May 4, 2004 by

Bonnie Jo Halpin

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Bonnie Jo Halpin, the original Playboy “bunny,” died on March 31 from an accidental drug overdose. She was 65.
Described by Hugh Hefner as a “very special lady,” Halpin was the first “door bunny” to welcome key-holders into the Playboy Club in Chicago when it opened in 1960. The petite brunette wore the trademark bunny outfit (a strapless satin leotard, cottontail, white cuffs and collar with a black bow tie and rabbit ears) at the openings of Playboy establishments in Miami, New Orleans and New York. She also appeared on the cover of the October 1962 issue of Playboy magazine.
Halpin later worked as a personal trainer and hospital volunteer. Prior to her bunny years, she was a junior fashion model and a runner-up in the Miss Chicago pageant.

One Response to Bonnie Jo Halpin

  1. Jennifer Harris Crawford

    Bonnie was the most fun friend I have ever had. She could sure meddle sometimes, which I miss very much, she was fun.
    Bonnie was kind and thoughtful and helpful.
    I miss her so much.
    No matter how bad she felt, she would get out of the house and walk those dogs at the shelter and clean out their kennels. What a good soul, I know she is an angel in heaven.

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