Water Sprite

A nifty dipster makes a maytime splash

Marya Carter was top bunny in May of 1962.  She was born Zella Maria Grajeda in Los Angeles on May 12, 1942.  She had a reasonably lengthy, if unspectacular, movie and acting career under the name Sally Carter-Ihnat.  She also modeled and performed under various aliases Sally Carter, Sally Carter Hunt, Sally Carter Ihnat and Sally Ihnat.

Marya/Sally (heretofore referred to only as Marya) was married 3 times, most recently to Peter Marshall (from 1977 to their divorce in 1988).  She was married to Steve Ihnat, a character actor best known for playing Fleet Captain Garth of Izar in the Star Trek episode “Whom Gods Destroy”.


If our judgment runs true to form, the most disconcerting hazard to navigation on the California coast this spring will prove to be willowy Marya Carter, a lass who is both a budding actress and our mermaiding Miss May.


Like many another angelic Angeleno, this bouncy beachnik goes near the water as often as she can for a liquid diet of scuba diving, water skiing and attendant surfside rompings. Endowed with flowing brown tresses and an eminently suitable fuselage (37-23-36), she has high hopes of eventually making a big splash in showbiz, preferably in dramatic roles.


While awaiting the tide in her affairs that will lead on to starry heights, our 20-year-old Playmate works hard at thesping studies, relaxes with the many boat-swains who find her a shipshape date to remember (though quick to put the damper on overly opinionated guys who talk at length, she gets along swimmingly with more considerate types). For an exclusive showing of our featured aquatic attraction we invite you to join us in welcoming marvelous Marya.



Drama classes, scuba diving and water skiing off Southern California’s shores kept Marya occupied while awaiting a break in show business.  After her modeling bow, she was cast in Jackie Gleason’s weekly show and signed for a bit in the film The New Interns.

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