Sally Jo Todd (born June 7, 1934 in Tucson, Arizona) was Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for the February 1957 issue.
She also appeared in a series of other lesser known gent mags in the mid to late 50’s until she was able to make a career of sorts in Hollywood.
Todd’s entertainment career began in 1952 when her mother encouraged her to enter a local Tucson beauty contest. She also studied drama in her hometown. Todd wanted to vacation in Canada but had only enough money to take her as far asHollywood in 1954. She took a job modeling teenage clothes and was spotted by a talent scout for 20th Century Fox.
That led to a contract with the studio and a movie career that consisted mostly of B-movie roles in The Unearthly and Frankenstein’s Daughter.
Other motion pictures in which she performed are The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956), The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Serpent (1957), Al Capone (1959), and G.I. Blues (1960).
Her television appearances are in episodes of Flight, Dragnet (1958–1959), M Squad (1959), Johnny Ringo (1960), The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1960), 77 Sunset Strip (1960), and The Tab Hunter Show (1960)
Sally first appeared in PB in the June, 1956 issue, where photographer David Sutton presented a “real time” date between Sally and Bill Whitehall.. flying from LA to Las Vegas for a to-and-back Champagne flight. Their date is presented here as a 5 page, non-nude pictoral: Champagne Flight to Vegas
For $25 a head, you can fly round to Vegas, golf, swim, gamble and catch a show at the Showboat Casino. Not a bad deal at all! That would be a good bit tougher now, since the Showboat Casino was sold in 2000, changed name to Castaways, sold several times and in 2005 closed and demolished.
Sally returned to PB, referencing her previous appearance (and beau) in February of 1957 – this time getting the full treatment:
Apparently, her time spent with Billy didn’t pan out – he is no longer referenced and not even the wide reach of the internet can turn up whatever became of him.
Moving on, Sally married singer Charles Cochran in 1961; they divorced a short while later. On June 8, 1963 Todd wed John W. James in Las Vegas, Nevada; this marriage also ended in divorce.
As of 2009, Sally still lives in Big Sur, California and runs an antique shop.
Because she’s a bit of a cult classic figure based on her B grade science fiction flick career, one can get a detailed timeline of some public events, including an alleged drunk driving (and subsequent resolution) offense.
A nearly complete PB issue from February of 1957 can be downloaded here: PB_1957-02