According to IMDB, Hefner once told Esquire magazine, he’d slept with over a thousand women. While the founder knew that those nude photos would be paid with bills, Hefner had always had lofty ideas in terms of publishing his flagship magazine.
The well-known publisher, died at his home at the age of 91 years.
He will be buried in a mausoleum in Westwood Memorial Park, where, in the mid-1990s, Hefner bought the drawer next to that of Marilyn Monroe, his first cover girl, for his final resting place. He concluded his statement by saying, “I am a kid who dreamed the dreams and made them come true”.
Around the centerfold, the magazine published controversial authors, discussed controversial topics. Hef is first amendment all the way, free speech.
Hugh M. Hefner was born in Chicago, the son of two city schoolteachers. He hired black comics like Dick Gregory and Bill Cosby at a time when most clubs were segregated, and he gave gigs to comic Lenny Bruce despite his many obscenity charges.
The actress Kat Denning remembered meeting Hugh Hefner at his famed mansion, where he was “very nice to my mom”. Finally Amazon ordered the biographical series “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story” from Stephen David Entertainment, set to run in 2017.
“There were chunks of my life when I was married, and when I was married, I never cheated”.
Gregory later told Hefner during the roast he loved him. His so-called stunted childhood led to a multi-million-dollar enterprise that centered on naked women but also espoused Hefner’s “Playboy philosophy” based on romance, style and the casting off of mainstream mores. “And I wanted to read a magazine that was a little more sophisticated and was focused really on the romantic connection between the sexes from a male point of view”.
The Playboy Mansion became the setting for a reality series centred around Hugh Hefner and his many girlfriends, including Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson. In his later years he threw huge parties at his luxurious mansions.