Explore the vintage erotic world of Penthouse magazine, created by master of erotica Bob Guccione.
Traci Lords Penthouse Confessions
“I’d posed for every magazine on the rack by now, and the business was all about new meat. I pictured myself lying in the butcher’s case at the supermarket, the plastic wrap covering my body and a red ‘Reduced for Sale’ sign on my forehead. The image seemed very real. I was going off the deep end. I had to shake it before I ate a bottle of pills. I was thinking about death a lot lately, and that day I felt like I was daring God to strike me dead.”
Penthouse Pet & Author Sheila Kennedy
The lively Sheila Kennedy recounted her life during Penthouse magazine’s Guccione Era: “I was with Bob for ten years back in the 1980’s, and he shot me in Paris, Italy, and all over the world. We were international ambassadors for the Penthouse brand. I think. Bob put me on four separate Penthouse covers, which I think was a record. All that was great and lovely. I lived in the mansion for some time, with Bob, Kathy, and his extended family. We had holidays there and I felt like family too.”
Zazel: The Scent of Love's Gina LaMarca
Penthouse Pets were strikingly beautiful and Gina LaMarca was no exception. The voluptuous beauty is half Italian half American. LaMarca was born on in 1969 in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The brown-eyed and red-haired beauty oozed sexuality and became the Penthouse Pet of May 1993. Gina was tlater named the Penthouse Pet of the Year 1995. She went on to appear in several Penthouse videos and made the transition from adult magazine model to art house adult film actress in the mid 1990s. LaMarca was renowned for her dynamic style and highly distinctive V-shaped triangle of pubic hair which was featured in master erotic photographer Philip Mond's cult classic soft core film Zazel: The Scent of Love. Zazel won seven AVN awards, and is perhaps the most beautiful erotic film ever made. If porn was ever art, it was Zazel that set the bar.
Cheryl Rixon Interview
It seems that blondes just might have more fun. Not only is Cheryl Rixon a smoking blonde bombshell, she’s also good with her hands. In fact, she’s so good with her hands that she created her own line of jewelry called the Royal Order. Drawing inspiration from her time as the lead singer of a rock band, the Royal Order is a line of necklaces, rings, bracelets, pendants, belts, and much more that all have that rocker chic style. But before all this, she was plastered on the walls of young men's rooms across the nation as a Penthouse Pet. In 1977, the Aussie beauty was named Penthouse Pet of the Month and then Pet of the Year in 1979. She also picked up acting and was featured in erotic movies such as Dark Secrets and I Like to Play Games. While she has continued to pose for Penthouse over the years, she moved on to bigger and better things such as her career as a rock star and this new jewelry line. However, she was one of the few people to truly know Bob Guccione, the founder of Penthouse. Along with Hugh Heffner, Larry Flynt, and Al Goldstein, Guccione is known as one of the 'masters of smut' because of his magazine. In this exclusive interview with Cheryl Rixon, she reveals what it was like living in the Penthouse Mansion and her relationship with Bob Guccione.
Bob Guccione's Favorite Penthouse Pets
Bob Guccione’s muses manifested themselves as Penthouse Pets. His photography of these beautiful women defined erotic art for the latter part of the 20th century. At one point in time, muses were the Greek goddesses of inspiration in literature, science, and the arts. Without them, Homer would have never written The Illiad, and Euclid would have never had created the Elements of Euclid. Although these two visionaries are long gone, new generations of artists likeJeff Koons and Richard Prince have continued to find their own muses in order to create both beautiful and controversial works of art. For Bob Guccione, his muses came in the form of beautiful women. From Sheila Kennedy to Pia Zadora, these women helped shape Penthouse magazine. With their dazzling personalities and to their alluring figures, Guccione’s muses helped shape 1970s and 80s views on beauty and sexuality as a whole. While it is difficult to determine which of the 1000s of women were the most important in Penthouse magazine history, it is clear that there were a few dozen that were absolutely Bob Guccione's favorites.