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Izabella St. James

Polish actress
The basics
Occupation Actor Model
Country United States of America
Date of birth Kraków, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland
Education McGill University
Authority IMDB id Library of congress id VIAF id Openlibrary id
The details

Izabella St. James (born Izabella Katarina Kasprzyk on 25 September 1975) is a writer, actress and a former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner. She is best known as the author of a memoir entitled Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion published August 21, 2006.


Izabella St. James was born in Kraków in Poland, during a time when Poland was oppressed by Communism. When St. James was ten years old her parents moved to Athens, Greece, where they lived for a year. Her family then moved to British Columbia, Canada. A year later they settled in Ontario, Canada. St. James lived in Kitchener–Waterloo for five years while she attended high school, and graduated with an award for academic excellence. After high school, St. James moved to Montreal, Quebec, to attend McGill University. She started with a double major in Political Science and History, but switched to a Humanistic Studies major, where she studied art history, classical music, literature and Spanish.

She then attended Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. She finished law school in December 2001, earning her Juris Doctor degree by graduating a semester early having completed study abroad programs at Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain and at the Jagiellonian University in her native Poland. However, she did not complete the Bar the following February.

In September 2000, she met Hugh Hefner and his girlfriends in a Los Angeles nightclub, and began attending parties at the Playboy Mansion. In January 2002, after finishing law school, St. James became part of Hef's girlfriend posse, spending nights out and traveling with Hef and his girlfriends regularly. In April 2002 Hef invited her to move into the Playboy Mansion and become one of Hefner's 'official girlfriends.' St. James lived at the Mansion for two years, moving out and ending her relationship with Hefner in May 2004.

Since leaving the Playboy Mansion, St. James has been acting and writing. In August 2006 she published Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion, a memoir of her time as one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends. St. James lives in Los Angeles.

In 2015 she starred in the first season of the Polish reality TV series called Żony Hollywood (English Hollywood Wives) which is based on the The Real Housewives franchise.


  • Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion (2006) Running Press

Selected filmography


  • The Goods: The Don Ready Story (2009)
  • Ninja Cheerleaders (2007)
  • Thunder Over Reno (2007) – Paige Raider


  • Bernie Mac
  • VH1 Fabulous Life of Hugh Hefner
  • MTV Cribs Playboy Mansion
  • The Surreal Life - Season One, The Wedding and Goodbye
  • Playboy’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on A&E
  • Sharon Osbourne Show
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