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Roberta Pedon Birthdate May 2, 1954(1954-05-02)
Birth location Ohio, United States
Birth name Roberta Singer
Date of death July 30, 1982 (aged 28)
Measurements 42-26-36
Ethnicity Jewish
Alias(es) Mooschi, Sadie Schultz,
Roberta Pedon at IMDb
Roberta Pedon at IAFD

Roberta Pedon (born 2 May 1954 – 30 July 1982[citation needed]) was the stage name of a big-bust American glamour model who appeared in men's magazines in the 1970s.
Contents
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* 1 Modeling career
* 2 Legacy
* 3 Selected magazine appearances
* 4 References
* 5 External links

[edit] Modeling career

Born in Ohio to Latvian-Jewish parents, Pedon relocated first to San Francisco and then to Venice, California to start a modeling career.[1] Bob Ellison and John Kirk, both well-known glamour photographers in Los Angeles have been credited with discovering her. She was known by many pseudonyms (Roberta Pedon, Melody O'Hare, Roberta Baird and Roberta Weaver). "Roberta Pedon" was the name she had fully adopted by 1973. The "Melody O'Hare" moniker supposedly came from the name of one of her best friends in junior high. Pedon's nickname was "Mooschi".[2] If you check the web, you will probably find that a lot of people believe Roberta was really a young lady named Rosma Grantoviskis. She wasn't. They had many things in common, they lived in the same city for a couple of years, and I think they knew each other. Unfortunately, I shared some of my research prematrurely a couple of years ago and now even Wikipedia is spreading the error. In fact, there were four women whose lives I researched, including Rosma.She modelled/acted under the names Robin, Robbie, Roberta, Sam, Melody O'Hare, Roberta Weaver and is rumored to have had some kids and a breast reduction and to have died in the mid-80's alone and destitute.

Because of her large breasts,36DD Pedon's photographs frequently appeared in men's magazines catering to breast fetishists. The earliest verifiable publication of her photos was in the February 1974 edition of "The Swinger", a men's magazine. The issue would have gone to press the prior November. In Nymphet, February 1975, she appeared under her actual name with text referring to her Jewish background. Pedon dressed (and then undressed) as a hippie in most of her photo shoots.

Pedon appeared in the sexploitation film Carnal Madness aka Delinquent Schoolgirls.[3] Her casting was the result of her contacts at American Art Enterprises (AAE), a Los Angeles company that specialized in pornographic shoots and loops. AAE's modeling roster provided the producer of Delinquent Schoolgirls with busty female talent like Pedon and Nika Movenka for the film. After appearing in Delinquent Schoolgirls, Pedon auditioned for the lead female role in the Jan-Michael Vincent film Buster and Billie.
[edit] Legacy

In Dian Hanson's book, The History of Men's Magazines Vol. 5, Roberta Pedon is listed as one of the top five American covergirls from 1968-1980.

The Big Book of Breasts, by Dian Hanson, features several nude modeling photographs of Roberta Pedon.

Delinquent Schoolgirls was released on DVD in February 2008.
[edit] Selected magazine appearances

* Fling (May 1973)
* Big 'ins (August 1973)
* Whoppers Magazine (October 1973)
* Girls With Enormous Breasts (October 1973)
* Jugs, Hiney Holes, and More! (February 1974)
* Gem (May 1974)
* Nymphet (February, 1975)
* Gent (Vol.16, No.3 June 1975)
* Peaches (No.8, 1975, UK)

[edit] References

1. ^ Smith, Charles L.. "Roberta Pedon, a biography". http://www.ladybumps.com/stories/misc3/pedon.txt. Retrieved 2009-01-21. "By the winter of 1972-73 she was 18 and living with a college student in San Francisco. ... She separated from her lover and in March, 1973, moved to Venice, California, not far from Hollywood."
2. ^ "Roberta Pedon". Roxy Brewer. http://www.roxybrewer.com/robertapage.html. Retrieved 2009-01-20. "... and often went by the name of Mooschi, Melody O'Hare"
3. ^ "Roberta Pedon". Danni's Hard Drive. http://models.danni.com/models/mod11051.html. Retrieved 2009-01-20. "Roberta Pedon started modeling around 1974. ... Well, Roberta actually made a movie -- a genuine 'Two Thumbs Up' classic called Delinquent Schoolgirls."

[edit] External links

* Roberta Pedon at the Internet Movie Database
* Charles L. Smith's recollections of Roberta Pedon

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Roberta Pedon, a biography
by Charles L. Smith



Trying to tell the story of the short, unhappy life of Roberta Pedon becomes
more difficult each year. Those of us who knew her use that name, although it
certainly was not her "real" name. Separating reality from the fictions
Roberta created about herself is almost impossible. Very few things about her
are certain: she was born in 1954 in the United States, either in California
or Ohio; she had one credited motion picture role; she had serious drug and
alcohol abuse problems; she was hospitalized at least twice for overdoses; she
was arrested at least once; she worked by turns as a model, actress, and
prostitute; she was bulemic and suffered from one or more mental health
problems known as personality disorders; and her adult life was a repetitive
pattern of short, unstable, intensely sexualized relationships.

Many things about her we know only from faded memories of things she told us,
and she was not the most reliable of sources, especially about herself. Each
of us knew only a small part of her complex and deeply troubled personality,
and she went to great lengths to appear to be what she thought each of us
expected her to be. She was professional and organized to some, vulnerable and
careless to others. She was a bold sexual adventurer to some, masochistic
victim to others. The longest sustained intimate relationship she had was
about six months, but she would drop into the lives of former lovers months or
years later, ask a favor, a loan, a fix, a place to crash. And then she would
be gone again, into an endless cycle of sex, drugs, sleep, and starting all
over.

She seldom spoke of her early life. She was fond of her paternal grandmother,
with whom she spoke Portugese. She repeatedly expressed rage toward her
mother. She sometimes referred to a sister; other times she said she was an
only child. She rarely spoke of her father or step-father, but did call him
"Robert". It is true that "Apedon" is a not-uncommon name in Portugal, and it
is tempting to think that she fashioned her famous alias from that name. The
only "Robert Apedon" living in California in 1980 refused to discuss anything
about her.

She said that her mother constantly insisted that she lose weight, told her
that her body was "freakish", and her mother made it clear that she was
disappointed in Roberta. She said that she was introduced to sex at the age of
twelve, and that one of her first sex partners referred to her as a "lousy
lay". She alternately spoke of her adolescence as an adventure of sex and
drugs, or an extended grasping for attention from men who used and rejected
her. She told several lovers that she had developed her considerable skill at
fellatio as a way of avoiding pregnancy in her teens.

She said that she graduated from high school in 1972 in "The Bay Area", which
could include much of Northern California. She once claimed to have attended
the UCLA film school, but one graduate who remembered her said that all she
attended was parties, and was best known for her sexual adventures.

By the winter of 1972-73 she was 18 and living with a college student in San
Francisco. In December, 1972, they attended a party in Sausalito at the home
of a minor film figure. After taking drugs and drinking, Roberta went with a
couple into a bathroom for a threesome. After they left, and semi-conscious,
she "entertained" a dozen or so of the guests before being hospitalized for an
overdose. In an effort to change her life she moved to Renton, Washington, for
a few months. She soon decided that her fate lay in California She separated
from her lover and in March, 1973, moved to Venice, California, not far from
Hollywood. By June, 1973, she was involved with American Art Enterprises which
was at the center of the "porno-industrial complex" in Chatsworth and North
Hollywood, California. Her modeling career lasted from June, 1973, to
December, 1975, two and a half years.

One of the photographers who worked with her, Bob Ellison, claimed to have
"discovered" her, although he worked much of the time for AAE. The earliest
verifiable publication of her photos was in a magazine called "The Swinger" in
the February, 1974, edition which would have gone to press the prior November.
In a recent (2002) interview published by Score Group, Ellison described her
as living in a "hippie" apartment in Venice, California, with a boyfriend.

During that period she had brief, stormy "affairs" ranging from a night to a
few weeks, including Gus Hasford, a part-time editor for American Art and the
tormented author of a novel, The Short Timers, which was the basis for Stanley
Kubrick’s "Full Metal Jacket". She claimed to have worked as a dancer at The
Classic Cat, a high-end topless bar in Hollywood, but no record exists of her
employment and none of the women who worked there remembers her. She also
claimed to have been involved with a number of minor celebrities including Bob
Crane and Charleton Heston.

She had a credited role in one movie, "Carnal Madness", released on video as
"Delinquent Schoolgirls", where her attempt at an accent in her few on-screen
lines led to all kinds of imaginative stories about her ethnic origin. She
tried out, but was rejected for the female lead in the Jan-Michael Vincent
movie, "Buster and Billie". Aside from a few nude 8mm "loops", that was the
end of her film career, although she kept trying to get roles.

Larry Shaw, a lead editor for American Art publications who would win a Hugo
Award in 1984, felt that she had enough talent to make a living as an actress
except that her body and her self-destructive life style kept getting in the
way. Several times he spotted her on L.A.’s prostitution "strolls".

She was arrested at least once, in September, 1975, in San Francisco, for
prostitution. Shortly after that A.A.E. quit using her as a model. Although
she posed a number of times after that for various photographers, her last
known contact was in late 1979 when she called a former lover for a ride to a
hard-core shoot in Pacific Palisades, south of Los Angeles. She was homeless
and her weight had dropped below 90 pounds and years of drug use had taken a
serious toll.

Several reports about her fate after 1979 are floating around. One "john
board" mentioned her working as a prostitute in San Francisco in 1982. Another
rumor suggests she was involved in a robbery, changed her identity, and
disappeared. Several sources report that she died in 1983 or 1984. But none
can be confirmed.

Unlike many of her contemporaries who are having "second careers" with fan
sites and Glamourcon tours, no trace remains of the troubled young woman who
was probably the most popular nude model of the 1970s.

If you can add anything, please contact: pedonbio@36th.org.


In 1974, Roberta Pedon began modeling - posing first in a Danish magazine before making her way to California and posing there. She almost always dressed as a hippie with love beads and bandana's and then disappeared in 1977. Everything else known about Roberta is considered pretty much rumor but this is what I did find out (sort of).

Roberta is the child of Latvian parents (or italian or argentinian) who went to California to become a movie star but ended up in porn and made one legitimate movie called Delinquent Schoolgirls.

She modelled/acted under the names Robin, Robbie, Roberta, Sam, Melody O'Hare, Roberta Weaver and is rumored to have had some kids and a breast reduction and to have died in the mid-80's alone and destitute. I frankly don't believe any of that crap. She came, had a blast modelling - doing it because she was laid back and relaxed about showing off her gravity defying boobs and hourglass figure then moved on to something else she loved. I hope she never looked back. I hope she's just as happy and sweet now as she ever was back then. For now, she's frozen in time in the summer of 1975, a legend.
Birthdate: 1954 Boobs: 36DD



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Roberta Pedon
Roberta Pedon
Birthdate: 1954
Birth location: Ohio, USA
Birth name: Rosma Grantoviskis
Date of death: 1982
Measurements: 42-26-36
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Alias(es): Mooschi, Sadie Schultz
Roberta Pedon at IMDb
Roberta Pedon at IAFD

Roberta Pedon (born Rosma Laila Grantoviskis in Ohio on May 2nd 1954[1] ) was a big-bust American glamour model who appeared in men's magazines in the 1970s.*
Contents

* 1 Early life
* 2 Modeling Career
* 3 Personal Life
* 4 Death
* 5 Legacy
* 6 Identity Mystery
* 7 References
* 8 Selected Magazine Appearances
* 9 External links

Early life

Roberta Pedon was born in Ohio on May 2, 1954. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with her family shortly thereafter. Roberta seldom spoke to friends about her personal background and sometimes claimed to be an “only child”, it is now known she had both a brother and a half sister. Although it is popularly believed that Roberta's ethnicity was Italian or Argentinian, her parents were actually Latvian emigres. The Italian/Argentinian rumors originate from the fact that she plays a foreign character in the sexploitation film Delinquent Schoolgirls. According to people who met her, Roberta spoke with a normal American accent, yet was also fluent in Portuguese.

Modeling Career

In 1973, Roberta relocated from San Francisco to Venice, California where she started her modeling career. Bob Ellison and John Kirk, both well known glamour photographers in Los Angeles have been credited with discovering Roberta. She was known by many pseudonyms (Roberta Pedon, Melody O'Hare, Roberta Baird and Roberta Weaver). "Roberta Pedon" was the name she had fully adopted by 1973. The "Melody O'Hare" moniker supposedly came from the name of one of her best friends in Junior High. Pedon's nickname was "Mooschi".

Due to her extremely large breasts, Roberta's photographs frequently appeared in men's magazines that catered to breast fetishists. The earliest verifiable publication of her modeling photos was in a men's magazine called "The Swinger" in the February, 1974, edition which would have gone to press the prior November. She invariably dressed (and then undressed) as a hippie during most of her photo shoots.

Roberta’s appearance in the sexploitation film Carnal Madness aka Delinquent Schoolgirls resulted from her contacts at American Art Enterprises (AAE) a Los Angeles company that specialized in pornographic shoots and loops. AAE's modeling roster provided the producer of Delinquent Schoolgirls with busty female talent like Roberta and Nika Movenka to act in the film. After appearing in Delinquent Schoolgirls, Roberta caught the acting bug and auditioned for the lead female role in the Jan-Michael Vincent film Buster and Billie.

However, Roberta's personal problems and poor career management meant Delinquent Schoolgirls would be her only "legitimate" film appearance. In September 1975, she was imprisoned in San Francisco for drug and prostitution offenses. Upon her release she was ostracized by many of her previous employers, including her employers at American Art Enterprises. Roberta would eventually become homeless while also suffering from alcoholism, drug abuse and chronic bulimia. Her modeling career was short-lived, lasting only 2 1/2 years. Her last photo shoot took place in 1976.

Personal Life

Roberta’s relationships with men were of a brief and turbulent nature, characterized by a repeated pattern of seeking deep emotional attachment with men who merely used and discarded her. She claimed to have had affairs with an actor from the film Planet of the Apes and a faded television star who was to later die in mysterious circumstances in 1978. While few of her relationships lasted more than a couple of months, she did enjoy a longer one with the writer Gustav Hasford, author of The Short-Timers and inspiration for the film Full Metal Jacket.

Death

Roberta Pedon died at the Alameda Hospital in Alameda County, California on July 30th 1982[2] at the age of 28. On Pedon's death certificate, the examining physician recorded her death as a result of "shock" due to lactic acidosis caused by "alcoholic liver disease". Pedon's remains were cremated at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland.

Legacy

In Dian Hanson's book, "The History of Men's Magazines Vol.5", Roberta Pedon is listed as one of the top five American covergirls from 1968-1980.

The "Big Book of Breasts", by Dian Hanson features several nude modeling photographs of Roberta Pedon.

Two books about Roberta are currently being written, one a traditional biography written by Charles L Smith (due in 2009), the other a fictional narrative in which one of the main characters is heavily based on Roberta.

Delinquent Schoolgirls was released on DVD in Feb 2008.

Identity Mystery

* Recent information about the name "Rosma Grantovskis" has emerged which casts doubt or entirely nullifies the theory that this name was the true identity of Roberta Pedon.

References

1. ^ Almeda County (CA) Death Certificate for Rosma Laila (Grantoviskis) Apodaca
2. ^ Almeda County (CA) Death Certificate for Rosma Laila (Grantoviskis) Apodaca

Selected Magazine Appearances

* Fling (May 1973)
* Casanova (No.1, 1974
* The Swinger (Feb 1974)
* Gem (May 1974)
* Night and Day: Supermamas (Spring, 1974)
* Adam (Vol.18, No.6, 1974)
* Adam (Vol.18, No.7, August, 1974)
* Nacht Express (Vol. 1. No. 5, 1974, Germany)
* Showpiece (Vol.2 No.4, 1974)
* Hamburger Sex Illustrierte (No.40, 1974, Germany)
* Mayfair (Vol.9, No.5, 1974, UK, as "Roberta Baird")
* Showpiece (Vol.3, No.1, 1974)
* Cavalcade Galacolorama (Summer, 1974)
* Sam (197?)
* The Best of Sam (1974)
* Cavalier (November 1974)
* Torrid Teens (Vol.6, No.2, Winter 1974)
* Gent (Dec, 1974)
* Fabulous Females (1975)
* Candid (1975)
* Juicy (Vol.1, No.1 1975)
* Climax (Janurary 1975)
* Man’s Pleasure (Vol.5, No.3 Feb 1975)
* Modern Man (Vol.25, No.3 March 1975)
* Gent (Vol.16, No.3 June 1975)
* Cavalcade Galacolorama (Spring 1975)
* Cavalcade Galacolorama (September, 1975)
* 38-26-34 -"the way out magazine" (Vol.13, No.1, 1975)
* Jallu (1975, Finnish)
* Peaches (No.8, 1975, UK)
* Big Tits (Vol.10,No.1, 197?)
* Bounce -"real life exeriences of big breasted women" (197?)
* St. Pauli Nachtrichen (197?, German)
* Big Boobs Superbusen Ballons (No.8, 197?, German)
* Big Boobs Superbusen Ballons (No.12, 197?, German)
* Blockbusters (197?)
* Scoop Magazine (No.10, 197?)
* Jaguar (197?)
* Teenage Tits (197?)
* Swingle (197?)
* O.K. (No.2, 197?)
* Mingo (No.1 197?)
* International Sex Stars: Robin (197?)
* Fascination (197?)
* King Size (197?)
* Pornoboy (No.22, 197?)
* X-otica (No.6, 197?)
* Fling (May 1977)
* Peaches (No.29, 1977, UK)
* Pushovers (1977, Annual)
* Hookers (No.3, 1977)
* Peaches special (No.13, 1978, UK)
* Fling (Vol.20, No.5 March 1978 as "Melody O'Hare")
* Fling (September, 1978)
* Happy Girls (No.4, 1979, German)
* Busen Revue (No.12, 1979, German)
* Gem (archive pictures, Dec 1979)
* Scoop Magazine (archive pictures, 1980)
* Busen Girls (archive pictures, 198?, German)
* Gent (archive pictures, Feb 1981)
* BUF- Big Up Front Swinger (archive pictures, 1982)
* Adam Choice (Vol.3, No.1, archive pictures, Jan 1984)
* Velvet Touch (archive pictures, Feb 1984)

External links

* Roberta Pedon at the Internet Movie Database
* Roberta Pedon "loop" #1
* Delinquent Schoolgirls film clip #1
* Delinquent Schoolgirls film clip #2
* Delinquent Schoolgirls film clip #3
* Charles L. Smith's recollections of Roberta Pedon
* Biographer Charles L. Smith’s myspace page
* Reality-based Roberta Pedon website
* Roberta Pedon Gallery at MyArchives.net (listed alphabetically by first name under Pre-1980 Vintage and Retro)
* Roberta on the cover of 'Adam' magazine

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    Still another of Roxy's co-stars in BIG BUST BABES...

    ROBERTA PEDON
    (42-36-26)
    seemed to epitomize the South California hippy/beach lifestyle of the 70's. She usually wore very little make-up (and very little period) relying more on her natural beauty, incredible figure, off-center smile, and pixielike face. She quickly became a huge favorite and still has legions of fans today, and often went by the name of Mooschi, Melody O'Hare (!!!), or Sam. (The latter also being a two-issue magazine from 1973-74 featuring only Roberta pictures - which can be purchased from Ken Ritchie Collectables on our Last Page/Links page.)

    According to one photographer, she was discovered in Venice Beach Calfironia. But where she was originally from remains a mystery. Appearing in all the top male magazines of the time she also did a softcore film DELIQUENT SCHOOL GIRLS (1972) and of course a loop in the noted BIG BUST BABES (she has a 6 minute segment in which she takes a bath and then romps on a bedspead.)

    Unlike Candy, Uschi, or Roxy however, she never had the chance to retire happily. Apparently in the early 80's she was rumored to have tragically passed away due to drug abuse. But to her countless fans she will be remembered as we see her here: carefree, happy, friendly, and joyously sexy.

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