Christa Speck, former Playboy centerfold, dies at 70

Born in Germany, Christa Speck was voted as one of the 10 favorite Playmates from the 1960s.

LOS ANGELES – A German-born former Playboy Playmate who later married television producer Marty Krofft has died in Los Angeles of natural causes at age 70.

Family spokesman Christoph Buerger says Christa Speck died March 22 at her home.

Speck, a model and actress, was named Playboy's Playmate of the Month in September 1961, and Playmate of the Year in 1962.

Speck was discovered by Playboy while working as a secretary at Bank of America. She was a Playboy Bunny at Hugh Hefner's Chicago nightclub and lived at the Playboy Mansion. She appeared in many pictorials.

Speck was selected by Playboy editors and readers as one of their 10 favorite Playmates from the magazine’s first decade. Her centerfold is seen in the 1978 comedy classic "Animal House", which is set in 1962.

She is survived by her husband, the producer of "H.R. Pufnstuf," and their three daughters.

The family said in a statement that she was the rare sort of person who didn't judge others and saw good in everyone.

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