Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mary Collinson Nude in Fiesta

Mary Collinson, or Mary Collins as she is referred to here in Fiesta magazine, is one half of the infamous "Twins of Evil" from the Hammer Horror film of the same name.  Mary is rarely seen without her twin sister Madeleine, and the two are usually in various states of undress, so at least that part is true here.  I'm not sure where Madeleine is.  I kind of miss her.

In addition to starring in Hammer's vampire flick, the Collinson twins are also known for posing for Playboy magazine and appearing in several erotic comedy and sexploitation films like Passion Potion (1971) and The Love Machine (1971).  They basically made careers out of getting naked in front of a camera (if you classify two years in film as a career), and there's nothing wrong with that.  Click here for all the women of Hammer Horror films over the years.

So here is Mary, all by her lonesome, in the March 1970 edition of Fiesta magazine.   They assured us "that 37-25-36 body of hers is going to be one of the most familiar sights of the seventies to the connoisseurs of beauty."  Now I don't know if I'd consider myself a connoisseur of beauty and the 1970s are long gone, but for me, Mary Collinson's body is still a familiar sight.

Four shillings for a nudie mag?!  That's outrageous!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Olinka Berova: T&A Tease

I've heard her referred to as "The Czech Sex-Pot" but I'm not sure why.  It's not like she did any adult films or anything.  I mean, she didn't even get fully naked for any of her roles.  "Brigitte Lahaie: French Sex-Pot," now that's an appropriate title.  For Olinka, not so much.  She's beautiful and she's from Prague, but she's not a "sex-pot."  Perhaps she would be better described as "Olinka Berova: T&A Tease" or something.  

Olinka isn't her real name.  She was born as Olga Schoberova and acted under that name until she starred in the Hammer Film Production of The Vengeance of She in 1968, which is the role which she is probably most known for.  At that time she switched to Olinka and kept using that name because, why the hell not.  It sounds better than Olga.

Here are some lobby cards for the film she did after The Vengeance of She called Lucrezia or Lucrezia Borgia, l'amante del diavolo or in this case, Lukrezia Borgia, Die Tochter des Papstes.  Again, like in the Hammer film, she doesn't get fully nude but she is topless and gives a quick glimpse of boob here and there.   I think that's nice.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ola Ray in Japanese Playboy

Michael and Ola watch "Mysterious Skin."
I know what you're thinking.  Are you Johnny Ray?  Are you Slim Ray?  Are you Faye Ray?  Who wants to know?  Who wants to know?  ...And also, who the hell is Ola Ray?

Ola moved from the United States to Japan when she was thirteen because her stepfather was in the U. S. Air Force and was stationed there.  She formed a band with her twin brother while she was a teenager and toured Japan.  Then she moved to Hollywood when she was fifteen.  But nobody cares about that.  She co-starred in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video in 1983.  That's what she's known for.  Other than "Thriller," her acting career includes such iconic roles as "Hooker #1" in Body and Soul (1981) and "Playboy Playmate" in Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), and then she was convicted of cocaine possession in 1992.

I have a completely uninteresting anecdote about the "Thriller" video that I'm sure everybody wants to know about.  I was really little when the video came out, and of course, I heard how scary and cool it was but I wasn't allowed to see it because my mom said it would give me nightmares.  Fair enough.  We couldn't watch the thing at our house anyway because we only got three channels if the weather cooperated and you could adjust the antenna just right.  However, our neighbor had a satellite dish which got MTV, and my older sister and the neighbor's daughter were best friends.  I pleaded with her to let me watch it at her friend's house because often times she would.  That's how I saw Krull and The Road Warrior.  But not this time.  She said it would give me nightmares and Mom would kill her.  Fair enough.

Then I saw it.  Not the video, but something else.  On one of our three fuzzy channels was a commercial for a mutherfuckin' "Thriller" View-Master 3-D thingy.  I already had a View-Master so surely Mommie Dearest would allow me to buy this new one if I paid with my own allowance money.  Right?  Hell, View-Masters were made for kids!  How could she say no?  She said, "No."  Apparently, I was such a nancy boy, and the video was so traumatic, that even viewing pictures of it in 3-D would give me nightmares and pervert my precious mind.  But I was obsessed with this thing.  It was all I could think about for days.  It burrowed into my brain so completely that one night my stupid preoccupation with this stupid Thriller View-Master thing gave me one of the scariest nightmares of my childhood.  I had never seen the video and I had never seen any pictures of it except from those commercials, but my imagination did a hell of a good job filling in all the blanks.  Not being able to watch the actual video had given me a goddamn nightmare.

A couple of years later, I got the chance to finally see the whole video and I walked away thinking, "What the hell was that and how the fuck was it supposed to be scary?"  Granted, my father had already let me watch stuff like The Forest and Silent Night, Deadly Night and other B-movie gems that I can't remember the names of... but I still remember the blood, and screams and dismembered heads when I close my eyes.  So in conclusion, abstinence is never the answer If my puritanical mother had just let me watch the video I wouldn't have had a goddamn nightmare.

Anyway, three years before the "Thriller" video was released, Ola posed for Playboy.  So after the success of the video, the magazine released a special "Thriller" pictorial of her.  These scans are from the Japanese version.