Ronn and I are heading to Vancouver this weekend to visit a dear friend of mine who has been ill. His name is David Chan and he was a Playboy photographer for over 30 years. A native of Vancouver, David lived and worked in Chicago most of his career until his health declined in recent years. I haven’t seen him in 6 years and am excited to introduce him to Ronn. He is 80 years old now, has trouble walking and hearing, but is still the same sweet wonderful man he’s always been. I credit David for discovering me when I was attending LSU back in 1981 and he shot my first appearance in Playboy. David has never been married or has children, so we sort of adopted each other a long time ago and he truly has been like a father to me. I visited Vancouver once many years ago when I spent Christmas with David and his family. He had a lot of brothers and sisters back then who have since passed away, so I really want him to know that he has me. Ronn has never been to Vancouver, which is truly beautiful, so I’ll post pictures of our stay later. Here is an article from People magazine that I found from 1988 that tells you a little bit about David and this was pretty much how he discovered the pinup in me.
Words cannot describe our wedding yesterday. It was truly perfection and we couldn’t have been happier. All my planning came together and God blessed us with beautiful weather in spite of the past few days of heat and fires. There was laughter, lots of it and tears, moments of true harmony and beautiful music that the groom himself bestowed upon his bride. The bridesmaids were absolutely breathtakingly beautiful and the groomsmen truly the most handsome bunch ever to wear a tuxedo. Our guests dined, danced and toasted us with lots of love and affection. We were not nervous at all and throughly enjoyed every moment of the day, from getting ready with the bridal party, to taking photos and laughing all night long. I feel so blessed and blissful today and can’t wait to see the photos and video. We soaked in every moment of the day and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. There was a wedding brunch at home with Ronn’s brother and cousins from Australia who are visiting and we are still eating wedding cake and drinking champagne today, not wanting the feeling to end. I told Ronn I want our marriage to be like this every day of our lives and if it ever gets off course, we will try extra hard to get right back on it, because it was simply a dream come true for me to have my fairy tale come true.
It’s finally here and I sent out autographed copies to all of you who pre ordered them. There is a limited supply of them left so if you want an autographed copy please order it from my website because they are going fast. If you don’t want an autographed copy, you may order them from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble or Borders Books. I’m very happy with them and I appreciate everyone’s patience who did preorder and had to wait. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I’m now finally editing, “Pinup Stars of 21st Century” which is a documentary on the pinup girl from the pinup girls’ point of view. I’ve interviewed many Playmates, photographers and pinup artist over the past few years and can finally put this together the way I’ve envisioned, which is what I’m working on now. Ronn is on vacation so we are taking a little break and heading up to the mountains with the kids and I will be able to totally focus on my editing. When I return it will be all wedding related stuff to think about. I’m getting excited, but had a dream last night that I couldn’t find my wedding dress and kept everyone waiting for me to walk down the isle for over a half hour, so not like me! Hope you all are enjoying summer and staying cool on these hot sticky days like today.
My book, “The Naked Truth About A Pinup Model” will be released in June and I have 150 copies to sign, so if you want to preorder your copy from my newly designed website , you may go to the merchandise area and do so before June 15th. The book will be available on Amazon.com, Borders Books and Barnes and Noble. It includes my exclusive interview with legend, Bettie Page and lots of photos from my modeling career. I wrote this book because so many girls have been asking me over the years, how to get into Playboy, how to break into movies and television and how to in general have a career such as mine? So that inspired me to write this as the definitive handbook for any model interested in pinup modeling and for fans who want to know the truth about what being a pinup model is all about. I realized there wasn’t a guide for those models, so everything you need to know or want to know about pinup modeling is in there. I share my own experiences and shed the truth about the Playboy mansion, as well as give you insight on how to brand your image. There are quotes from Hugh Hefner, Bettie Page and Mamie Van Doren, Cindy Margolis, Julie Strain, Olivia and Sandra Taylor, as well as, Playboy photographers Arny Freytag, David Mecey and Ken Marcus. I hope this book helps any model out there have a successful career as a pinup model and is an inspiration to those fans of pinup that have made legends such as Bettie Page and Marilyn Monroe. Please reserve your autographed copy now, they will be shipped after June 15th and you will get a copy before they hit the bookstands!
I’m doing some spring cleaning and parting with all sorts of things, including a precious and very special 1 carat pear shaped diamond in 14k gold! I will include a note on what it means to me and exactly why I’m parting with it. I am also putting up designer dresses, shoes and rare photos. Ronn also has some awesome photos up for grabs and I’m trying to get him to clean out his closet and part with another scarf! So check out our Ebay auctions to see for yourself.
I can’t believe Easter is already here. It’s always been a favorite holiday of mine. I just love wearing a pretty Easter dress and hunting for Easter eggs. There is no better place to do that than the Playboy mansion and that’s where Ronn and I will be on Sunday. Since we don’t have the kids this year, it will be just the two of us and we plan to spend a quiet evening together. I will no doubt cook something yummy using our spice and probably watch a movie. Our roses are starting to bloom and everything is looking so green due to all the rain we have been getting. This has always been my favorite time of year. Ronn and I have decide to grow our own garden of vegetables and I’m excited about that. Looking forward to warmer weather and BBQs with friends. Hope you all have a wonderful Easter!!