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Millionaire Bride Bares All

Darva Conger, television's multimillionaire bride, removed her wedding dress and everything else for the August issue of Playboy.

Conger said Wednesday she gave the Playboy offer a lot more thought than the decision to wed Rick Rockwell on live TV.

The marriage quickly broke up, and she wanted to go back to her job as an emergency room nurse, but she lost that job and two other hospitals wouldn't take her because of the media stigma.

"Playboy stepped in and helped me out when I had no other avenues open to me and really saved my bacon," Conger said at a news conference to unveil the photo spread.

She's already thinking of other job opportunities, like moving into the talk show chair next to Regis Philbin when Kathie Lee Gifford departs later this month.

"I don't think anyone could replace Kathie Lee," Conger said. "I'd like to think I could do a good job as Regis' co-host. I think he and I would get along rather well."

A Playboy pictorial seemed somehow inevitable ever since Conger was the chosen one in Fox's February fiasco, Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire.

She had other offers to pose nude, from a Web site and Penthouse magazine, but considered Playboy "a respectable mainstream magazine." Conger refused to say how much she was paid for disrobing.

On Playboy's cover, Conger holds a bouquet and wears a veil on Playboy's cover. Inside, she reposes on a sun-baked beach, against a rock, and in water -- all wearing nothing.

"They were very kind, very respectful," Conger said. "I never felt vulnerable. They always held screens up for me. You've seen the pictorial. It's pretty tame."

Conger is running through the media gauntlet -- an appearance on Today on Wednesday and visit to Howard Stern on Thursday. She'll be the featured guest at Playboy's Wet 'n' Wild Party at a video distributors conference in Las Vegas.

After that, she'll sift through offers. She'd like to do television work, even if Regis doesn't call. Maybe, she said, someone could use her health expertise.

She'd gladly give it all up if she could take back the decision to participate in Fox's show.

"I'm trying to make something positive out of something very bad," she said, "and it was very bad."

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