Big Bad Mamas: Claudia Jennings (1949 - 1979) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 October 2011 21:45

Click to View Larger... Click to View Larger...Unfortunately, viagra many of the starlets from the b-movie heyday of the 60s and 70s died untimely deaths. Some from drugs, some from murder, and in the case of Claudia Jennings, an auto accident.

Claudia Jennings was born as Mary Eileen Chesterton on December 20, 1949 in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was raised in Milwaukee, WI. She later moved to Evanston, IL, where she graduated high school in 1967.

She then joined the Hull House theater company in Chicago, where she also took a job as receptionist at the offices of Playboy magazine.


Click to View Larger... Click to View Larger...She caught the eye of a Playboy photographer and was asked to test for the centerfold. Since there was a $5,000 fee if she was chosen, and since that could finance her move to Hollywood, she agreed. She eventually appeared as Playmate of the Month for November 1969, and was later chosen as Playmate of the Year in 1970.

With a beautiful face, and a body to match, (her measurements were 35-23-36,) Claudia was soon in demand for roles in the many exploitation movies being cranked out for consumption in Drive-In Theaters across the land. Claudia had one thing that many of her contemporaries did not, talent. She could read her lines and hit her marks like a seasoned pro.

Click to View Larger... Click to View Larger...Some of her more famous roles were in movies such as "The Unholy Rollers" (1972), "Gator Bait" (1974), "Truck Stop Women" (1974), and "The Great Texas Dynamite Chase" (1977). She also made numerous television appearances, even guest starring in "The Brady Bunch" in the 1973 episode "Adios, Johnny Bravo".

Claudia was reportedly up for high profile television roles such as the title role in "Wonder Woman", which went to Lynda Carter, and as as Kate Jackson's replacement on "Charlie's Angels", but apparently her 4 appearances in Playboy scared network executives off. (A common fate for former Playboy Playmates. (See Julie McCullough.)

Click to View Larger... Click to View Larger...Claudia's life came to an untimely end on the morning of October 3, 1979. She had recently ended a tumultuous relationship with a boyfriend and was on her way to his house to retrieve her belongings, when a van hit her as she drove in her Volkswagen Beetle convertible.

Claudia had been known to have drug problems during her life, but no trace of drugs were found in her system after her death.

Claudia was 29 years old. She was 2 1/2 months shy of her 30th birthday.



  •     The Love Machine (1971) .... Darlene
  •     Jud (1971) .... Sunny
  •     Trampa Mortal (1972)
  •     The Stepmother (1972) .... Rita
  •     Unholy Rollers (1972 - aka Leader of the Pack) .... Karen Walker
  •     Sisters of Death (1972)
  •     Group Marriage (1972) .... Elaine
  •     40 Carats (1973) .... Gabriella
  •     The Single Girls (1973 - aka Bloody Friday) .... Allison
  •     Truck Stop Women (1974) .... Rose
  •     'Gator Bait (1974) .... Desiree Thibodeau
  •     Willie and Scratch (1975)
  •     The Man Who Fell to Earth (1975) .... Peter's Wife (uncredited)
  •     Sisters of Death (1977) .... Judy
  •     Moonshine County Express (1977 - aka Shine) .... Betty Hammer
  •     The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1977) .... Candy Morgan
  •     Deathsport (1978) .... Deneer
  •     Fast Company (1979) .... Sammy

Notable Television Appearances:

  •     Barnaby Jones - "To Denise, with Love and Murder" (1973)
  •     The Brady Bunch - "Adios, Johnny Bravo" (1973)
  •     The F.B.I. - "Deadly Ambition" (1974)
  •     Cannon "Lady in Red" (1974), and "Bobby Loved Me" (1974)
  •     Movin' On - "Ann's Party" (1974)
  •     Caribe - "School for Killers" (1975)
  •     The Streets of San Francisco - "Underground" (1976)
  •     Lucian - "Nightmare" (1978)
  •     240 Robert - "Bank Job" (1979)
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