Tag Archives: Playbirds magazine

On Location: Going Intercontinental

Throughout her career in the adult industry, Mary supplemented the earnings she made from her modelling assignments by regularly working as an escort to the rich, famous and not-so-famous. In the early-1970s she worked closely alongside fellow model Maureen O’Malley … Continue reading

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Girl Guides

Alongside the best-selling monthly Playbirds and Pocket Playbirds magazines, David Sullivan also produced semi-regular Playbirds Erotic Film Guides, designed to publicize his movies, and those he had a hand in distributing during the late-1970s. Issues #1, #2, #5 and #7 … Continue reading

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Mary Takes an Easy Ride

Although Mary’s saucy travels around the UK are usually associated with Playbirds magazine – kicking off in Leeds in issue #1 and ending (posthumously) in Swindon for issue #41 – Mary did appear in travelogues for many of Playbirds’ companion … Continue reading

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Mary at Home, July 1979

In hindsight, this picture, taken in July 1979, turned out to be unintentionally poignant. It shows Mary photographed in the upstairs back bedroom of her home at Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey. This spacious room, with Oriental-style wallpaper and en-suite bathroom, was where … Continue reading

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The Cover Girls of ‘Come Play with Me’

I thought it might just be interesting to see a selection of ‘top shelf’ magazine covers – all featuring photographs of the principal female cast of 1977’s Come Play with Me. So here we have Mary Millington gracing the cover of … Continue reading

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King, Queen, Knave…

One of my very favourite photo-spreads of Mary appears in Volume 6, Number 3 of Knave magazine, dating from March 1974. Originally launched in 1968, Knave was the brainchild of photographer Russell Gay, who marketed it as the slightly classier … Continue reading

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Thirteen Tributes

To Mary’s legion of fans, her death on 19 August 1979 seemed like a wholly unexpected event. Few, if any of them, knew of her cocaine addiction, her long-term battle with acute depression or the difficulties she was experiencing in … Continue reading

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“A Pocket Beauty”

David Sullivan has often described Mary to me as “a pocket beauty”. At just 4’11” tall Mary was indeed tiny, although this was never really apparent in her photographs. But perhaps, rather fittingly, Mary was one of the early stars … Continue reading

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Hold On, I’m Coming!

I’m fortunate to have a full-set of Mary’s cinema posters in my collection, from her début, Eskimo Nell (1974), to her last, Mary Millington’s World Striptease Extravaganza (1981). I own some oddities too, including a very scarce MM triple-bill from as late as … Continue reading

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Pulp Fiction

A full year before Futura books published Mary’s 1978 autobiography The Amazing Mary Millington, another ‘version’ of her incredible life also hit newsagents’ shelves. Whilst The Amazing Mary Millington was a curious muddle of half-truths, tall tales and downright lies, … Continue reading

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