Hugh Hefner
Founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine
Hugh Hefner
Hugh Marston "Hef" Hefner is an American magazine publisher, founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises.
Biography
Hugh Hefner's personal information overview.
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Trump's labor nominee resigned from Catholic university's board over racy ads
CNN - 14 days
Donald Trump's labor nominee, fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, was pushed out of his position on the board of a Catholic university after his company ran an advertisement campaign featuring Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.
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Hugh Hefner Should Support The Hollyweed Prankster
Huffington Post - about 2 months
By Thor Benson I know this sounds a little odd, but Hugh Hefner should encourage Los Angeles authorities to leave the Hollyweed prankster alone (or maybe cover his legal fees). Welcome to 2017 #hollyweed pic.twitter.com/NJwkSfDT6U -- Jay Mendoza (@MrJayMendoza) January 1, 2017 As you probably know, someone went up to the Hollywood sign on New Year's night and changed it to say "Hollyweed." How many people did this harm? Zero. Should this prankster be prosecuted? No. Who should argue for that? Hugh Hefner. Why? Let me explain. Back in 2010, Hugh Hefner donated nearly $1 million to save the Hollywood sign. Developers were trying to take over the land and turn it into space for mansions, because, well, developers are often scum. Hefner saw this travesty taking place and donated $900,000 to a nonprofit trying to buy the land to save it. "It would have been a real shame after having restored it if it wound up sold," Hefner said at the time. "It's become something iconic and ...
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10 Halloween Costumes Perfect For Fun-Loving Middle-Aged Couples
Huffington Post - 5 months
Halloween. The one night of the year when it’s totally acceptable to be inappropriate and downright hilarious. For midlifers, it’s your one chance to throw caution to the wind, shock your kids ― and your neighbors ― and dress up however you want. We say, go big or go home. Whether it’s nostalgia or just a little humor you prefer, we found the best costumes to rock one of our favorite holidays later this month. Middle-Aged Barbie And Midlife Crisis Ken When your costume isn’t all that far from reality...    Total Boobs I'm having an internal conflict about my parents Halloween costume pic.twitter.com/bPiGUXF4QX — (@sam_roselli1) October 22, 2015 Their kids will probably have nightmares for years to come. The Emoji Couple  My parents Halloween costumes I guarantee are better than yours pic.twitter.com/XcDr7WQnUS — Vicky B (@victoriakbrownn) October 31, 2015 Flo From Progressive And Jake From State Farm  My parents ...
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Hugh Hefner Laughs Off Rumors That He's Gravely Ill - E! Online
Google News - 5 months
E! Online Hugh Hefner Laughs Off Rumors That He's Gravely Ill E! Online The 90-year-old Playboy mogul took to Twitter this evening to joke about recent reports stating that he's currently deathly ill. "I wish the tabloids had informed me a little earlier in the week that I'm sick," he wrote. "I might have cancelled my ... Hugh Hefner "Fine" Amid Reports of Health Scare, Tweets Message to "Tabloids"Hollywood Reporter Hugh Hefner Addresses Rumors of Ill Health: 'I Wish the Tabloids Had Informed Me'CBS 8 San Diego Hugh Hefner Squashes Rumors That He's 'Sick' - and Enjoys Movie Night with Wife Crystal!People Magazine Fox News -Just Jared -Reuters -Complex all 34 news articles »
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Hugh Hefner 'is fine'
Reuters.com - 5 months
Reps for the Playboy magazine founder debunks poor health rumors. Alicia Powell reports.
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Hugh Hefner disputes reports he is 'super sick'
Fox News - 5 months
Hugh Hefner is firing back after reports claim the Playboy founder is "super sick."
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Playboy-Centric Art Show Features All The Bunnies And All The Boobs
Huffington Post - 5 months
A wise man once said: “The major civilizing force in the world is not religion, it is sex.” That man was Hugh Hefner. And this nugget of wisdom was likely on his mind in 1953, when he founded the now-iconic Playboy Magazine.  The spirit of Playboy was, in a way, revolutionary. The 1950s famously framed pornography ― and, more broadly, sexuality itself ― as a dirty, shameful secret to indulge in in private or not at all. Hefner, however, recognized the beauty and power of erotic imagery, and believed it deserved recognition.  Through his Playboy brand, he aligned the qualities of a sexual being with those of a gentleman. He conjured up a newfangled American dream for the heterosexual male ― a dream of being cultured, sophisticated, educated and face-deep in naked women. Sex went from being something reprehensible to something cosmopolitan, classy and progressive. For straight men, at least. Today, everyone knows the word Playboy and all that’s associated with it: smoking ro ...
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Hugh Hefner Fast Facts
CNN - 6 months
Read CNN's Hugh Hefner Fast Facts and learn more about the life of the Playboy Magazine editor-in-chief.
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It's official: Playboy's Hugh Hefner has $100 million and a new landlord
LATimes - 6 months
There’s a new playboy on the Westside. Daren Metropoulos, the son of billionaire investor C. Dean Metropoulos and principal at the investment firm Metropoulos & Co., has completed a deal for the iconic Playboy Mansion, according to a release. The longtime Holmby Hills home and workspace of Hugh...
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It's official: Playboy's Hugh Hefner has $100 million and a new landlord
LATimes - 6 months
There’s a new playboy on the Westside. Daren Metropoulos, the son of billionaire investor C. Dean Metropoulos and principal at the investment firm Metropoulos & Co., has completed a deal for the iconic Playboy Mansion, according to a release. The longtime Holmby Hills home and workspace of Hugh...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hugh Hefner
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 89
    In January 2016, the Playboy Mansion was put on the market for $200 million, on condition that Hugh Hefner would continue to work and live in the mansion.
    More Details Hide Details It was later sold to Daren Metropoulos, a principal at private equity firm Metropoulos & Co, for $100 million. Metropoulos plans to reconnect the Playboy Mansion property with a neighboring estate that he purchased in 2009, combining the two for a 7.3 acre (3-hectare) compound as his own private residence. The Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award was created by Christie Hefner "to honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the vital effort to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for Americans." He has donated and raised money for the Democratic Party. However, he has more recently referred to himself as an independent due to disillusionment with both the Democratic and Republican parties. In 1978, Hefner helped organize fund-raising efforts that led to the restoration of the Hollywood Sign. He hosted a gala fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion and personally contributed $27,000 (or 1/9 of the total restoration costs) by purchasing the letter Y in a ceremonial auction.
  • 2012
    Age 85
    In 2012, Hefner announced that his youngest son, Cooper, would likely succeed him as the public face of Playboy.
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    Twenty-six-year-old Harris and eighty-six-year-old Hefner reconciled and were married on December 31, 2012.
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    The two later reconciled, and on December 31, 2012, Harris and Hefner married at the Playboy Mansion in a small private ceremony; he was 86 and she was 26.
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  • 2011
    Age 84
    Hefner and Harris had planned to marry June 18, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Harris called off the wedding just 5 days before they were due to be wed.
  • 2010
    Age 83
    On December 24, 2010, he became engaged to Harris, to become his third wife. Harris broke off their engagement on June 14, 2011, five days before their planned wedding.
    More Details Hide Details In anticipation of the wedding, the July issue of Playboy, which reached store shelves and customer's homes within days of the wedding date, featured Harris on the cover and in a photo spread as well. The headline on the cover read "Introducing America's Princess, Mrs. Crystal Hefner". It was later covered on newsstand issues with a sticker that read "Runaway Bride".
    On November 18, 2010, Children of the Night founder and president Dr. Lois Lee presented Hefner with the organization's first-ever Founder's Hero of the Heart Award in appreciation for his unwavering dedication, commitment and generosity.
    More Details Hide Details On April 26, 2010, Hefner donated the last $900,000 sought by a conservation group for a land purchase needed to stop the development of the famed vista of the Hollywood Sign. Sylvilagus palustris hefneri, an endangered subspecies of Marsh rabbit, is named after him in honor of financial support that he provided. Hefner supported legalizing same-sex marriage and he stated that a fight for gay marriage was "a fight for all our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time."
    On December 24, 2010, Hefner presented an engagement ring to Crystal Harris, publicly announcing the proposal the following day.
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    The divorce was finalized in March 2010.
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    The relationship with the twins ended in January 2010.
    More Details Hide Details After an 11-year separation, Hefner filed for divorce from Conrad stating irreconcilable differences. Hefner has stated that he only remained nominally married to her for the sake of his children, and his youngest child had just turned 18.
  • 2009
    Age 82
    In January 2009, Hefner started dating Crystal Harris, joining the Shannon Twins after his previous "number one girlfriend", Holly Madison, had ended their 7-year relationship.
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  • 1998
    Age 71
    After he and Conrad separated in 1998 she moved into a house next door to the mansion.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1985
    Age 58
    Hefner had a minor stroke in 1985 at the age of 59.
    More Details Hide Details After re-evaluating his lifestyle, he made several changes. The wild, all-night parties were toned down significantly and in 1988, daughter Christie began to run the Playboy empire. The following year, he married Playmate of the Year Kimberley Conrad. The couple had two sons: Marston Glenn (born 1990) and Cooper Bradford (born 1991). The E! True Hollywood Story profile noted that the notorious Playboy Mansion had been transformed into a family-friendly homestead.
  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 44
    Also in 1971, Hefner established a second residence in Los Angeles with the acquisition of Playboy Mansion West, and in 1975 moved there permanently from Chicago.
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    In 1971, he acknowledged that he experimented in bisexuality.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 36
    On June 4, 1963, Hefner was arrested for selling obscene literature after an issue of Playboy featuring nude shots of Jayne Mansfield was released.
    More Details Hide Details A jury was unable to reach a verdict. In the 1993 The Simpsons episode "Krusty Gets Cancelled", Hefner guest-voiced himself where he played a musical piece on the wine glasses. In 1999, Hefner financed the Clara Bow documentary, Discovering the It Girl. "Nobody has what Clara had. She defined an era and made her mark on the nation," he stated. Hefner guest-starred as himself in a 2006 episode of Seth Green's Robot Chicken on the late-night programming block Adult Swim. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for television and has made several movie appearances as himself. In 2009, he received a "worst supporting actor" nomination for a Razzie award for his performance in Miss March. A documentary by Brigitte Berman, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, was released on July 30, 2010. He had previously granted full access to documentary filmmaker and television producer Kevin Burns for the A&E Biography special Hugh Hefner: American Playboy in 1996. Hefner and Burns later collaborated on numerous other television projects, most notably on The Girls Next Door, a reality series that ran for six seasons (2005–2009) and 90 episodes.
  • 1961
    Age 34
    In 1961, Hefner watched Dick Gregory perform at the Herman Roberts Show Bar in Chicago.
    More Details Hide Details Based on that performance, Hefner hired Gregory to work at the Chicago Playboy Club; Gregory attributes the subsequent launch of his career to that night.
  • 1959
    Age 32
    The two were divorced in 1959.
    More Details Hide Details Hefner remade himself as a bon viveur and man about town, a lifestyle he promoted in his magazine and two TV shows he hosted, Playboy's Penthouse (1959–1960) and Playboy After Dark (1969–1970). He admitted to being involved' with maybe eleven out of twelve months' worth of Playmates" during some of these years. Donna Michelle, Marilyn Cole, Lillian Müller, Shannon Tweed, Barbi Benton, Karen Christy, Sondra Theodore, and Carrie Leigh — who filed a $35 million palimony suit against him — were a few of his many lovers.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After receiving angry letters to the magazine, Hefner wrote a response to criticism where he said, "If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society then the reverse was wrong, too."
  • 1953
    Age 26
    The undated first issue, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies. (Hefner, who never met Monroe, bought the crypt next to hers at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.)
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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.
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  • 1952
    Age 25
    Working as a copywriter for Esquire, he left in January 1952 after being denied a $5 raise.
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  • 1949
    Age 22
    In 1949, Hefner married Northwestern University student Mildred Williams (born 1926).
    More Details Hide Details They had two children: daughter Christie Hefner (born 1952) and son David (born 1955). Before the wedding, Mildred confessed that she had an affair while he was away in the army. He called the admission "the most devastating moment of my life." A 2006 E! True Hollywood Story profile of Hefner revealed that Mildred allowed him to have sex with other women, out of guilt for her infidelity and in the fond hope that it would preserve their marriage.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1944
    Age 17
    He attended 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.
    More Details Hide Details Hugh graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a double minor in creative writing and art in 1949, earning his degree in two and a half years. After graduation, he took a semester of graduate courses in sociology at Northwestern University but dropped out soon after.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    Hugh Hefner was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 9, 1926.
    More Details Hide Details He is the first child of Grace Caroline (née Swanson; 1895–1997) and Glenn Lucius Hefner (1896–1976), who both worked as teachers. His parents were from Nebraska. He had a younger brother, Keith (1929–2016). Hefner's mother was of Swedish descent, and his father had German and English ancestry. Through his father's line, Hefner has stated that he is a direct descendant of Plymouth governor William Bradford. He has described his family as "conservative, Midwestern, and Methodist".
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