Later this month, Claudia Jennings would have turned 60 years old. Poor girl never even made it to 30.
After being named the Playboy Playmate of the Year in 1970, Jennings became one of the next decade's biggest drive-in movie queens, starring in a string of hits that included Unholy Rollers, Truck Stop Women, Gator Bait, Moonshine County Express, and The Great Texas Dynamite Chase. She was romantically linked to Bobby Hart, was up for one of the three leads in Charlie's Angels (she should've got it), and was the agent looking for a guy who "fit the suit" in the Johnny Bravo episode of The Brady Bunch. As the decade wore on, her parts got smaller and less frequent, and she fell deeper and deeper into the Hollywood drug scene. On October 3, 1979, she was killed in a head-on collision in Malibu, California. Her last film credit was in David Cronenberg's Fast Company, released earlier that year.
Jennings in Unholy Rollers (1972)