No one seems to know for sure. In 1975, Vasta was the Penthouse Pet of the Year. On January 4th of this year, some joggers found Vasta’s naked, dead body washed up on the shores of Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps base near San Diego.
Although she was 58 years old, Camp Pendleton military police said the slender, nude body found on the beach was so youthful in appearance they thought she was teenager.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service wants anyone who has any additional information about Vasta’s death or saw her before her body was found to get in touch with them. Her neck and back had been broken and police are still trying to determine whether she drowned or killed herself.
Members of her family have vehemently denied that she would have committed suicide. Vasta’s vehicle was found parked on a viewpoint about 60 feet above the Pacific Ocean. A bloody blouse and bra, along with a blood-stained steak knife, were found in her maroon, 2001 Mazda 626 sedan.
Vasta went by the name Anneka Di Lorenzo back in her modeling days. She also played Messalina in Penthouse founder Bob Guccione’s 1979 film Caligula, the first movie to feature major actors and actresses in a film with explicit sex scenes. It’s notorious for being one of the only movies critic Roger Ebert walked out of. He would later give it zero stars and call it “sickening, utterly worthless, shameful trash.”
At one point, Vasta dated Guccione, but in 1990 she won a $4 million lawsuit against him, claiming he forced her to have sexual intercourse with two of his business associates. Anneka Vasta was born Marjorie Thoreson, in Minnesota, but left there at the young age of 14 for the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles.