Hello: This website is a published record and birth to death timeline of a woman who lived for 30 years: March 16, 1944 to April 7, 1974.
All of it in Los Angeles as far as I can tell.
(On http://paigeyoung1968.com Click on a chapter you want to read and scroll down.)
Updates are posted right here so please check back! Work in progress and always adding. Scroll if you don’t care about updates.
UPDATE 9/26/21 I transcribed my copy of the LAPD report on Paige’s suicide in 1974. I wrote the names of police and coroner’s office involved in her case. I am appealing to the public for help in locating these men (I think) or any of their family, friends or neighbors. They may have shared with their experience with Paige’s case: I did read one blog and the author posted Paige’s Daily Mail article with her connection to it.
The blogger claims she worked at the Van Nuys PD in her youth. An older cop at the station had heard about Paige’s suicide directly, or was there at the time. Her story was skimpy on information so I posted a comment asking for more details. She replied, “all I remember is the cop told me everyone involved thought it was an incredibly sad case.” (Ask me privately if you would like to know the name of the website.)
UPDATE:9/02/21 A man contacted me with a wonderful memory about getting an autograph from Paige at the Boston Car Show, late October 1968, when he was 14 years old! See chapter 1969 Most Public Year.
6/15/21 Update: Parts 1 & 2 of my interview with Paige Young’s ex- boyfriend, fellow artist and close friend Richard Sample.
Condolences to Richard Sample’s family upon his passing on August 10, 2021
Like Paige’s family. About half of this story is Paige’s background; her family and their seemingly anonymous lives revealing a prototypical and unusual participation in American and Los Angeles history and American history.
As a Playboy Playmate, Paige Young experienced a minor celebrity status for a brief portion of her short life.
Historically, many of the Playboy Playmates attempted to use what type”celebrity” Playmatehood brought brought to them for a for a “higher status” celebrity in movies, TV, modeling or marriage.
Some Playmates expressed a career plan for Playmatehood to move on to bigger and better things in “the Industry.”
Many other Playmates have never been heard from again since their appearance in the magazine.
Many were well-known “starlets” for a little while before disappearing from public view.
Many of the Playmates disappeared into wife and motherhood with a financially secure and comfortable life.
During her lifetime, Paige associated with some people who were famous both during and after her lifetime. This includes Hugh Hefner, John Huston, Andy Warhol, Bill Cosby, and to a lesser degree, Peter Gowland, Marvin M. Mitchelson (an almost forgotten celebrity I learned), and Desmond Guinness. (A British high-society type, well known in certain circles)
These are the ones with definitive proof anyway.
Several remain famous after their own deaths: Again it’s Hefner, Huston, Warhol, and to a lesser degree, Gowland, Mitchelson, Guinness.
If it were not for Paige’s connection to (still living and recently released from prison) Bill Cosby, as told by friends and neighbors to Daily Mail reporter Ryan Parry in 2014, Paige may have remained relegated to internet lists of Playboy Playmates who committed suicide or died in other tragic ways, made even more tragic by their young ages: murders, car wrecks, cancer and accidental drug overdoses.
There was a boost in readership for such lists and articles when 1993 Playmate of the Year Anna Nicole Smith, died of a drug overdose in 2007. Anna Nicole famously appeared in Guess ads, and infamously as a tabloid staple due to her marriage to a very old Texas oil tycoon. She feuded with his heirs after his death.
Later, Anna Nicole’s reality show was a winner for E! Network.
Anna Nicole’s court appearances and later her death were covered by major news networks.
In the fall of 2014, Hugh Hefner’s long time friend Bill Cosby’s long history of drugging and raping women, finally “caught on” with the public after the Hannibal Buress video went viral.
Cosby’s reputation has not recovered since.
Several of the women who had spoken out previously (and were ignored) about their rape by Bill Cosby, were finally being heard and had numerous requests for media interviews. (Google the Andrea Constand case against Bill Cosby in 2004 for a background on the “early accusers.”)
One of these “accusers” knew Paige Young from the late 1960s/early 70s Los Angeles, and told reporter Ryan Parry about an encounter she had with Paige and Bill in El Paso 1970. (This is recounted in the Daily Mail Dec. 4, 2014 and in my chapter titled 1970 #2)
Parry, sensing a possible link between this long dead Playboy Playmate’s suicide and Bill Cosby, follows up by interviewing a few other people who knew her back then.
One of them was Richard Sample whom I interviewed in May of 2021.
Parry’s reporting does not establish a direct link between Cosby and Young’s suicide in 1974.
This 2014 article in the Daily Mail about Paige Young was completely ignored by every media outlet at the time.
It has only caught on with the conspiracy crowd.
For decades, Young’s suicide was commonly thought of as a drug overdose until Ryan Parry’s research showed it was suicide by gun.
Drug OD as the reason for her death has been published in the “Playmate Book” for decades. The PM Book is probably the original source for the internet lists.
Where did Playboy get the information that it was a drug overdose that killed Paige? Certainly not from Melanie M. who saw Paige both alive and dead the day she committed suicide. As did the police who were called to the scene, and as is recorded on Paige Young’s death certificate and police report.
This website is always updated when I find out new information.
My (ongoing) research consisted of obtaining various LA County public records like birth and death certificates, viewing City of LA building permit documents, (online), perusing telephone directories in the DTLA public library, and looking at phone directories, voting records, marriage, divorce, and military records on ancestry.com.
Social security information is published online and on ancestry.com.
Newspapers.com continues to be an extremely helpful resource.
I have spoken with a few first hand sources, there were several who refused to speak with me, or I couldn’t locate. At this point, most are dead. And the living people who know, aren’t talking.
Except for dear Richard Sample.