Posted on October 5, 2021
One of the women who had spoken out about her drugging and assault by Cosby back in 2004 is Tamara Green. For more information on her connection the 2004 Andrea Constand case (against Cosby) and the “original Jane Does,” see the book Chasing Cosby by Nicole Weisensee Egan.
Tamara Green and Barbara Bowman were among Cosby’s victims who had spoken out in 2004/5 and were ignored.
In the fall of 2014, the Burress video went viral and in the subsequent fall out, dozens of Cosby’s victims spoke out publicly for the first time, all the women were receiving several 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.
From the online Daily Mail article Dec. 2014:
Tamara 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.
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 spoke on the phone with Henry from Malibu. He said he was “just good friends” with Paige in Malibu and remembers many hikes with her in Topanga Canyon.
Henry told me about one time they were together where Paige lived, she broke down crying. He asked her why and she told him Bill Cosby had raped her.
I asked Henry “did Paige say she was also drugged by him?” Henry said she “implied it” by saying she ‘came to’ and “realized she’d been raped.”
Henry worked in the TV business and “always thought Bill was a nice guy.” “No, said Paige, “he’s not,” “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.
Henry also said Paige motioned towards her dresser telling Henry that Bill had made out a check to her, Henry did see a check on her desk. He believes it was around $10,000.
This does fit bill Cosby’s MO of a “pay-off.” to the victim.
It is unknown if it was during the El Paso trip witnessed by Tamara that Cosby drugged and raped Paige. But it is possible, if what Tamara says is true: that Paige acted “drugged up” and “subdued” during this encounter.
I’ve talked with 2 people who told me they never saw Paige use drugs. “Occasional grass” and alcohol at most, said Richard Sample. He was quite adamant on this point.
1970/71 cont.. In the first and only message I received from Henry, he said that he knew Paige and she stayed with him, “right before she left Malibu.” On the phone Henry told me that Paige moved into his large house in the Trancas area of Malibu, he let Paige live there rent free.
The location of his house was close to the Trancas Market and “has long since been torn down,” he adds.
Henry said during her stay, he noticed that Paige started to act “antsy.” She would express her 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 told me her stay was longer than a few months and more like a few years.
Henry doesn’t remember Paige ever living in a converted chicken coop but remembers visiting her in a cabin in Topanga.
I asked Henry about Richard’s quote “she lived on the edge of Malibu in a converted chicken coop” he responded “probably Topanga.”
Henry saw Paige infrequently the last 2 or so years of her life because she became reclusive, he said.
A frequent visitor and performer at many Playboy Clubs was Bill Cosby in the 60s and 70s. This is recorded in numerous newspapers articles, magazines and Playboy’s own VIP magazine for Club keyholders.
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.”
“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.
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.
Category: 1970s, LA Locations, Popular Culture Tagged: 1960s, Bill Cosby, Chasing Cosby, Daily Mail, DeWain Valentine, Early 1960s, El Paso, ForgottenVictims, Henry, Hugh Hefner, LA History, Late 1960s, Malibu, Malibu History, mid-1960s, Nicole Weisensee Egan, Paige Young, Playboy magazine, PlayboyClub, Richard Sample, Sunset Strip, Tamara Green, Trancas
Posted on June 15, 2021
Close up of a small copy: Richard Sample as painted by Paige Young.
To open our interview, I promised Richard I would end after one hour. It ended up two.
I asked Richard if Paige ever used LSD, the drug from the moniker “the “psychedelic era.” Richard said no, not that he ever witnessed or heard.
I brought up the sex tape mentioned in the Daily Mail article, and I brought up David Shane, who was not mentioned but alluded to in the article.
Richard said, ” I think that that is something Dennis told me about Jonathan Winters. And that tape. I think Dennis knows something about that tape.”
Richard said this is all he can remember.
He has not heard of David Shane.
Richard again mentioned how he and Paige were regulars at Barney’s Beanery and added that they sometime socialized there with the Smothers Brothers.
“In Malibu we hung out a lot with Don Dwiggens. He wrote the book ‘The Life and Loves of Frank Sinatra’. Another one was ‘The Bachelor.’ “Dwiggins took a lot of pictures of Paige.”
Richard does not know if these photos were were ever published. “His wife still lives in Malibu.”
“He was killed in a car accident.” (1988)
I had never heard of Don Dwiggins; it turns out he was a longtime LA reporter, prolific author, pilot, stunt pilot and aviation historian. And a man of numerous hobbies.
Dwiggins lived in Malibu for decades, well-known and admired in the community, and Los Angeles in general. There is an in depth tribute for Don Dwiggins that appeared in the LAT, at the bottom of this page. It is written by Jack Smith, one of Don’s good friends. Smith is a legendary Los Angeles columnist and writer.
More Malibu friends:
“I had my paintings in Jack Bailey’s (Queen for a Day host) gallery and many of my paintings sold when his gallery was shown on a TV show.”
Jack Bailey resided in Malibu during the mid-60s where he ran the Jack Bailey Gallery for about 2 years. There are articles in the Malibu newspapers to support this.
“He owned about 65 of my paintings.”
Vincent Price was another patron of Richard’s. Price is well-known as an avid art collector.
About the ending of his relationship with Paige: “I had moved out of the studio in Venice and moved to Solvang, and Paige stayed there. (Venice) She was supposed to pay me rent, but she never did. I went and asked her to leave.”
Paige had moved out and and at some point moved onto a houseboat in Marina Del Rey. (See chapter: Paige’s Most Public Year 1969)
“I only talked to her on her houseboat for about 10 minutes. I don’t know who owned it.” I got the feeling it was an uncomfortable conversation.
We again discussed Rex Ramsey, who tried to steal Richard’s Corvette and Paige’s Mustang.
The Corvette that Rex Ramsey tried to steal: His wife got a flat tire in the Corvette and was on the side of the freeway, when a semi-truck flattened it.
I have spoken to Rex Ramsey briefly on the phone. He said he does not remember Paige., but does remember her husband of one year, Mark F. Segal, his long time friend.
He hasn’t answered or returned any of my phone calls since that first one.
Richard brought up Hugh Hefner.
“Paige told me she overheard a conversation, with Hefner, about selling women to business men from a foreign country. They were talking about the money.”Richard Sample
I responded “For what, like, sex or types of sexual favors, or….?”
Yes, he nodded (for sex or sexual favors) without elaborating.
I prompted with “When Paige told you this, did she seem shocked, upset or…?”
“She said ‘I hope that doesn’t happen to me.'”
He added, “If I could I would shoot Hugh Hefner and probably get away with it.”
I pressed but he didn’t answer.
Sample just said “Hefner ruined a lot of good women.”
Anything else you can recall that Paige said about Hugh Hefner or anyone connected to him? “Not that I can remember.”
Richard said he never met Hefner nor hung out with any of his crowd.
My thoughts: soon.
Did Paige have an opinion about the Vietnam war?
“She said ‘ They should just bomb it and get it over with.'”
Did she attend any anti-war demonstrations?
Richard shook his head no and kept shaking his head no as I asked, “So that wouldn’t have been something she would have ever done?
Because I have not found any voter registration records for Paige, but I have found many records for her family members, I asked if he ever knew Paige to have voted for President.
Several minutes long pause.
“Who is the president that had a brother who let that girl drown in Chappaquiddick?”
“Teddy, brother of President John Kennedy.“
“Well, we had a picture of Teddy Kennedy hanging up that we would throw darts at, Paige was there (visiting) and she said ‘I hope he gets what he deserves.'”
I looked around at Richard Sample’s art work. He showed me some of his paintings that are “copies” of famous artists like Picasso, Miro, Kandinsky. He said he paints these because it pays well.
I apologized to Richard if I told him any information about Paige that was upsetting. He said it didn’t.
For example, Richard did not know that Paige was born Diana Cotterell or anything at all about her childhood.
Richard misses Idaho and wishes he were still living there.
He mentions John Chapman, President of the NEA.? “I worked for him. And he bought many of my paintings, He owned a mansion in Sun Valley.”
Info: Don Dwiggins. Paige and Richard’s Malibu friend. Richard says Paige modeled for him several times. It was hard to choose which article about Dwiggins to include, there were so many of them. Lots of reviews of his Hollywood aviation stunt pilot books.
Lower article by legendary LA writer Jack Smith.
Eagle Rock Sentinel OCT.31, 1968
LAT March 29. 1989.
Chilling the timing of his accident….
Category: 1960s, 1970s, LA Locations, Playboy, PMOM, Popular Culture Tagged: Art Gallery, Aviation history, Barney's Beanery, David Shane, Don Dwiggens, Hollywood connection, Hollywood History, Hugh Hefner, Jack Bailey, Jack Bailey Gallery, Jonathan Winters, LA History, Los Angeles History, Malibu, Malibu History, Paige Young, Queen for a Day, Rex A. Ramsey, Rex Ramsey, Smothers Brothers, Vietnam War
Posted on June 8, 2021
UPDATE: Richard L. Sample passed away on August 10, 2021
Recently, I interviewed Richard Sample, Paige’s ex-boyfriend, painter, sculptor and assemblage artist.
He now lives in the Coachella Valley area of California.
Richard Sample was still living in Sun Valley, Idaho when he was interviewed by Daily Mail reporter Ryan Parry in 2014. He says he doesn’t know where Parry heard his name in association with Paige Young.
I am so appreciative to Richard Sample for inviting me to interview him in person and taking the time and effort to talk about Paige Young. It was not always easy for him (or me).
Thanks also to his niece Ellen Sample.
At the appointed time, I pulled up in my rental car and parked next to Richard’s house. There was a chainlink fence and gate that had a big padlock on it and the house was about 10 yards beyond it; I called out his name several times and did not get a response.
Luckily, Richard’s niece Ellie pulled up in her car, got out and told me Richard’s neighbor had called and told her that some woman in a red car was in front of her Uncle Richard’s house.
Ellie said that she was aware of the interview, but “didn’t ask him any questions so that he feels he has his own life.” Ellie lives one street over and has been very involved with caring for Richard after he moved to the area.
Ellie unlocked the gate and as we walked toward the house, she told me that Richard doesn’t hear very well now.
Richard warmly greeted me with a hug as did his dog Tolly. Ellie left us to the interview.
After we sat down to talk, Sample told me:
“In 2001 I got throat cancer. I got radiation that burned the lining of my throat and my whole body. I also had a surgery and they cut my throat, it left me hard to talk, hard to drink, hard to eat, I am dying.”
Richard Sample is now 84 years old and obviously does not hear well or speak easily. I strained to hear his whisper of a raspy voice to understand what he was saying, and I didn’t always understand right away. I got better at it as our time together progressed.
I would say Richard and I didn’t have a have a normal flowing conversation, but more of a question and answer session, and mostly the answers Richard gave took him a long time to say. I also got to know him as a person and shared about my journey with this story about Paige.
This chapter and the next will be a mixture of exact quotes from my tape recorder as well as transcribed hand notes. I will make a few personal observations and I will write more of my thoughts at a later date. I might make short videos.
Richard Sample gave me permission to publish what he said during our interview.
Background: Richard and Paige got together after the end of his relationship with Sylvia Nicolosi, daughter of famed LA based sculptor Joseph Nicolosi. She was one of three sisters.
Richard was in the military but he “Never made it to Vietnam, just Ft. Bragg North Carolina”.
Richard’s father was Charlie/Charles Sample, a well known artist, an eccentric Los Angeles character and talented goldsmith/jeweler to the “Stars.” ( Charlie in more detail later.)
He had several memories of Paige he wanted to tell me right away.
“Paige lived in a converted chicken coop on the edge of Malibu.”
Richard doesn’t remember which edge.
For a dinner party, Paige had a different chair for each guest to use, not a matching (dining) set. She would only eat salad if it was a day old.
“I never saw Paige with shoes on.” see chapter 1970 Warhol, Paige appears with her date at the Warhol opening in Pasadena. She is photographed wearing a long Rudi Gernreich dress and is barefoot.
“She is the only person I’ve ever known who ate ice cream with a fork,”
I asked about Hamish the horse and Richard says she did not keep a horse in Malibu.
Paige would often strip down to her underwear and “run around topless or even nude.” Confirmed. Westwood neighbor Melanie told me that Paige often walked around nude in the shared backyard and it got on her nerves.
How Richard met Paige:
Paige was “going with a man named Harry Gessner. He was an architect who designed the Cooper house in Malibu. The house was on the cover of Life magazine. Harry Gesner was a client of my landlord. My landlord was Edward Ravick; he was involved with the Malibu Colony and maybe lived there at times.”
He sent Gessner and Paige to my studio in Malibu, “to see my art.”
(I found one mention of an Edward Ravick in a Malibu paper connected to real estate in the 1960s.)
Richard and Paige “immediately hit it off” and began dating.
Richard asks me why I asked him about Jonathan Winters, in one of my letters to him.
I told him about the archival newspaper interviews with Paige from 1969, while promoting Playboy around the country. Some of the articles mention that Paige has appeared as an extra or “in many skits,” on The Jonathan Winters Show. (1967-1969 CBS) (See my chapter on Paige’s Most Public Year 1969).
I then asked Richard why he called Jonathan Winters an “asshole” in his letter back to me. His answer:
“Dennis, (does not remember his last name) was the owner of the Golden O Gallery, in Los Alamos, he told me that Jonathan Winters used to come and sit on the sidewalk at Dennis’ gallery and talk about Paige, and he had nothing good to say, it was always nasty or negative. I never met the man (Winters) but Dennis could tell you all about it. Dennis never met Paige, but he did know about her.”
Presumably because of Jonathan Winters.
Paige did not tell Richard anything about Jonathan Winters when they were together. He said he wasn’t aware of her appearing on the show during its run from 1967-1969. He said it is a possibility that she did and he didn’t know about it.
Bill Cosby: Richard said he would occasionally pick up Paige at the Sunset Strip Playboy Club, after her shift. She worked at the club “for about 3 months,” he said.
A frequent visitor and performer at many Playboy Clubs was Bill Cosby.
“Bill Cosby was always trying to put the make on Paige. She didn’t want anything to do with him, she ignored him.”
Richard said one time when he was picking Paige up from the club, he saw Bill Cosby get angry at Paige after she rebuffed another one of his advances.
Richard then asked me if I was sure that Paige committed suicide and was not murdered. I said I have a copy of her death certificate with the suicide by gun typed into the “cause of death” box. I brought it out and showed it to him.
“I wouldn’t ever think she would do that.” (suicide) he said shaking his head at the document.
I decided not to tell Richard that there is more proof of a suicide besides the death certificate: witnesses like neighbor Melanie, the man DeWitt listed as a “2nd witness” on the police report, the police at Paige’s house and coroner’s office. Celeste Huston to me in a facebook exchange.
Melanie is the only one of these people to have spoken out publicly about the day of Paige’s suicide.
“She was a good person. I really miss her.” Richard said about Paige a few times that afternoon.
Richard moved to Venice Beach, around 1966-67 motivated by its’ thriving art scene. Paige joined Richard not too long after he moved.
Like many artists, his house doubled as his art studio.
He said about famous “Light and Space” artists, “De Wain Valentine had a studio next door to Paige and me.” “He was a friend of mine. Another friend, Larry Bell, lived across the street from us, on Market.”
“We (Paige and I) all used to hang out a lot, with all these (Venice artists) at Barney’s Beanery.”
After I returned from my trip, I did some research and I found a quote from both Larry Bell and DeWain Valentine in an art magazine.
There were a lot of actors and writers. We all used to hang out at a place called Barney’s Beanery, which was in West Hollywood. It was a local bar, a funky little place right at the end of La Cienega Boulevard where all the galleries were. So after the Tuesday or Thursday night openings, everyone would go up to Barney’s and hang around—there was The Raincheck Room on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood as well.Larry Bell
Dec. 2019 by Desiree Milton in Whitewall: Beyond the Walls.
Cars: Paige owned a yellow Mustang, a recent model and Richard owned a Corvette.
“A guy named Rex Ramsey stole our cars, but Paige got them back.”
I already knew about Rex Ramsey; he’s connected to Mark F. Segal through renting Segal’s (where Paige lived as his wife) house at 4144 Crisp Canyon in Sherman Oaks. Both men spent a career heavily involved with cars: sales, importing cars, car parts and race cars, and Ramsey designed a successful race car once. He did some stunt driving in Hollywood.
(Rex Ramsey told me Mark’s family had a series of car dealerships and a towing service business. “They were quite well off,” Ramsey said. Otherwise he said he did not remember Paige Young but maybe he would later. I haven’t been able to reach him since.)
“My father (Charlie Sample) was a famous gold and silver smith. He made silver spurs for $8000 and made belt buckles and horse saddles for Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Mae West, Tim Holt.”
Richard shows me a recent catalog for a company producing high-end western gear using Charlie Sample designs: horse saddles and bridles, spurs, belt buckles, bolo ties, rings, bracelets etc.
“Paige liked my father, he made some jewelry for her.”
Richard shows me a picture of himself decked out head to toe in animal fur, looking like mountain man Jedidiah Smith.
Richard and his father were both quite handsome.
He say that “unfortunately” he has no photos of Paige or paintings by her; he has lost a lot of his possessions and paintings over the years but he is hoping to retrieve some of Paige’s paintings in Santa Maria.
“I never knew Paige to be involved with drugs, except an occasional use of grass.” Richard said that she did sometimes drink alcohol and occasionally went to clubs in the Marina.
And presumably the Raincheck Room, to be determined, per Larry Bell’s quote.
After I asked about something else and not hearing my question, Richard said “Paige was basically a very good person, until she got mixed up with Hefner. She went downhill then.”
“Lewis Beach Marvin the 3rd parents’ owned Green Stamps. He was a friend of Paige’s and mine. He introduced me to Robert Carl Cohen who put a lot of my sculptures in his movie Mondo Hollywood.“
Lewis Beach Marvin and the amazing dwelling he put together in the hills of Malibu, is featured in Mondo Hollywood. The movie is a cult film known as an important document of counterculture LA/1960s history.
I did some research and one story says that Lewis Beach Marvin is the young man who gives Jim Morrison a lamb on stage in Miami on May 1st 1969. This can be seen on a film.
Lewis Beach Marvin was an vegan activist WAY before it was a “thing.”
He does appear in a Miami article with a lamb around the time of the Doors concert. I also read it was a local Miami man who gave Morrison the lamb, this is the same concert where Morrison allegedly exposed his penis on stage and was arrested..
This was one reason Morrison left for Paris. (Supposedly)
Shortly after I returned from California, I rented Mondo Hollywood on Amazon. I was unable to spot Richard’s sculptures in the film–a sculptress named Valerie Porter is one of the “main characters” and the movie is heavy on a variety of her sculptures and many other sculptures and structures.
I did see his ending credit as:
Moonshadow sculpture: Richard Lauren Sample
Famous pin-up and 50s, 60s Playboy photographer Peter Gowland:
Peter Gowland called Richard (in 1974) looking for Paige because she hadn’t been seen for a while. He called Richard back some time later to tell him that Paige had committed suicide. Peter did not tell Richard the method that Paige used to kill herself.
According to Richard: Peter Gowland is the one who suggested and encouraged Paige to try out for Playboy. The two had met a few years previous, Paige had already modeled for Gowland several times.
Richard opened Eros Gallery in Westwood in the late 60s. He can’t remember the location beyond that.
The next several photos are all from Playboy magazine November 1968, taken by Peter Gowland.
Richard said this photo below shows him helping Paige carry one of her paintings into his Eros Gallery.
Richard says the seated woman on the left is “Mrs. Burke, my partner in Eros Gallery.” Mrs. Burke was a local patroness of the Arts. He said that Peter Gowland is the man in between Mrs. Burke and Paige.
If it is Gowland, I don’t know who took the shot; Richard said Peter’s wife and co-owner of their photography business, Alice Gowland, was not there that day and he never met her.
According to Richard, this photo of Paige running with her dog Joshua was taken at the Malibu Colony.
Richard has no idea who any of these people are at the cookout or in the room with Paige painting what looks like the start of a self-portrait. He doesn’t recognize the location.
Richard said that when he was living with Paige he “never questioned where she was going, what she was doing” or with whom she was doing it. “And she never questioned me. That is just the way the relationship was.”
Malibu fire: “Me and Harry Gesner went to Paige’s house during the Malibu fire (he’s not sure which year in the 1960s) and hosed everything down. Paige’s house didn’t burn but everything around it did.”
I then asked a couple of my questions about Paige’s family.
Was there ever an indication that Paige had grown up with a grandmother (Virginia Young LaRocca) who was a Christian Science practitioner and a 1st Reader in the Church for decades? Richard answered, “Nope, nope, not at all.”
Richard said that Paige never talked about her childhood in the SFV, her family, that her birth name was Diana Cotterell, or her marriage to Mark F. Segal. She never said she used Marvin Mitchelson as her lawyer, Richard had never heard of Marvin Mitchelson anyway.
Richard said he met Paige’s sister (Constance/Connie) one time only, when Paige drove him to a visit with her. He said he doesn’t “feel “that they had a close relationship.
Richard looked quite exhausted so I ended the interview for the day. I felt bad about telling him too much of Paige’s background that he never knew.
He said it didn’t bother him.
He remembered and shared one last thing:
“I introduced Paige to Tony Dow, a good friend of mine. He drove a Porsche. He liked my Vette. He lived in the Valley. “
Tony Dow purchased some of Richard’s art .
Part 2 of the interview is posted.
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Posted on August 26, 2020
Paige’s grandmother Virginia Young LaRocca died in August of 1976 in the Studio City Convalescent Hospital located at 11429 Ventura Blvd.
It’s difficult to read, but I think Virginia died from complications of a stroke.
She was a 1st Reader for the Church of Christ Science for 35 years according to her death certificate.
Virginia was cremated and her ashes were scattered in the ocean near the Santa Monica shoreline, as were her granddaughter’s ashes.
Her sister and former vaudeville partner, Josephine Young Harker, Paige Young’s great aunt, died in June of 1979 in the Jacksonville, Florida area.
Mary Jane Harker Lanier died in 1986 in Florida.
Donna Virginia LaRocca Holroyd, had moved with mother Virginia and husband Jack, to the Simi Valley around the mid to late 1960s.
By 1970, Donna was the head supervisor for the Ocean View Children’s Center (5201 Squires Dr.) in Port Hueneme “for low income and welfare families…. so that the mothers (of the Valley Village neighborhood) could work or go to school.” (from the Oxford News)
According to an Oxford newspaper article, Donna received a degree from UCLA in Early Childhood Education.
Donna and John “Jack” Holroyd divorced in the early 1970s, she and Virginia were back in Sherman Oaks and living at the historic Chase Knolls Apartment Community by 1974. (Per Paige Young’s death certificate listed as next-of-kin.)
1980- Donna dies of a “hypertensive arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease,” in her Chase Knolls apartment at age 59 years.
Donna outlives her mother by 4 years, and her daughter by 6.
Oldest daughter Constance Smashey is listed on the death certificate as next of kin. She has an address in Simi Valley. Constance would move to the Palm Desert area in the late 1980s and now lives in Banning, California. She turned me down when I called her and asked if I could ask a few questions about Paige and Donna.
Paige’s father Robert Morgan Cotterell and his wife Pat, moved to Oregon in the 1970s after he retired. They lived there until their deaths around 2010.
Bob Cotterell’s obituary is no longer online. When it was, there was no mention of his daughters by Donna LaRocca: Diana/Paige and Constance.
Paige’s ex-husband Mark Frederick Segal married a woman named Denise in 1974 and a few years later they had a son: Ivan Mark Segal.
1985/86 Mark F. Segal stayed in the car business:
Segal sold his home on Crisp Canyon Ave. to a friend and later bought it back. He sold it again and moved to Portland in the late 80? He died there on October 16, 2012.
4133 Crisp Canyon Ave. was razed and replaced with a McMansion.
His son Ivan Segal lives in Portland and Scottsdale.
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Desmond Guinness married Penelope Cuthbertson in 1984. According to “international set”gossip writer Suzy Knickerbocker in 1973, Penny and Desmond are cousins.
He continued his work on Irish architecture preservation and fundraising for several decades and died on August 20, 2020. There are numerous obituaries online for Hon. Desmond Guinness.
Desmond’s niece is fashion icon and socialite Daphne Guinness. His granddaughter is popular fashion model Jasmine Guinness.
How and where he became acquainted with Paige Young is still a mystery, could have possibly been through John and CiCi Huston in Ireland. Desmond was well connected in Los Angeles too.
Paige’s divorce lawyer Marvin Mitchelson went from “Beverly Hills and LA famous” (due to the Mason case and others) to internationally famous, when he represented Michelle Triola Marvin in her lawsuit against live-in lover of 6 years, actor Lee Marvin.
Mitchelson introduced the term and concept of “palimony” into the courts.
Commonly known as “Marvin vs. Marvin,” the case received major publicity in the mass-media of the time. It’s something I personally remember as a young teenager.
Michelle Triola Marvin felt she was owed part of Lee Marvin’s $3.2 million fortune, as she had given up her own career (per his demand she says) as a lounge singer, to become his live-in lover, helpmate, career advisor, and even part-time mother to his 4 children from first wife Betty.
Triola said Lee Marvin had promised her life-long financial support. Triola-Marvin was abruptly dumped when Lee Marvin suddenly married his high school sweetheart Pamela Feeney in 1970. Marvin kicked Triola-Marvin out of their Malibu home and cut her off financially.
Because Michelle Triola Marvin was not legally married to Lee Marvin, she had no legal standing to demand any financial compensation.
Mitchelson saw an opportunity in California’s newly enacted “no-fault” divorce laws.
Mitchelson filed a breach-of-contract suit against Lee Marvin in February of 1972 asking for 50% of his estate.
After being rejected by two lower courts, Mitchelson pushed the case to the California Supreme Court, where he won.
The Marvin vs. Marvin case finally reached trial in January of 1979 and it quickly became a mass-media celebrity event.
The judge in the case, Judge Marshall, awarded about $100,000 to Triola-Marvin, for the salary she potentially lost giving up her career as a singer.
Lee Marvin’s attorneys appealed, and the decision was reversed, leaving Triola with nothing and Mitchelson with nothing.
Mitchelson didn’t care though, because the fame the case brought him was worth millions of dollars in representing “wronged spouses,” mainly women.
The fact that in the end, Triola got nothing was not publicized in the many media reports. It happened after the initial hoopala had died down.
Some of the women Marvin represented were celebrities like Bianca Jagger, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Joan Collins. Mostly he took cases of non-celebrity live-in girlfriends or mistresses of rich celebrities: Sara Dylan (Bob), Anna Kashfi (Marlon Brando) Nancy Lee Andrews (Ringo Starr), Veronica Buss and Puppi Buss (girlfriends of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss) Soraya Khashoggi, Kayatana Harrison (Flip Wilson.)
He also represented a few men: Mark Christian, ex-lover of Rock Hudson, in his widely publicized case against Hudson’s estate after the actor died of AIDS, Mel Torme, Carl Sagan and Sonny Bono.
Mitchelson was disbarred in 1988 for grossly overcharging clients and went to prison in 1993 for tax evasion.
Marvin Mitchelson was released from prison in 1998 and died in 2004.
Lee Marvin died in 1987 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Michelle Triola went on to have a long live-in relationship with actor- comedian Dick Van Dyke. She died of lung cancer in 2009.
For the only biography of Marvin Mitchelson, please read: Ladies’ Man: The Life & Trials of Marvin Mitchelson, by John A. Jenks. It’ a fascinating look at an LA character at one time in history. This book provided me with a great deal of context of the era.
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Posted on August 7, 2020
March 16, 1974 is Paige’s 30th birthday.
April 7th 1974 is a Palm Sunday.
In her garage apartment in Westwood, Paige Young commits suicide with a gunshot to her head.
Below is the account neighbor Melanie gave to reporter Ryan Parry of the Daily Mail.
During the weeks and months leading up to her suicide, Paige confided in Melanie that she was fearful of a “sex tape” that “a relative of a major celebrity had made of her.”
“She was terrified of it coming out, in that day you knew your career was going to be over once it got ‘round.”
“For weeks all she could think about was getting hold of that tape, she thought it was going to ruin her.”Melanie
“Paige had the whole thing planned down to the last detail… It was Palm Sunday and she came to tell me she was going to kill herself. She stayed in the back of the house where we (B.J.) lived and I was at the bathroom window. She comes up to the window and calls out to me “I want to show you something.” I couldn’t be bothered by any more of her drama. But she was like, “No, you’ve gotta come and see it.” So I go to her apartment and she gave me a guided tour …of her suicide scene in her bedroom….It was chilling..there was a large American flag draped across her bed and there was a pentagram laid out on the wooden floor…I remember her showing me around it because it was somehow important, but I didn’t know what it meant.”
But it was the bedroom was that shocked Myers the most.
“It was covered floor to ceiling with photos of Hugh Hefner, there were news clippings, magazine articles, everything you could think of. Written across it was something like “Hugh Hefner is the devil.” The whole wall was a shrine saying, ‘I hate Hugh Hefner,’ the crux of her anger was against him. That was the message she wanted to get across to me. She was pointing up at things, showing me around it. She’s put a lot of work into this, it must have taken her days.
Myers said that Young then calmly explained that she planned to kill herself.
She produced a gun and put it into her mouth…lay back on her bed and said, ‘this is how I’m going to do it.’
“It was chilling. We were friends but not the best of friends, I was always bitching about her and her dog, so I was scared. I thought maybe she could shoot me, you know, take me with her, it was all so weird. I thought, I’ve got to get out of here.”
“Myers quickly retreated to her apartment and called the police. LAPD officers arrived soon afterwards and cordoned of the whole of Eastbourne Ave.”
Myers said, “The cops didn’t want to go in her apartment first, so they asked me to go check on her, so I did.”
“I walked into her apartment and they were behind me. I walked into her bedroom and she was lying dead on the bed. She had shot herself in the head as she told me she would. There was a huge mass of blood, her whole bed was soaked red, it was shocking. But she looked happy and very peaceful, she didn’t look in distress.”
“The cops had Paige’s suicide note and read some of it to me…the whole thing was about her anger towards the men who she believed had chewed her up and spat her out. The two men who got the most attention were Hugh Hefner and the director John Huston. I know she dated Huston for a while and had just gotten back from a trip to Ireland with him.”
Paige expressed anger to other Hollywood stars who had used her.
“I believe Paige was making a huge statement in a bid to get at the elite of Hollywood…She thought the story of her death would spark a big scandal, but it didn’t. Sadly no one cared.”
Source: Daily Mail online dated December 2014. Reporter Ryan Parry.
Below is the copy of the death certificate I obtained. A partial autopsy/police report copy is included in the Daily Mail story, but not the death certificate.
Reporter Ryan Parry of the Daily Mail discovered that Paige did not die of a drug overdose as is stated in “The Playmate Book” and several websites, but actually committed suicide from a gunshot wound to the head, per an autopsy report and death certificate.
It is unknown how the false story of Paige overdosing on drugs started to be written and repeated on the internet so much that it became the “official” means of suicide.
Is the Playmate Book the original source?
Paige’s suicide appears to have never been reported in the Los Angeles media, in 1974 or since.
I haven’t found any death, obituary or memorial announcement.
In the time since Parry’s article was published no one else has (so far) spoken publicly about knowing or having met Paige Young. No one has come forward publicly to shed any more light on what could have driven or influenced her to take her own life, or even anyone that says they knew her at one time.
And what about the alleged sex tape? Was Hugh Hefner or those close to him involved somehow?
It is well known that Hugh Hefner was fascinated by audio and video technology. He collected home video and film cameras and cutting edge stereo equipment before they were available to the mass consumer.
In the early decades of the magazine, Playboy often featured a”bachelor pad” decked out with the finest stereo equipment, sure to impress the ladies, like a new T-bird or Cadillac might.
There are accounts by ex-employees of Hugh Hefner’s Holmby Hills mansion who have said the Holmby Hills mansion was equipped with video/film cameras. There are reports of video tapes of sexual encounters over the decades. Supposedly plenty of the tapes feature celebrities. Hefner ordered the sex tapes destroyed a few years before his death, to avoid them getting into the wrong hands.
There are stories of sex tapes that go back to the Chicago Playboy mansion days : one of them was clandestinely retrieved by an ex- girlfriend of Hefner. (Found in the book “Bunny” by Russell Miller.)
April 9, 1974 Price-Daniel Mortuary handles Paige’s death services. Her cremation takes place at Roosevelt Memorial Park in Gardena. Burial of her ashes to take place at sea near Santa Monica shoreline. See documents below.
Mother Donna Holroyd gives permission with a shaky signature as “Donna Cotterell.”
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Posted on August 5, 2020
Oct. 1973: Paige attended October 10, 1973.
What you see in the third column is the only mention of Paige Young in this article, besides her photo.
The rest of the article by Jody Jacobs, society writer for the LAT, (below) discusses the Santa Barbara society and VIPs who attended this party for Desmond Guinness.
I e-mailed with Beverley Jackson who is pictured to the left of Mrs. Louis-Dreyfuss. Jackson was the new society writer for the Santa Barbara paper at that time.
The elderly Mrs. Louis-Dreyfuss is probably Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ grandmother. Julia is famously from a wealthy Santa Barbara family.
Below is the remainder of the article.
6 months after this article appeared, Paige Young would be dead by suicide.
*Side note* Little Carmen Alexander, pictured above, grew up to work at the Santa Barbara Open Alternative School, where she was a beloved teacher. Sadly, she died of a sudden bacterial infection in 2012.
Who is this Desmond Guinness, usually written as “the Hon. Desmond Guinness.”
Let’s start with his family of origin:
Desmond is an heir to the Guinness brewery fortune. His father was Bryan Guinness, titled the 2nd Baron Moyne; he was also a poet and playwright.
His mother was the controversial Diana Mitford, from the equally controversial English society family with 6 eccentric sisters, parents and grandparents. There are several books published about the Mitford family, the sisters in particular.
Desmond and his brother didn’t grow up with their mother, Diana Mitford; she left her sons and their father when the boys were toddlers. Her reason for this action was to marry British politician turned extremist Oswald Mosley, in 1936.
Mosley founded the British Union of Fascists (BUF), after visiting both Mussolini and Hitler. Hitler attended the wedding of Mitford and Mosley and the reception took place at the home of Joseph Goebbels.
You can see why Diana Mitford is considered controversial, and she wasn’t the only Mitford sister who was acquainted with Hitler.
During WW 2, Mitford and Mosley were considered a threat and placed under British house arrest. 3 years in Holloway Prison.
I read that Desmond did visit his mother in prison, at least once.
Diana went on to have more more children: two sons with Mosley.
The couple lived out their years in France after the war; they were highly disliked in England.
Desmond Guinness grows up and in 1954, married the beautiful Hermione Maria-Gabrielle Von Urach, who had German royalty and titles on her father’s side. Her English mother was institutionalized when “Gabrielle” was only 6 years old. At age 18, Gabrielle became known as “Mariga.”
This beautiful, young and socially connected couple shared a love of architecture and history. They had no need to work for a living.
Desmond and Mariga purchased the decaying Leixlip castle of Ireland, restored it and made it their primary residence.
The couple founded the Irish Georgian Society in 1957/58, dedicated to preservation of Irish Georgian castles and Irish castles in general.
Mariga and Desmond restored several more castles in Ireland and wrote several books about their experiences.
The couple were known for giving fabulous parties in Leixlip Castle and had two beautiful children: Marina and Patrick.
Slim Aarons has taken an iconic photo of Desmond Guinness with Marina and Patrick; all three share the same icy-blue gaze.
I found in my research that Desmond toured the US extensively to fundraise for the IGS in the mid-60s, 1970s and 1980s. I read dozens of articles about his visits in the newspaper archives. Desmond was welcomed at numerous US society and historical gatherings, where he would present lectures, slideshows and promote his books about Irish architecture, history and design. His visits were covered by the local newspaper society columnists, who would write about all the VIPs who attended the lecture/party/luncheon/cocktail party/dinner, in honor of the Hon. Desmond Guinness.
Some great examples below from the year 1969.
I’m picking 1969 out of the many years Desmond travelled the US because it’s the same year Paige Young was touring the US for Playboy.
Desmond was visiting Richmond, Virginia just days before:
Miami in April.
“Suzy” aka Suzy Knickerbocker was a syndicated “society” columnist for over 50 years and worked for many different newspapers.
She clearly had a “specialty” for European society/royal types with a title. Suzy K. wrote adoringly about Desmond (mainly) and Mariga several times.
Here is an article about Suzy from March 15, 1969. Probably at the height of her clout (and salary) for writing about high society’s comings and goings.
More on Desmond Guinness in 1969
Desmond visited towns one may not have expected, like Des Moines, Shreveport, Louisiana and the Corning Glass Center in Ithaca, New York.
As we saw earlier, Paige was the date of Desmond at a “high society” party in Santa Barbara. It was described as a season of cloudy, grey and rainy weather.
This article was published in the LAT on October 10th; it probably happened a night or two previous.
I emailed with Beverley Jackson, her photo in the middle next to Mrs. Louis-Dreyfuss. I emailed her this photo and article. She definitely remembered Desmond but did not remember Paige.
She wrote that Desmond was “always very discreet in these matters.”
This Suzy column below appears just 2 days later on October 12.
I do not know if there is a connection, but it is interesting timing that Desmond is seen out with a date and his divorce is “announced” in these Suzy articles only two days later.
1973 cont. Desmond was busy travelling the USA fundraising and promoting his latest book as we see from these two Suzy columns.
Below is a Jody Jacobs LAT piece.
This places Desmond in LA a couple weeks before the Santa Barbara party where Paige was his date.
To be continued……
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Posted on July 30, 2020
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.
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.
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)
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Posted on July 12, 2020
1968 November Paige Young appears as Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Month.
This will be her primary “claim to fame” in popular culture. Well-known pin-up photography team and married couple Peter and Alice Gowland were the photographers. Alice has said she clicked the shutter on the “back-scratch” centerfold. (From Playboy interview with Alice Gowland)
The Playmate story of Paige Young is that of a full-time painter who admits to the difficulty of this endeavor, but loves the fact that “My time is my own.” Paige lives in Malibu, is a scuba diver and gourmet cook who loves to host beach cookouts for friends. She can often be seen running on the beach with her Weimaraner named Joshua.
Paige hates the “9-5 doldrums.”
Maybe you already know that Paige Young’s other “claim to fame” is appearing on internet lists and articles about Playboy Playmates who died young and/or committed suicide. (See my “About” page.)
1969 is clearly Paige’s most documented year: She travelled the US, Canada and Japan, as part of her contract with Playboy to make appearances and give interviews to promote the TV show Playboy After Dark (PAD). And basically to function as a brand ambassador.
What follows are several articles I found from 1968 and 1969 on a newspaper archive website.
Take the time to read the articles, if you want a little insight into the person that was self-named Paige Young. I apologize for the quality of a few of them.
Some articles are revealing and appear to be truthful. Paige gives a few contradictory answers on the subject of her body and weight for centerfold “acceptability.”
I think this trip to the Boston Auto Show was her first stop on the tour, Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 1968. That makes Paige the Playmate of the current issue of Playboy magazine during the event.
“I met Paige when I was 14. She was signing autographs at the Boston car show. in late 1968. We talked about art. She was intelligent, beautiful, and kind. I’m looking to find original art by her as I think she was a great artist who was hobbled by her beauty. ” Feedback left by a reader, Daniel, he describes more details in the e-mail below:
I vividly remember Paige. She was beautiful and intelligent.”
” I was 14 years old. My friend had dared me to ask her to sign the centerfold, but she politely demurred and signed the first page of her pictorial which was a headshot. She also gave me an autographed photo. Unfortunately, my grandmother was horrified and it was all confiscated and thrown away.I told her that I admired her portrait of Truman Capote and she immediately brightened. She said art was what she “really wanted to do.”
I would love to find paintings by her to buy. But I imagine that not many survived.
Daniel- Thank you for sharing your memory, it’s very much appreciated!
ALSO in 1969...
Paige continued to battle ex- husband Mark F. Segal, who had yet to pay for 5 of the 6-months alimony he owed her and Marvin M. Mitchelson since 1964. By now her law firm was Silverton, Ruderman and Graf of Studio City.
Paige visits NYC in June of 1969
1969 In March and April, images of Paige wearing a polka dot bikini appeared in dozens of USA newspapers; she was named “Queen of the Fleet” for the first annual Desert Sailboat Regatta, to take place in the fairly new city of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. (LHC)
I think some context is important, so briefly...
“Lake Havasu City is in western Arizona. It’s known as a base for trails in the nearby desert and water sports on Lake Havasu. London Bridge, relocated from England, links the mainland to marinas and a looped path in an area known as the Island.” wikipedia
Lake Havasu City, Arizona was established in 1963 after businessman Robert McCulloch purchased the land in 1958.
McCulloch bought the London Bridge in 1968 when the City of London placed it for auction. He had an idea that it would be a successful lure for tourists and potential home buyers.
McCulloch bought 100s of ads in different newspapers across the US, from LA to Davenport, he promoted a vacation to LHC, and as a land investment. Just two examples below.
LHC placed the London bridge about 1 year after Paige appeared as “Queen of the Fleet.” McCulloch was advertising it way before.
Queen Paige Young and the Regatta Sailing event, were designed by McColloch to advertise the marvelous boating and water recreation activities available in LHC.
And hey, maybe you will enjoy yourself so much you will want to live in Lake Havasu City year round!
As you can see, this particular photograph of Paige as “Queen of the Fleet,” was a popular one.
This article (April 16, 2021) mentions Robert McCulloch as regatta chairman and details information about the boats entered. Probably because it’s in the “Outdoor” section of the paper.
With the exception of the last, this next set of clippings refer to Paige as “graduating from Van Nuys High School.”
I have researched classmates.com for many hours, in the years she would have attended and/or graduated: 1959-1962.
I have been unable to find any Paige Young or Diana Cotterell in the VNHS yearbook, nor can I find her class photo in yearbooks of Grant High School, North Hollywood High School or Birmingham High School.
These high schools were all very near where Paige was living, if she lived with Virginia or Donna and stepfather Jack Holroyd. And according to directories and voter registrations, they lived a few blocks from Grant High School on Oxford and then in Panorama City at 8533 Ventura Canyon Blvd. between 1960-1964.
Her name is Joan Edwards and she attended and graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1962. This should have been Diana/Paige’s graduation year also. She told me that she doesn’t remember seeing or talking to Diana after the end of their VNJH years.
It’s possible Paige dropped out of high school after the 9th grade, 1959. Her grandfather, Ned LaRocca, died in November of that year. Many of the interviews from 69 state she began painting professionally at age 16.
Could it be related? I don’t know. But possibly.
If she did attend or graduate from a high school, it definitely wasn’t Van Nuys High School.
The UPI photos never mention Paige’s title of Playboy Playmate, but the local Lake Havasu City paper does.
Notice the references to Playboy “Bunny.”
ALSO Notice the information of Paige’s appearance on the Jonathan Winters Show in the Lake Havasu article.
The terms Playmate and Bunny became interchangeable in the media very quickly. Here is another example; ad from a Fresno mall appearance with Playmate Lisa Baker.
Playmate of the Year 1967, Lisa Baker, was also supposedly on the Winters show.
I’ve been unable to find any credits for Paige or Lisa on the Jonathan Winters Show 1967-1969. The show was filmed at CBS Television City on Fairfax, as was Playboy After Dark. PAD ran from 68-70.
Paige and Lisa’s roles may have been as extras or “background décor.” I viewed several episodes of the show at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles and I could not spot Paige Young.
I haven’t yet been able to find Paige as an extra on Playboy After Dark; I have not viewed every episode though.
(I did find images of a dancer on Winters show that looked strikingly like Paige. It was eerie. The choreographer of the show was Robert Banas.)
The Paley Center does not own every episode of the Jonathan Winters show and neither does UCLA.
There have been several incarnations of Jonathan Winters show. The one from 67-69, had guests stars: The Doors, Barbara Eden, Vic Damone, Della Reese, The Smothers Brothers, Ray Charles, Nancy Sinatra, Tom Jones and many others.
Please see chapter Richard Sample interview for more on Jonathan Winters and a possible connection to Paige Young.
1969 travels continued…
In the summer of 69, Paige is interviewed for an article in “West,” an LAT magazine, featuring a few young people who reside in the “geographically desirable” community of Marina Del Rey.
Article tells about hip Marina Del Rey, considered “G.D.” It stands for “geographically desirable.”
(As opposed to the SFV or Pasadena?)
Paige lives in a houseboat in Marina Del Rey.
Wait, doesn’t she live in Malibu!?
This is the only reference to Paige living in Marina Del Rey that I found, so far. Update on May 19, 2021: Richard Sample told me that this is when he last saw Paige, living in her houseboat on the Marina. 69 or 70
1969 continued, still touring…..Montreal
Article says she met Hefner only once briefly in response to the writer’s slightly provocative question.
By the end of her life she knew Hefner more closely in her hometown of Los Angeles.
Shippy, long-time columnist, has a conversation with the chaperone and Playboy PR man accompanying Paige Young. We know it is Bob Sanders. Shippy derisively refers to Sanders as a “flack.” Not in person I presume.
During their conversation Shippey notices Paige “sitting there looking lovely and trying not to fall asleep. ” The attention goes back to Paige.
She says she is a self taught artist turned actress, with an art studio in Venice and drama lessons with Jeff Corey. So far though, she has only had a non-speaking role on the Jonathan Winters show and as an audience member on the set of PAD.
UPDATE May 19, 2021 Richard Sample (see my interview with him) told me that Paige knew Hefner while she worked at the Playboy Club on the Sunset Strip, mid to late 1960s. Hefner had not yet moved to LA full-time. When this article was published it was almost certainly her first time visiting the Chicago Playboy mansion.
August of 1969, this photo appeared one week after the Tate/LaBianca murders in Paige’s hometown of Los Angeles. Many people around at the time, have talked about the traumatic impact the murders had on the residents of Los Angeles.
September 1969: Japan
September 1969 Edmonton
Several local ads announcing the first annual “Winter Fun and Snowmobile” show in Edmonton.
As you will see by the following news articles, the scheduled appearance by November 1968 Playmate Paige Young was publicized as a highlight of the show.
But when it gets to the big day……
Devin Sheedy, women’s snowmobile speed record holder, steps in for an ailing Paige Young.
*For more information a possible reason for Paige’s illness in Edmonton, see the chapter on Nick Lees”*
1969 The articles show us that most of Paige’s year is taken up with Playboy promotional traveling and appearances; autograph signings at car shows, Playboy Clubs, TV stations, Battle of the Bands, radio interviews, newspaper interviews, etc.
The Edmonton Winter Sports show in late September of 69 is the latest date I’ve have found for her promotional appearances. (So far.)
Boston Auto Show: late Oct. 1968 to the Edmonton show: late Sept. 1969, is just under one full year. Perhaps Paige completed the contracted one-year to Playboy. Seems like she had really “had it” by the end.
Or was it just a ruse to run off with Nick Lees?
I don’t know how many people know that Sirhan-Sirhan’s hometown was Pasadena.
RFK of course, had been assassinated in Los Angeles June of 1968. Location: the famous Ambassador Hotel.
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Posted on June 2, 2020
The divorce filing is a bit out-of-the-ordinary and was picked up by a wire service and appears in a few newspapers across the country.
Some examples below:
We might call these headlines “click-bait” today.
There is a high probability that Marvin Mitchelson was behind the above stories.
Apparently, early in his career, he looked for ways to garner publicity for himself:
“..In the early days, when his client list was still thin, he could gin up publicity by filing an oddball lawsuit himself…this was 1964 and he had to work with what material was sent him.” From the book “Ladies Man, The Life and Trials of Marvin Mitchelson” by John A. Jenkins.
This is likely the reason Mitchelson took Paige’s case despite, her lack of ability to pay him any money upfront. The case was unusual or “oddball” enough.
Hollywood History/Celebrity Connections: Only a few days after Paige files for divorce, news breaks that Beverly Hills society matron and LA talk show host, Pamela Mason, has won the unprecedented amount of 1 million dollars, for her divorce settlement from husband of 20 years: actor James Mason.
Her lawyer is Marvin Mitchelson.
dated Sept.1, 1964 Pasadena Independent, Pasadena, California.
Jenkins details the Mason case:
“Afterward in the courthouse corridor, “James (Mason) called the settlement ‘a flea bite.’ After all, he was getting off the hook without giving her any alimony at all. But Pamela was ecstatic. Her settlement was one of the first to break the magic million-dollar mark, and Mitchelson had gotten her, and himself, a ton of publicity about it.” “Pamela was so grateful she did everything she could to make Marvin Mitchelson a household name. Pamela introduced Mitchelson to her divorcing friends…she became his entrée to those rarefied upper brackets of Beverly Hills and Hollywood.”
The Mason case was a first as far as Hollywood divorces go, and a breakthrough for Marvin Mitchelson’s career.
Mark’s attorney is Bernard Echt from Sherman Oaks. Echt, A few years down the road, Echt would represent the milkman who was being sued by Vincent Bugliosi for suspected impregnation of his wife. Strange yet true.
An initial agreement is reached pretty quickly: Sept. 18,1964 . Mark is required to pay Paige alimony, but only for six months.
This would be about $1000 in 2017, so the equivalent of $6000 total in today’s money.
1964 November 24: Paige and her grandmother Virginia LaRocca are sworn-in for testimony in a Los Angeles courthouse, probably 111 Hill Street, for the divorce trial; Mark is a no-show. Virginia LaRocca testifies for the plaintiff, her granddaughter Paige. An interlocutory decree of divorce is granted to Paige on grounds of extreme cruelty.
Paige waives her right to any further alimony payments beyond the six months. Mark is also ordered to pay Marvin Mitchelson $300 (about $2072 in 2017 dollars) and $15.00 in court costs around $100 today. Paige is awarded a 1953 MG Roadster; Mark is ordered to sign the title over to her. Paige gets to keep certain antiques and wedding gifts. Mark gets to keep his home at 4133 Crisp Canyon in Sherman Oaks.
Both parties are ordered to not annoy, molest or harass the other.
This year shows Mark has not been making his required alimony and lawyer’s fees since 1964.
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Posted on May 15, 2020
Diana started grade school in about 1950. She attended Riverside Dr. Elementary. A schoolmate of Diana’s at Riverside confirmed this for me–Robbyn Samuels.
I visited in 2016. Located at 13061 Riverside Drive.
If the Cotterell girls walked to school from their house on Moorpark, all they had to do was turn north on Ethel Ave. and walk straight to the school. It could have only taken a few minutes.
There would have been no Ventura Freeway to walk under along the way. I think that came in 1959.
UPDATE 5-20-20 I found this article only recently.
I don’t know if Robbyn Samuels remembered incorrectly or if Diana went to both grade schools. But she was definitely at Dixie Canyon in the 6th grade
Both Dixie Canyon and Riverside Drive elementary schools are the same distance to the Moorpark/Ethel house where Diana lived with her mother, sister and grandparents. Their house was basically in the dead center between the two schools
It can be confirmed that she attended Van Nuys Junior High for the 7th and 9th grades.
This photo below is one of the first articles I found that showed me Diana Cotterell and Paige Young were the same person.
1959 The above photo is from the Van Nuys Junior High yearbook. Diana Cotterell was in the 9th grade. Her grandfather Jospeh Ned LaRocca would die later that year. (separate post) I found these photos in the VNJH school library with the librarian standing over me as lunch was about to start. There were several, yearbooks, more like paper notebooks, in a jumble. This was the only photo I could find of Diana on that day.
I hope to return and check more thoroughly. I haven’t found a photo of her 8th grade year.
I have reason to believe that Diana Cotterell dropped out of school after the 9th grade.
Here is the photo in a larger context.
1953-1959 Like many kids living in 1950s San Fernando Valley, Diana Lee Cotterell is obsessed with horses. Diana rides and boards her horse at Sepulveda Stables, located at 5763 Sepulveda Blvd, on the corner of Hatteras.
Equestrian shows were held almost every weekend in the Los Angeles area in the 1950s.
There were commercial horse stables and riding trails all over the SFV in the 50s and 60s.
Horse husbandry was considered a wholesome activity for youth and thought to produce responsible America citizens.
And probably most importantly, it would keep kids and teens busy and thus away from the bad influences of “juvenile delinquency,” a growing social concern of the 1950s.
source: Making the San Fernando Valley: Rural Landscapes, Urban Development and White Privilege by Laura R. Barraclough
Diana owned a horse named Hamish from junior high, 1957-1959, to at least 1964 when she was married to Mark Segal and living at his house at 4133 Crisp Canyon Rd. .
It is unknown if Diana ever participated in the many equestrienne shows performed by her fellow riders at Sepulveda Stables.
Early 1960s and earlier The future Mrs. John Huston and friend to Paige Young, Celeste Shane, also boards a horse at Sepulveda Stable as does actress Donna Reed and actress Jill St. John.
Sepulvedastables.net where I got much of this information seems to have been removed. I spoke with the owner of the website a few years earlier.
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