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 Marguerite Empey

Marguerite Empey

Birth
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 19 Aug 2008 (aged 76)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 89262272 · View Source
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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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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
  • Added: 28 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89262272
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marguerite Empey (29 Jul 1932–19 Aug 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89262272, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.