Denise Michele's Tribute
Denise Michele the April 1976 Playboy Playmate has this great Dorothy story to share, Thank you Denise!
I always think of Dorothy especially around this time of year. I met her in Las Vegas during the car/motorcycle magazine photo shoot. I can't remember if her centerfold had been published yet. (I'm the girl in the photo with her next to the chopper...)
I don't know if you ever had the chance to meet Dorothy, but she WAS one of the sweetest and most genuine playmates I had ever met.
During the shoot, Dorothy and I became friends and she told me how Her "fiance" discovered her. Having been married right in the midst of shooting with Playboy..and then a divorce that happened within 14 months after I got married - I told Dorothy I thought she was much TOO young to get married. She felt obligated to marry Paul because he discovered her.
She was anxious to have me meet him when we returned to the hotel and when I met him; something happened that I had never experienced before. When we were in the casino/hotel - within 5 feet of him approaching me I had a chill go up my spine. It was very strange; I've never had that happen to me since.
A funny story is that Dorothy and I went swimming at the hotel after that car mag. shoot. The photographer was probably middle-aged but he was really fun to be with. We were fooling around and swimming under water and the two of us would pop up to tease him. I was so horribly embarrassed because I swam between what I
legs and came up to say hi...and it wasn't him. He and Dorothy were cracking up.
I loved Dorothy because her beauty exuded way beyond her exterior and she sincerely cared about her friends. As my mother always told me..."beauty is short lived, so be sure you're as beautiful on the inside as well as the outside..." I knew a number of playmates during "those" days and she was by far, one of the few that I considered a friend.