Friday, June 29, 2012

Diane (Marquerite) in Playboy

Diane appeared several times in Playboy, most notably in 1955 and 1956 and in subsequent Playmate retrospectives. As Marguerite Empey, before marrying and becoming Diane Webber, she makes her debut in Playboy as an unforgettable Playmate of the Month in the May, 1955 issue, photographed by Hal Adams. Playboy listed her measurements as 39-23-37, and certainly all her nude photos attest to her gorgeous hourglass figure.

Diane Webber appeared in Playboy again in February, 1956, photographed by Russ Meyers during the previous year. This time she was one of the magazine's rare vertical centerfolds. When the black-and-white profile pictures (below) were shot, she was several months pregnant.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Diane in the Desert

Diane in the desert, photographed by David Mills in 1954 to 1955 for Art Photography magazine. The photo below may or may not be from the same session.

Escapade 1955

The December 1955 issue of Escapade featured a 23-year-old Marguerite Empey (photographed, apparently, before she became Diane Webber), showing her with blooming beauty, grace and sensuality. The cover shot of Santa giving her as a gift is ridiculous and rather offensive, of course, and also rather curious and perhaps satirical, with the passed-out old geezer as the apparent recipient.

Black Nylons 1962

Photos of Diane in 1962 from the magazine Black Nylons #1, photographed at age thirty, at one of the most voluptuous periods of her life.

The Mermaid

Diana Webber starred in "The Mermaids of Tiburon" (1962), directed by John Lamb, in which she was a topless mermaid in a low-budget murder mystery involving the mysterious island of Tiburon (released on DVD in its color version). See below for information about the DVD and poster.

Diane swimming nude underwater, elsewhere....

Belly Dancing Years

Around 1969 to 1980 Empey devoted her full-time career as a bellydance instructor at Everywoman's Village in Van Nuys, California. She occasionally performed this dance accompanied by her top students and a band playing Middle Eastern music in public places in and around Los Angeles. Empey founded Perfumes of Araby, one of the first American belly dancing companies.

Diane Webber Album Covers

Diane Webber graced many album covers in the 1950s
and '60s, and certainly must have increased sales quite a bit!