Monday, April 23, 2012

Naked Twins of Evil: Mary and Madeleine Collinson

Although they didn't star in many movies, these two girls seemed to get naked onscreen and for Men's Magazines like Playboy an awful lot, and that's not something I'm going to complain about.  In fact, back in October of 1970, Mary and Madeleine Collinson were the first identical twins to be featured together as "Playmate of the Month."

They were born on July 22, 1952 on the island of Malta and moved to England in 1969.  Shortly thereafter they were cast as mischievous maids in Harrison Marks's humorously titled short film Halfway Inn (puns are fun!).  Marks, who is a well known glamour photographer as well as filmmaker, used stills from his 8mm movies to create "romantic photo stories" for a magazine called "Impact 70," and when one of the stills from Halfway Inn was used in an advertisement in "Continental Film Review" magazine, Playboy took notice and the sisters were kind enough to disrobe once again for the benefit of men all over the world.

The sisters starred in a few films after this, most notably in the Hammer Horror Twins of Evil with Peter Cushing, but also in the booby-filled B-movie gems The Love Machine (1971), Permissive (1972), and She'll Follow You Anywhere.

After their short film career, Madeleine Collinson married an officer in the British Royal Air Force and moved back to Malta where she now lives with her three kids.  Mary lives in Milan, Italy with her two daughters.