Playmate December 1964
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December 1964
Jo Collins
Happiness is Just a Thing Called Jo
our gifted december playmate is a hearth-warming bundle of beauty and talent

It would be easy to mistake December Playmate Jo Collins for an aspiring film starlet since she has all the attributes needed to play the role: classic features, a disarming smile, talent, ambition, and a recently acquired Hollywood address less than a block from one of the major studios. But there the similarity ends, for our 19-year-old Miss December refuses to be typecast as just another Hollywood hopeful. Instead, she's determined to earn credits on the legitimate stage, and hopes to be Broadway bound before long. "Hollywood is just the first step -- a sort of temporary stopover -- in a long-range career plan of mine," raven-haired Jo reports. "Since I graduated from high school in Seattle last year, things have been progressing much more smoothly than I had anticipated. I managed to get in a full season of summer stock up North, including two leading roles at Portland's Civic Theatre; then worked my way through modeling school in Los Angeles as a part-time secretary, and landed a terrific TV contract for a series of new car commercials -- which I nearly lost when I let it slip that I used to be a drag racer."

With a few more video spots, Jo figures she'll have enough in residuals to finance a trip East, with a little left over for drama lessons. As she told us: "I belong to a small acting group here in Hollywood, and we try to get together at least three times a week -- but I've really got my heart set on studying with a more professional unit, such as Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio in New York."

In her off-hours, when she's not decorating her new studio apartment or spinning her stockpile of Dinah Washington records, she prefers an aquatic setting. "Sailboats -- and the fellows who own them -- are my weakness," Jo confesses. "But I'll settle for something less fancy, like surfing at Malibu; just as long as I'm near the water."

For a more revealing study of Jo's aquabatic accomplishments, this month's centerfold take you poolside.

--- Photography by Mario Casilli

AMBITIONS
To become an actress.

TURN-ONS
Furniture.

TURN-OFFS
Phonies.

IN MY SPARE TIME
I enjoy painting, dancing, photography and going to plays.

GREAT READS
"Fannie Hill," "Gone With the Wind."

FAMILY TREE
I'm half Norwegian and half Spanish.

MY IDEAL EVENING:
Formal dinner, then hit a few night spots on Sunset Strip and a drive along the beach.

PLAY ME SOME
Blues.

SOMEONE I ADMIRE
My mother.

WHAT I LIKE IN MEN
Sincerity, masculinity, manners.


Birth date and place

5th August 1945 in Lebanon, Oregon USA

Hair Eyes Bust Waist Hips Height Weight
Brunette   Blue   36"   24"   36"   5' 4"   112 lbs

Jo is Playmate Of The Year 1965. Her pictorial, photographed by Mario Casilli appears in the August issue.

It was Jo who delivered, in person, the first issue of the 2nd Battalion's Bravo Bulls' lifetime Playboy subscription to Lieutenant Jack Price while he recovered in a field hospital during the Vietnam War.

"I was only 19 when I went to Vietnam. It was the most mind-boggling experience I've ever had. Before I arrived, everything had been painted with the Rabbit Head. They were such young kids, and I was a happy diversion."

Jo also appeared, as herself, in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 movie "Apocalypse Now ". In it she naturally portrays a Playmate taking part in a United Service Organization's tour to entertain the troops during the Vietnam War. Something that she did for real - so much so that she earned the nickname “G. I. Jo”.

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