Shade, 1969 Shade Burnett Biography Shade, 1969

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I was born in Akron, Ohio to Bill & Annamae Toomey. The 50's were a wonderful time to be a kid. When I was 5 or 6 I had a fascination, almost to the point of obsession, with bunnies (the four-legged, furry kind).

I used to make cardboard bunny ears and toilet paper tails and dress up the neighborhood kids! I made up this game called "RABBIT AND WOLF" and we had a blast!

I even took it a step further and would raid all the gardens in the neighborhood just like Peter Rabbit. I'd sit there munching away on carrots, pepper, tomatoes and even onions! YUMMY! My poor mom would get phone calls from all the neighbors saying "Your daughter is in my garden again! I guess it was destiny.

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When I was a teenager and found out about Playboy Bunnies I knew what I wanted be! In 1969 I met a wonderful photographer named Ott Gangl.

He took pictures of me for a year before I got the nerve to ask him if he would send some shots into PLAYBOY. He agreed. PLAYBOY liked the pictures and flew me to Chicago for a shot at Playmate! WOW! I stayed at the mansion in the "Blue Room". I thought I was dreaming!

The photo shoot went well (I was scared to death), But... no Playmate. The experience was priceless, though. I got to attend a movie party with Hef, Barbie Benton and lots of their friends. (I turned Hef on to the movie "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD" and he loved it!)

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Bunny Shady

In 1972 I moved to Denver, Colorado with a couple of friends. I found out that there was a Playboy Club there. YAHOO!

In January 1973, I applied and got the job! I was thrilled! The Bunny Mother's name was Janet. My Training Bunny's name was Kathy Horineck (aka Marlo Paris). The training was tough, but well worth it. I can still remember all the garnishes that went into the drinks even after all this time!

One time Playboy threw Howard Cosell a special party and a couple of other Bunnies and me were scheduled to work it. Everything was going great. I went around the corner to the Bunny station to get something and when I turned round, Howard was right there! He put his arms around me, bent me over backwards, and before I knew what was happening he had his tongue down my throat! (GAG, CHOKE!) It was pretty gross! And his wife was right around the corner too!! I got out of there quick like a Bunny and acted like nothing had happened. But I'll never forget it!

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But I also met so many cool people too! Like Jimmy Caan (wink wink, nudge nudge) Steve Martin, Kreskin, Harry Blackstone Jr., Engelbert Humperdink, rock bands like Uriah Heep, T-Rex, Fleetwood Mac, Manfred Mann, Dennis Wilson & Al Jardin from The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, and my favorite... KISS!! Love that Paul Stanley!! Hi Paul, Hope you read this!!

During that time, I was photographed again for Playmate. The photographer was David Chan. We went up to Red Rocks Park for the shoot. Being nude in a public park was risky! We almost got bust a couple of times, but it was fun! Again, no Playmate (SOB). But I did make it into VIP - The Playboy Club Magazine. YAY!

Alas, I only worked at the Club for a year. Let's just say I had a hard time abiding by the "no dating" rule. The temptation was much too great! Hey... I was young, what can I say? But it was a wonderful experience and I wouldn't change a thing!

Since then, I've had many jobs and lots of wonderful experiences. I live in Florida now and I am finally fulfilling a lifelong dream. I just landed a great role in a horror / thriller Called "VALLEY OF THE SHADOW". We should begin filming in February 2003. Check my website for all the details:

Shade, 1976

Peace out,


Shade, 1976

Bunny Shady
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