Your smut trivia for the day: The first person to ever go full frontal and show pubes in the pages of Playboy magazine was not one of their typical white centerfolds of the time, but a black dancer/actress — Paula Kelly! I remember her from the first season of NIGHT COURT. She was nominated for an Emmy for that. She was also awesome as “Cleo” in TROUBLEMAN (1972) — which sports one of my fave scores of the 1970s.
Some civil rights leaders objected to the fact that it was a black girl who had introduced pubic hair to the magazine; accusing the magazine of stating that black women are just playthings for white men to be titillated by. Hefner and Playboy were very sensitive to the criticism, and didn’t show any black women in the magazine for a while after that.
Anyway, this is a bit of history that seems to have been forgotten (its not even mentioned on her IMDB page), so I thought I would mention it. Anyway, here’s to you, Paula! *raises drink*