Blondes. Some things we know: We love blondes, and blondes (MM, Jayne Mansfield, Bo Derek, Kim Basinger, Sharon Stone, Anna Nicole Smith) love Playboy. Today's two-megaton A-blondes--Pam Anderson and Jenny McCarthy--exploded on the scene right under our noses. For the secret to our success, turn to Blonde Ambition, a double-whammy pictorial of Jenny, the biggest blonde in America, and Pam, the biggest blonde on the planet.
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The Only sympathetic character found in In the Company of Men (Sony Classics) is an attractive deaf woman named Christine (Stacy Edwards). Two ambitious businessmen, Chad and Howard (Aaron Eckhart and Matt Malloy), who have had trouble with the women in their lives, use Christine as the target of their sexual revenge. They pretend to love her, then leave her, comparing notes along the way. The cruel prank by these frustrated corporate players is clearly related to their ethics on the job. Feeling threatened from boardroom to bedroom, they trample on Christine's fragile ego with an intensity that won Company of Men a Filmmakers Trophy for drama at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Christine's bitter victory is that one of the seducers falls in love with her, but the other one scores. Feminists are divided about writer-director Neil LaBute's well-crafted movie. Is it a put-down of women, or a highly sympathetic portrait of a woman victimized by competitive, mean-spirited men? Either way, LaBute has turned out an edged-in-black tragi comedy that forces the audience to think twice. [rating]3 bunnies[/rating]
Irish-born Colm Meaney, 44, has managed not to be pigeonholed into a son-of-Erin stereotype. He is in his fifth season as operations officer Miles O'Brien on TV's Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series and plays in a slew of films, including The Van--third in the Roddy Doyle trilogy that began with The Commitments. He played the father in that film, a role that still ranks as one of his favorites. ''I was a sort of Elvis Presley worshiper. The humor appealed to me.''
Hello, Gorgeous Department: An auction held in Los Angeles last spring gave Barbra Streisand's fans a chance to bid on items ''worn, owned or touched'' by the diva, including gym socks. And you thought Elvis soap on a rope was silly.
Along with those 100 percent pious, straight and morally perfect Southern Baptists, I was shocked this past spring when stand-up comedian Ellen DeGeneres came out as a gay woman (came out in real life, that is, along with Ellen Morgan, her character on Ellen, a mediocre sitcom on Disney-owned ABC).
My girlfriend and I have been together a little over a year. We are both sophomores in college. Being sort of old-fashioned, I don't believe in premarital sex. For the past three months, she has been trying to push me into it. Last week I overheard her talking with a friend and got the impression she may start looking elsewhere for sexual fulfillment. I don't want to lose her, but I don't want to compromise my values, either. What should I do?--N.S., Indianapolis, Indiana
Roughly ten minutes into the 1990 romantic thriller Ghost, Patrick Swayze is shot to death by a hired killer. However, due to deceptive camera work, the audience does not immediately realize that the male lead has slipped this mortal coil, because while Swayze's girlfriend, Demi Moore, kneels weeping in the street, trying to console her apparently doomed fiancé, a second Patrick Swayze--his ghost-to-be--appears at her side. Thus, in a single frame, in a single instant, in a single dramatic sequence, the unsuspecting audience is subjected to not one performance by a man widely viewed as the worst actor of our times, but two.
Stacey Swayze For 27 year-old Texas native Stacey Denise Swayze, the decision to become a jockey was easy: ''I love being outside and I've owned horses all my life. Riding came naturally to me.'' She's just the right size, too: 5'2''and 110 pounds. ''I eat like it's going out of style,'' she says, ''but riding keeps me in shape. It uses every muscle in my body.'' Stacey describes herself as a ''tough competitor'' and says nothing can keep her from jockeying--not even the accident she had in 1995, when her horse stumbled, she was thrown over its head and the horse ran over her. Her injuries included a torn biceps, a torn rotator cuff and a bone fracture, but Stacey was back on the track after a year of physical therapy. Chalk it up to her strong will. ''I don't ever want to be helpless,'' Stacey says. ''I can change a tire, or my oil. I have things under control. Besides, riding gives me a feeling of freedom. I wouldn't be happy doing anything else. I don't want to go to heaven if there aren't any horses there!''
We fly at night out of New York on a small chartered jet, an ancient but refurbished DC-8 that lumbers down the runway and struggles for lift. My girl friend, Gwyn, holds my hand until we've reached cruising altitude. People mouth silent prayers, some mumble chants and not a small number of them clutch crystals hanging from their necks. These are Gwyn's friends and acquaintances, people with money who follow alternative gods and goddesses, shamans and theories of aliens among us. The woman who organized this wedding expedition, Louise Sanderson, is aboard. When she saw my video at the Whitney Biennial, she told Gwyn I had a "very primal, pagan touch." She called me, sounding a little like Bette.
Fashion flash: This season's youth movement has nothing to do with age. It's all about how you wear your suit. With stretch fabrics and earth-tone colors, designers are striving to create a suit with many lives, one for all occasions this side of a tailgate party. The same suit that will make you look good at work is also designed to project a young, fresh attitude. Simply add a style statement such as a clingy V-neck or a dark shirt and tie and act as if you're about to meet a woman. Ignore the setting or potential dry-cleaning bills. If you move around comfortably, the crowd will follow. In fact, women like suits so much, they're wearing them, too. Be really cavalier and loan her your jacket as a mini-bathrobe. The only style that won't work for the loose look is a double-breasted jacket--it's too formal. Nightlife is getting dressier, the corporate world is growing more relaxed and, thanks to long hours, casual Friday is looking an awful lot like Friday night. You can't dress up a pair of jeans (we tried that in the Seventies, thank you), but these days you can make a suit work better for you than your best one-liners. Your friends will be impressed with the results--just make sure your new ladyfriend returns your jacket after breakfast.
When Jean-Claude Maillard came to America from Switzerland in 1988, he tried his hand at magazine photography. ''It was my dream,'' says the former antique-car dealer. Today Maillard shuttles between Manhattan and Beverly Hills, and his work appears throughout the advertising community, where his clients include Neiman Marcus and Avon. But we took a shine to his less-dressed work. The two chassis pictured here: a model named Meg Register and a 1953 Caddy.
German automotive passion has come to Alabama and the good ol' boys are into a lot more than trout fishing. Pictured here: Mercedes-Benz' new 'Bama-born sport utility vehicle, the M-Class. God catch, Bubba.
I have had two careers already. I can't wait to see what comes next,'' says Nikki Schieler. Whatever her future holds, it's bound to be as golden as Miss September herself, a former dental assistant who has plenty to smile about.
On the first day of school, the college dean addressed the freshman class to explain some of the campus rules. ''The women's dormitory is off-limits to male students and the men's dormitory is off-limits to female students,'' he intoned. ''Anybody caught breaking this rule will be fined $20 the first time, $60 the second time and $180 the third time. Does anyone have any questions?''
Used to be that buying a new VCR or cassette deck earned you bragging rights. These days, analog is ancient--it's the digital stuff that counts. Take the new five-inch digital video disc format. Besides doubling a VHS movie's 250 lines of resolution, DVD's vast storage capacity (4.7 gigabytes per disc) enables you to, among other things, watch a movie in letterbox or pan-and-scan format and listen to it in a variety of languages in crystal-clear Dolby Digital Surround. Direct broadcast satellite television is another digital frontier, as is high-definition television. Yes, the latter is finally arriving. Broadcasters are promising HD programming next fall, and television sets will cost between $5000 and $10,000. In the meantime, you can impress your buddies with a TV that hangs on the wall. Four-inch-thick plasma televisions by QFTV (pictured below), Mitsubishi and others are already available. Other digital ways to dress up your home: Take a minidisc player for a run on your treadmill (the tiny recordable disc format never skips). Unclutter your desktop with a notebook computer that's as powerful as many full-size machines. Listen to a CD while preparing yourself a double espresso. Or become an auteur in the boudoir with a camcorder that records a flawless digital picture.
The Cops never had to put up barricades in front of the weathered blue and gray building at 11663 Gorham Avenue in Brentwood. Ron Goldman's apartment was not a stop on the grisly death tour that drew legions of traffic-snarling gawkers to the white Mediterranean-style condo at 875 South Bundy, or to the sprawling gated mansion at 360 North Rockingham. To a nation stoned on celebrity and ravenous for tales of riches, beauty and power, Ron Goldman was a name without an address, a smiling face without a lurid story. In the wake of the double murder on the night of June 12, 1994 the young waiter at Mezzaluna, the nice guy who returned the pair of glasses, the chance victim of unimaginable circumstances, remained that and not much more in the public's awareness: waiter, friend and victim, a minor character who hadn't been meant for such monstrous events.
It all started in 1984. Karen Velez was a secretary in Miami who had always wondered what she would look like as a Playmate. Playboy was scouring the country for fresh-faced knockouts as part of our Great 30th Anniversary Playmate Search. Inevitably, Playboy and Karen found each other, and thus began a memorable alliance. When Karen appeared as Miss December that year, her curiosity could finally be put to rest: She looked great. Even The Fall Guy, Lee Majors, fell for her. Though their marriage has since ended, Karen says they've remained close. (She still uses his name.) ''I still love him to death. We get along really well.'' And why not? We found her easy to please. She and photographer Arny Freytag--who shot her Playmate and PMOY features--have remained close friends as well. She jumped at the chance to work with him again. ''Arny and the crew made me feel comfortable. It was a lot of fun for me.''
Nothing succeeds like success. The Packers won the Super Bowl, but they were heavy favorites. They were from the National Football Conference, which stopped losing Super Bowls 13 years ago, and everyone expected them to pound the Patriots. New England showed some heart, however, and lost by only 14 points, which was the point spread on the game (see page 147). As a result, only a fraction of the billions bet on the Super Bowl actually changed hands. In Green Bay, all those Titletown, USA signs that have been sitting in basements since the Sixties are being proudly displayed again. At long last, the Packers' museum will no longer look as if time stopped with Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Paul Hornung and Max McGee.
Next to cheese, Chris Farley is Wisconsin's most-celebrated product. Already a big-screen presence at 33, the formidable actor is one of the few ''Saturday Night Live'' veterans to make a successful transition to movies. After smaller roles in ''Cone-heads'' and both ''Wayne's World''s, Farley joined ''SNL'' alumnus and pal David Spade to top-line the hits ''Tommy Boy'' and ''Black Sheep.'' Then with another ''SNL'' alum, Chris Rock, helping out, Farley battled his way to big box office in the title role of ''Beverly Hills Ninja.'' Next he'll co-star with Matthew Perry in ''Edwards and Hunt,'' a period piece in which they play explorers in the Lewis and Clark tradition. After three outings as the fat guy who falls down, Farley calls his role as Bartholomew Hunt edgier and something of a stretch. ''Plus, I get to wear a lot of buckskin,'' he says. We asked Contributing Editor David Rensin to talk with Farley in Los Angeles. Says Rensin, ''We met in his hotel room. He was an attentive host, ordering fruit plates and bottled water from room service. Farley's self-deprecation verges on self-flagellation. The guy is a big softy who wants to feel good about himself. You just want to put your arms around him. But, of course, you can't.''
Forget the tweed coat and golden retriever. Think Armani jacket and long-legged blonde. We're talking about the cutting edge of future smoke. This is the new image of the pipe the once fashionable symbol of masculinity that is makign a comeback as a stylish way to fire up. But this time around it's nothing like MacArthur's corncob. What's different about pipe puffing today is the attitude of the smoker. Most of pipe smoking's newest converts are stogie lovers--and with good reason. Neither cigar nor pipe smokers inhale, and only pure tobacco is used in quality cigars and piep mixtures. What do you need to get started? Pipes made of unlacquered wood that can breathe to help cool the smoke. Look for well-established brands. such as Dunhill, Nørding and Butz-Choquin, as well as a hot newcomer to the American pipe scene, the Italian manufacturer Don Carlos. The latest styles feature contrasting woods and acrylic or metal trim. Buying several pipes allows your favorite briar to relax between smokes. Like your house after a party, pipe needs a day or so to air out. You'll want to experiment with various tobaccos, just as you smoke different brands of cigars. There are a lot of different blends, but the two main categories are English, which uses a variety of unadulterated tobaccos to create different tastes, and aromatic, in which a number of natural essences are added to the tobaccos, including cherry, chocolate, even bourbon. Of course, a pipe must be cleaned after it's smoked, and you'll need plenty of pipe cleaners to do the job right, along with a tamper to keep your tobacco compressed and a soft a leather pounch in which to tote your favorite mixture, Later you'll want to invest in a pipe reamer for removing excess carbon cake buildup in the pipe bowl. Any good tobacconist can recommend what to buy. The process of filling and packing the bowl takes longer than clipping and torching a fine stogie. But this ritual forces you to relax and bask in the moment. That explains why some of the world's greatest businessmen, philosophers and original thinkers are pipe smokers. After all, look what it did for Hef.
Bombshells come in only one color. The Blonde Bombshell has been a national institution for the better part of the century. It started in Hollywood. As early as 1930, American men were smitten with Jean Harlow, then endured a deep crush on the Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend, Betty Grable. From there the country fell in love with Marilyn Monroe--the blonde to whom all others are compared. She made a memorable appearance in the first issue of Playboy--the first of our dates with blonde destinies. MM was followed by the lusty Jayne Mansfield (Playmate, February 1955). Similarly, as Ursula Andress, Bo Derek, Kim Basinger and Sharon Stone quickened the national libido, you could find them on our pages. Did we forget to mention Farrah Fawcett? There's just something compelling about sun-kissed hair. So was it any wonder that Madonna's rise to stardom was fueled by a bottle of peroxide? Or that her global megaconcert event was called the Blonde Ambition Tour? And now we find ourselves with two reigning blonde superstars. Having introduced them to the world, we are poised to pay the proper tribute. So, with apologies to the raven- and red-haired, we salute Pam and Jenny.
It is estimated that more money is bet on a Monday night football game than changes hands in that day's stock market. Americans bet at least $5 billion illegally a week on pro and college football. Minimum. As many as 40 million American adults placed $5.5 billion in bets on the Super Bowl, either with friends, in office pools or with bookmakers.
Below is a list of retailers and manufacturers you can contact for information on where to find this month's merchandise. To buy the apparel and equipment shown on pages 30, 32, 76--81, 104--107, 128--129 and 175, check the listings below to find the stores nearest you.