Tag: Candid Candace

An homage to the moms who raised me and the lessons I learned

With my mom, Elsa Mae Stott.
On this day, as always, I’m thinking of the two women in my life who made me who I am. My birth mom Elsa Mae Stott and the woman who helped her raise me, Mary Lee Johnson. Mary was in our home when I was born as she helped take care of my grandmother. My... Read more »

'Once a Playmate, Always a Playmate,' 40 years after my centerfold, I posed for another Playboy feature

The Equality Issue, a first for Playboy!
It was always Hugh Hefner’s (Hef’s) mantra, ‘Once a Playmate, always a Playmate,’ and I felt the full force of this after I was asked to fly to L.A. for another shoot for Playboy magazine a full 40 years after appearing as its December 1979 centerfold. The request, obviously, caught me completely off guard since... Read more »

Celebs and beloved Chicago notables share best Christmas gifts to give and get

Celebs and beloved Chicago notables share best Christmas gifts to give and get
I absolutely adore the holidays! I would leave my decor up year round if I could and, as a matter of fact, I do have a cabinet filled with antique Christmas stuff that stays up all year. I’m always curious what other people think about the holidays so I asked a few of my favorite... Read more »
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The iconic Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse turns 30 with a luncheon benefiting Misericordia

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse celebrated 30 in grand style!
Legendary Rush Street hotspot, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, celebrated its 30th anniversary in grand style on April 24 during a luncheon that benefited Misericordia. An overflow crowd turned out to celebrate with Gibson’s principals Steve Lombardo, Hugo Ralli, John Colletti, Kathy O’Malley Piccone, Greg Horan and a host of regulars, longtime employees and loyal fans.... Read more »

The Hugh Hefner Auction: A Playmate reviews a lifetime of Playboy memories

Hef holding the first issue of Playboy.
How do you sum up a man’s legacy in one auction? The answer is you don’t, especially if it’s Hugh Marston Hefner, a man who changed the world with his views on sexuality, freedom of speech and human rights. He was an artist, a writer, an activist, a rebel and a rule breaker. And yes,... Read more »

Dancing, Vogueing and more at Giordano Dance Chicago's Legacy Ball

Legendary dancer, choreographer, teacher and author Gus Giordano, founded Giordano Dance company in 1963, and boy would he be thrilled to see how far it’s come now under the leadership and artistic direction of his daughter Nan Giordano. The dynamic dance company celebrated its 55th anniversary at its Legacy Ball on February 10 where nearly... Read more »
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Inside Playboy's first New Year's Eve party post Hef

NYE host Cooper Hefner surrounded by Playboy Bunnies.
Hugh Hefner’s parties were legendary and I’ve been lucky enough to have attended my fair share but, in my mind, all bets were off for this year’s annual New Year’s Eve party considering Hef’s recent passing. So, when I received a text from his son Cooper, the magazine’s chief creative officer, asking if my email address... Read more »

What I love most about Christmas

Christmas with the Jordans.
When I was younger, it was all about the gifts–the latest handbag, a piece of jewelry or a rare book would make me scream with joy. However, now that I have all of these things, my desires have become a lot more simple and, I think, much more in keeping with the true spirit of... Read more »

50 reasons why I give thanks today and every day

50 reasons why I give thanks today and every day
In this time of such uncertainty, upheavals, terrorism, taxes and crime, I’m excited to write a happy column about gratitude. And even though giving thanks seems particularly topical on Thanksgiving, duh, I give thanks every single day for the following: 1) First and foremost, I’m grateful for Chuck, without him, nothing else really matters. 2)... Read more »
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What it's like to reshoot a Playboy Magazine cover, 38 years later!

A shot from my Dec. 1979 centerfold shoot that was taken at photographer Richard Fegley's house in Chicago. His wife served me lunch.
I was floored when I opened the email. It read (in part), “I’m a photo editor on Playboy’s digital team. I’m working on an exciting new project, alongside the Playboy team and Cooper Hefner, for Playboy.com— and we thought this was a wonderful way for you to be involved. Hugh Hefner created the Playmate with... Read more »