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Paige Young by Peter Gowland 1968

It’s been 48 years since Paige Young committed suicide on April 7, 1974.

There is much more information I learned about the life of a real human being, long forgotten and little known, than you saw in “Secrets of Playboy,” a recent A&E channel series.

Probably I have more information than the average person wants; you can pick and choose what parts of her life you are most interested in and leave the rest.

On http://paigeyoung1968.com Click on a chapter you want to read and scroll way down.

*I transcribed my copy of the LAPD report on Paige Young’s suicide in 1974. I include names of responding police officers and coroner.

See chapter Paige Young LAPD Suicide Police Report.

I’d like to corroborate the one public account about April 7, 1974.

Someone could have shared their experience on Paige’s case.

Obviously you would need to have lived or known someone who did, in Los Angeles in 1974 in the LAPD!

It know it’s a long shot, but I’ve decided to try because:

I found an account online that had a connection to Paige’s case.

The author linked the Dec. 2014 Daily Mail article about Paige Young and commented on her/his connection to it:

oped: I totally believe the accusations…being that I worked for LAPD VanNuys Divison 1971-1974 I remember one of my Sgts discussing this case…it was hushed up at the higher levels of management… speculation being  a cover up on pressure from the entertainment moguls! And I can honestly say after dealing with the bookings of numerous celebrities during this period of time from DUI,Drugs,perversion,disturbing the peace on and on…oh the stories I could tell…maybe another time I will! 

Contact me for name of website

I can’t confirm independently that this person wrote the truth, but I don’t know why they would make it up.

Keep in mind, there was NO interest shown in 2014/2015 when the Paige Young/Cosby/Hefner/Huston connection was published in the Daily Mail online.

*Please contact me if you knew or knew of, Paige Young or Diana Cotterell (her birth name). If you prefer, you can remain anonymous. Thank you.

Introduction

Many of the people in this story are forgotten individuals. Many of them were known to only a small segment of the population. Others involved in this story had and have, massive fame. Many these characters have died. Their fame is immortal.

Half of the story is Paige’s background; her family and their seemingly anonymous and insignificant lives; yet they were part of a massive migration to Los Angeles during the first half of the 20th century and part of the post- war population boom of the San Fernando Valley. And the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles locations and buildings is a long-standing interest of mine.

Paige interacted with individuals who Are or were “celebrities,”

One Subtext of This Story is fame, celebrity and levels of Celebrity.

Paige Young was brought to fame, or a type of fame for her appearance in Playboy in 1968.

Many of Paige’s fellow Playboy Magazine Playmates of the Month attempted to use what celebrity they gained from the title, for small parts in movies, TV, modeling, promotions for Playboy etc.

Many of these young women were ambitious for Hollywood fame aka an acting career

Several became well-known (or little-known) “starlets” for a while before disappearing from public view.

2 Playmates from the early decades of Playboy

One of them was Miss December 1957 Linda Vargas.

Linda Vargas in Playboy, Pat Crest used her birth name of Patricia Crest for Hollywood acting jobs. She also modeled for Bunny Yaeger in Florida using the name Linda Vargas. Pat was from Chicago originally and boldly moved to LA with no money or even knowing one person. Then she introduced herself to producer Jerry Wald. See articles below.

She appeared in TV shows Maverick, Cain’s Hundred, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bronco, Laramie, all in the early 1960s. Patricia Crest’s last credit is the 1964 horror flick Strait-Jacket, where she is killed by star Joan Crawford. Since that role, there are no more credits for Pat Crest or Linda Vargas and nothing in newspaper archives that I have seen yet.

Corpus Christi Times Jan. 18, 1959 Brief mention of Playboy. Mention of childhood and bold move on Jerry Wald.

Another Playmate with acting ambitions was Dayton, Ohio native. Laura Lynn Hale, known as Ashlyn Martin, Miss April 1964. She played a “Marcy, girl on the beach” aka murder victim in the infamous gore cult movie “Blood Feast” in 1963.

In Los Angeles, she had a credit as Laura Lynn Hale on an episode of Burke’s Law, also 1963. Muscle Beach Party as Laura Lynn in 1964. Credited as a surfer in Beach Party.

“Ashlyn Martin,” before Playboy. Laura had recently moved to Florida from Dayton Ohio. Orlando Evening Star Mar. 21, 1963 Blood Feast, her movie debut, would be released in July of this year.

Laura Hale in Burke’s Law with Gene Barry.

Laura Hale was seen on the town with producer Robert Evans in a Hollywood gossip column around 1966.

She did a couple of appearances at least in about 1967.

Then she falls completely off the radar.

Laura died anonymously in Los Angeles of an overdose of pills and alcohol, in 1991. She had been active in the Science of Mind Church healing community for several years.

At the beginning of her career, Ashlyn Martin was a 1964 Playmate from Dayton Ohio. The Journal Herald April 14, 1964.

Some women certainly grew beyond the mere descriptor Playboy Playmate or even Starlet: Jayne Mansfield, Stella Stevens from the 1950 and 60s. Jayne died tragically and young, Stella is still alive as of this writing.

Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy and Anna Nicole Smith, in more recent times.

Other Playmates became housewives and mothers, some “marrying up” in economic terms, often athletes, many rock stars.

There were several who went on to business, academic, real estate, political activism, art and other non-show business careers.

The State , Columbia, SC 2/19/2007

Unfortunately, many of the Playmates have died tragic and young deaths. And this gets mentioned in the media from time to time.

There was a boost of interest in this topic when 1993 Playmate of the Year Anna Nicole Smith, died of a drug overdose in 2007. As most of us know, Anna Nicole became a model beyond Playboy, famous for her curvy Marilyn Monroe style, Guess Jean ads and prototype “Reality series.”

Her personal life became an infamous tabloid staple; her marriage to an old, wealthy Texas oilman named J. Howard Marshall. After Marshall’s death Anna Nicole was involved in a complicated legal battle trying to to claim something on the Marshall’s estate, Anna Nicole was not in his will nor was one of his sons.

Tabloids and mainstream media covered her court appearances, but her death by overdose on February 7, 2007 eclipsed all other news for a few days. Mainstream media cable TV, covered her death as it would a major political event.

AP story seen in the Howell Michigan newspaper. February 20, 2007

Bill Cosby Connection

If it were not for Paige Young’s connection to (still living and 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 these articles 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 would not have been a motivation to write about Paige, were she not connected to a legend in show business.

In the October of 2014, 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 that time, despite the overturn of his rape conviction and release from prison in 2021.

Dec. 2014, The online Daily Mail

published a long and “Exclusive” piece of reportage about Paige Young, and the day of her suicide in 1974, and her association with Bill Cosby and other Hollywood elite.

The reporter of the piece is Ryan Parry.

Included in the article is an account from Tamara Green about an encounter she had with Paige and Bill in El Paso 1970.

Green had already publicly claimed since 2005, that Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her in the early 1970s.

The Daily Mail article quotes Tamara saying she knew Paige Young from LA where they ran into each other at modeling auditions.

See chapter on Tamara Green/El Paso.

It’s my opinion that Parry thought he may have a lead on a direct link between Cosby and Paige Young’s suicide

And this is the reason he pursued Paige’s backstory.

Parry follows up by interviewing a few people who knew Paige Young in the 60s and 70s.

One of them was Richard Sample whom I interviewed in May of 2021. (Sample says he witnessed an angry Bill Cosby at the Los Angeles Playboy Club.)

Parry’s reporting does not establish a direct link between Cosby and Young’s suicide in 1974.

I learned in 2021 that Bill Cosby actually did drug and rape Paige Young and “paid her off.” This was the same MO he used on literally dozens of women for decades. I spoke by telephone to an old friend of Paige Young’s who told me that Paige had told him about the rape. See chapter on Henry/Malibu.

Accounts of rape by Bill Cosby, go back as far as 1965. One of the earliest dates was aspiring singer Sunni Welles. 1965 Los Angeles, when Welles was 17 years old.

For further details and a thorough background on the 2005 Constand case against Cosby, Tamara Green, Sunni Welles and many of Cosby’s victims over the decades, see the book Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America’s Dad by Nicole Weisensee Egan.

Drug overdose…..

as the reason for Paige’s death has been published in the “Playmate Book” for decades. It is probably the source of the “death lists” made on the internet.

The Playmate Book is a compendium of all the women who were named Playmates from the year Playboy Magazine was introduced in 1953, up to the date of publication. The entries include a brief life update on each Playmate.

Ryan Parry’s research revealed that Paige’s suicide was by a gun. I confirmed this by purchasing her death certificate which is not included in the Daily Mail story.

Parry’s 2014 article about Paige Young was completely ignored by every media outlet. This surprised me but I quickly realized that the Daily Mail has the taint of tabloid attached to it, and was in legal hot water some years back for harassing celebrities and recording them illegally.

Many media outlets, including other tabloids, would be wary of quoting the Mail.

Still, I did and do, find it a bit odd that no independent journalist wanted to look into Paige’s story further, given the major celebrities named in the story and society’s current fascination with 1960s/70s Hollywood and LA.

Only one named Mark Ebner has ever mentioned Paige Young that I have seen or read.

The Daily Mail story has caught on primarily with the “conspiracy crowd.” Like MK Ultra.

Let me be clear: I am not a “conspiracy” person, nor am I implying conspirces with what I publish.

Things like wealth, power and status in Hollywood, the industry and the system, have allowed criminal and abusive behavior to be covered up. That I do believe in–look at the quote above from the former Van Nuys police station employee.

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, according to her account in the Daily Mail article. As did the police who were called to the scene, as is recorded on Paige Young’s death certificate and police report. There are several chapters I have written on this topic.

Some of The Players

As a Playboy Playmate, Paige Young experienced a minor type of celebrity status for a brief portion of her short life.

And of course she was an actual human with a life besides her association with Playboy.

At times, Paige associated with people who were much more famous than she. Some are well known to the mass public, including Hugh Hefner, John Huston, Andy Warhol, Bill Cosby; men who lived with massive fame which outlives them.

Bill Cosby is alive as of this writing.

Others were and are famous to a smaller audience.

On this website I have written about these men and Paige Young’s connection to them. Someone basically forgotten and seemingly inconsequential.

The men famous to a more niche audience includes: Peter Gowland, son of English film actor Gibson Gowland, was an LA native like Paige. Peter and and his wife Alice ran a successful pinup and commercial photography business from the late 1940s through the early 1990s.

Paige Young was the team’s last contribution to Playboy magazine in 1968. (Paige had modeled for Gowland years before Playboy I have learned.)

For a few years, Marvin M. Mitchelson represented Paige Young in her divorce against husband Mark F. Segal in 1964. Mitchelson, a Beverly Hills lawyer was a media personality in the 1970s and 80s and 90s.

From the book Ladies’ Man: The Life & Trials of Marvin Mitchelson by John A. Jenkins

Mitchelson is credited for introducing the term “Palimony” into divorce court and to the general public when he represented Michelle Triola Marvin in a financial claim against actor Lee Marvin. Lee Marvin dumped live-in lover Michelle without a penny and Marvin Mitchelson became famous representing her.

M.M.M. is all but forgotten in 2022.

The Hon. Desmond Guinness, is frequently how his name is written, is of course, from the famous Irish beer brand but he and his family are a highly titled, wealthy, socially elite and controversial family. Desmond and his wife Mariga founded the architectural preservation group Irish Georgian Society. His mother left Desmond’s Legendary photographer Slim Aarons produced some iconic photos of Desmond Guinness, one in particular with his very young children. The photo has probably been seen by more people than know the identity of Desmond Guinness. He died in August of 2020.

Paige Young lived in the same Venice Beach art studio residence building as artist DeWayne Valentine in the late 1960s.

DeWain Valentine, Colorado born, Venice Beach based sculptor-artist, is one of the founding members of the “Light and Space movement” or “Finish Fetish” school which was born in Venice Beach in the 1960s.

Another player is William “Bill” Gardner who crossed paths with Paige a few times. There are unconfirmed stories about an association with comedian Jonathan Winters.

On the left is Bill Gardner, a one time date of Paige Young’s, also a short gig as Jonathan Winters’ manager. Location is John Huston’s estate in Ireland: St. Clerans. On the right is David’s good horse pal Celeste Shane aka Mrs. John Huston when this picture was taken. Gardner also worked for John Huston. Paige also visited St. Clerans Ireland during this brief time of Cici and John’s Huston marriage. Celeste Shane Huston and Bill Gardner play important roles in this story as you shall read. From Bill Gardner’s Instagram page.

John Huston obviously needs no explanation. John Huston lived in Ireland and was acquainted with Desmond Guinness.

Hollywood Royalty: John Huston and father Walter Huston, after both won Oscars for Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1949. The awards ceremony was held that year at the Academy’s theatre on Melrose Avenue.

Paige and her family’s journey encompass both the industry and town of Hollywood, WW2 Los Angeles and post-war Los Angeles, growing up in the San Fernando Valley in the 1950s where you lived in the same neighborhoods and went to school with your peers who were 1950s icons like Annette Funicello and Tony Dow and the singing King family.

It’s the old story of time and place and people.

Research Methods:

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, looking through phone directories, voting records, marriage, divorce, and military records on ancestry.com.

I have spoken with a few first hand sources, there were several who refuse to speak with me, or I couldn’t locate. At this point, many are dead. And the living people who know, aren’t talking, with the exception of the few I have written about on this blog.

Newspapers.com continues to be an extremely helpful resource.

Social security information is published online and on ancestry.com.