. Henry Briceno Says:

    Cynthia was the most Beautiful woman of all time.I also sensed a sensitive soul.Henry Briceno an admirer since December 1968

  11. Tuvey Says:

    If there were another woman as lovely as Cythia Myers, I’m confident I would have found her by now.

  12. chad Says:

    GOT… DAMN THOSE TITTIES ARE HUGE & VERY NICE I’D DEFINITELY. PUT’EM IN MY MOUTH!!!

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  14. bill foster Says:

    I was a big fan of Cynthia most of my life. She was my favorite playmate by far. My condolences to her family as her loss a tremendous heartbreak. Many loved her.

    Azar

  15. Carl Fismer Says:

    Too young. A beautiful woman. December of 68 was the worse time of my life. A least there was one good thing about it.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    I would like to express my deepest heartfelt sympathies to Cynthia’s family. She truly was an American Beauty! Cynthia will be greatly missed, but never, ever forgotten!

  17. Alan Says:

    I would like to express my deepest heartfelt sympathies to Cynthia’s family. She truly was an American Beauty! Cynthia will be greatly missed but never, ever, ever forgotten!

  18. Curvature Aficionado Says:

    Cynthia Myers ā€¦ simply one of the best Playmates of all-time. Her natural beauty is timeless.

    In my opinion, she was The Doll in the Russ Meyer cult classic film “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls”. (By the way, The Carrie Nations absolutely rocked!)

    Rest in peace, lovely Cynthia.

  19. Frank Says:

    Boy I was 16 years old and she was and still is my favorite playmate, everything I loved in a woman, she had.

  20. BillT Says:

    This lovely adorned my Clifton HS locker door for my entire senior year in 1970. A sight for sore eyes just before Modern European History class.

  21. Retro Analysis Says:

    Cynthia Myers: Legendary Playmate.

    Without question, she is an eternal beauty. RIP.

  22. D.Antony Branum Says:

    Simply a magnificent person as well as an icon !

  23. Paul Says:

    If there were another woman as lovely as Cythia Myers, Iā€™m confident I would have found her by now. Ditto that comment..

  24. carl Says:

    So sorry to hear of Cynthia’s passing. She will always be my favorite playmate. I can still remember seeing her centerfold for the first time back in 1968 and being speechless for a moment. Then all I could say was “Awesome!” I still think that is just as true today.

  25. john Says:

    cynthia-i have loved you since i saw you in dec.68 playboy,and have been searching for you ever since-!!-you are one of the first girls that i ever remember jacking off to,and you have the most memorable,and sexiest set off tits,that i ever saw-!! john

  26. commended3 Says:

    I met and talked with her a number of times at L.A. Glamourcon conventions. She was most certainly one of the Playmates I wanted to meet the most when I first learned about that series of conventions in the 90′s. On one of those first occasions, we met in the hotel lobby while she had a smoke. She seemed a bit distracted at the time, so I can’t say it was a nice encounter. A few shows later I had her sign a periodical in which she gave a lengthy interview. For some reason she was especially attentive to me that day. I was looking and smelling my best that day, so perhaps the adage about clothes make the man is true. She signed the cover “To sexy (real name), Love, Cynthia”

  27. Paul R .Kramer Says:

    She was the first and the last, they don’t make em like that anymore, and they never will again, all pale in her comparison she was the Cadillac of all and should have bore her name Mercedes Wow baby you are and will always be the best from all the rest and yes though you’re gone you will always be the brightest shining star who could ever replace you no one and you will always come out big on top sweet angel love and peace always Paul K.

  28. Ratigan Says:

    One of my favorite playmates : she was so beautiful. And wow, those boobs !

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