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Marguerite Empey
Birth: Jul. 29, 1932
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Aug. 19, 2008
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Model, Dancer. A brunette beauty known for most of her professional life as Diane Webber, she had a noted modeling career that saw her as "Playboy" magazine's centerfold for May 1955 and February 1956. The child of a Hollywood screenwriter, she was born Marguerite Diane Empey, was raised in Southern California, and had studied ballet but was married to Joe Webber and was working as a chorus girl in San Francisco when spotted and asked to grace the pages of "Playboy". After appearing under her birth name she went on to become a popular subject for such prominent photographers as Bunny Yeager and Russ Meyer as well as for nudist publications and films while also appearing on a number of record album jackets including Xavier Cugat's "Chile con Cugie" and Nelson Riddle's "Sea of Dreams". Thru the 1970s Diane worked as a bellydance teacher in Van Nuys while also founding and running the Perfumes of Araby, a popular erotic Middle Eastern-themed dance troupe. Diane made it to the silver screen a few times, her apperances including the 1962 "Mermaids of Tiburon", "The Swinger" (1966), and a typecast turn as a bellydance instructor in 1974's "The Trial of Billy Jack" while numbered among her television credits were "Peter Gunn", "Markham", "Highway Patrol", and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". Indeed she even gained a place in popular fiction when a character in Gay Talese's novel "Thy Neighbor's Wife" made no secret about carrying her nude picture in his wallet. Diane divorced in 1986, lived out her days in her native city, and died of the complications of surgery for metastatic cancer. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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  Arthur Guy Empey (1883 - 1963)
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Apr 28, 2012
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Marguerite Empey
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Marguerite Empey
Added by: Bob Hufford
 
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A beautiful woman, who fueled our fantasies during those delightful years of youth. I have an old copy of Esquire with your picture on the cover that is still one of my favorites. A great pity that beautiful women grow old, and die. A pity that any of ...(Read more)
- Em
 Added: Jan. 24, 2015

-Anonymous
 Added: Jan. 21, 2015
* God rest you Marguerite! *
- born of God
 Added: Sep. 3, 2014
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