June 24, 2012 11:27 PM EST
Ola Ray, Where Is The Girl From Michael Jackson’s Thriller Video? [PHOTOS]
With Monday marking three years since Michael Jackson died, many will be getting their MJ fix by watching some of his best videos from over the years, and undoubtedly, "Thriller" will be on that lineup. But many may wonder, what happened to the woman listed in the 1983 "Thriller" video's credits only as Ola Ray, "Michael's Girl?"
According to Yahoo News, Ray is now 51 and living in Sacramento, Calif. with her teenage daughter.
Before the 13-minute "Thriller" video sent her to stardom, Ray had posed for Playboy magazine nude in June 1980, which bothered "Thriller" director John Landis. But she snagged the part of "Michael's Girl" in "Thriller" thanks to the King of Pop himself.
"He seemed taken by the fact that I was a Playboy model," Ray told the Sunday Mirror.
But don't get it twisted. While Ray and Jackson definitely had chemistry on camera, there was nothing going on when the cameras stopped rolling.
"We had a working relationship; it was nothing other than that," Ray told ABC News in 2010. "He was into Brooke Shields."
But the "Thriller" duo did spend some time flirting while working on the 13-minute video short.
"When we did the dancing, when he had to walk around me and flirt with me ... That was when I was like 'Oh my God, like Ola, I could not believe I was the girl, I was the one chosen,'" Ray told ABC News.
Ray later landed small roles in "Beverly Hills Cop II","Gimme A Break!" and "Cheers" but remained friends with Jackson throughout the years. But in May 2009, a month before Jackson died, Ray sued the King of Pop for unpaid royalties.
"Michael would always re-release 'Thriller' in different packages so that I would get my royalties," Ray said in an official statement after his death. "He really did his personal best to help me while he was alive. Unfortunately, the people handling his estate have not been acting according to his wishes since his death."
A settlement for Ola Ray was reached in May 2012.
View the slideshow to see photos of Ola Ray then and now and view Michael Jackson's famous "Thriller" video below.