Karen Morton

Karen Morton

American, Model (Adult/Glamour)
Karen Morton

Karen Elaine Morton

(born 3 October 1958 in Palmdale, California) was Playboy's Miss July 1978. Her centerfold was shot by Ken Marcus. She holds the distinction of having the smallest breast size – 32B – of any Playboy Playmate and possibly the smallest BMI (15.3).

Popular speculation

suggests that the July 1978 issue had the lowest newsstand sales of any summertime issue of Playboy during the 1970s, which is explained because of the combination of an underwhelming cover, pictorials, and Playmate curves.

Later on

, Karen had a small part in the Mel Brooks film History of the World, Part I (1981), and went on to a modeling career in Europe.

She played "Jenny" in the video for Tommy Tutone's 867-5309/Jenny.

Karen made appearances

at autograph shows all over the country. In 2004 she was stricken with an illness called Stevens Johnson syndrome , which left her practically blind. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has helped her find treatment for her vision. She died on February 11, 2014 after a long illness, as reported by official Facebook pages of fellow playmates Lorraine Michaels and Ava Fabian.

Karen's cousin

, Elaine Morton was also a playmate, appearing in the June 1970 issue of Playboy.

Karen Morton

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October 3, 1958 in Palmdale, California, USA


February 11, 2014 in Burbank, California, USA (complications from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome)

Birth Name

Karen Elaine Morton


5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Slim and fetching blonde Karen Elaine Morton was born on October 3, 1958 in Palmdale, California. Morton was involved with jazz dancing for two years in high school (she was an avid fan of jazz and blues piano music). Her first job was modeling shoes at a shoe store. Karen was encouraged to start posing for magazines by her grandmother. She was the Playmate of the Month in the July, 1978 issue of "Playboy." With her modest size 32B bust, Morton has the distinction of being the Playmate with the smallest breasts. Karen dated network executive Michael Lesner while still a Playmate. She later married film composer Keith Forsey; the couple had a daughter named Natalia before eventually splitting up. Morton played a vestal virgin in the comedy feature "History of the World: Part I" and appeared as herself on an episode of the atrocious short-lived comedy variety TV show "Pink Lady." Moreover, Karen portrayed Jenny in the music video for "867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone. Her cousin Elaine Morton was the Playmate of the Month in the June, 1970 issue of "Playboy." Karen studied special effects at Long Beach University. Morton lived in Sherman Oaks, California and regularly appeared at numerous autograph shows held all over America. In 2004 Karen was stricken with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a rare illness which unfortunately rendered her almost completely blind. Morton died on February 11, 2014.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders

Spouse (1)

Keith Forsey (1981 - 2007) divorced 1 child F1. Natalia


Michael Lesner Relationship/Separated

Trivia (8)

1. Playboy Playmate of the Month July 1978 2. Her cousin is Elaine Morton, the June 1970 Playmate. 3. Was spotted by a photo coordinator for OUI magazine while shopping for groceries with her grandmother. It was her grandmother that kept after her to pursue the offer to pose. 4. Did two years of jazz dancing in high school and is a big fan of jazz and blues piano. 5. A self-described movie fanatic who grew up with a crush on Clint Eastwood. 6. As of March 2009 she was living in Sherman Oaks, CA. 7. Died on Feb. 11, 2014, from organ failure due to complications from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. 8. She was paid approximately $5000 for her role in the Tommy Heath (aka Tommy Tutone) video "867-5309".

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Full name at birth
Karen Elaine Morton
Claim to fame
Playboy Playmate Of The Month July 1978
Date of birth
3 October 1958
Place of birth
Palmdale, California, USA
Date of death
11 February 2014
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Burbank, California, USA
Cause of death
complications from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
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5' 6" (168 cm)
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