The nudity in Body and Soul (1981)

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for this mediocre film. The story is tired, basically a rewrite and updating of an old boxing picture with John Garfield. The acting is not strong. Despite those drawbacks, the film has four things I prize: (1) clear, well-lit nudity from Playmates and others with spectacular bodies; (2) an excellent sound track, featuring the beautiful duet “With You I’m Born Again“; (3) the amazingly beautiful Jayne Kennedy, who stayed dressed, darn it; (4) The Greatest, Mohammad Ali, playing himself.

It’s nice to see all those beautiful women in HD after all these years.

Jayne Kennedy – what a face!

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You probably know who she is, since she was a beauty queen, a popular sports reporter, and a commercial spokesmodel.

She co-starred in this film with her then-husband, Leon Isaac Kennedy. From the comment section: “I’m surprised you didn’t mention the Kennedys infamous sex tape. Probably the only celeb sex tape with fisting in it.”

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Azizi Johari – what a body! Her character’s name in this film was Pussy Willow.

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She was the Playmate of the Month in June, 1975. She seems to have disappeared from public life after this film, and little is known about her subsequent life. “Azizi Johari” is a pseudonym, so I suppose she probably reverted to her real name and lived a quiet, private existence, reportedly in Seattle. If Wikipedia is to be believed, she is still alive.

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(Left to right) Ingrid Greer, Laurie Senit and Ola Ray as three hookers

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Ola Ray was the Playmate of the Month in June 1980. She has had a successful career in the entertainment industry. You may remember her as Jacko’s girlfriend in the video for “Thriller.”

Ingrid Greer died shortly after this film was released. She drowned in her home swimming pool.

You can learn about Laurie Senit from her Facebook page. She appears to have become quite accomplished in the 40 years since her film career.

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Rosanne Katon

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She was Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for its September 1978 issue. She stayed in the film/TV world until 1992, and had a brief parallel career as a stand-up comic, during which time Playboy included her in a pictorial about comediennes. She seems to be the brainy one of the group. Her biographical essay “Whispered Histories” is included in Meri Nana-Ama Danquah’s book “Becoming American: Personal Essays by First Generation Immigrant Women

(Something here doesn’t add up. I’m not sure how she qualified for that book, since she is not a first-generation woman. Although her dad was born in Jamaica, she was born in New York. By the official definition of the Census Department, that makes her a second-generation American, like both of my own parents.)

At any rate, she and her husband have two children, including a son who is autistic and an accomplished cellist. The family is featured in the 2007 documentary Autism: The Musical which won the 2007 Emmy for Best TV Documentary Special.

4 thoughts on “The nudity in Body and Soul (1981)

  1. I’d rather have the 1993 mini-series Body & Soul with Kristin Scott Thomas. Y’know… classy nudity.

  2. I’m surprised you didn’t mention the Kennedys infamous sex tape. Probably the only celeb sex tape with fisting in it.

    1. Good info, thanks. It’s kind of a glaring omission on Wikipedia not to mention that it’s also in this movie (and perhaps others as well).

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