Connie Mason (born August 24, 1937 in Washington, D.C.) is an American model and actress who was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for its June 1963 issue. Mason then acted in the gore movies pioneered by Herschell Gordon Lewis, Blood Feast and Two Thousand Maniacs! Her centerfold was photographed by Pompeo Posar. She was also a Playboy Bunny at the Chicago club.
|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Sharon Cintron|
|Succeeded by||Carrie Enwright|
August 24, 1937
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||118 lb (54 kg; 8.4 st)|
Connie was born in 1937 in Washington, D.C. Mason began her career in the early 1960s. She attended a private school for girls in Danville, Virginia. At the age of 17, she moved to Florida with her family. She was managing the cosmetics department for Jordan Marsh in Miami.
There, her parents went to the opening of the new Playboy Club. They were guests of their friend "Tony Roma". Roma suggested to her father (who built custom homes) that his daughter apply to be a bunny at the newly opened Playboy club. Playboy clubs were all the rage across the country & in London England. He said they were looking for pretty girls with great personalities & good figures. Connie was hired as the "camera bunny", and was a huge hit with all the customers because of her "bubbly personality".
Connie then moved to Chicago, and met Hugh Hefner & moved into his Mansion & went to work at the club as the bunny photographer. He asked her if she would be interested in testing with the magazine's staff photographer, to be featured as center fold for the popular Playboy magazine. She was chosen by 'Hef' to be Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for its June 1963 issue. Then, one night when she was working, Connie was introduced to the famous Oleg Cassini, Jackie Kennedy's personal designer during the White House years. Oleg Cassini encouraged her to come to N.Y. City he would introduce her to the acclaimed Eileen Ford Agency. Eileen signed Connie, thus beginning a very lucrative career in fashion modeling & did scores of national TV commercials. Connie was considered to be a 'top model' & earned money in the 6 figures.
She was discovered by director Herschell Gordon Lewis in 1963; Connie was cast in the starring role to work in the horror movie Blood Feast (1963) directed by him the same year. This was followed by the leading part in the film Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) also directed by Lewis.
She met & married Shelly Kasten in N.Y. City, who was the entertainment director for all the Playboy Clubs along with Sam Distefano.
- Tangiers (1982)
- The Godfather: Part II (1974) (uncredited) .... Extra
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971) (uncredited) .... Woman at Whyte House
- Made for Each Other (1971) (as Connie Snow) .... Ingrid
- Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) (uncredited) .... Extra
- Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970) (uncredited) .... Extra
- 2000 Maniacs (1964) .... Terry Adams
- Blood Feast (1963) .... Suzette Fremont