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21. June 2015 07:37
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Licence to Kill's Loti in Playboy, 1988

21. June 2015 07:37 by m | 0 Comments

Soon to be Bond girl, Diana Lee, apparently had no idea that a James Bond film was right around the next bend. According to this interview, she believed the next big thing in her already extraordinary life (she was playing flute solos with the Seattle Philharmonic orchestra when she was only 17) was "to go back to school to study sports medicine". Perhaps she did just that after starring as Loti in Licence To KillLicence To Kill, though her IMDB page suggests she caught the acting bug as she went on to appear in a number of TV Shows (and Playboy videos), and is still acting today. Beautiful and very talented

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Thoroughly Modern Dancer Diana Lee is a Lively Artist

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN WAYDA AND RICHARD FEGLEY

DIANA LEE is the sort of woman who pursues her goals with passion. Always has. When she was six years old, she climbed her first piano bench and tackled classical music. Next, she took up the flute and was soloing with the Seattle Philharmonic while her fellow seventh graders were still tootling in the school band. At 17, accompanied by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, she played Mozart’s Concerto Number Two in D.

“I also ran track and joined the gymnastics team at school—it wasn’t as if I skipped ail the things other kids did,” she says, “but I was always drawn to the self-expression of music and dance.” Diana’s Chinese immigrant parents endowed her with a work ethic, which she applied to honing her own talents. At the State University of New York at Purchase, where she went to major in music, she became entranced by modem dance, but an instructor told her she was too old to consider that career. Dancers, like tennis players and musical prodigies, start young. “I took that as a challenge,” she says, “and made dance my passion.” She saw a performance by a dance troupe from the University of Utah, fell in love with the “unaffected grace” of the dancers, packed up and followed them back to Utah.

"Posing is performance— flirting with a camera. The camera's eye is my lover, and I enjoy flirting with my lover."

Three years ago, Miss May earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in modem dance from the University of Utah. She still lives in the thin air of Salt Lake City (“a great place to train—when you get down to sea level, you feel like Superwoman”) but spends much of her time touring. Today, although she still plays the flute at gatherings of classically minded friends, she makes her living as a dancer. “I don’t like to limit myself,” Diana says. “I like to play around investigating things. I’d like to do some choreography. I like to draw. I like to write. I’m learning to play the congas. And one of these days, I want to raise a family, too.” Relaxing at a Japanese restaurant in Santa Cruz, California, after a rehearsal with her dance troupe, she eats sushi and drinks water. Dancers may not have to start as toddlers, as Diana proves, but they can’t afford to pig out on the beer and Häagen-Dazs everyone else in this college town seems to live on. Miss May has delicate hands, a voice to match and almond-shaped eyes that take in everything that happens around her, even as she describes her current passion. “Dancing is using every part of yourself to make art,” she says. “If you have certain flaws, as we all do, you don’t always hide them. You put them to use. It's like when Playboy takes pictures of ail your best angles—in dancing, you can jimmy things around a little, so that to the audience, everything looks perfect. It s like any job in that you learn tricks like that, but one thing I like about dance is that your body is your job, the only means you use to express yourself.”

One of Diana's few frustrations is that the public is often intimidated by modern art forms. “It should be a job to do it but not to see it," she says. “People work too hard trying to understand modern art or modern dance." Her advice: “Just enjoy it! Draw your own meaning from it. You either like it or you don’t. If you don't, don’t worry about it.”

Diana doesn't worry. She’s too busy. Even as she dances up and down the West Coast, she is weighing future passions. She looks forward to the day when she’ll have more time for writing, drawing, playing the drums and wrapping injured knees.

Knees? “I want to go back to school to study sports medicine. That's next.”

Why not? Diana is already a physical artist. She felt that it was natural to make a once-in-a-lifetime appearance in Playboy now, “before I get wrinkled. I brought the same feeling to posing that I bring to my dancing,” she says. “Posing is flirting, cajoling, seducing—performing.”

Brava!

[Source: Playboy, Vol. 35, No. 5, May 1988. P.98-104, 148. Copyright © 1988 Playboy. All rights reserved.]

The James Bond Playboy Dossiers

The Playboy interview: Ian Fleming - Playboy, December 1964
Ursula Andress Pictorial - Playboy, June 1965
James Bond's Girls - Playboy, November 1965
Interview with Sean Connery, Playboy November 1965
Ursula - Playboy, July 1966
The Girls of "Casino Royale" By Woody Allen - Playboy, February 1967
Bond Girl Kissy Suzuki (Mie Hama) in Playboy Magazine, June 1967
Bond Girl Lana Wood in Playboy Magazine, April 1971
Bond Gets Sainted, Playboy, July 1973
Bond Girl Barbara Bach Pictorial - Playboy, June 1977
Bond Girl Barbara Carrera Acting Beastly Pictorial - Playboy, July 1977
Bond Girls from The Spy Who Loved Me - Penthouse Magazine, August 1977
Be a James Bond Girl - Playboy, June 1979
The Girls of James Bond - Playboy, July 1979
Cover Girl Barbara Bach - Playboy, January 1981
For your Eyes Only - Playboy, June 1981
Bond Girl Maud Adams - Playboy, October 1981
Barbara Carrera, Playboy Magazine, March 1982
Tanya Roberts - Playboy Magazine, October 1982
Cover girl Kim Basinger, Playboy, February 1983
Playboy - Saving Bond's Women - Playboy, July 1983
Grace Jones in Playboy Magazine, July 1985
The Women of 007 - Playboy, September 1987
Licence to Kill's Loti in Playboy, May 1988
Daphne Deckers Proves Tomorrow Never Dies - Playboy, February 1998
Denise Richards - Playboy Magazine, December 2004
Daniel Craig Interview - Playboy USA, November 2008
James Bond Spezial - Playboy Germany, November 2008
007 Special - Playboy Romania, November 2008
James Bond Quantum of Solace - Playboy Argentina, November 2008
Daniel Craig Interview - Playboy Estonia, November 2008
50th anniversary James Bond Special - Playboy Poland, October 2012
Playboy Greece Celebrates 50 years of James Bond - Playboy Greece, November 2012
Playboy's Guide to Living the Life of 007 - Playboy Croatia, November 2012
Playboy Argentina Celebrates 50 years of James Bond 007 - Playboy Argentina, November 2012
Playboy Germany Celebrates 50 years of James Bond 007 - Playboy Germany, November 2012
The Bond Girl and the Playmate - Playboy Italy, August 2014
Playboy Poland James Bond Spectre Special - November 2015
Playboy Mexico James Bond Spectre Special - November 2015
James Bond - Playboy Nederland - December 2015

 
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