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Playboy Playmate Cynthia Myers Dies: Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls Star

Model and actress Cynthia Myers, a 1968 Playboy Playmate, died Nov. 4. She was 61. Hugh Hefner announced her death on Twitter: “I’m saddened by the news of the passing of beloved Playmate Cynthia Myers, Miss December 1968.” No details about the cause of death have been released yet. Myers' movie roles were few. She reportedly had a bit part as a native girl in The Lost Continent (1968) and an undetermined one in Sydney Pollack's They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), a psychological drama set during the Great Depression, and starring Jane Fonda and Michael Sarrazin. In 1970, Myers entered the annals of cult movie history when she was cast as one of the leads in Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, written by Roger Ebert and co-starring fellow Playboy Playmate Dolly Read and fashion model Marcia McBroom. Hardly one of the most well-regarded movies ever made, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
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Cynthia Myers – Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls Star Dead at 61

“There’s juice freaks, and pill freaks, and then everybody’s a freak! What you need is grass or a downer or something!”….Cynthia Myers (as Casey Anderson) in Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls

Voted “10th most popular Playmate of the Century” by Playboy Magazine, Miss December 1968 was always number one to the many fans of Russ Meyer’s 1970 cult epic Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. Cynthia Myers was just 17 when she shot her Playboy spread. Hef’s policy at the time was that a model had to be 18 for his magazine, so they didn’t publish the photos until after her birthday. She was still a Catholic high school girl when the issue came out and the nuns were so upset at her baring her substantial assets, they refused to let her graduate with the rest of her class. Though originally from Toledo Ohio, her pictorial was titled “Holy Toledo!
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Playboy Playmate Myers Dies

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Playboy Playmate Myers Dies
Former Playboy Playmate Cynthia Myers has died at the age of 61.

The busty beauty graced the cover of the men's magazine in December, 1968 - just three months after she turned 18. The saucy shots had actually been taken when she was 17, but Playboy policy dictated that editors waited until she was of legal age to publish the images.

The Toledo, Ohio native also tried her hand at acting and made appearances on Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark TV series in 1969, before going on to land roles in 1970's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and 1972's Molly and Lawless John.

Details about her death have yet to be revealed, but Hefner broke the news on his page on Friday, writing, "I'm saddened by the news of the passing of beloved Playmate Cynthia Myers, Miss December 1968."

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