Zombie royalties:Thriller babe wants her money from Jacko's estate


Back in 1983, Ola Ray was a 22-year old model and aspiring actress. Her greatest accomplishment was an appearance as Playmate of the Month in the June 1980 issue of Playboy.

That all changed when she was Michael Jackson's love interest in Thriller, the game-changing music video that hit MTV on December 2, 1983. The 14-minute epic was named the "most successful music video of all-time" by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2006, and has sold over 9 million units and counting.

But Ms. Ray doesn't think she's gotten her cut. The Associated Press reports that "Ray's attorney filed paperwork in Los Angeles last week stating she is a creditor to the singer's estate and is owed an undetermined amount of money. The actress sued Jackson in April, claiming he had failed to pay her royalties that she was due from the "Thriller" video for the past four years."

Now the MJ's death has given a nice boost to the video's sales, she's probably owed far more money than she was when she sued back in April.

According to her Wikipedia entry, Ola Ray has never matched the success of the Thriller video, and doesn't have any film credits since 1987.