A History of Black Playboy Playmates

Ola Ray

Issue: June 1980

Lots of people saw Ola, and they didn't even have to buy a nudie magazine to do it. She was the female lead in arguably the most famous music video of all time, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (1983). When Jacko's eyes turn all creepy and he barks "Go away!", this is the chick he was chasing off. 

For years, Ola maintained that she never received royalties from Jackson for her turn in "Thriller." Despite a supposed reconciliation in 1997, she sued him in 2009 for the dough. He died two months later, but Ola did eventually receive some cash. In early 2013, TMZ reported she was paid $55,000. That feels a little light to us.

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