A luscious california lass becomes their valentine playmate
Toni Ann Thomas (b. 4/15/55; Huntington Park, California) was top bunny in February of 1963. Her centerfold was photographed by Mario Casilli. In 1969 she was named Playmate of the Decade.
Currently she works as an interior designer. She is married to prominent hotelier John Fitts.
While running an errand for her stepfather at a hardware store, Toni was approached by a local photographer. He took a few shots of her in a bikini, sent them into the magazine, and, she recalls now, “within two weeks they had accepted me. I was totally shocked. But I decided to do it and use the funds I got to go to college and further my education in design – and that has been my career of choice for most of my adult life.” Today (as of 1996) Toni heads her own highly successful Southern California firm specializing in hotel interior design, accepts the occasional modeling assignments and is writing a book about the fitness program she calls yorobics, a combination of yoga and aerobics.
At the time of publication Toni Ann Thomas, was an instructress for Vic Tanny’s. She obviously knew what there was to know about keeping in shape (38-22-36). California born and bred, Toni earned her bread working in public relations, occupied her spare time reading upbeat fiction and indulging a penchant for comedies and whodunits at the flicks.
Also an ardent shutterbug, Toni was one of those rare creatures who made a pretty picture regardless of which side of the lens she was on. Although her main ambition was to marry a nice guy, at that time Toni was still unattached.
The best antidote we know for February’s wintry blues is a lot of sun shining on a lot of girl — which we herewith offer in the fine form of Toni Ann Thomas, our February Playmate.
A tempting 18 years of age, titian-haired Toni Ann is passing through an appealingly unpredictable stage in her young life: at times she is tomboyishly exuberant and given to wild backyard romps with her two kid brothers; at other times she can, through the alchemy of perfume and peignoir, suddenly transform herself into a delicate charmer with womanly poise.
In her spare time, she likes reading short stories with happy endings and being escorted to movie houses featuring light comedies and exciting whodunits. Toni Ann is still girl enough to squeal at football games (she roots passionately for Southern Cal), stuff herself on Mexican and Italian dishes, and leap in the air when she bowls one of her rare strikes.
At the same time, she views her life and the men therein with a level-headed maturity: “My favorite kind of guy is one who is unpretentious and who cares as much about what I think as how I look. The fellows I really turn off are the phonies — the ones who are fascinated by themselves and want to take me places only as some kind of ornament for their own egos. Also, I’m not too fond of the sly types that keep saying they can help me get ahead in show business. I don’t want to be an actress, and I’m not particularly interested in being a model. I’d much prefer marrying a nice guy and raising a big family.”
Blessed with sultry features and a lushly proportioned 5’5″, 120-pound body, Toni Ann naturally draws masculine double takes wherever she goes. “I guess there’s no point in fighting nature,” she smiles. “I used to be self-conscious. Now, frankly, I enjoy it. You might say it’s part of growing up.” As proof that Toni Ann has indeed grown up, we refer you to the accompanying photographs of our fun-loving Miss February, a Playmate of whom it clearly can be said: Thank heaven for not-so-little girls.
Here is her most recently published photo – from a 2010 convention: