‘Playboy Club’ doesn’t ring quite true, say former bunnies
A bevy of bunnies lines up outside the entrance to the Playboy Club, which was open in Lake Geneva from early May 1968 through March 1982. Gazette file photo
LAKE GENEVA — Everything about it said — and sold — sexy and sophisticated. Membership in the Playboy Club offered keyholders immediate status as people flocked to the Lake Geneva venue, which became the 20th of more than 40 establishments in Hugh Hefner’s swanky kingdom.
The Lake Geneva club welcomed customers for the first time in May 1968, offering a luxurious hotel, the best in live entertainment and fine dining. However, the biggest attraction arguably was the beautiful women dressed in their trademark satin costumes that featured fluffy cottontails, bunny ears and high heels.
But those who worked at the club until it closed in March 1982 knew that bunny business meant no funny business. Customers could be kicked out and employees were fired for breaking strict fraternization rules.
That life wasn’t all glitz and glamour, and it was much different than the world depicted in the NBC series “The Playboy Club,” which aired at 9 p.m. Mondays before being canceled this past week ... STORY CONTINUED