Christa Speck, one of the best-known Playboy Playmates of the 1960s, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Speck, who was the wife of television producer Marty Krofft, died March 22 at her home in Los Angeles of natural causes. She was 70.
Speck, a native of Germany, was working for Bank of America as a bank secretary when Playboy discovered her, naming her Playmate of the Month in September 1961 and Playmate of the Year in 1962. She became the first foreign-born model to receive the title, the piece adds.
Her centerfold was seen in the 1978 film "Animal House," and she was picked as one of the 10 favorite Playmates from the magazine’s first decade by its editors and readers.
In 1965, Speck married Krofft, who became a major producer of children’s television programming. Krofft partnered with his brother Sid Krofft on a series of programs such as “H.R. Pufnstuf,” “Lidsville” and “Land of the Lost.”