Director of Thriller, John Landis said:
“The next potential problem arose with Ola Ray, the actress Landis wanted to play Jackson’s girlfriend. “We found out she had been a Playboy playmate. Oh, Jesus Christ! I went to Michael and told him and said, ‘Can I hire her?’ He said, ‘Sure’, though I don’t think he even knew what I was talking about.”
Are you sure about that, Landis?
82 porn magazines dating back to 1991, 1700 pornographic hetero images on just one of the four hard drives in his bedroom, 8 DVDs, dozens of photos of naked women (some reported to be famous), an article on the G spot and one on the Second G-Spot.
MJ in a Playboy shirt aged 12:
MJ: (gets up and browses through magazines on a table, picks one up and goes to sit back down)
Jermaine: Michael, please. No, he got the Playboy. He got the Playboy. (tries to snatch it away from him)
MJ: (fighting his brother off) No, sit down. (to interviewer): Now, I would like to tell you, all the people on (Inaudible “TV”) (flicking through it) one of my favorite things…
Michael: … in The Playboy magazine.
Jermaine: Michael, they filming you.
MJ: (looking like he’s been caught, looks up at camera and smiles)
MJ: (flicking through the magazine) This is a big butt. [/EXPAND] [EXPAND Jacksons staying up late to watch X-Rated movies, on tour in Japan, Right On, August 1973 ]
After receiving our individual room keys, everyone rushed upstairs to check out the rooms, order some food and mess around.
I doubt anyone got any sleep that first night, since there was so much of the hotel to see, plus “X-Rated” movies on TV after 11:00.
Ask Jackie, Tito and Jermaine… they’ll tell you! Because the next night at 11:00 people probably thought the whole slab of us had gone back to California… you could hear a pin drop. Everybody was in their rooms checking out the “you-know-what.” But the funny thing is that if you asked anybody the next day what they did last night or what time they went to bed – they’d crack up and start laughing. That really became the joke of the tour. [/EXPAND] [EXPAND Michael takes Tatum O’Neal out to the Playboy Mansion on their first date, March 1977 ]
Michael, “The next day she invited me to join her at Hugh Hefner’s house to watch Roots on videotape. She got sort of bored, so we went outside and got into the jacuzzi. We weren’t naked as people have said. We both had on bathing suits, just enjoying ourselves. And that’s it.”
Michael told Hefner about it, Hugh Hefner on his twitter, Summer 2009
“Michael’s first date was in the grotto at the Mansion. All quite innocent, he assured me.”[/EXPAND] [EXPAND Ola Ray, the star of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, says that Michael told her she was chosen based on her Playboy spread ]
Playboy Centerfold 1980 (link to Ola Ray’s Playboy here)
Star in his video for Thriller in 1983, Ola says: “He seemed taken by the fact I was a Playboy model.”
“Yes, he had seen (my Playboy spread). Michael said that’s how they chose me, because they were looking at the magazine.” [/EXPAND] [EXPAND Steven Howell says MJ asked him about it, videographer, early 80s ]
“Once he asked me point blank, “Have you ever shot any pornography, anything X-rated?” Steve Howell said when asked about Michael’s curiosity. “I told him I hadn’t. ‘Are you sure?’ he pushed. I was sure. He looked disappointed. Then he started asking me about my girlfriend. What it was like to have a relationship. He was very interested in people’s romances.” [/EXPAND] [EXPAND Photos of Hoefflin, Michael and Hugh Hefner posing together after a Victory Tour show. Dr Hoefflin says Michael asked him to take him to the Playboy Mansion after Thriller, 1982 ]
Hoefflin, Michael, Hugh Hefner
Dr Hoefflin also said he took the singer to the Playboy mansion, adding: “I know Michael Jackson was not gay. The truth is he lusted after beautiful women.
“I knew he was not gay because in all the time that I knew him that we were best friends – and I was his confidante and doctor – I never had any information that he was anything but straight. We would also spend time together over the years going through books and magazines. Michael would always look at magazines of pretty girls, never boys. And finally, I know factually he had sexual relationships with women.”
Dr Hoefflin, 63, said: “Michael loved beautiful women. After Thriller came out he asked me to take him to the Playboy mansion to see the stunning girls. I was friends with Hugh Heffner, made those arrangements and was with him when he described how beautiful and desirable all the women were. All the time I was ever with him – whether it was on tour or off tour – he would always comment to me and others about pretty girls he would see.” [/EXPAND] [EXPAND Playboy star Jessica Hahn inscribing his Playboy for him, February 27 1988 ]
Someone who may be confusing herself with royalty these days is Jessica Hahn.
While those two women are her on—screen favorites, when it comes to singers Jessica identifies with Michael Jackson.
Seems Jessica and Jackson share the same plastic surgeon, and when the good doc asked Ms Hahn to sign a photo for the Buckled Wonder she inscribed it thus: ”I know how it is when they just don’t stop. Hang in there, okay? Love, Jessica.” [/EXPAND] [EXPAND Playboy star Jessica Hahn talking about Michael calling her at the Playboy Mansion to ask her to sign his Playboy, 1987 ]
KING: Did Michael Jackson call you at the “Playboy” Mansion?
HAHN: Oh, yes.
KING: What for?
HAHN: We were in a — we were sitting at the “Playboy” Mansion. Dr. Hoflin (ph) was his surgeon and mine. I’ve since had a new surgeon.
KING: For plastic surgery?
HAHN: Yes. But he decided to call Michael Jackson. That was when he had Bubbles and Michael Jackson asked me to sign a “Playboy” and he said, “Jess, listen to me. I know it’s going to be rough,” because I was new to this. He goes, “I know it’s going to be hard on you, but just understand one thing: It’s all going to be OK. They are going to come like scavengers. The press is going to come after you, but it’s going to be OK. And by the way, will you sign a “Playboy.”” I said, “I’d be more than happy to.”
I was — and I’ve got to be honest. I am happy he is out.
KING: You were rooting for him.
HAHN: I am rooting for him because I feel like I’ve been blackmailed and I feel like that many times, people attack the well, you know, well-to-do people and they see an opportunity. [/EXPAND] [EXPAND LaToya talks about how Michael was always visiting the Playboy mansion to see the “animals” in the 80s, Donahue Show 1989 ]
“I spoke to Michael the other day, well before it came out, he had seen the pictures prior to them coming out, and we were on the phone for four hours and he didn’t say one word about Playboy. And I knew he had seen them because someone at Heff’s house said they were having a major meeting about me, and in walks Michael, and they had to grab all the pictures and just get rid of them and Michael claimed he had come there to see the animals, of course.
Why he was there, they don’t know, but he said he had come there to see the animals.
And I knew he wanted to see the pictures… so, I spoke to him for four hours, and finally I said, “I heard you were at Heff’s.”
And he said, “Oh yeah, I was. I wanted to see the animals again.”
“But Michael, you always see the animals.”
“Well, I wanted to see them again.”
So it went on and on and finally I said, “Michael, you know I did Playboy.” He goes, “Yeah, I know.” And I said, “Well, why didn’t you mention it to me?” And he said, “Well, I didn’t want to embarrass you. I figured you would mention it first.” [/EXPAND] [EXPAND Tatiana Thumbtzen says Hugh refused to do a shoot with her because he was good friends with Michael, 1992 ]
TT: In 1992, I became my own Agent/Manager and I put together a package and proposal for Playboy Magazine. There was much interest and I came close to signing with them. I felt that perhaps it should be the next step in my career, but the deal did not happen.
TR: Why? What happened?
TT: One of Hugh Hefner’s assistants told me Hef was good friend of Michael and that he did not want to involve himself with anything that was not ”Pro-Michael Jackson.” Never did I consider my story against Michael in any way. If anything my story was that of a woman who cared very much about him. However, because I was fired from his tour people thought that I must have been on bad terms with him. [/EXPAND] [EXPAND Michael speaks about visiting the Playboy Club Hotel after tours, Private Home Movies, April 2003 ]
MJ: When I get time off it’s a rarity in the first place. It’s a real rarity. We always end up our tours in fun places like Florida. It’s where the Playboy Club Hotel is. There’s bunnies just walking around serving you, you know. They have their little tails on and these little legs and stuff. It’s fun. [/EXPAND] [EXPAND Michael posing with Playboy Bunnies at Party for Al Manick, May 25 2003 ]
The owner of an extensive collection of photographs featuring nude celebrities enough to open a “nudeseum”!—exclusively tells E! News that Michael Jackson had been negotiating to purchase his assortment of racy pics before he died.
Website and magazine owner Celebrity Sleuth (that’s what he goes by) says that he was alerted to Jackson’s interest in the photos by Jack Wishna, the Las Vegas businessman who facilitated Jackson’s return to the U.S. from overseas and was trying to organize a comeback engagement for the beleaguered artist in 2006 and 2007.
Turns out Wishna has been working with Sleuth on the nudeseum concept as well, according to the celebrity-skin aficionado.
“Michael was one of the people to show the most interest right away and, up until literally the day before he died, I had an email from Jack saying ‘M.J. wants to do this’ and so forth,” says Sleuth.
He would not reveal the exact amount Jackson was offering, but says it was “eight figures.”
Sleuth has amassed memorabilia and photos taken by private photographers dating back to the 1920s. He said that they aren’t all of glam-style celebs, but of other public figures as well, such as Adolf Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun.
Where he got this stuff, we can only begin to imagine.
“This goes back to the ’20s and the ’30s and the ’40s,” says Sleuth. “They’re pictures that I’ve collected, bought, been given, been given by the celebrities themselves over the years. I’m the only one that has these nudes because I’ve been able to recognize them so I’ve been able to go back and find them.”
Sleuth says that while some of his photos have been online or published in his magazine, Jackson wanted to buy a never-before-seen collection that had been destined for his Sin City nudeseum.
To avoid legal troubles, Sleuth refused to name the living celebrities in his collection, but revealed that he had pictures of Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Bonnie Parker, of Bonnie-and-Clyde fame. He says that he has pictures of just about every current famous actress as well, most of them shots taken before they became famous.
“If you can think of their name and they’re famous, then they’re in the collection,” Sleuth says. “I would say nobody in the last 65 years who is a female celebrity is not in the collection.”
Sleuth and Wishna are still currently trying to make a deal with a Vegas casino or private buyer to purchase the secret collection [/EXPAND] [EXPAND Michael owned rare photo of Marilyn Monroe wearing her infamous “nothing underneath” Happy Birthday Mr President dress, CNN, June 01 2010 ]
…Tuesday, which would have been Monroe’s 84th birthday, marked the public debut of a rare image of Monroe with Kennedy and his brother Robert F. Kennedy together after the May 19, 1962, party.
The black-and-white photo, taken by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, showed Monroe still wearing the infamously tight-fighting, sheer rhinestone-studded dress she wore when singing earlier at Madison Square Garden.
…”There is no other known photo of Bobby [Kennedy] with Marilyn or JFK with Marilyn, and it’s not because they were never photographed together,” said filmmaker Keya Morgan, who now owns the only original prints of it. “In fact, they were photographed together many times, but the Secret Service and the FBI confiscated every single photograph.”
The 10th print was given to singer Michael Jackson two years ago, Morgan said. Morgan was a friend of the pop star’s, who was a big Monroe fan. [/EXPAND]