Scoop: Pamela Anderson to grace Playboy’s final nude issue

Pamela Anderson is the last person to pose nude for Playboy magazine, closing a more than 60-year tradition that has seen celebrities from Madonna to Kim Kardashian to Cindy Crawford take it all off.

Playboy magazine said Thursday the 48-year-old former “Baywatch” star will be on the cover of the January-February 2016 edition that hits newsstands Dec. 11. She also gets a 12-page photo spread and is interviewed by actor James Franco.

Playboy, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner, announced in October that it would stop publishing nude photos of women, saying they had become outdated due to the plethora of free pornography online. The magazine’s circulation dropped from more than 5 million in 1975 to around 800,000 in recent years.

The new issue will mark Anderson’s 14th appearance on the Playboy cover since 1989, more than any other celebrity.

“I got a call from (Hugh Hefner’s) attorney, who said, ‘We don’t want anybody else. There’s nobody else, could you do the last cover of Playboy?’” Anderson told Entertainment Tonight.

The actress and model said she checked with her sons Brandon, 19, and Dylan 17, before agreeing to do the photos, because for years they had been “teased and made fun of, and had a few fistfights over their mom.” This time they encouraged her, she said.

She made the most of the most of the shoot, sharing: “I took off all my clothes, and I rolled down the hill as fast as I can. I was just screaming, and hair and boobs were flying, and shoes were going everywhere.”

POWER 100

California Attorney Gen. (and Oakland native) Kamala Harris, among the leaders named to Ebony magazine’s “Power 100,” tweeted her thanks and “honored to be recognized among so many I admire.”

Other notables on the list included Zendaya, Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae, D’Angelo, Prince and Rashad Robinson, executive director of Oakland-based civil rights advocacy group Color of Change.

QUICK TAKES

Cynthia Robinson, Sly and the Family Stone’s bold vocalist and instrumentalist — one of the few black, female trumpeters in pop music and a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer — died of cancer at age 71 in Carmichael, Calif. … Jake Gyllenhaal was seen dining at Hayes Valley eatery Cala this week.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Model Tyra Banks is 42. .., Rapper Jay-Z is 46. … Comedian Fred Armisen is 49. … Actress Marisa Tomei is 51. … Singer Cassandra Wilson is 60. … Actress Patricia Wettig is 64. … Actor Jeff Bridges is 66. … Singer Johnny Lyon of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes is 67. … Singer-bassist Chris Hillman (The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers) is 71. … Game-show host Wink Martindale is 82.

— Wire, staff report

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