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Christa Speck, Actress And Playboy Playmate Of The Year 1962, Dies At 70

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Christa Speck—a model, actress and Playboy playmate—died recently at the age of 70 at her home in Los Angeles.Speck was one of the most popular Playmates of her time. Born in Danzig, Germany, Speck was discovered by Playboy while she was working as a bank secretary at Bank of America. She went on to become a Bunny in the Chicago club and live in the Playboy Mansion.

She was named Playmate of the Month in September 1961 and Playmate of the Year in 1962. Her centerfold is seen in "Animal House," which takes place in 1962. Speck was incredibly popular and set a fan mail record for her day. Speck married television producer Marty Krofft in 1965.

Speck died of natural causes on March 22. She is survived by Krofft and their three daughters, Deanna Krofft Pope, Kristina Krofft Zander, Kendra Krofft Moreno and five grandchildren, Taylor Pope, Karson Pope, Griffin Pope, Georgia Zander, and Drake Zander.

The family said in a statement: "Mom had an uncanny ability to make everyone smile and touched so many people with her unique sense of humor. It's rare to find a human being that holds no judgment and sees the good in everyone. That was our mom. We will miss her terribly."

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A memorial service is pending.