A 63-year young bad girl stuck in the free spirit mode of her youth. When she’s not nude horseback riding, she writes for Filthy Gorgeous Media. Her bad girl expertise on all things filthy comes from her years of exploring swinger clubs with her late girlfriend, Bella, and small-bit roles in erotic films.
Only Bob Guccione could get Helen Mirren and Anneka di Lorenzo to participate in orgies. Scripted orgies, that is. Guccione’s movie, Caligula, featured not only the multi-talented Helen Mirren but multiple Penthouse pets as well. Although the movie has been considered too risque for many audiences, there is a sense of beauty in the film. What is it about an attractive or intriguing woman that turns an ordinary man into a creative whirlwind? Beautiful women served as a muse for Bob Guccione as an artist and as a photographer. A vast majority of women that are featured on Filthy Gorgeous have served a muse for photographers from the past and they continue to evoke inspiration for the future generations. All of the women that are given the title, Filthy Muse, are timeless, and Anneka di Lorenzo is no exception.
Caligula’s Anneka di Lorenzo was a Penthouse Pet favorite.
Anneka di Lorenzo, who was born Marjorie Lee Thoreson in St. Paul, Minnesota, is best known for her role in the 1974 erotic film Caligula. This redhead was not only a Penthouse Pet but she also acted as a muse for Bob Guccione’s vision to create an erotic cinema that was as lavishly imagined and was produced as a gigantic Hollywood epic. It was Guccione’s decision to bring di Lorenzo, Lori Wagner, and other Penthouse Pets, to Rome to make his epic Caligula. Frequently usurping his director Tinto Brass, Guccione shot a number of scenes himself, taking particular pride in supervising an explicit lesbian love scene between di Lorenzo and Wagner that was also the basis for a subsequent photo spread in Penthouse.
While the movie languished in post-production, its co-producer, Franco Rossellini, decided to use the sets for a different picture and cast di Lorenzo in the lead role of Messalina. Messalina was about a sex-crazed woman in which Di Lorenzo’s character, cheats on her emperor husband with the likes of Tomas Milian. The movie was directed by Bruno Corbucci, who was clearly more at home with spaghetti Westerns since he had also directed greats like Django and The Great Silence. Unfortunately, because of this, Guccione’s vision was not fulfilled, and di Lorenzo’s movie career did not take off. In the late 1980′s things got ugly when Di Lorenzo filed a suit against Guccione which she ostensibly won, but before she could move on from that legal matter, she died tragically.
As a Penthouse Pet who once aspired to be known as “the sexiest woman in the world,” di Lorenzo experienced mental health problems and paranoia following her film career. However, nothing could have predicted her perplexing death in which a body, later identified as di Lorenzo’s, washed up on the shore of Camp Pendleton, a Marine Corps base north of San Diego. Her corpse was reportedly so slim and youthful-looking that investigators initially assumed she was a teenager instead of the world renowned Penthouse Pet that she really was. The remains displayed signs of a broken neck and back, which left clues to what caused her otherwise-inconclusive death. However, the case remains unsolved to this day.
Although Anneka di Lorenzo’s life ended prematurely, she will forever be memorialized in the pages of Penthouse. “Good magazines are iconic in nature. They must grow, evolve, and keep pace with the changing social, economic, political, and environmental advances in the world today.” Hard to believe that this was said by Bob Guccione about Penthouse, a magazine that featured naked women on its covers. But Penthouse was much more than that once you turned to the front page. Raised in New Jersey, Bob Guccione found Penthouse and a variety of different magazines throughout the 60′s, 70′s, and 80′s. He also worked in film and collected art as well as created his own personal art pieces. Along with Hugh Hefner of Playboy, Larry Flynt of Hustler, and Al Goldstein of Screw, Guccione is considered one of the masters of smut because of his contributions to his magazine. At the top of his game, women wanted to sleep with him while men wanted to be him. Guccione is considered one of the greatest rags to riches stories after Penthouse became a towering success and turned him into one of the richest men in America. By 1982, he was listed in the Forbes 400 wealth list and owned one of the biggest mansions in Manhattan but by the 1990′s, he had made some large investments that failed while the growth of free online porn greatly diminished his market.
Since the magazine didn’t start with a lot of money, Guccione personally photographed most of his models for the magazine’s early issues. Without professional training, Guccione applied his knowledge of painting to his photography, establishing the diffused, soft focus look that would become one of the trademarks of the magazine’s pictorials. He would sometimes take several days to complete a shoot because he was a perfectionist. The pictorials in Penthouse offered more sexually explicit content than was commonly seen in most openly sold men’s magazines of the era. This held true for di Lorenzo as well. With many of her photos featuring her red pubic hair, Anneka di Lorenzo proved to be a Penthouse Pet favorite amongst Penthouse fans, and she was highly sought after once her photos were featured in the magazine. To this day, her photos still sell for hundreds of dollars, and Filthy Gorgeous Media has a large collection that not only pay tribute to her beauty, but to her life.