Her centerfold was photographed by Pompeo Posar. Lee was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Chinese parents who had emigrated to the United States after their marriage. The family owned a laundry. She is the youngest of eight children and the younger sister of Harry Lee , who served as the sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana for about 28 years. Lee worked as a hairstylist and waitress, then as a Playboy Club Bunny, before appearing in Playboy. She had been a "Training Bunny," which required her to travel to different Playboy Clubs to teach prospective Bunnies their duties.
While we've often featured Playmates with outdoor proclivities, our sportsman's loving cup goes to China Lee, our August Playmate, one of the most athletic young lasses we've ever encountered and also one of the most charming. Twenty-one-year-old China pronounced "Chee-na" is a Training Bunny in the Playboy Club empire; though she's based in the Windy City see The Bunnies of Chicago, page 98 , her teaching duties take her to a different location with every new Playboy Club opening -- a job which suits her peripatetic nature to a T. Our five-foot, four-inch Miss August is also a pin-toppling bowler she ran up a at the age of 13 , prize-winning equestrienne and jumper, expert swimmer and ping-pong player, as well as champion twister of all Bunnydom. As she told us: "Despite the fact that I''m always on the go, success has come to me without my seeking it. I didn't apply for my Bunny job; I was discovered in a New Orleans hairdresser's shop. While my girlfriends were desperate to get into the movies and I wasn't , a movieman spotted me and gave me -- not them -- a bit part in The Troublemakers. I'd like to be a professional singer someday -- but I'm not counting on it, so if no one discovers me I won't be disappointed.
Miss August 1964 China Lee, the First Asian-American Bunny
China Lee was the first Asian-American selected as a Playmate of the Month and also appears in a pictorial in the April issue. China Lee would marry satarist Mort Lyon Sahl in He is inteviewed in the February issue. Terri Kimball is the May Playmate.