Barbi Benton is a former model, actress, singer, and comedian. She began her modeling career at the age of sixteen and worked in several magazines. At the age of 18, she appeared in Playboy’s “After Dark” show. She was hired as an extra in the show, but that all changed when she met Hugh Hefner, founder of PB. He fell in love with the teenage model Benton when he was 42, and she was 18. Hefner also suggested her to change her name from Barbi Klein to Barbi Benton. She appeared on the cover of Playboy four times, and in-between times, Benton frequently appeared within the pages of the magazine in photo essays.
Barbi Benton’s Acting Career
Barbi Benton moderately turned her bold modeling career into a successful actress and singer. In 1969, she started her acting career with comedy country music variety show, ‘Hee Haw,’ in 1969. The show only ran for two years, but she made her name. During that time, she also appeared in a German comedy film called ‘The Naughty Cheerleader.’ Benton rose to fame with her roles in ‘Hospital Massacre’ and the 1983 fantasy adventure ‘Deathstalker.’ She also starred in the short-lived 1977 ABC-TV comedy series ‘Sugar Time.’
Barbi Benton’s Singing Career
Benton began her a singer and recording artist in the mid-1970s. She has recorded eight albums, the last of which she produced in 1979. She wrote all the songs, played the piano, and sang all the tunes on the albums. Her singe ‘Brass Buckles’ peaked at number five spot on Billboards country chart in 1975 and her another single ‘”Ain’t That Just the Way” was number one on the charts in Sweden for more than a month.
Barbi Benton today
In 1979, Benton married real estate developer George Gradow, and they have two children together. Benton has taken a break from her career, and now she is living in Los Angeles with her children and husband. She also works as an interior designer.
Here below are some stunning pictures from her modeling and acting career.