Here’s an interesting history lesson. Who was the first Jewish Playmate Of The Month? Well, there’s a bit of controversy here. For years it was thought that Susan Bernard who was just 18 back for the December 1966 Christmas issue of PLAYBOY was the first ever Jewish Playmate Of the Month. The girl had turned 18 in February of 1966, and had never been nude in front of anyone other than her mother, and was also a virgin at the time, making this an interesting step for this child of Hollywood royalty, where both of her parents held positions in the film industry. Her mother was actress Ruth Brande and her father famed glamour photographer Bruno Bernard. The nude photos were taken by a photographer friend of her father’s. The had appeared in TV or film since 1963 and later landed a role in the Russ Meyer film, “FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!”.
But, now here’s where a bit of controversy comes in. Because it was for the Christmas issue of PLAYBOY, the young Jewish actress was posed in front of a Christmas tree. And, even more controversial, while Susan Bernard for years held the title as the first Jewish Playmate, more recently, Cindy Fuller, who was Miss July 1959, claims to have actually been the first Jewish Playmate, creating more debate and confusion. Regardless, here’s a beautiful and talented 18 year old actress when she was young. The actress turned 67 this year.