1972 Gowland Book and Calendar 1973: # 1. John Huston. Celeste Shane. Ireland. St. Clerans. Jack Smith Sees Huston and Hefner at Trendy Backgammon Club.

Paige appears in some Electrochemical Company photographs, credited to Peter Gowland, probably taken 72/73.

There is an association between Electrochemical Company and the Ridgid Tool Company, Gowland’s long time clients.

This was one of a few photos from the same series for sale on e-bay a few years back.

Paige had appeared in the 69/70 edition of the Rigdig tool Company’s famous calendar.

Paige was one model of a few featured in the series which looks like it was for special clients, like a gratuity or gift. Ann Cushing and Brook Mills, two Gowland favorites are the others. Plus one unidentified. Due to the discreet yet not hidden pubic hair in some of the photos, Gowland knew which models would or wouldn’t be interested in this job.

The models all go uncredited including Paige, her “Playmate” status is not indicated.

From a series of photos for Electrochemicals clients.

1972/73) cont…

Paige complains to neighbor Melanie about her relationship with famed film director John Huston.

“She (Paige) said she had an affair with John Huston, and that he had done things to her, abused her.  I remember one incident in which John hid her shoes to make her think she had gone crazy. It was a small thing, but she was really bothered by it.”

“I know she dated Huston for a while and had just gotten back from a trip to Ireland with him.” Daily Mail, Dec. 2014:

Some essential context:

John Huston owned and lived part-time in an Irish estate, St. Clerans, located in Galway, Ireland, from 1953 to 1973.  His daughter the actress and director Anjelica Huston spent many years there as a child, which she discusses in detail in her memoirs.

Given what Melanie said about Paige having “just returned from Ireland” to visit Huston, Paige would necessarily have been one of Huston’s last guests, as the St. Clerans estate was sold sometime in 1973.

These are the years of John Huston’s 5th and last marriage to Celeste Shane Green.

Celeste Shane Green, known as Cici, was married to John Huston from 72-75. She spent time living (visiting really) St. Clerans during her brief marriage to Huston.

Celeste was (and is) involved with horses and boarded at least one at Sepulveda Stables in the early 60s. It’s another factor which places Celeste in the same world as Paige.

 Cici grew up in a wealthy Beverly Hills family with three brothers.  Her father owned a successful car leasing company and rented out his yacht to celebrities like Frank Sinatra. (See chapter: The Shanes of Beverly Hills)

Cici’s first husband is screenwriter Wally Green.  They have a son named Collin.

Cici visited Huston’s St. Clerans Ireland estate as a newlywed, it was August/September of 1972. She brought along her son Collin and his caregiver Maricella, who also acted as Cici’s “maid.” Wally Green also came to visit his son there at one point.

John Huston later said “Cici was as out of place at St. Clerans as anyone could possibly be.” 

Cici said “I wasn’t prepared for the eleven servants, the mistresses, Betty O’Kelly, Gladys.”

Celeste took an instant dislike to John Huston’s assistants, Betty O’Kelly and Gladys.   One of the women co-wrote scripts with Huston.

Cici felt the women, and several employees of the large staff, were taking advantage of Huston by overcharging him and using his money for their own personal shopping. Huston was frequently absent due to directing films all over the globe plus he was never a good manager of money.

This created a lot of tension at St. Clerans.

 Cici wanted most of the staff fired but Huston refused.

About St. Clerans’ horse caretaker Cici said “I caught him with quadruple charges for horseshoeing. I know about horses. He couldn’t screw me around.”

Cici was especially outraged by the visit of her husband’s  young mistress, Zoe Sallis, who of course brought along her out-of-wedlock son by John Huston: Danny Huston.  Cici resented the monthly allowance (and breakfast in bed) afforded to Zoe.

Horsemanship was one thing Celeste, Huston and Paige all had in common. John Huston and Paige were both painters, these factors may have played a role in their connection.

I read that he wasn’t one to indulge in “one-night-stands.”

I have read several biographies on John Huston that indicate he was a womanizer and had many marriages, flings, short-lived and long-term romances with numerous women over the decades and apparently of all ages.

Also, from what I’ve read, Huston had a meanstreak in his personality that he would sometimes unleash on the ones most likely to be hurt by it. (See Melanie’s recounting what Paige told her about John Huston hiding her shoes.)

Information and quotes from Lawrence Grobel’s book: “The Hustons” published by Scribner’s. Check this book out for a much more in-depth look at John Huston. I also found information from Huston biography Courage and Art by Jeffrey Meyers.

Huston was also displayed great generosity.

Given what Melanie said in the Daily Mail and the sale of St. Clerans, Paige’s visit likely was in 72-73. If so, she may have witnessed or even been involved in the drama between Cici, Betty, Gladys, and Zoe Sallis.

I had an email exchange with Celeste Shane Huston and she confirmed knowing Paige and Huston knowing her as well. She denies that Huston and Paige had affair. She wrote that 2 well connected lawyers purchased her ticket to Ireland.

NEW. From the great LA writer Jack Smith, He sees Huston and Hefner with others including an “unidentified sex object,” at a backgammon tournament, sometime in 1972. The observation by Smith happened around the time Cici and Huston were married.

More about John Huston ahead.

1972 Paige appears in the ’72 edition of “Gowland’s Guide to Glamour Photography.”

It’s her only appearance in any of the Gowland instructional books that I have seen, which is nearly all of them.

(These shots look like ones from 68 the Ridgid calendar photograph)

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

May 16, 1970. Paige Young makes an appearance at the Pasadena Art Museum recorded by an LA gossip columnist Marvene Jones and a photographer.

The occasion was an invitation-only gala for the new Andy Warhol exhibit.

Warhol himself makes an appearance, obviously a big deal.

According to this article, Paige Young and Andy Warhol discuss a role for Paige in an upcoming Andy Warhol film.

From the Los Angeles Evening Citizen 5/16/1970

Photo of Paige wearing her Rudi Gernreich dress with her date Bill Gardner. J Winters refers to Jonathan Winters, a show which Paige had appeared, according to some of her press.

DeWain Valentine was an emerging artist in the 1960s Venice art scene. He had an exhibit at PAM the same time as the Warhol exhibit.

LAT May 31, 1970
Column #2 of article Richard Sample told me Paige was always barefoot. (And frequently topless)

Marvene Jones reveals here that Mr. and Mrs. DeWain Valentine made up a foursome with Paige and Bill Gardner, former manager of Jonathan Winters.

Valentine played a major part of the west coast”Light and Space” art movement, along with artists Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Helen Pashgian, James Turrell and John McCracken and more. Many of these artists lived in Venice due to the cheap rent.

The “Cool School” artists, set up shop in Venice Beach in the early 1950s. I watched a documentary of the same name for a deep dive into an art movement known as West Coast Abstract Expressionism, and the West Coast Style. The artists include now very well known names like Ed Keinholz, Wally Berman, Billy Al Bengston, Ed Ruscha, Robert Irwin, Ed Moses, Craig Kauffman, and the curator who helped bring them to renown, Walter Hopps. Dennis Hopper was friends with these artists and collected their works. Many of this group famously interacted with Warhol on his famous trip by car to the west coast in the early 1960s.

The Light and Space movement was like a subgroup of the Cool School. Apparently Irwin was in both.

Richard Sample said that he moved from Malibu to an art studio in Venice, late 1960s. Paige later joined him but Richard could not remember the location. He told me his artist neighbors and friends were DeWain Valentine and Larry Bell. (See Chapter: Interview with Richard Sample)

(I read that Robert Irwin lived right across the street from Valentine. Not mentioned by Sample.)

Paige refers to her “new Venice art studio” in interviews with Playboy magazine and US newspapers in 1969 and 70. This is the year she toured the US promoting the syndicated TV show Playboy After Dark. (See chapter: Most Public Year 1969)

I have found location of this Venice studio: 62-68 Market St. in Venice Beach.

Richard Sample’s niece Ellen Sample remembers visiting her uncle and grandfather Charles Sample at an art studio and home in Venice. Charles also had a retail storefront. Richard and Ellen recall being able to see the beach from the studi. It’s a large structure and was divided amongst many artists who rented their own studio according to Ellen.

This all describes 62-68 Market St from google maps and Valentine himself in published interviews.

Richard Sample is listed at 63 Market St. Venice, in a newspaper marriage announcement, 1968. Bride is Daryl Seybold from somewhere else in LA.

Ellen texted me that her Uncle Richard sublet the studio to Paige at one point, and she recalls some tension with Paige and Ellen’s aunts, the wives of Charles Sample and his sons. Ellen said her mother was not bothered by Paige, but that she did “go with her sister-in-laws to see what was going on at the studio” with Paige. Ellen says it was the most tension when Paige’s issue was released.

Art by DeWain Valentine around 1968
Brooklyn Rail 2019 found online.

Valentine has spoken about his Venice studio in several art magazine interviews; it’s influence on his art and his many artist neighbors and friends, including Larry Bell and Robert Irwin, particularly the years from the mid-1960s to mid 1970s.

DeWain Valentine lived in and eventually purchased the 62 -65 Market St. building as he says in this interview.

Several records with his signature and name can be seen in public building archives from LA County, now available online. 2 are seen below.

I hope to speak with DeWain Valentine about his evening at the Warhol opening and what he remembers about Paige living and painting in the Venice studio on Market St. I have left several phone messages and mailed him a copy of the Marvene Jones column. I have not yet heard back from him.

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 2: Artist Judy Chicago (L) and De Wain Valentine (R) pose during the Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980 opening event held at the Getty Center on October 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/WireImage)

1971

It it was around this time that Paige moved into this garage apartment in Westwood after feeling “antsy” (as described by her friend Henry to me) living in the isolated Trancas area of Malibu This is the home where she would end her life in 1974.

Behind a duplex off of Santa Monica Blvd in Westwood. From a retail listing, 10 or more years ago. It painted a different color now and the lawn not as green, it still looks like this now.
This garage apartment was built in 1941. Duplex in front built in 1938. Owner/Builder was silent film bit player Kathryn Eddy.

1970 #2 January Playboy 1969 PMOY Contest & Calendar. Gowland’s Rigdig Calendar.

Paige 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 title was a big deal. An even higher validation than Playmate of the Month.

Photo by Peter Gowland
Update on Paige in the “Playmate Roundup” January 69 Playboy issue.
Paige Young appears in the Playboy calendar for April of 1970. Photo by Gowland. Collection of author
A 5 by 7 autographed photo of Paige. Collection of the author. Probably signed in 1968-69.

The winner was Connie Kreski; a Michigan nursing school graduate turned starlet owning a camera ready face. She often 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.

Connie Kreski with gloves, possibly part her prizes for winning PMOY.

Connie Kreski went 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 and Victor are seen together on footage of Sharon Tate’s funeral. Roman Polanski and and Sharon were married at the Playboy Club in London, they were all friends. Victor Lownes is the person seen in a famous photo holding up Roman Polanski at Sharon Tate’s funeral.

Connie Kreski with her boyfriend of the 1970s James Caan. Connie became involved with Caan after she was dumped by Victor Lownes for another PMOY: Marilyn Cole. Connie was James Caan’s date for the premiere of the Godfather in NYC, Mar. 14, 1972.

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

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 Rigdig sent these calendars every year to clients who purchased their tools.

Paige appears in the 69/70 edition.

Paige appeared in the 69/70 edition of the famous Rigdig Tool Calendar with fellow Playmates Reagan Wilson and Mercy Rooney (Merci Montello) .The calendar does not identify them as Playmates. Collection of the author.

Many more models and starlets and Playboy Playmates were unnamed models in these calendars over the decades. Some went on to great fame, like Raquel Welch.

Context: 1964,1965. More On Paige’s Lawyer Marvin Mitchelson. Who Is Photographer Peter Gowland?

1964 At this stage, after winning 1 million for Pamela Mason, Marvin Michelson has a steadily increasing clientele, consisting primarily of Beverly Hills and Hollywood women against rich and powerful men; most often their husbands. Paige Young is one of his divorcing clients who has no money to pay him up front.

NEW YORK, NY – CIRCA 1979: Marvin Mitchelson, Celebrity divorce lawyer circa 1979 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/IMAGES/Getty Images)

Later this year, Michelson represents legendary lyricist Alan Lerner’s estranged wife, Micheline.

LAT Dec. 22, 1964

Mark F. Segal came from a fairly well off Sherman Oaks family. Father Harold Segal owned a thriving car business according to friend and potential car thief Rex Ramsey. Still he wasn’t in a league with rich and famous My Fair Lady composer Alan Lerner.

Both men did have a couple things in common: estranged wives represented by rising lawyer Marvin M. Michelson. The other is being found in contempt of court by failing to pay alimony to these estranged wives.

1965-Marvin Michelson goes hard on Mark Segal this year. For every month Mark fails to make his monthly alimony payment to Paige and the lawyer’s fees, Michelson files a contempt suit in court.

And it turned out to be all 12 months. (documents in collection of author.)

Mark is held in contempt in April of 1965 for making only one payment on his 6 months of alimony obligation. Many documents were filed over this divorce from 64-69. The record dept. gave me a duplicate copy of the pile of documents.

Peter Gowland

San Francisco Examiner Aug. 18. 1957

1963-1965 It was around this time I think, Paige meets and models for famous “glamour” or pin-up photographer Peter Gowland. She may have met Alice Gowland later, 67/68.

Richard Sample confirmed to me that Paige had known and modeled for Gowland already several years before her Playboy centerfold issue was released in November of 1968. See chapter on Richard Sample interview.

The Gowlands would produce Paige’s Playboy magazine centerfold published in November of 1968. 

By the 1960s, LA native Peter Gowland and his wife Alice, had already enjoyed a thriving photography business for over a decade.

In the 1950s:

They were one of a small number husband and wife pin-up photography teams in the Los Angeles area. The Gowlands were part of a larger group of male glamour photographers; many based in the LA area.

The “pin-up model” was transforming along with photography styles and equipment, lighting, and appeal as a hobby.

.Peter and Alice Gowland were at the forefront of the genre and the business.

Their specialty was selling these photos for use in different types of men’s magazines,  girlie calendars, mainstream commercial work and many photography instructional books.

Petaluma newspaper July 25, 1957

Peter himself was often featured in magazines for amateur photographers, he not only built his own outdoor sets by hand at his Rustic Canyon home, he invented a large format 4×5 camera he named the Gowlandflex. Throughout the 50s and 60s, Peter and Alice Gowland photographed many well-known glamour models such as the legendary model and nudist Diane Webber. Webber appears on the latest paperback edition of Gay Talese’s book: Thy Neighbor’s Wife, one of the first books I read about the hidden side of Hugh Hefner and Playboy. And the first place I learned about Diane Webber.

Warner Brother TV starlet Saundra Edwards is mentioned in the above article as a Gowland favorite model. Saundra was a Playmate for March 1957 and the photographed by the Gowlands. Saundra would go one to kill her husband, actor Tom Gilson, in self-defense when he drunkenly approached Saundra during a separation, demanding to see his son. This happened in Oct. of 1962 in Van Nuys. Below is one of many articles on the incident. Saundra was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Ogden Standard-Examiner Oct. 11, 1962

Popular cover girl and early Playboy Playmate Saundra Edwards.

Saundra Edwards already had two children by a previous marriage.

Other notable models who worked for the Gowlands were model and swimsuit designer Barbara Osterman, mid-century pop culture phenomenon  Vicki “The Back” Dougan, Julie Newmar (pre-Cat Woman) Tina Louise (pre-Gilligan’s Island) cult movie actress Edy Williams, starlets Yvette Mimeux and Venetia Stevenson. And many more.

Credit Michael for this information and history glamourphotographers.yolasite.comsite.com Please checkout his website for an in-depth discussion of the Gowlands and other photographers from the classic era of postwar glamour/pin-up photography and mass media.

The Gowlands produced dozens of photography instruction manuals from the 50s through the 80s at least. Some were magazine format and others were hardback books. 3 examples of magazine format below

1961 Meiling Gordon cover model

Interest in Figure or Artistic nude photography, grew in the 1950s culture as did photography as a hobby. This edition is from 1961. Cover model is Colleen Whitman.

Many of these instruction manuals pushed boundaries for nudity (topless) standards or simulation of nudity, (naked back turned toward the camera, almost see-through garments etc.) for the times.

1969 No credit for cover model

The Gowlands did publish photos with obvious frontal nudity in a small number of instructional books

Mainly though, it was swimsuit attire.

Peter Gowland is well-known (Alice less so) for contributing to the Playboy magazine Playmate feature in the 50s and 60s.

Most fans know Paige Young was the last of the Gowland’s Playmates with her feature in November of 1968.

Peter Gowland has has a type of fame, both then and now, but not one that is mass fame. He has more of a cult status now.

However, Gowland was more mainstream in the 50s and 60s when non-nude pin up models were used in a myriad of ways in mass media culture and had been throughout the 1950s.

Beauty contests and media coverage of them flourished in the 1950s and 60s.

Southern California was a hub for all kinds of beauty contests and displays of physicality; for example the Venice Beach “muscle” scene.