1970/71 #3 Tamara El Paso. Henry Malibu. Sample LA: Bill Cosby-Paige Young Stories.

Some context: One of the women who had spoken out about her drugging and assault by Cosby back in 2005 is Tamara Green. She testified behind closed doors on behalf of Andrea Constand in her case against Cosby. Green also gave a few media interviews at the time.

One of Green’s interviews took place on the Today Show by host Matt Lauer. It made the social media rounds in more recent times after Lauer had his own sexual harassment/abuse of power “scandal.” Currently unable to find this interview on youtube.

For much more detail on the 2005 Constand case, see the book Chasing Cosby by Nicole Weisensee Egan.

The accusations against Cosby in 2005 that received some media attention were quickly forgotten and did not harm his reputation in the slightest.

Until..

The fall of 2014, the Hannibal Buress video went viral and in the subsequent fall out, dozens of Cosby’s victims spoke out publicly for the first (or second ) time and many of these women were receiving media interview requests.

Tamara was interviewed by Daily Mail reporter Ryan Parry in Oct./Nov. 2014 She told him about an encounter with Paige Young and Bill Cosby that happened in El Paso in 1970.

Tamara says she was acquainted with Paige from modeling auditions around LA in the late 60s/early 70s.  

“I was there (El Paso) seeing my boyfriend and Paige called me and said Bill was on tour and she was travelling with him.

El Paso Times, Feb. 22, 1970

They picked me up at my friend’s house and I remember sitting in the back of a stretched limo with them both and Bill wanted to score some drugs.  I called around and found a bag of pot some place on the edge of El Paso. Paige was into her drugs and Bill wanted to get her some, she was along on the trip like his pet dog, she was a very subdued person, more like moon on the water in terms of her personality.  They were clearly acquainted with each other; it didn’t seem like a new thing.  As far as I know they dated for a while.”

I located a friend of Paige’s from the Malibu days and we spoke twice on the phone. He said he was “just good friends” with Paige and remembers many hikes with her in Topanga Canyon.

Henry told me about a time they were together where Paige lived and she broke down crying. (Again, around 1970) When he asked her why, she told him Bill Cosby had raped her.

Henry worked in the TV business and “always thought Bill was a nice guy.” “No,” said Paige, “he’s not,” And “he is scum.” Also a “piece of shit” and a “bastard” and “don’t even get me started,” were said to Henry by Paige about Bill Cosby.

I asked Henry “did Paige say Cosby drugged her prior to the rape?” Henry said she “implied it” by saying she “came to” and “realized she’d been raped.”

Henry also said Paige motioned towards her dresser while telling Henry that Bill had made out a check to her, Henry glanced over and saw a check on the dresser. He said it had “several zeroes.”

I don’t know if it was during the El Paso trip witnessed by Tamara Green that Cosby drugged and raped Paige.

However I do think it’s possible if what Tamara said in Parry’s report is true, that Paige acted drugged, “very subdued” and “along like a pet” during the encounter.

I’ve talked with 2 people who told me they never saw Paige use drugs. Melanie said this to me and on the documentary Secrets of Playboy.

“Occasional grass” and alcohol at most, said Richard Sample. He was quite adamant on this point as I had pressed it; in the 1960s many people did not consider LSD a “drug” but more a mind and spiritual exploration.

1970/71 cont.. In the first and only social media message exchange I had with Henry, he said Paige stayed with him in his house, “right before she left Malibu.” And that he thought she was a good person who was traumatized by Bill Cosby.

On the phone Henry told me that Paige moved into his large house with others renters in the Trancas area of Malibu. The house was on Broad Beach. He said he let Paige live there rent free.

Henry said during her stay, he noticed that Paige started to act “antsy.” She expressed her feeling to him that this “isolated” location in Malibu was “blocking her ability to paint.”

Paige moved out after about 3 months Henry said.

This is very likely the time Paige moved to the Westwood apartment where she lived the 2-3 remaining years of her life and committed suicide. Melanie, witness and neighbor, told me her stay was longer than a few months and more like a few years.

I told Henry about Richard’s saying when he first met Paige, “she lived on the edge of Malibu in a converted chicken coop.” Henry responded “probably Topanga.

Henry doesn’t remember Paige ever living in a converted chicken coop but remembers visiting her in a cabin in Topanga.

Henry saw Paige infrequently the last 2 or so years of her life because she became reclusive, he said.

The account by Richard Sample probably took place approx 1965-67. It was before 70/71 as they were no longer seeing each other by then.

A frequent visitor and performer at many Playboy Clubs was Hugh Hefner’s good friend Bill Cosby, in the 60s and 70s. This is recorded in numerous newspapers articles and Playboy’s own VIP magazine for Playboy Club key holders.

Richard Sample said he would occasionally pick up Paige after her shift at the Sunset Strip Playboy Club. She worked at the club “for about 3 months.” He says he never saw her in a Bunny uniform.

“Bill Cosby was always trying to put the make on Paige. She didn’t want anything to do with him, she ignored him.”

Richard Sample.
Postcard with Playboy Building on the right with small blurry bunny image.
The Sunset Strip location opened December 31, 1964.

One of these times when Richard was at the club to pick up Paige, he witnessed Bill Cosby get “very angry” at Paige after she rebuffed another one of his advances.

(This account is also included in Richard Sample interview chapter.)

I need more information from another potential witness of Paige and Bill before I write and publish.

To give some context to Paige’s story:

There are many women from this particular era, late 60s/early 70s, who have publicly said they were drugged and assaulted by Bill Cosby including: Tamara Green, Sunni Welles (mid-60s), Joan Tarshis, Victoria Valentino, Linda Joy Traitz, Linda Brown, Louisa Moritz, Autumn Burns, Carla Ferrigno and Cindra Ladd.

This era seems to be the start of Cosby’s serial rapes which continued to at least 2008.

Playboy January 1969. PMOY Contest. Winner Connie Kreski. Gowland’s Ridgid Calendar 69/70. Playboy Calendar 1970. Updated 5/22/22

Paige’s photo appears in the January 1969 issue of Playboy magazine (it’s also the 15th anniversary issue) along with all 12 Playmates of 1968, a brief update accompanies each one.

The contestants are in the running for the soon-to-be-named Playmate of the Year 1969. The Playmate of the Year was a big deal. A higher status title than Playmate of the Month; more photos, more publicity, more money with a PMOY win.

Photo by Peter Gowland January 1969 Playboy magazine.
Update on Paige in the Playmate Roundup January 69 Playboy issue.
Paige Young appears in the 1970 Playboy wall calendar.

Connie Kreski

The winner was Connie Kreski: a Michigan nursing school graduate, Playmate in January of 1968 and quickly turned starlet owning a camera ready face. She appeared to look 16 but was in reality 21. Which is why Anthony Newley cast her in his 1969 released film “Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?” Connie plays Mercy, Anthony is Heironymus and his wife Joan Collins plays his wife in the film named Polyester Poontang. It was pretty much a flop and skewered by the critics.

January Playboy 1970
Playboy January 1969. Connie’s photo above goes with this update. The photo is an entire page in the magazine issue. Only 2 other Playmates in the PMOY contest were given that honor. Was this a way of indicating which Playmate was favored in the running? Maybe these 3 were the final 3.

Connie Kreski had gone to London and dated Hefner’s partner and close friend at Playboy: Victor Lownes. Lownes was head of the Playboy Club and casino in London during the Swinging Sixties.

Connie Kreski with Anthony Newley, famous singer, director and star of Can Hieronymus Find Happiness… Newley was married to Joan Collins at the time and was friends with Victor Lownes and Hugh Hefner. He appeared on Playboy After Dark at least once.

Famously, Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate had their wedding reception at the London Playboy Club in 1968; Lownes, Hefner and Polanski were close friends.

Connie and Victor are seen together with many mourners on youtube film footage of Sharon Tate’s funeral.

Victor Lownes is the person seen in a famous photo holding up a collapsing Roman Polanski at Sharon Tate’s funeral.

Connie has about 10 TV and film appearances after “Hieronymus.”

She appeared as a guest on the Merv Griffin and Joey Bishop talk shows.

She go-go danced on Laugh-In, was introduced on Playboy After Dark TV show by Hugh Hefner as “Connie Kreski, our Playmate of the Year.” Connie does not say one damn word the entire show.

Connie made several visible but non-speaking appearances on Playboy After Dark. Anthony Newley appeared on the show at least once and was known to hang around Mansion West.

Connie with Roman Polanski, Barbi Benton, Hugh Hefner, probably in Europe and likely a year or so after Sharon Tate and the others were murdered.
Connie Kreski with gloves, one of her prizes for winning PMOY.

Kreski’s newspaper press indicates she was signed to a 7 year contract with Universal Studios

Universal signed an extraordinary number of models, beauty contest winners and starlets in the 50s and 60s.

After a few years Connie’s contract with Universal was dropped which merited one sentence in a Hollywood gossip column.

Connie Kreski with her boyfriend of the 1970s, James Caan, at the premiere of The Godfather in NYC. March 12, 1972. Connie became involved with Caan after she was dumped by Victor Lownes for another PMOY: Marilyn Cole. Caan dumped Kreski to marry Elvis girlfriend and Playboy cover model Sheila Ryan in 1976. That marriage lasted about one year and produced Scott Caan.
Playboy Mansion regular James Caan speaks about girlfriend Connie Kreski in NY Daily News Oct. 8, 1972

Connie Kreski died of cirrhosis of the liver at age 48 in 1995.

Death Cert. Connie Kreski under her birth name: Constance Joanne Kornaki
Reason for death after autopsy

What happened in her life that it ended this way? I am beginning my research to answer this question. Like Paige, Connie’s cause of death is incorrectly listed on the internet. It usually says “blocked carotid artery” or “cancer.” I don’t know what cause of death is listed in “The Playmate Book,” on Connie’s entry, but I do know it does not say “Cirrhosis of the liver.”

One of the Gowlands long time employers, 1964-2002, was the Ohio-based Ridge Tool Company, a hand tool manufacturing company, using the “Ridgid” brand name.

Ridgid Tool Company became famous for its’  2-year calendars featuring images of bikini-clad models holding various tools made by Ridgid. I’m guessing Ridge sent these calendars every year to clients who purchased their tools.

Paige appears in the 69/70 edition, cover below.

Paige appeared in the 69/70 edition of the famous Rigdig Tool Calendar with fellow Playmates Reagan Wilson and Mercy Rooney (Merci Montello)below. The calendar does not identify them as Playmates. Collection of the author.
Playmate, model Reagan Wilson posed for Peter Gowland several times in the late 1960s.
Mercy Montello model/starlet was a favorite of the Gowlands and appeared in many of their instructional books, late 60s early 70s. She worked at the Los Angeles Playboy Club as a Bunny. She married Mickey Rooney Jr. and was Playboy Playmate in December of 1972 under the name Mercy Rooney.

Many more models, starlets and Playboy Playmates were unnamed models in these Ridgid Tool calendars over the decades. One did go on to great fame: Raquel Welch.

From 1964 until 2002, Peter and Alice photographed models for the Ridgid Tool Calendar (Ridge Tool Company). Some of the models who appeared in those calendars include Raquel Welch, Stephanie Drake, Kathy McCullen, Cindy Margolis, and several Playboy Playmates, including Renee Tenison, Nikki Schieler, Barbara Moore, Heidi Sorensen and Penny Baker.

from Michael at glamourphotographers.yolasite.com