Star Stowe Wiki, Age, Husband, Son, Net Worth & Parents

Star Stowe


Real NameEllen Louise Stowe.
AkaStar Stowe.
Age When Died40.
Birth DateMarch 19, 1956.
Birth PlaceLittle Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Date of DeathMarch 16, 1997.
Cause of Death Murder.
Place of Death Coral Springs, Florida, U.S.
Ethnicity Caucasian.
Nationality American.
ParentsFather: ----
Mother: ----
Love Life
Marital StatusDivorced.
Ex-Husband Peter Maligo.
KidsSons: Michael Maligo.
Body Measurements
WeightKg: 52.6.
Pounds: 115.9 lbs.
HeightIn feet: 5' 6".
In centimeters: 168 cm.
In meters: 1.68 m.
Worked For Playboy.
Net worth$214k.

Who is Star Stowe?

Star Stowe, aka Ellen Louise Stowe (born on March 19, 1956) was a 40-year-old Playboy model who murdered on March 16, 1997. Police found her body half clothed, and reportedly, she was strangled.

Investigators connecting the dots linked her death with that of Fort Lauderdale-based prostitute Sandra Kay Walters who was murdered that year on February 25.

Later that year, several more such cases of strangling prostitutes came to light which was viewed as the work of a serial killer. Sadly, investigators could not solve the mystery behind those murders, and even to this day, nobody knows who killed Star Stowe.

In February 2023, Stowe again became a topic of talk after ID aired an episode of “The Playboy Murders,” covering the mystery behind her death. Keep reading if you have watched that episode and want to learn more about her.


Playboy Model Star Stowe

Where Was Star Stowe Born?

On March 19, 1956, Ellen Louise Stowe, aka Star Stowe (age 40), was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S. According to Pulp International, her father was an engineer, and she spent most of her early life in Nevada, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Sources say that she was a teenager when she shifted to Las Vegas, after which she settled in Los Angeles. In LA, Star worked at a stripper club, where one day, a scout spotted her and offered her to model for Playboy; that is how she became a Playboy model.


Star Stowe with KISS Band

Star Stowe’s Career As A Model

Working for PB, she changed her name from Ellen to Star because of a heart-shaped tattoo below her belly. In the late 70s, she worked with famous photographer Pompeo Posar and the photos were used for the 1977 Playboy issue.

Soon after becoming the first playmate with a visible tattoo Stowe came into a relationship with Gene Simmons, a bassist whom people recognize as a member of the KISS band; she even appeared on the band’s discs.

Star saw an upward trajectory in her modeling career for a few years, but the downfall came very soon, and her fame started to disappear. She tried to return to her job as a stripper, but it did not work out; she became a drug addict and fell into prostitution. She was later seen in the streets of Coral Springs on March 16, 1997, following which only her dead body was discovered.


Star Stowe and Gene Simmons

Who Was Star Stowe’s Husband?

While pursuing a career as a Playboy model, Ellen fell in love with a man named Peter Maligo; soon, they got married and welcomed their first child, a son named Michael.

Unfortunately, Star’s relationship with Peter did not last long, and they got separated. Stowe received Michael’s custody, but she sent him to her mother after he turned 6.

Following her divorce, she met a man who helped her leave prostitution and alcoholism. They lived together for five years before their separation in August 1996.



Star Stowe Q&A

Ques: When was Star Stowe born?

Ans: March 19, 1956.

Ques: What is Star Stowe’s real name?

Ans: Ellen Louise Stowe.

Ques: When was Star Stowe murdered?

Ans: March 16, 1997.

Ques: Did Star Stowe have any children?

Ans: Yes, she had a son named Michael.