Hugh Hefner

Founder and Editor-in-chief of Playboy Magazine
Born Apr 9, 1926

Hugh Marston "Hef" Hefner is an American magazine publisher, founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises.

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1926 Birth Hugh Hefner was born April 9, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois, the older of two sons (himself and brother Keith) of Grace Caroline (née Swanson; 1895–1997) and Glenn Lucius Hefner (1896–1976), both teachers. … Read More


1944 18 Years Old He went to Sayre Elementary School and Steinmetz High School, then during World War II, served as a writer for a military newspaper in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946.


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He later graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a B.A. in psychology with a double minor in creative writing and art in 1949, earning his degree in two and a half years. … Read More
1952 26 Years Old Working as a copywriter for Esquire, he left in January 1952 after being denied a $5 raise.
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In 1953, he mortgaged his furniture, generating a bank loan of $600, and raised $8,000 from 45 investors, including $1,000 from his mother ("Not because she believed in the venture," he told E! in 2006, "but because she believed in her son."), to launch Playboy, which was initially going to be called Stag Party.
1955 29 Years Old After it was rejected by Esquire magazine in 1955, Hefner agreed to publish in Playboy the Charles Beaumont science fiction short story "The Crooked Man", about straight men being persecuted in a world where homosexuality was the norm. … Read More


1959 33 Years Old It didn't; they were divorced in 1959. … Read More
1961 35 Years Old In 1961, Hefner watched Dick Gregory perform at the Herman Roberts Show Bar in Chicago. … Read More
1963 37 Years Old On June 4, 1963, Hefner was arrested for selling obscene literature after an issue of Playboy featuring nude shots of Jayne Mansfield was released. … Read More


1971 45 Years Old In 1971, he acknowledged that he experimented in bisexuality. … Read More


1985 59 Years Old Hefner had a minor stroke in 1985 at the age of 59. … Read More


1998 72 Years Old After he and Conrad separated in 1998 she moved into a house next door to the mansion. … Read More
The relationship with the twins ended in January 2010. … Read More
2011 85 Years Old Hefner and Harris had planned to marry June 18, 2011. … Read More
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Harris and Hefner reconciled and were married on December 31, 2012. … Read More
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