Virginia De Lee was a gorgeous, nudie-cutie redhead who was a fixture
on the covers and in the pages men's magazines from the late 1950's and
early 1960's. She appeared often in titles such as Adam,
Show, and Caper. She also appeared in photography
digests of the day, which as everyone knows was a way to buy nudie pictures
and pass it off as "art" or "technical how-to." One of the most notable
of these is "The Glamour Camera of Russ Meyer."
Her measurements were 36-25-36, perfect for
a classic pin-up gal. It took her a little while to develop her look--with
her hair hanging heavy on the right--but once she found that she was pin-up
gold. She had that perfect mix of girl-next-door innocence sprinkled with
the sex kitten ready to pounce.
De Lee was born in Hollywood in the
late 1930's into a show business family...sort of. Her father was an old
vaudeville magician who went by the name of Major McBride.
Her mother was a wardrobe mistress at a movie studio. De Lee
took the usual route for glamour girls of her era--she worked as a model
and then tried her hand at acting. She worked on a few TV westerns and
her only credited movie role was as a stripteaser in the 1957 crime film
Hell Bound. Her domestic life even warranted a small blurb in the November
18, 1957 issue of Time Magazine: "In Los Angeles, Model Virginia
De Lee, 21. won a divorce after testifying that when she asked
her husband why he didn't get a job, he slugged her 'and told me to mind
my own business.'"
By the mid-1960's, she stopped appearing in
men's magazines. Reports have her re-marrying and moving to Arizona to