On my recent post on the luminous Tessa Hewitt, someone commented to the effect that they hoped we would feature Lindy Benson in the future. So, as we haven't had a non-cenrefold of the month for some time here she is.
This pictorial comes from December 1976, shockingly nearly forty years ago and hails from the second issue of Chic magazine. This was Larry Flynt of Hustler's new men's magazine, designed as an 'upmarket' stablemate to Hustler. Flynt had always derided Penthouse's and Playboy's artistic pretensions as regards there photography of women so it was something of a surprise to see him launch a higher quality magazine. It looked more like Lui or its American Playboy-published incarnation Oui than anything that Flynt might have devised. Chic was to Hustler what Oui was to Playboy: a more European influenced magazine designed to take on Penthouse.
The paper was much better quality than Hustler. The photographers were better quality and the girls were definitely better quality. Chic looked different. For a start it was a physically larger magazine. Playboy, Penthouse, Gallery, Oui etc all measured the standard 8.5 x 11 inches. Chic was 9 x 12 inches. In addition, Chic only featured full page or two page spread shots in its pictorials, rather than mixing full page pictures with smaller ones as typical of Penthouse, or picture in picture shots as seen in Paul Raymond's publications.
The larger size of the magazine and the full page shots gave their pictures a great visual impact, particularly as they started to feature close ups, such as this one of Lindy's golden pussy, The pictorials were often quite short; often just five pages and, as here, just four shots.
The use of light in these betray the distinctive style of Hustler regular James Baes, Baes had met Larry Flynt in 1975 and eventually ended up as editor of Hustler in the eighties, working for Larry Flynt Publications for nearly thirty years,
Given that only four pictures of Lindy featured in Chic it is good that we have some outtakes from the shoot, starting with this one which is very similar to the cropped version which opens the magazine pictorial
This one is unique in that it was taken outside or, at least, is obviously an exterior shot. Matching the green drink to the background vegetation is a nice touch and is the sort of detail you don't see in today's lacklustre shoots.
Lindy Benson was born in Muswell Hill, London in 1953 and attended Highgate Wood Secondary modern School there. It's difficult to tell from the photos but she was just 5'2" tall.,
Two years after this pictorial appeared, film director Michael Winner was working on a remake of The Big Sleep (1978) in London, starring Robert Mitchum. On a previous film Winner had needed to have a photo of a girl's breasts and was later plagued by a model who claimed the picture was of her, that it had been used without permission and she wanted money. Wanting to avoid similar problems in The Big Sleep, where there is a scene with a character looking at a girly book, he got four nude models to pose for specially commissioned shots. Benson was one of the four models hired and by the end of the day of her shoot she was Mitchum's date for a trip to the theatre and stayed as his girlfriend throughout filming. He was 61 she was 25.
Winner recalls in his biography that another girl associated with the film was stalking Mitchum (after he had a fling with her) and it culminated in a huge catfight between the other girl and Benson in the corridor outside Mitchum's apartment in St James. Benson won the fight and saw off the other girl, it seems.
Being a Larry Flynt Publication, Lindy's pictures in Chic were much stronger than those she had done in her first glamour shoot in Mayfair the previous year.
Of course 1976 was the year of the pussy in men's magazines but not in Mayfair, which kept labia out of their magazine until it was taken over by Paul Raymond. Even these shots would have been considered tame for Chic within a year, as we shall see in a future post.
Unlike many short girls, Lindy always looks nicely in proportion and there is no sense, for example, of short, stocky legs.
Here is one of Chic's faceless close ups although we suspect Lindy didn't know when posing for this shot that it would be so.
As was becoming traditional in men's magazines at the time here we have Lindy giving her sparkly pussy a little rub. It's a shame that Chic did not have more pages available for her.
Lindy appeared in a number of other magazines from the mid seventies until the mid eighties. The first pictorial we can find of her comes from Mayfair in September 1975, shot by Siwer Ohlsson
Like many glamour models of the time she also appeared on the covers of UK paperback books. Here she is on the cover of a 1979 novel about a department store.
Lindy had a five year film career, beginning. in 1974. with her appearance in the documentary short The Hot Girls. which looked at the lives of nude models and also featured Ava Cadell.
Her first film proper was Erotic Inferno (1975), which also featured an early role for Mary Millingon, where she played the role of 'First Blonde'. Most of her credits were of this sort.
A few more bit parts followed, including Hammer's To the Devil a Daughter (1976) where she played '2nd girl'. In the same year she appeared in Intimate Games (1976) as 'Blonde wife', alongside the likes of Anna Bergman and Felicity Devonshire.
Top to bottom: Vicki Michelle, Lindy Benson and Penny Irving in Spectre (1977)
Gene Roddenberry with Vicki Michelle (left), Lindy Benson (right) and Penny Irving (front)
Her next appearance was equally small (third maid) but was in an interesting production. Gene Roddenberry had been desperately looking for a TV show to follow on the success of Star Trek and in the early seventies made a number of TV series pilots. One of these, Spectre, was shot in London in 1977. Here we have Roddenberry flanked by the other maids in the film, Vicki Michelle , later to find fame as co-star in BBC French resistance comedy 'Allo, 'Allo, Lindy and Penny Irving a similarly diminutive (also 5'2") Page 3 girl,glamour model and bit part actress, although she later had some bigger parts in BBC TV comedies as well (Are You Being Served and Hi-di-Hi).
Benson (left) with Robert Culp in Spectre
Spectre was a sort of Holmes and Watson show, bought up to date with horror and supernatural elements including Devil worshippers (not dissimilar in tone to To the Devil a Daughter, coincidentally). Starring Robert Culp and Gig Young, plus a very young John Hurt and Roddenberry's wife Majel (Star Trek's Nurse Christine Chapel) Barrett, it still has a good reputation but was never picked up for a series.
The following year she appeared in the British sex comedy (which had no sex and very little comedy) The Confessions of a Plumbers Mate (1978), one of a series of such films at the time. Lindy had little to do except remove her clothes but this shot does give an idea of how petite she is.
In 1979 she had a small part as 'girl in hotel' in the film adaption of the Jackie Collins novel The World is Full of Married Men and also appeared in Whitehouse magazine publisher David Sullivan's dire Confessions from the Davis Galaxy Affair, which also featured Mary Millington and Rosemary England.
Her last film was a sex comedy short Can I come Too (1979) which was also the last role for Sue Longhurst, first seen as a naked schoolgirl in Hammer's Lust for a Vampire (1972) and a first role for model Marie Harper, later to star in the Electric Blue video series.
In 1984 Lindy appeared in a music video for Boy George's Culture Club's single Mistake Number 3 as a bride to George's bridegroom, to much hilarity from the press.
Here is Lindy (bottom right) with Benny Hill during the recording of one of his shows in 1989. Lindy would be 36 years old at this point. Another glamour model, Corinne Russell, is bottom left and we plan to feature her soon.
We can';t find any more about her after this but given her age at this point we would guess she retired from modelling and, if not for the internet, would be now have been largely forgotten, so we are very pleased to celebrate her delicate beauty once more.
This final picture is far more recent and, we think, comes from just few years ago, She is about sixty two today.