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It’s been nearly 49 years since Playboy Playmate 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,” an A&E channel series shown in January and February of 2022.
I was interviewed about Paige Young for their segment about her tragically short life because I have been researching it since 2015.
If I have more information than most of my audience wants to read about, you may pick and choose what parts of her life in which you are most interested.
On http://paigeyoung1968.com Click on a chapter you want to read and scroll way down.
Many readers will, of course, mainly be interested in her suicide and her connection to celebrities, and any part they may have played in it.
In my chapter on the LAPD Suicide Police Report, I include names of responding police officers and coroner.
I’d like to corroborate the one public account about April 7, 1974.
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!
I can’t confirm independently that this person wrote the truth, but I don’t know why he/she would make it up.
Keep in mind, there was absolutely 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.*
Many of the people in this story are forgotten individuals.
A few of them were/are known, to only a small segment of the population.
Others in Paige Young’s story had and have, massive fame. Their fame outlasts their physical existence.
Others lived and died in complete anonymity.
Some of them have experienced a brief fame, or type of fame.
Paige Young was brought to a type of fame for her appearance in Playboy in 1968. A dubious distinction, it has outward appearances and sex attached to it.
Many of Paige’s fellow Playboy Magazine Playmates of the Month attempted to use what celebrity they gained from the title, for access to parts in movies, TV and modeling.
Many of these young women were ambitious for Hollywood fame aka: a Hollywood acting career. Some were just at the right place at the right time.
Several became well-known (or little-known) “starlets” for a while before disappearing from public view. More on this later.
Examples of Playmates who went on to greater acclaim than merely a “Playboy Playmate” are: Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy and Anna Nicole Smith, and in more recent times: Jayne Mansfield, Stella Stevens, Claudia Jennings.
1960 Playmate Stella Stevens in the 1972 disaster-film hit The Poseidon Adventure. She also co-starred in films with Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Elvis, Glenn Ford and many others
November 1972, Sacramento Bee. Claudia Jennings, Playmate of the Year 1971, B-movie actress, aspiring serious actress. One of Hollywood’s “Queen of the Bs.“
Some married well in economic terms (Hope Dworaczyk and Robert Smith). Some married famous athletes, Jo Collins and Bo Belinsky, Charlie Simmer and Terri Welles, Patti McGuire and Jimmy Connors, Glenn Cadrez and Brande Roderick, the list goes on and on in this category. And of course: rock stars Shannon Tweed and friend of Hefner’s Gene Simmons. Then the aforementioned Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee.
There were several who went on to business, academic (Candy Loving), real estate, political activism (Gloria Root), journalism (Kristine Hanson), art (Rachel Harris, Karla Conway, Gwen Wong) or other non-show business careers.
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 a tabloid staple her marriage to an old, wealthy Texas oilman named J. Howard Marshall provided much fodder.
After Marshall’s death Anna Nicole was involved in a complicated legal battle trying to claim big bucks on 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 after years of drug abuse, on February 7, 2007, eclipsed all other news for a few days. Mainstream media and cable TV, covered her death as it would a major political event.
There would not have been the same motivation to write about Paige, were she not connected to a legend in show business.
In 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.
published a long and “Exclusive” piece of reportage about the long forgotten and little-known Playmate Paige Young and the day of her suicide in 1974, her association with Bill Cosby and other Hollywood elite including Hugh Hefner and director John Huston.
The reporter of the piece is Ryan Parry.
Included in the article is an account from a woman named 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. She discussed it in a now famous interview by Matt Lauer of the Today show.
(See chapter on Tamara Green/El Paso).
The Daily Mail article quotes Tamara as saying she knew Paige Young from LA where they ran into each other at modeling auditions.
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 1960s and early 1970s.
One of them was Richard Sample whom I interviewed in May of 2021. Sample says he witnessed Bill Cosby visibly angry towards Paige at the Los Angeles Playboy Club.
Parry’s reporting does not establish a direct link between Cosby and Young’s suicide in 1974, which I am shown saying in Secrets of Playboy.
But it does uncover heretofore unknown things, like Paige died by a gunshot to the head and not a drug overdose.
And, as was dramatized in the episode, there was a witness who saw a “mural” Paige had constructed in her apartment–consisting of photographic images and articles about Hugh Hefner upon which was written things like “Hugh Hefner is the Devil” and “I hate Hugh Hefner.”
What I learned in 2021 was that Bill Cosby actually did drug and rape Paige Young and “paid her off,” which was the same MO he used on literally dozens of women for decades. I learned this by a telephone conversation with an old friend of Paige’s. He told me that Paige had told him about the rape. See chapter on Henry/Malibu.
Accounts of rapes by Bill Cosby go back as far as 1965. One of the earliest accounts dates to 1965: aspiring singer Sunni Welles when Welles was 17 years old.
For further details and a thorough background of the 2005 Constand case against Cosby, Tamara Green, Sunni Welles and other accounts of many of Cosby’s victims over the decades, see the book Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America’s Dad by Nicole Weisensee Egan.
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, may be wary of quoting the Daily Mail.
Still, I did (and do) find it a bit odd that no independent journalist was interested enough to look into Paige’s story further, given the major celebrities named in the story. As well 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 a conspiracy with what I publish on this website.
Individuals with wealth, power and status within Hollywood the industry and Hollywood “the system,” have condoned, allowed or participated in criminal, exploitative and abusive behavior.
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.
As a Playboy Playmate, Paige Young experienced a minor type of celebrity status for a brief portion of her short life.
And 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 still alive but seems to be in failing health.
Others were and are famous to a smaller audience.
The men famous to a more niche audience includes: Peter Gowland, son of English film actor Gibson Gowland, an LA native like Paige. Peter 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.)
On this website I have written about these men and Paige Young’s connection to them. Someone basically forgotten and seemingly inconsequential.
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 prominent media personality in the 1970s and 80s and 90s.
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 from the famous Irish beer brand family but also a highly titled, wealthy, socially elite and sometimes controversial family. 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.
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, California in the 1960s.
Valentine died in February of 2022.
John Huston obviously needs no explanation. John Huston lived in Ireland and was acquainted with the afore mentioned Desmond Guinness.
Paige Young 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 like 1950s icons Annette Funicello and Tony Dow and the singing King family.
It’s the old story of time and place and people.
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, 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.