Article: 19791001085

Title: Ursula Buchfellner, Miss October, 1979

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Ursula Buchfellner, Miss October, 1979
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Sociologists have been telling us for decades that growing up in the slums breeds malice. This month's Playmate, Ursula Buchfellner, is a living contradiction of that adage. Says photographer Peter Weissbrich, for whom she posed in Chicago and in her native Munich: "Ursula is an angel. A lascivious angel. Her radiation compensates for the fuel shortage in my studio."
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Sociologists have been telling us for decades that growing up in the slums breeds malice. This month's Playmate, Ursula Buchfellner, is a living contradiction of that adage. Says photographer Peter Weissbrich, for whom she posed in Chicago and in her native Munich: "Ursula is an angel. A lascivious angel. Her radiation compensates for the fuel shortage in my studio."

Third of ten children, Ursula grew up in a dingy, crowded two-bedroom apartment in Munich's Hasenbergl district, the local (text continued on page 133) Hell's Kitchen. Her only toy was a rag doll. Food was scarce and her clothes were third-and fourth-hand. She saw her first film on her 14th birthday. Unable to afford trolley fare, she never left her district. In school, her classmates made fun of her: She was the skinniest and tiniest of them all. And, too shy to open her mouth, she inevitably received the worst grades.

When she graduated at 15, the authorities couldn't provide her with an apprentice job anywhere; employers shunned hiring youngsters from the Hasenbergl. So Ursula took matters into her own hands. In Schwabing--the (text concluded on page 222) Deutsch Treat (continued from page 133) farthest district to which she could walk on foot--she had often pressed her nose against the plate-glass windows of a huge Konditorei, a pastry shop. She opened the door, smiled and applied for a job. The boss took one look and hired her. Ursula behind the counter soon became a neighborhood attraction. "Never had there been so many young men in here to buy sweets," the owner told us. The young man who had the sweetest tooth became her first beau.

Playmate Data Sheet

Name: Ursula Buchfellner

Bust: 33

Waist: 23

Hips: 33

Height: 5'6

Weight: 103

Sign: Gemini

Birth Date: June 8, 1961

Birthplace: Munich, West Germany

Goals: To continue traveling all over the world as a photomodel and a movie actress

Turn-ons: Romantic music and a boyfriend to go with it. Children. Puppy dogs

Turn-offs: Egotists, punks and Rockers, Jealous people. Waiting for the subway.

Favorite Movies: All the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Movies. Charlie Chaplin in "The Gold Rush."

Favorite Musicians: Viennese Walters. Elton John. Bee Gees. The Pussy Cats.

Favorite books: Huckleberry Finn, Adventure tales by Kare May. The Trashiest Love Stories.

Favorite Foods: Chinese, Frankfurters, Apfelstrudel.

Secret Dream: To become famous without having to pay a too high price.

Things then began to move faster for Ursula. One balmy evening, sitting, appropriately enough, at the Nymphenburg Palace beer garden with her boyfriend, she caught the eye of a German Playboy editor, who approached her. "Was Istein Playmate?" Ursula asked. When told, she didn't object to posing; after all, she had often taken the other children swimming in the nude by the meadows along the river. So Weissbrich was called in for the shooting.

By lucky coincidence, German television had just scheduled a documentary on The Making of a Playmate. The telecast, a few weeks after publication of Ursula's gatefold in Playboy's German edition, unreeled before a nationwide audience. Its echo brought on photographers from illustrated periodicals, the fashion magazines, advertising agencies and movie producers.

Her first movie role was a small part in a local trifle called Popcorn and IceCream; that brought her the lead in Cola, Candy, Chocolate, in which she danced and sang. That was followed by a role--cut, unhappily, from the film's final version--in Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline and one in a French movie by director Max Pecas. Next she'll be working on a German TV serial opposite veteran actor Walter Giller, in a Marcello Mastroianni--Nastassja Kinski type of older man--younger woman situation (à la Stay as You Are, featured in the August Playboy).

To date, modeling and film assignments have taken the girl who three years ago couldn't afford trolley fare to such places as Paris, Rome, Chicago, Kenya, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Mauritius. "By next year, I shall probably have run out of continents," she says with a mischievous smile.

Will she become another Nastassja Kinski? Ursula smiles enigmatically. "Success seems to come so easy, but there is no guarantee that it might last." Not that she much cares. "What I really want is to give and to receive affection. That is a ticket even better than the trolley fare I now can easily afford. And the end is out of sight...."

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Ursula Buchfellner loves to ride Munich's trolley cars (right). "Sometimes I can't help thinking that my life now is a continuing dream, that I am a sleeping princess waiting for princes to wake me up."
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Ursula Buchfellner loves to ride Munich's trolley cars (right). "Sometimes I can't help thinking that my life now is a continuing dream, that I am a sleeping princess waiting for princes to wake me up."
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The obviously irresistible Cinderella smile of 18-year-old, Munich-born Playmate Ursula won her her first job as a baker's apprentice and, later on, increasingly large parts in international film and television productions.
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When back from her travels, Ursula loves to go shopping in downtown Munich (below), where, until, a few years ago, she had never ventured. Returning to her home, she muses: "I know that my real achievement would be to find lots of love. All that tenderness is stored up in me; I'm in love with love, I guess."
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When back from her travels, Ursula loves to go shopping in downtown Munich (below), where, until, a few years ago, she had never ventured. Returning to her home, she muses: "I know that my real achievement would be to find lots of love. All that tenderness is stored up in me; I'm in love with love, I guess."
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When back from her travels, Ursula loves to go shopping in downtown Munich (below), where, until, a few years ago, she had never ventured. Returning to her home, she muses: "I know that my real achievement would be to find lots of love. All that tenderness is stored up in me; I'm in love with love, I guess."
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"At 18, I'm not even supposed to be ready for the big thing. Sure, I'm poised, I have no fear of the camera or the mike, or of strangers. Yet when I am alone, I fear that when I meet the really, right guy, I shall lose all my cool."
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"At 18, I'm not even supposed to be ready for the big thing. Sure, I'm poised, I have no fear of the camera or the mike, or of strangers. Yet when I am alone, I fear that when I meet the really right guy, I shall lose all my cool."
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Miss October Playboy's Playmate of the Month
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A tomboy at 3
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Ursula visits a recording studio (left) with a girlfriend, hit singer Penny McLean, and a beer garden (below) with her current boyfriend. There are always some of her sisters and brothers at home glad to see her when she visits her parents (bottom).
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Ursula visits a recording studio (left) with a girlfriend, hit singer Penny McLean, and a beer garden (below) with her current boyfriend. There are always some of her sisters and brothers at home gald to see her when she visits her parents (bottom).
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Ursula visits a recording studio (left) with a girlfriend, hit singer Penny McLean, and a beer garden (below) with her current boyfriend. There are always some of her sisters and brothers at home gald to see her when she visits her parents (bottom).
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