Malibu Beachnik

Lovely, petite and adorable brunette Karla Conway was born Karla Jo Musacchia on July 5, 1946 in Pasadena, California.

An avid surfer, Karla was raised in Malibu and graduated from Canoga Park High School. She was discovered by Playboy magazine on the beach in Malibu in 1965. Conway was the Playmate of the Month in the April, 1966 issue of “Playboy;” at 4’11” she has the distinction of being one of the shortest women to pose for “Playboy.”

Karla appeared as a dancer in the promo video for “Sea Cruise” by the Hondells.

Moreover, she worked as a Bunny in Playboy Clubs in Jamaica, and Los Angeles. Karla married poet Jon Woodjack and gave birth to son Aaron on Jaunuary 25, 1967 in London, England. Karla then returned to California and acted in a small part in the car race picture “Fireball 500.” (She also portrayed Connie in the lowbrow soft-core sci-fi romp “Space Thing.”). Karla, her husband and friends Patrick & Susan Farrow, shared the old Positano’s Coffee House on the cliffs overlooking Malibu. While there they often entertained celebrities and writers such as Henry Miller, Mia Farrow (Patrick’s sister), and Peter Sellers.

Later in ’67 Karla moved to Denver to ski Vail and Aspen, where she worked a year as a Playboy Bunny: “What was most memorable was when I was working as a Bunny. That was more memorable than anything. It was so interesting wearing that tail and those ears. 🙂 I don’t think I’ll ever forget that. I used to forget to put my tail on and the Bunny Mother would give me demerits. I never forgot my ears though. I worked in the L.A. club and was sent to Jamaica and promptly sent to Denver because they needed someone there.”

During 1968, with her baby in tow, Karla along with other gypsies and fellini-esque period characters (wenches, jugglers and Shakespearian actors), traveled with the seasonal Renaissance Pleasure Faire.   After two years she was off again to Puerto Vallerta Mexico to help her father with his beachfront restaurant. From Mexico she ventured further to Guatemala, then continued to search for a home, and finally found it to be Hawaii, her Grandmother’s Island home, where she has lived off and on since 1978.

In the 80’s her art career began with whimsical soft “life-sculptures”, original works carried by Circus Circus in Las Vegas and FAO Schwartz . A gift of a 30″ likeness of Hugh Hefner was commissioned by his staff for a gift and later featured in the December ’82 issue of “Playboy.”

Sadly, in 1987 Karla tragically lost her only child, Aaron, to a sudden illness. For several years she channeled her grief into art, and by 1997 had created over 600 paintings and sculptures. She later dropped her first name, changing it to “Sachi,” a shortened version of her true maiden name, “Musacchia”–the street name posted on a main boulevard in a town in Sicily. Her fine art has granted her numerous first place awards in exhibits, and covers of noted books, periodicals as well as licensing agreements.

Elvis and Hedrix by Satchi

Sachi has been described as a “living master,” whose work is characteristically bold, sensuous and idealistic. As well as paintings a wealth of subjects in Watercolor, Mixed Media and Oils on Canvas, including Hawaiian Monarchs for museums, her art has since grown to also include writing–non-fiction as well as children’s books, Poetry, Visionary Music, and Bronze Sculpture. A business created in 1995 called “Big Mouth Productions” (BMP), markets much of her art today in the form of greeting cards, books, music, posters, and other products.

The new Sachi Art website is now online at –

Recently, about PB she states: “I attended my first Playboy convention in L.A. in April 1997. It was great meeting the girls, especially Lisa Baker. We stay in touch.”

Today Sachi resides in her mountain chalet in Holualoa, an artist’s community in the tropical misty foothills overlooking beach town of Kona, Hawaii on the Big Island. Much of her work is collected and exhibited throughout Hawaii and also distributed worldwide. She actively supports the preservation of marine life, wildlife and encourages a balance between Man, Womankind, and Nature.

Satchi has her own personal photo gallery here.

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3 Responses to Malibu Beachnik

  1. beachnik says:

    Very nice Bio, I would like to add your link to my Beachnik Beach blog if you don’t mind.

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