Merle Pertile

Playboy's Miss January 1962

Being old hands at looking long and far for prospective Playmates to grace our gatefold, we’re always gratified when we uncover a comely young miss close to home.

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Being old hands at looking long and far for prospective Playmates to grace our gatefold, we’re always gratified when we uncover a comely young miss close to home. Our January jeune fille, Merle Pertile, projected prettily on more than a score of Playboy’s Penthouse television shows originating in Chicago before she left the Windy City for the Pacific Coast — specifically, Hollywood and the acting scene. Twenty-year-old Merle’s professional pursuits have since borne further fruit with appearances on 77 Sunset Strip and The Tab Hunter Show, plus a hatboxful of mannequin chores ranging from fashion modeling to illuminating industrial films for outboard motors and auto mufflers.

Her particular outboard assets (38-22-34) can hardly be muffled the way they’re arranged on her 5’5″, 112-pound frame. Since Merle, an enthusiastic outdoor-sports buff and California native (she was born in Whittier), returned to the West with her mother, she has replaced her Midwest-nurtured ice-skating addiction with a consuming passion for skin-diving. Much pleasured by such plebeian delights as nutburgers, she is conversely bugged by buglike compact cars, finds Cadillac and Continental convertibles (top down) much less claustrophobic. Titian-tressed Merle has her big blue eyes firmly focused on a film career, is busy studying acting in the hope of breaking the Hollywood sound-stage barrier. If and when Merle does soar to moviedom’s heights, we’d like to think that Playboy’s Penthouse provided her with a launching pad to success.

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