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Unwrapped: The 66 sexiest celebs to take it off for Playboy

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It's officially December and that means two special occasions are growing near: 1) Getting to unwrap some presents soon, and 2) Lindsay Lohan's spread for Playboy being published (which coincidentally also happens to count as part of the first occasion). Lindsay isn't the first famous celebrity to take it all off for the venerable publication, but she might be one of the most famous. All in all, we counted somewhere around 120 women that would qualify as a 'celebrity' who have removed their clothes for a Playboy pictorial. These are the 66 women who we believe did it the best.


All but five of these women were large enough stars at the time of their appearance in Playboy for the magazine to give them their own cover (Lindsay also joins that list this month). Accompanying each lady is a quick bio that explains why they were chosen and gives you the ability to see just how famous they were at the time of their taking it all off for the legendary men's magazine.

Note: Women who became celebrities because of their appearances in Playboy weren't considered, so you won't see celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Jenny McCarthy, Anna Nicole Smith, Donna D'Errico, Kendra Wilkinson, and Julie McCullough on this list.

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Willa Ford, now sometimes known as Mandy Modano, is a singer who reached her peak of fame with her 2001 debut album, Willa Was Here, which included her top single "I Wanna Be Bad." In 2006, she was one of four celebrity quarterbacks in the Lingerie Bowl, which aired at half-time of Super Bowl XL. Ford is married to former hockey player Mike Modano.


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Vanna White is the legendary hostess of the longest-running syndicated game show in United States, Wheel of Fortune, a role she has performed since 1982.


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Ursula Andress is a Swiss actress known for playing Bond girl Honey Ryder in the 1962 film Dr. No, as well as for her role playing Vesper Lynd in the 1967 James Bond parody Casino Royale. Andress is also the third woman on this list to have been married (from 1957 to 1966) to producer John Derek (Linda Evans, 1968–1974, and Bo Derek, 1976–1998, being the other two.)


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Tricia Helfer is an actress best known for portraying the character Number Six in the TV series Battlestar Galactica from 2004 to 2009. Helfer is also a former fashion model who won the Ford Models Supermodel of the World Contest in 1992.


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Torrie Wilson is a former professional wrestler and fitness competitor. Wilson won the Miss Galaxy competition in 1998. She then worked for WCW from 1999 until 2001, and for WWE from 2001 to 2008 as a wrestler. In 2009, Wilson finished second on the reality show "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me out of Here!"


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Tiffany, along with the aforementioned Debbie Gibson, was a singer/teen icon best who rose to fame in the late 1980s. The height of her fame came with her 1987 cover version of the Tommy James and the Shondells song "I Think We're Alone Now." She is also remembered for her unique mall tour of concerts during that time period.


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Tia Carrere is an actress and model who gained wide fame for her role as Cassandra Wong in the films Wayne's World (in 1992) and Wayne's World 2 (in 1993). From 1999 to 2002, Carrere played the role of an archeology professor named Sydney Fox in the television series Relic Hunter.


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Teri Polo is an actress well-known for playing the character Pam Focker in the 2000 film Meet the Parents, as well as the 2004 sequel Meet the Fockers and the 2010 follow-up Little Fockers. From 1994 to 1995 she played Michelle Schowdowski Capra on the TV series Northern Exposure.


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Taryn Manning is an actress and vocalist for duo Boomkat. She is well known for her roles in the 2002 films Crossroads and 8 Mile, as well as in the 2005 film Hustle & Flow. In 2010 and 2011 she had a recurring role, playing Mary Ann McGarrett, on the reboot of Hawaii Five-0.


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Tara Reid is an actress whose peak of fame came with her role of Vicky Lathum in the 1999 film American Pie, a role she reprised in the 2011 film American Pie 2, and will once again in the 2012 film American Reunion.


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Tahnee Welch is a model and actress, best known for three things: her role in the 1985 film Cocoon, her role in the 1988 film Cocoon: The Return, and for being the daughter of legendary model and actress Raquel Welch.


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Suzanne Somers is an actress most well-known for her roles on the sitcoms Three's Company (from 1977 to 1981) and Step by Step (from 1991 to 1998). Somers is also often remembered for her work in the 1980s as the spokeswoman for Thighmaster and their many infomercials.


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Stephanie Seymour is an American model most notable for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue from 1988 to 1991 and for being one of the first models, beginning in 1992, to work for Victoria's Secret.


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Stacey Dash is an actress whose big break came as Dionne Marie Davenport in the 1995 film Clueless, which was turned into a series in which she continued the role from from 1996 to 1999. She currently has a role playing Valerie Stokes on the VH1 TV series Single Ladies.


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Sherilyn Fenn is an actress who first garnered attention for her role in the 1998 erotic drama film Two Moon Junction. She gained even more acclaim for playing the role of Audrey Horne on the TV series Twin Peaks in 1990 and 1991. In 1990 Us magazine named her one of the "10 Most Beautiful Women in the World."


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Shari Belafonte is a model and actress and is the daughter of legendary singer Harry Belafonte. Her best-remembered role was as Julie Gilette on the TV series Hotel, a role she performed from 1983 to 1988. She is also well-known for being the spokesperson for Slim-Fast in the 1990s.


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Shannen Doherty is an actress best known for playing the role of Brenda Walsh on the TV show Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1994. Shannen is also known for playing the lead character, Prue Halliwell, on the TV series Charmed from 1998 to 2001.


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Rena Mero, aka Sable, is a former professional wrestler who worked for WWE from 1996 to 1999 and from 2003 to 2004 and was the first woman to ever appear on the cover of Playboy twice in the same year. Mero is currently married to former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.


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Rachelle Leah is a model and TV personality who first rose to fame as an Octagon Girl for UFC beginning in 2003. She has since gone on to host many TV shows such as Sexiest NYC Bartenders, Women of Action, Casino Cinema, Inside the UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, and UFC All Access.


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Rachel Hunter is a New Zealand-born model who first appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1989. She is also known for being married to singer Rod Stewart from 1990 to 2006.


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Peta Wilson is an Australian actress whose signature role came when appeared as the title character in the TV series La Femme Nikita from 1997 to 2001. She also played the role of Mina Harker in the film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003.


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Nastassja Kinski is a German actress who is most remembered for winning a Golden Globe Award as the title character in the 1979 film Tess and for her roles in erotic films Stay As You Are (1978) and Cat People (1982).


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Mimi Rogers is a movie actress who first came to fame was for her role in the 1987 film in Someone to Watch Over Me, but is also remembered for her roles in the 1991 film The Rapture and the 1995 film Full Body Massage. She is now arguably most famous for once being married to Tom Cruise and for being a common participant in poker events.


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Maria Kanellis is a former professional wrestler who competed for WWE from 2004 to 2010 after competing in the Raw Diva Search in 2004. Kanellis was also a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice in 2010.


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Lisa Rinna is an actress best known for her role as Billie Reed on Days of our Lives from 1992 to 1995 as well as in 2002 and 2003, and will return to the show for a third time in 2012. She also played Taylor McBride on Melrose Place from 1996 to 1998.


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Lisa Guerrero is an American sportscaster, TV host, and former cheerleader for the Los Angeles Rams. In 1997, she became a sports anchor on KCBS in Los Angeles, and in 2001 and 2002 was a co-host of the TV show The Best Damn Sports Show Period. In 2003 she was a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football.


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Linda Evans is an actress known primarily for her roles on the television shows The Big Valley, in which she appeared from 1965 to 1969, and Dynasty, in which she appeared from 1981 to 1989. She is also the second woman (so far) on this list to have been married to film producer John Derek (Bo Derek being the other).


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Leeann Tweeden is an American model. She was a correspondent for the The Best Damn Sports Show Period from 2000 to 2007 and is currently a participant in the Los Angeles Angels' pre-game and post-game shows on Fox Sports West.


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Kristy Swanson is an actress best known for playing Buffy in the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1992. Swanson is also remembered playing the character Kristen Connor in the 1995 John Singleton film, Higher Learning.


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Kim Kardashian is a socialite and television personality who first garnered media attention for a leaked sex tape featuring her and R&B singer in early 2007. She is now known for her reality television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians and for dating a series of professional athletes.


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Kim Basinger is an actress and former fashion model whose breakout role was playing the Bond girl in Never Say Never Again in 1983. She also received attention for her role alongside Mickey Rourke in the steamy, sexy film 9 1/2 Weeks in 1986. Basinger won an Academy Award for her performance in L.A. Confidential in 1997.


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Kiana Tom was a television host/fitness expert best known for hosting a televised fitness series called Kiana's Flex Appeal on ESPN from 1995 to 2001. She also appeared on ESPN in the shows Kiana's Too Fit 2 Quit, Summer Sizzle with Kiana, and Hot Summer Nights with Kiana.


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Kelly Brook is a British model and actress who came to fame as a Page Three girl, eventually being voted #1 in the 100 Sexiest Women in the World list by readers of FHM magazine in 2005.


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Katarina Witt was a figure skater who won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany in 1984 and 1988. She is a four-time World Champion and a six-time European Champion. Her issue of Playboy was the second ever sold-out issue of the magazine (the inaugural issue featuring Marilyn Monroe was the first).


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Karina Smirnoff is a Ukrainian-born professional ballroom dancer, who has been the U.S. National Champion five times. Karina has appeared as a regular on the American TV show Dancing With The Stars since 2006. Karina was engaged to fellow dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy at one point, but is now engaged to MLB pitcher Brad Penny.


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"Downtown" Julie Brown is a former MTV VJ, as well as the host of the TV show Club MTV and a correspondent for MTV News, who began her career with the network in 1988. Brown also won the UK Disco Dancing Championships and the World Disco Dancing Championship in the late 1970s.


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Janet Jones is an actress best known for being married to hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. The high points of her acting career came with her roles in the films The Flamingo Kid in 1984, A Chorus Line in 1985, and American Anthem in 1986.


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Jaime Pressly is an actress whose first notable role was as Violet in the 1997 film Poison Ivy: The New Seduction. She is probably best-known for playing Joy Turner on the sitcom My Name Is Earl from 2005 to 2009.


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Geri Halliwell is British singer who became known the world over as a member of the singing group the Spice Girls who performed between the years 1994 and 1998. Prior to the Spice Girls, Geri worked as a nightclub dancer in Majorca, a presenter on Turkish version, and as a glamour model.


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Gena Lee Nolin is an actress whose first claim to fame was as one of Barker's Beauties on the game show The Price Is Right from 1994 to 1998, but is recognized the most for her role as Neely Capshaw on the TV series Baywatch in which she appeared from 1995 to 1998.


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Garcelle Beauvais is an actress and former fashion model best known for playing "Fancy" Monroe on The Jamie Foxx Show from 1996 to 2001, and as Valerie Heywood on the crime drama, NYPD Blue from 2001 to 2004.


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Gabrielle Reece is a former American professional volleyball player who competed for many years, beginning in 1993, in the Women's Beach Volleyball League, the Olympic Challenge Series, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, and the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.


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Farrah Fawcett was an American actress who rose to fame playing the role of Jill Munroe on the TV series Charlie's Angels in 1976 and parts of 1978, 1979, and 1980. During her time on Charlie's Angels a poster of Farrah in a red bathing suit sold millions of copies and her hairstyle was the most popular cut for much of the 1970s and 1980s.


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Elle Macpherson is an Australian model and actress best known for appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue a record five times with the first taking place in 1986. She appeared in the films Sirens (1994) and Batman & Robin (1997), and is currently the host of the TV show Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model.


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Drew Barrymore is an actress and director who made her made her film debut in the movie Altered States in 1980 at the age of 5. Her first major role, however, came in the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982. In 2004, Barrymore received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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Dita Von Teese is a world-famous dancer who began performing burlesque in 1992 after working as a fetish and glamour model. She once appeared at a benefit wearing nothing but $5 million worth of diamonds, and was married to singer Marilyn Manson from 2004 to 2007.


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Diora Baird is an actress and former model who came to fame working as one of the featured models for Guess. Baird's most well-known roles in films are from her appearances in the 2005 comedy Wedding Crashers and horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning in 2006.


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Dian Parkinson was a model and hostess on the game show The Price Is Right from 1975 to 1993. In 1994 Parkinson filed a lawsuit against host Bob Barker for sexual harassment, claiming she was forced to have a three-year sexual relationship because of threats to be fired from The Price Is Right if she didn't. The case was later dropped.


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Denise Richards is an actress and former model who made her name appearing in the films Starship Troopers (1997), Wild Things (1998), and the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. She is also well-known for appearing on the reality show, Denise Richards: It's Complicated, and for her marriage and subsequent divorce from actor Charlie Sheen.


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Dedee Pfeiffer is an actress, probably best known for being the sister of actress Michelle Pfeiffer. Dedee appeared as a regular on the TV show Cybill from 1995 to 1997 and For Your Love from 1998 to 2002. She also starred alongside Susanna Hoffs in the 1987 film The Allnighter.


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Deborah Gibson, best known as Debbie Gibson, is a singer who was the youngest artist to write, produce, and perform a No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, having done so in 1987 at the age of 17. She is reported to be set to appear on the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice in 2012.


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Daryl Hannah is an actress whose first role role of note was in the 1982 film Blade Runner, but the role made her a household name was as Madison the mermaid in the 1984 movie Splash. She is currently best known as an activist having been arrested multiple times for protesting in support of various causes.


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Cindy Crawford is one of the most well-known American models of all-time having worked in the industry since 1986. From 1989 to 1995, Crawford was host of the MTV show House of Style. Her most high-profile acting role was as the female lead in the movie Fair Game in 1995.


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Christy Hemme is a former professional wrestler who is currently a backstage interviewer and ring announcer for Impact Wrestling on Spike TV. Hemme worked as a wrestler for WWE from in 2004 and 2005 after winning a WWE Diva Search. She has worked as a manager, wrestler, and in her current position for TNA since 2006.


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Charlotte Lewis is a British actress whose first major film role came in 1986 as the female lead in the film The Golden Child starring Eddie Murphy. She hasn't appeared in a movie or on TV since 2003.


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Charlize Theron is an Academy Award-winning actress from South Africa. Theron's first major film successes came in The Devil's Advocate in 1997, Mighty Joe Young in 1998, and The Cider House Rules in 1999. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.


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Charisma Carpenter is an actress best known for her role as Cordelia Chase in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel. In 2010 she appeared in the film The Expendables starring Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham.


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Brooke Burke is a model and TV personality who first gained notoriety for hosting the television show Wild On! on the E! network from 1999 to 2002. In 2005 and 2006 Burke hosted the reality show, Rock Star and won the seventh season of Dancing With the Stars . She began co-hosting that show in 2010.


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Brigitte Nielsen is a Danish model and actress that first became famous after her appearances in the 1985 films Red Sonja and Rocky IV as well as for her marriage to Sylvester Stallone from 1985 to 1987. She is now well-known for numerous appearances on reality TV shows such as The Surreal Life and Celebrity Rehab in the U.S. and Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing With the Stars in Europe.


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Bo Derek is an actress and model who first garnered attention with her role in the 1979 film 10. Derek has won a Golden Raspberry Worst Actress Award for Tarzan, The Ape Man, Bolero, and Ghosts Can't Do It.


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Belinda Carlisle is a singer who came to fame as the lead singer of the girl group the Go-Go's in the 1980s. After three years with the Go-Go's Belinda embarked on a successful solo career and has since received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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Ashley Massaro is a professional wrestler having worked for WWE from 2005 to 2008, and on independent circuits since. Massaro was also a contestant on the reality show Survivor: China in 2007.


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Ashley Harkleroad is an American tennis player who made her pro debut in 2000 with high expectations, but 11 years later has yet to win a WTA sanctioned event. She reached the highest ranking of her career in 2003 peaking at #39. Ashley was the first professional tennis player to ever pose for Playboy.


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Arianny Celeste has been an Octagon Girl for the Ultimate Fighting Championship since 2006. She was voted "2008 Ring Girl of the Year" and "2009 Ring Girl of the Year" by Fighter's Only magazine, and "Ring Girl of the Year 2010" at the 2010 MMA Awards.


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Amanda Beard is an American swimmer and winner of seven Olympic medals including two golds from competing in the 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympics.


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Adrianne Curry came to fame as the first winner of the reality TV series America's Next Top Model in 2003, but she is probably best-known for appearing with her then boyfriend and future ex-husband Christopher Knight from 2005 to 2008 on the VH1 reality show My Fair Brady.


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