In her modeling career she was known as Angela Dorian,
but her real name was Victoria Vetri and she was what you’d call a starlet. Born
on September 26, 1944 in San Francisco, her Italian parents moved the family to
Los Angeles and she went to Hollywood High School between 1959 and 1963, and
then attended Los Angeles City College.
Beginning at age 19, she appeared in a number of small
roles on TV series — Cheyenne, Wagon Train, McHale’s Navy, Bonanza, Perry Mason,
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. — prior to becoming the 1967 Miss September in Playboy
magazine. She was subsequently named Playboy's 1968 Playmate of the Year.
After her Playboy appeareance, she had a part in
Rosemary’s Baby (1968), and also appeared in other TV series, including Hogan’s
Heroes, Star Trek and Batman. Her biggest part, it seems, was the 1970 movie
"When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth," where the director understandably contrived to
have Vetri as naked as often as possible.
As silly as that movie was, it was nonetheless the
pinnacle of Vetri’s acting and modeling career. After living in somewhat
obscurity for the next 40 years, Victoria Vetri recently resurfaced in October
2010 when, at age 66 and now known as Victoria Rathgeb, was arrested and charged
with attempted murder after shooting her husband, Bruce Rathgeb, at their
Hollywood apartment after an intense argument. After pleading no contest in
court she was sentenced to 9 years in state prison.
Check out this tribute to Victoria Vetri on
Is there a
curse of the Playmates?
Victoria Vetri posed topless for the April 1984
Playboy pictorial "Playmates Forever! Part Two."