R.I.P. retread — Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Happy Holidays from Cynthia Myers, Miss December 1968

Been buried in academic work, but I needed to throw out a quick, sad retread of Ms. Myers’ “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” post. Beautiful, adventurous Cynthia passed away yesterday of undisclosed causes, per Hef.

R.I.P., Ms. Myers (9/12/50-11/4/11).


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 shoot 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 — Describe the protuberances”), and Miss January 1969, Leslie Bianchini (“Survey — 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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7 Responses to “R.I.P. retread — Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Happy Holidays from Cynthia Myers, Miss December 1968”

  1. rcgirghan Says:

    So sad to hear about Cynthia Myers’ passing. She was probably the most iconic of the Sixties Playmates.

  2. irvoneil Says:

    Lovely post. Sad to discover her passing.

    Apparently she died of cancer, according to a comment here:

    http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=680882

    “With rue my heart is laden,
    For golden friends I had,
    For many a rose-lipt maiden,
    And many a lightfoot lad;

    By brooks too broad for leaping,
    The lightfoot boys are laid,
    The rose-lipt girls are sleeping,
    In fields where roses fade.”

    ———A.E. Housman said it best.

  3. Jason Says:

    Death, be not proud. Though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. Die not poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

    My solace in death always came from the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, “Afterward.”

    http://www.sao.ru/cats/~satr/Zen/Zen_afterword.html

    Not to mention- why can’t women, built like Miss Myers find peace in their bodies any longer? I wish they would- I couldn’t’ve thought out better if I were Pygmalion himself standing before a block of blank ivory.

  4. Larru Says:

    I was eighteen years old the first time I saw the Playboy spread of Ms. Meyers. I was stunned that any creature could be so beatiful. The picture of her in bed with the bear by her side is still in my possession and I will go to my grave with it. Perfection is a word not sufficient to descrribe this womderfiull lady. Many beautiful models will continue to pass through Playboy and be given prasise for their beauty, but none will ever equal Cythia. I too am the same age as her and feel that I have lost a true friend. R.I.P/ dear lady.

  5. AC Says:

    Any pics of Naomi Tani from the same issue? She was apparently in the “Girls of the Orient” feature. Thx.

  6. new reader Says:

    Am I the only one bothered by the fact that this object of our fantasy is a 17 year old girl? I’m not trying to strike a pose of superiority, because I seem to be in the same boat. But it does bother me. And it strikes me that it SHOULD bother me.

    Also, it seems that your blog has ended before I discovered it. Alas.

  7. Eric Says:

    Still sad by Myers’ death. Only 51 and natural causes means one thing: Was she murdered? And if yes, was it The Illuminati that did it? I watched that episode of “Conspiracy Theory” in which Jesse Ventura investigating death rays and how they can be used to kill people and make it look they died naturally. Did it include Cynthia? Speaking of sad, I sent an e-mail to fellow 60′s playmate Reagan Wilson and I wrote to her that you had the most beautiful breasts (40 bust!) and butt I ever saw from any woman. Guess what? She called me a pervert! How cruel is that?

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