Burt Reynolds' Nude Cosmopolitan Spread: Photos And Why It's Iconic

By Kellar Ellsworth
Source: Worthpoint

When Burt Reynolds posed for the centerfold of the April 1972 Cosmopolitan magazine, it was a risky move. He wasn't the legendary star we remember him as now -- he was a TV actor, known for GunsmokeHawk, and Dan August, who had been trying to break into movies for a few years. Deliverance, a film that would make him a movie star, was slated to come out later in the year. And male nudity was taboo -- the male body, naked as a jaybird, in all its hairy glory, was not something the public seemed to want. That was the conventional wisdom, anyway -- naked women were beautiful and deserving of admiration, but a naked man just wasn't. Those were the rules of the man's world. But Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Helen Gurley Brown liked nothing more than breaking the rules.