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.
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Playboy Might Kill Magazine to Focus on 'World of Playboy'
Wall Street Journal - about 2 months
The death of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is ushering in a new era for the adult-entertainment enterprise, setting in motion a process that will move ownership of the iconic brand out of his family’s hands and could soon spell the end of its once pace-setting U.S. magazine.
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Newhouse and Hefner, the deaths of two legends
CNN - 5 months
The magazine world is mourning the loss of two media titans. S.I. Newhouse Jr., the longtime publisher of Condé Nast, died Sunday at 89. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died Wednesday at his Playboy Mansion home in Beverly Hills. He was 91.
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Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Reinforced The Idea That Great Literature Is A Male Interest
Huffington Post - 5 months
The cultured lens of Playboy created a new space for literary life ― one with no particular interest in welcoming female readers.
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Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies at age 91
Reuters.com - 5 months
(Reuters) - Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who helped usher in the 1960s sexual revolution with his groundbreaking men's magazine and built a business empire around his libertine lifestyle, died on Wednesday at the age of 91, Playboy Enterprises said.
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Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91
Reuters.com - 5 months
He helped usher in a sexual revolution in the 1950s, and his business empire ultimately became one of the world's most recognizable brands. Now, after more than 60 years of publishing and partying, cultural icon Hugh Hefner has passed away. Graham Mackay reports.
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Hugh Hefner's Life Story: You Should Watch It For The Articles. Yeah, The Articles.
Huffington Post - 11 months
Whether you think Playboy magazine liberated America from its puritanical shackles or sent America spiraling into a Godless moral hell, you gotta admit it changed the game. And since all things Playboy stemmed from the vision of its founder, Hugh Hefner, it’s logical that a new docu-drama tells the Playboy story through the story of Hef. The 10-part American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story becomes available Friday on the streaming service Amazon Prime. It’s an authorized production, done with the blessing of Playboy Enterprises. The upside there is that the producers have access to Hefner’s and Playboy’s archival material, which seems to be copious. That suits executive producer Stephen David’s familiar hybrid style, blending documentary footage and interviews with dramatic re-creations. The flip side of an authorized production is that while we learn a lot about the peaks and valleys of Hefner’s life, the series doesn’t go too deeply into several issues raised about P...
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Amazon’s ‘American Playboy’ tells Hugh Hefner’s story straight from the source
LATimes - 11 months
Hugh Hefner, the man who made Playboy magazine and, by extension, all that Playboy made — for better and worse — is the subject of a new 10-part documentary, "American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story," which premieres Friday on Amazon Prime. (Putting “American” at the start of any title is the current...
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Trump's labor nominee resigned from Catholic university's board over racy ads
CNN - about 1 year
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 1 year
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 an...
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10 Halloween Costumes Perfect For Fun-Loving Middle-Aged Couples
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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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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.
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  • 2012
    Age 85
    In 2012, Hefner announced that his youngest son, Cooper, would likely succeed him as the public face of Playboy.
    Twenty-six-year-old Harris and eighty-six-year-old Hefner reconciled and were married on December 31, 2012.
    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.
  • 2011
    Age 84
    Hefner and Harris had planned to marry June 18, 2011.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    On December 24, 2010, Hefner presented an engagement ring to Crystal Harris, publicly announcing the proposal the following day.
    The divorce was finalized in March 2010.
    The relationship with the twins ended in January 2010.
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  • 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.
  • 1998
    Age 71
    After he and Conrad separated in 1998 she moved into a house next door to the mansion.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1985
    Age 58
    Hefner had a minor stroke in 1985 at the age of 59.
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  • 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.
    In 1971, he acknowledged that he experimented in bisexuality.
  • 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.
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  • 1961
    Age 34
    In 1961, Hefner watched Dick Gregory perform at the Herman Roberts Show Bar in Chicago.
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  • 1959
    Age 32
    The two were divorced in 1959.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.)
    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.
  • 1952
    Age 25
    Working as a copywriter for Esquire, he left in January 1952 after being denied a $5 raise.
  • 1949
    Age 22
    In 1949, Hefner married Northwestern University student Mildred Williams (born 1926).
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  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    Hugh Hefner was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 9, 1926.
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