You are wrong. I remember her :POriginally Posted by mikado
"Feb. 1986" You young guys have got to learn to trust us old guys when it comes to these thingsOriginally Posted by mikado
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She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for February 1986, and played "Julie Costello" on Growing Pains until she was fired on series regular Kirk Cameron's insistence, for having posed nude in Playboy magazine.
In 1989, officials of North Carolina's Azalea Festival stripped Julie McCullough of her crown as Azalea Queen of Wilmington, because of controversy surrounding her appearance as a Playboy centerfold.
The Growing Pains scandal
Julie McCullough landed the role of nanny Julie Costello on the television show Growing Pains in 1989. She appeared in eight episodes until she was fired in 1990, which stemmed from series star Kirk Cameron's conversion to evangelical Christianity, a conversion that, according to The E! True Hollywood Story episode focusing on the show, served to alienate him from his fellow cast members, as he did not invite any of them to his wedding. He called for McCullough's termination because of his objections to her having posed nude in Playboy, and accused the show's producers of promoting pornography. A decade later, Cameron apologized to his TV family, attributing his prior behavior to his lack of maturity, but did not reconcile with McCullough, who claims that Cameron refused to speak to her during a later encounter, and who remains critical of him, stating that she lost a lot from the public criticism she endured from the controversy. Although McCullough herself is Catholic, she has criticized the evangelical television programming Cameron has produced, which she has viewed on one occasion, saying on her MySpace page:
“ He thinks if I read science books that I'm going to hell. [I would] rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints ... the sinners are much more fun. And a lot more interesting than some book-burner who is still having growing pains. I am at peace with God. Kirk thinks people like me are going to Hell, if I do then at least I'll go well informed and well read. ” After the Growing Pains scandal, McCullough made several television appearances on Beverly Hills, 90210, Jake and the Fatman, Harry and the Hendersons and Drexell's Class.
The accompanying text to Julie's centerfold appearance is misleading at best. It describes the town of Allen, TX as a "rural community" located 26 miles north of Dallas. Allen is actually a bedroom community to a metropolitan area that had a population of over 3 million in 1986 and it is well under 10 miles to the Dallas City limits. Both now and in the mid-80's, there were a disproportionate number of playmates in the Dallas area and due to their frequent appearances on radio and local TV, their presence is well known yet Playboy describes Julie's appearance in the magazine as causing a "furor" and gives very controversial quotes from a unnamed preacher. Due to her surname, I remember Julie's gatefold appearance very well and I can assure you that locally it was a non-event. This was at least partly due to Julie not having lived here very long and also because she was no longer a resident of the area (Playboy incorrectly reports her as still living in Allen at the time of her centerfold). In short, this is inaccurate writing that borders on being fictitious from Playboy. The real irony is that just a few years later, Julie's Playboy photos would indeed create a problem but the prejudice against her would take place in Los Angeles County where Playboy itself is headquartered. This would occur on the set of squeaky-clean Growing Pains where the producers became quite unhappy with growing publicity from Julie's photos and association with Playboy while playing Kirk Cameron's on-screen love interest. This unwanted attention played a significant role in Julie being released after 10 episodes on the show. . Did Playboy come to her defense or ever even report this? Of course not. They're beholden to the TV & film industry.