Ola Ray, the female lead in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, still looks stunning nearly 30 years after the release of the epic 13-minute short.
Ray released new photos Wednesday to promote a tribute to Jackson she is debuting Friday.
The 52-year-old model and singer is clearly proud of her figure. In one photo, Ray reclines on a black leather sofa, wearing a short red dress that accentuates her curvy legs. In another pose, she straddles a chair while donning a revealing black leotard and stilettos.
Ray’s independent release “Remember” that will be available on iTunes was made in memory of Jackson’s life and their experience working together. “This project has been a year in the making,” Ray said in a statement. “I am very happy to have finished it in time for Michael Jackson’s 4th year anniversary passing. I hope everyone will enjoy.” The song’s music is produced by Antione Miller and engineered by Steve Lott.
The “Remember” video features performers from the dance class at Sheldon High in Sacramento, California’s Elk Grove. “Remember” marks Ray’s debut as a producer, director, and writer. The group impressed Ray when they participated in her high school dance competitions, so she asked them to appear in “Remember.” Ray is hosting a release party Friday at 7 p.m. at the Strikes Family Entertainment Center in Elk Grove.
Ray began her professional singing and dancing career in the late 1970s by forming a group with her twin brothers and sister. At the time, their family lived in Tokyo, where her military stepfather was assigned in 1975.
Their act called The Puppets secured a one-year contract with a local nightclub, appeared in television commercials and was offered a recording deal from CBS Records in Tokyo. Ray also garnered several modeling jobs, appearing in TV ads for popular Japanese department stores.
When she returned to the United States in 1978, she continued working in entertainment. In June 1980, she was named Playboy Magazine’s “Playmate of the Month.” Numerous print and television modeling jobs followed.
In 2009, Ray sued Jackson, claiming breach of contract for unpaid royalties for her role in “Thriller.” She reached a settlement with his estate in 2012. She lives in Sacramento.