March 7, 1976 by ExtraterrestrE
Playboy March 1976 cover :
Playboy’s Playmate of the Month
Ann Pennington photographed by Pompeo Posar & Philip Dixon
Vicki Cunningham (Nude inside) photographed by Paul Gremmler
Norman Lear by Playboy
The Steamy Sequel To “Emmanuelle”
A Skeptic’s Guide To The 1976 Elections
Hanging Out With Rock’s New Superstar Bruce Springsteen
Jogging can kill you!
Beyond “The Best”: Peter Passell On How To Do Everything
A playmate returns to act out
her favorite fantasy
Entertainement for men
TABLE OF CONTENTS :
3 – PLAYBILL
11 – DEAR PLAYBOY
19 – PLAYBOY AFTER HOURS
22 – MOVIES
Gene Wilder’s directing debut and Stanley Kubrick’s long-awaited opus.
28 – BOOKS
Both John V. Lindsay and William F. Buckley, Jr., have written first novels about the United States Government. Is truth, indeed, stranger than fiction?
30 – TELEVISION
An Edith Piaf bio headlines a fortnight of PBS specials.
32 – RECORDINGS
A roundup of top-drawer female vocalists, plus John Lennon’s Shaved Fish
34 – THE MIDDLE-CLASS SQUEEZE CRAIG KARPEL
35 – HELP! PLEH! L. RUST HILLS
41 – THE PLAYBOY ADVISOR
45 – THE PLAYBOY FORUM
53 – PLAYBOY INTERVIEW: NORMAN LEAR—candid conversation
TV’s greatest impresario (All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, et al.) talks about power and censorship and introduces some new shows in progress.
72 – HOW TO DO EVERYTHING—article PETER PASSEL
Advice, by a co-author of The Best, on how to repel sharks, how to cure insomnia, how to predict your life expectancy and much, much more.
76 – ENCORE EMMANUELLE!—pictorial
Next to this steamy sequel, Emmanuelle I looks like a boy-scout jamboree. Sexy Sylvia Kristel resumes, with added kinkiness, her romp through Bangkok.
84 – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN—personality JAMES R. PETERSEN
The budding superstar from Asbury Park, New Jersey, has been the subject of some pretty strong hype. Our author, a longtime fan, follows this living legend on a cross-country tour and gets to know the real man behind the new myth.
87 – JOGGING CAN KILL YOU!—article J. E. SCHMIDT, M.D.
So you think running a mile a day will keep the doctor away? No such luck. Our well-informed author gives the definitive low-down on the bodily wreck you can make of yourself in the hallowed name of physical culture.
88 – PLAYBOY’S GUIDE TO THE RITES OF SPRING—survey
Sure, there are literally thousands of nice, sunny places you can go this season for your college spring break. But where will all those gorgeous bikinied girls be? Read our authoritative survey and find out.
94 – SISTER ACT—playboy’s playmate of the month
Ann Pennington, whose sister Janice was our May 1971 centerfold, proves that beautiful things run in her family.
104 – PLAYBOY’S PARTY JOKES—humor
106 – WHO CAN ARREST YOU?—article LAURENCE GONZALES
Damn near anybody, or so it seems. A scary look at the proliferation of public and private fuzz in this country by one of the biggest paranoids around.
109 – STRING FEVER—modern living
A positively sensuous, not to mention educational, survey of the best—and we mean the best—guitars (acoustic, classical and electric) money can buy.
114 – THE AUTUMN DOG—fiction PAUL THEROUX
The author of the best-selling Great Railway Bazaar spins an intriguing tale about a May—November romance and an obscure Chinese sexual position.
117 – THE PULLOVER: GET IT ON!—attire
A new-old casual look to help you segue handsomely into spring.
118 – THE 1976 DEMOCRATIC HANDICAP—article DICK TUCK
Ever wonder what really goes on in those smoke-filled rooms? Our author, the most celebrated political prankster of our time, turns his attention to prognostication. Who’ll be our next President? Read it here first.
121 – FIRE BELLE—pictorial
Last April’s Playmate, Vicki Cunningham, grew up with a fantasy about fire fighting. Fortunately, she can light fires better than she can put them out.
129 – THE CONTRACT—ribald classic
131 – SPRING TONE-UP—attire ROBERT L. GREEN
Everybody has his favorite color, but how many men would wear monochromatic pants, shirt and jacket? Not only is it possible, it’s cool.
134 – THE GOLDEN WHATEVER—fiction JORDAN CRITTENDEN
A huge conglomerate buys a small neighborhood violin shop—the result is a new violin spin-off and some crazy mayhem.
137 – PLAYBOY’S HISTORY OF ASSASSINATION—article .. JAMES McKINLEY
Louisiana’s Huey “Kingfish” Long was a powerful demagog and possible political threat to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Unanswered questions persist to this day about his assassination. Conspiracy buffs, note.
140 – SCI-FFI SEX—humor,, MICHAEL FFOLKES
A spaced-out cartoonist’s-eye view of extraterrestrial erotica.
148 – THINK TAW
Quick hits on moonshining, flywheels, organic smoking and biorhythmic betting.
164 – PLAYBOY POTPOURRI
Sister Act :
playmates obviously run in the pennington family—first janice and now arm. sorry, guys, but when miss march was born, they broke the mold. Unlikely as it may seem, a broken leg is the fulcrum on which this talc turns. Until last year, Ann Pennington—the younger sister of Janice Pennington, our May 1971 Playmate—hadn’t been putting much effort into her work. She had done a few TV shows (The Price Is Right, Truth or V ^ v Consequences), played a hit part in a movie (Funny Lady) and done a lot of what models call print work (magazine ads and such). “But I never really wanted to work,” she admits, “I married young’’—to her high school sweetheart, right after graduation; it lasted five years—”and I never had the drive or the desire to really do anything.” Then, after her accident—on a slope at Bear Valley, where her current boyfriend runs dte ski school (“I missed a lesson but went out anyway, and f wasn’t careful enough “)—she had plenty of time.
to discover herself “and get things in perspective.” Now, says the 25-year-old blonde, who was born in Seattle. grew up in San Diego and currently occupies an apartment of her own in Sherman Oaks. “I realize how lucky you arc to be able to do anything and. for the first time, I’ve been getting my head into working.” Fully recovered from her spill. Ann is currently appearing in the Western The Winds of Autumn. And at prcss-fime, she was updating her |M>rtfolio; she’d just signed with a new agent and was looking forward to a tougher work schedule. Which won’t leave her much time for antique hunting, her favorite hobby—or for socializing. As it happens, though, Ann doesn’t play the field: “I just like a good one-on-one relationship.” Neither is she looking for another husband: ‘‘I might try marriage again, but not for a while. The one 1 had was supposed to !>e perfect, but we just didn’t grow at the same pace. Marriage is a lot of work, and I’ve learned that life has no guarantees.” Maybe not—but we can assure Ann that her life is never going to be dull.
- Below: Ann (with the cap) and sister Janice chat with producer Jay IVolpert on the set of “The Price Is Right” Ann has made several appearances on the show and Janice—who lives in Aspen and commutes to L.A.—is a regular.
- Right: Ann and Janice rap during a break. “IVe’re all just a little bit crazy,” says Ann of her family, “so we have a lot of fun together.
- COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY BY POMPEO POSAR AND PHILLIP DIXON / GATEFOlD PHOTOGRAPHY BY POMPtO POSAR
“I’m not a women’s libber, but I think women have been exploited in a lot of ways. If a man and a woman arc living together, I don’t think she should be the one who has to clean the toilet bowl.”
Ann Pennington :
Playboy centerfold appearance : March 1976
Preceded by : Laura Lyons
Succeeded by : Denise Michele
Personal details :
Born : June 3, 1950 Seattle, Washington, United States
Height 5 ft 5.5 in (1.66 m)
Weight 110 lb (50 kg)
Ann Victoria Pennington (born June 3, 1950 in Seattle, Washington) is an American model and actress. She was Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for its March 1976 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Pompeo Posar and Phillip Dixon.
She is the sister of fellow model Janice Pennington, and like Janice, appeared as a model on game shows. Her most notable work was as a regular on Card Sharks, but she also appeared as a substitute in 1976 on the Dennis James-hosted version of The Nighttime Price Is Right. She also appeared in commercials and for photos illustrating stories in Cosmopolitan magazine.
Pennington married Shaun Cassidy, who was eight years junior to her, in December 1979. They had two children together, and where divorced in 1992.
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