A Canadian bombshell, Shannon Tweed dominated <i>Playboy</i> history in 1981-82 as Playmate of the Month and Year as well as being Hugh Hefner's girlfriend. She established a legitimate acting career with a recurring role on "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990) and "Days of Our Lives" (NBC, 1965- ) and a string of TV guest spots on such programs as "Highway to Heaven" (NBC, 1984-89) and "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994), but earned juicier roles in cult fare like her star turn as a feminist Indiana Jones in "Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death" (1989). Known as the queen of erotic thrillers, the seductive Tweed sparked countless fantasies with her roles in steamy flicks that included "Night Eyes II" (1992), "Cold Sweat" (1994), "Illicit Dreams" (1994) and "Body Chemistry 4: Full Exposure" (1995). Displaying an impressive self-awareness of her Hollywood niche, Tweed continued to book mainstream TV guest spots but won over even more fans on the reality show "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" (A&E, 2006-2012). The series, which featured Tweed, her longtime partner and eventual husband, KISS legend Gene Simmons, and their two children, earned many fans and kept her name relevant some 30 years after first finding fame. Gorgeous and good-natured, Shannon Tweed built a lengthy Hollywood career that helped her outlast many of her more mainstream contemporaries and certainly made her one of the few <i>Playboy</i> centerfolds success stories.