Susan Bernard was an American actress and author.
Her most famous film role was in director Russ Meyer’s 1965 cult film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
She also appeared on television, in episodes of General Hospital, Room 222, The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Smith Family (with Henry Fonda).
Bernard appeared in Playboy magazine as its Playmate of the Month in December 1966. Playboy later named Bernard one of the 100 most beautiful women of the century.
Her father, Bruno Bernard, rose to fame as a result of his photographs of Marilyn Monroe. Bernard spent several years preserving and licensing those photos under her father’s “Bernard of Hollywood” moniker.
She was the founder of Bernard of Hollywood Publishing and authored seven books, which were translated into dozens of languages, including Bernard of Hollywood’s Ultimate Pin Up Book and Marilyn: Intimate Exposures. In 2011, she entered into a partnership with Authentic Brands Group, which acquired the estates of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Muhammad Ali, among others.
Bernard died June 21, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. She was 71.