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Burt Reynolds has died, reportedly in a Florida hospital after a heart attack. Read his obituary here. It's 40 years since a nude Cosmopolitan centrefold of actor Burt Reynolds broke a taboo and launched a new era of women's magazine publishing. Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown saw it as a victory for women whose "visual appetites" had been ignored by male magazine editors and proprietors.
It also boosted Cosmopolitan's circulation and turned Burt Reynolds into a s sex icon. So what was the story behind the photograph? It began on a TV show. It could have been Paul Newman. Gurley Brown had approached him, before putting the question to Burt Reynolds, but he had refused. It made Burt Reynolds into a celeb. The day after the magazine hit news-stands, he was mobbed by women asking him to their copy. Reynolds also noticed a change in the behaviour of theatre audiences from "polite to boisterous".
They cared more about my pubes than they did about the play," he wrote in his autobiography, My Life. Gurley Brown said: "He had been a movie star, now he was a celebrity. It made Cosmopolitan notorious. Well, nobody talked about it, but women liked to look at men naked. I did," Gurley Brown told Landers, who noted that the photograph pushed Cosmopolitan across a threshold, in the public mind, from a mainstream magazine "to a sex magazine". It spawned Playgirl magazine. Douglas Lambert, owner of the Playgirl Club, decided to launch the magazine after seeing what a "winner" the Burt Reynolds centrefold was.
If a woman says she wants to see a man's smile, his eyes, I say 'Don't lie to me,'" he was quoted as saying. Reynolds chose the picture.
A of shots were taken. The choice of which would be published was left to the model. The bearskin was a humorous touch.
He reckons Reynolds would have been happy going further, and removing the artfully placed arm from his lap. You won't see this in It would be a tough photograph to take inVadukul says, because of the "commodity factor" - the actor's publicists would be concerned about damage to his brand, among some members of the public. Who would be the equivalent of this guy - George Clooney? It's very far ahead of its time, from that period when anything goes, people swinging partners non-stop The photographer was the celebrated Francesco Scavullo.
Scavullo shot most Cosmopolitan covers over a year period, and was involved in controversy again when he took photographs of a young Brooke Shields that some considered too sexual. Arnold Schwarzenegger was the next but one centrefold. Cosmopolitan did not do these very often. It took two years for the next to appear, and Schwarzenegger made his appearance in Another man to grace the centre s was Scott Brown, now a Massachusetts senator, but in June a law student who had entered and won the magazine's America's Sexiest Man contest.
He posed for the cameras days before his final exams.
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