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: 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,” and “Ned Argo” 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…

1942-1947 3710 Arbolada Rd. LaRoccas. Cotterells. WW2.

 Virginia LaRocca is named owner the “double” house at 3710/12 Arbolada Rd. on an LA building permit. Donna has a voter registration record with this address in 1944. (seen in ancestry.com) Robert Morgan Cotterell name is listed as a POW with this address in 44. Joseph LaRocca is listed in the LA telephone directory with this address in 1948. Arbolada Rd. dead ends, is…

1940s PARENTS Marriage Hollywood Wedding Chapel. Honeymoon. WW2. P.O.W. Divorce. Arbolada Rd.

Robert M. Cotterell was 23 and Donna LaRocca 19 when they were married in 1940. Diana’s father Robert Morgan Cotterell was born around 1917 in Algon, Iowa. He moved to Los Angeles around 1938 to follow his interest in aviation. Diana’s mother Donna Virginia LaRocca was born in 1921, in Peoria, Illinois.  Donna’s parents were Ned and Virginia LaRocca, vaudevillians who travelled the Pantages,…

1944. Birth. Los Angeles.

The woman who most of us recognize as Paige Young, Playboy Playmate of November 1968, was born Diana Lee Cotterell on March 16, 1944, at the Griffith Park Maternity Home located at 1933 Griffith Park Boulevard.  Her birth certificate records the area as “Hollywood.” Diana’s older sister Constance Susan Cotterell was born at the same maternity center in 1942. It was designed as a…