|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Margie Harrison|
|Succeeded by||Arline Hunter|
|Born||September 1, 1929|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Measurements||Bust: 36 in (91 cm)|
Waist: 26 in (66 cm)
Hips: 37 in (94 cm)
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Weight||130 lb (59 kg)|
When Playboy was launched, it did not commission its own photo sessions. Gilbert's photos were actually taken by a private photographer, who sold them to the Baumgarth Calendar Company. Hugh Hefner bought her photos, (along with the photos of many other models), and, to Gilbert's surprise, published them.
According to Gilbert,
In those days, I was an aspiring actress. I'd go on assignments with Marilyn Monroe. We did some calendar shots for a photographer named Tom Kelley. A few months later, I heard the pictures had appeared in a new magazine called Playboy, but I couldn't find a copy. I didn't see my centerfold until this year.— Neva Gilbert, Playboy, December 1979
Gilbert had small parts in two films: Combat Squad (1953) and The Country Girl (1954). She also appeared in various off-Broadway and college theatre productions, especially the plays of Tennessee Williams. Decades later, she returned to Playboy and posed semi-nude for a feature called, "Playmates Forever!", in the December 1979 issue.
- "Playmate data". Retrieved 19 December 2010.
- Edwards, Paul M. (1997). A Guide to Films on the Korean War. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 63. ISBN 978-0313303166.
- Aydlette, Larry (December 2016). "Lake Worth's Neva Gilbert recalls her "lucky" life as one of Playboy magazine's original Playmates". The Palm Beach Post.