(February 17, 1939-September 19, 1997)
Born in South Africa
Birth name was Katherine Keeton
Exotic ballet dancer
Acted small roles in 'Carlton-Browne of the F.O,' 'Expresso Bongo,' 'Too Hot to Handle,' and 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold'
Founder and publisher of the magazines 'Viva' (1973), 'Omni' (1978), and 'Longevity' (1989)
Helped co-publish 'Penthouse' magazine with her husband, Bob Guccione (1965)
President and chief operating officer of General Media Communications, Inc.
Author of 'Woman of Tomorrow' (1986) and 'Longevity: The Science of Staying Young' (1992)
Established the Kathy Keeton Cancer Research Foundation
Why she might be annoying
She was Bob Guccione's fifth wife.
She played second fiddle to Jayne Mansfield in 'Too Hot to Handle.'
She dropped out of dancing school to work as a nightclub dancer, at 18.
At age 24, she was billed as 'one of the highest-paid strippers in Europe.'
She sued Hustler Magazine citing 5 counts of slander against her, over several years (1984).
She sued the magazine through New Hampshire, because it was the only state with no statute of limitations, even though neither party had any history in the state. The case went all the way to Supreme Court (although she won).
Why she might not be annoying
She was raised on a farm in rural South Africa.
She took up dancing as a means of treating a case of polio she experienced as a child.
She won a scholarship to study to become a professional dancer at the Sadler's Wells Ballet in London.
She went from stripper to mogul in less than 10 years.
Camille Paglia compared her seductive grace to the Rihanna's body language.
She had to tolerate being married to pompous ass, Bob Guccione.
She also had to put up with being caught in the middle of his heated feud with his ungrateful children.
She overcame notions that she was an 'available bimbo' by becoming one of the most celebrated magazine publishers on the literary scene.
The hydrazine sulfate treatments from her own magazine failed to shrink her tumors and save her from breast cancer. She spent her last years raising money for breast cancer research.
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