Devastated, McCarthy ran across the road and into the Playboy building because she simply couldn't bear to return to the Polish grocery store where she worked. And that's where the magic started.
Initially discouraged by a snooty receptionist, who told her she couldn't just walk into the pages of the men's magazine, an executive told her to try out as a Playmate at a photo shoot while she was planning to leave near the elevator.
"I put on a bikini... I didn't know how to pose; it was like a mugshot. I went home and within one hour, and this is not an exaggeration, Playboy called and said, You're Miss October!" the Daily Express quoted McCarthy as saying.