1970/71 #1 Pasadena Art Museum With Warhol Wearing A Rudi Gernreich Dress. Artist DeWain Valentine. Venice Beach Studio. Update 3/7/22

Around May 15, 1970, A Paige Young appearance at the Pasadena Art Museum was recorded by LA gossip columnist Marvene Jones and her photographer. The occasion was a gala for the new Andy Warhol exhibit, focusing on his use of repetition of images. Warhol himself makes an appearance, obviously a big deal. From the Los Angeles Evening Citizen 5/16/1970 More on Bill Gardner below….

November 1968 Playmate. 1969: Most Public Year. Playboy Tour. Lake Havasu City. Marina del Rey. LIsa Baker. Jonathan Winters. High School Info. (Long, Many Images, May take a while to appear) Updated 6/10/22

1968  November Paige Young  appears as Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Month.  This will be her primary “claim to fame” in popular culture. Photography team, married couple and contributors to Playboy since the 1950s, Peter and Alice Gowland were the photographers. The Playmate story of Paige Young is that of a full-time painter who admits to the difficulty of this endeavor, but loves the…

1966: July Paige Transfers From Marvin M. Mitchelson To New Law Firm. Donna and Virginia New SFV Location.

July 1966 Paige gets transferred from the Marvin Mitchelson law firm of Beverly Hills, to the law firm of Silverton, Ruderman and Graf of Studio City. Her new law firm is located at 12345 Ventura Blvd.; a 5 minute drive from her childhood home at 13055 Moorpark St. This may have happened because Marvin Michelson was busy climbing the ladder of success in 1966….

Context: Photographer Peter Gowland and 1950s Pinup. Paige Young. Playboy. Under Construction.

Peter Gowland 1963-1965 It was around this time I think, Paige meets and models for famous photographer Peter Gowland. By this time, Peter and Alice Gowland had already enjoyed a thriving photography business for over a decade. This includes many Playboy Playmates. Richard Sample confirmed what I had suspected, that Paige had known and modeled for Gowland already several years before her Playboy centerfold…

1950s #2 Diana Cotterell in the SFV. Grade School. Horses. Sepulveda Stables. Van Nuys Junior High.

Diana started grade school in about 1950. From 1950s #1, it appears she lived in Gardena in 1950. per the 1950 census. It’s unknown where she did start grade school in Gardena. Grandmother Virginia LaRocca is listed in an online Gardena 1951 phone directory as a Christian Science practitioner. Husband Joseph is not listed. The family probably moved to the location 13055 Moorpark St…

1950s #1 Updated 06/16/22: 1950 Census. Gardena. Move to San Fernando Valley. Ned LaRocca & Virginia. Recording Industry LA. Leith Stevens.

San Fernando Valley abbreviated SFV. The newly released 1950 census gives us more information about the LaRocca/Cotterell family unit: listed at a residence in Gardena. Joseph’s occupation, Radio Orchestra Manager, Virginia, Christian Science Practitioner, Donna has an empty box for occupation, Head of House granddaughters Constance S is listed as 7 years and Diana L as 5 years. An online Gardena phone directory from…

Family History#1: Teens, 1920s Vaudeville. Joseph And Roxy LaRocca. Peoria, Ill. Virginia Young. Salt Lake City. The Great Depression. Jane Harker. Warner Bros.

Family Background In Vaudeville: Census records, military records and local directories show that Joseph Ned LaRocca (Diana/Paige’s grandfather) was born in 1894 in Peoria, Illinois and grew up there. Known as “Ned,” he was a harpist in a family of several brothers, oldest brother Roxy show above and below. The brothers were all musicians and many of them toured with the major vaudeville circuits…