Collinson and her sister Mary were the first twins to appear as Playboy centrefolds, but the pictures took almost a year to complete, onerous by nature of having two subjects. Spellbinding for their sexiness as well as their symmetry, the Maltese identical twins Mary and Madeleine Collinson arrived in London penniless in and quickly became an underground sensation, snapped up by opportunistic film-makers and photographers, mostly at the naughtier end of the market. Their autumnal beauty and kittenish mannerisms transported them to the Playboy mansion and even briefly to Hollywood, and decades after starring in Twins of Evil , a debauched Hammer vampire yarn, they remain etched on the minds of generations of bewitched retrophile males. Madeleine, who has died at 62, was shorter by a whisker and a touch more assertive than her sister, and with a passion for old horror films her favourite was the original Nosferatu. They spent years trying to trace him, but recently his children tracked them down independently and they discovered a new extended family in Australia. Although educated separately, Madeleine at a convent school, the twins performed together from an early age. Madeleine joined her a few weeks later. They were the first twins to appear as Playboy centrefolds, but the pictures took almost a year to complete, onerous by nature of having two subjects.
I don't know. Maybe a mile and a half, she said softly. You'll never make it. You'll freeze to death. Look at you.
Madeleine Stowe in Short Cuts 1993