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Hugh Hefner (born 09.04.26) Hugh Hefner is an American magazine publisher and the chief creative officer for Playboy Magazine.

Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2013, Hugh Hefner has a net worth of 43 million USD.

Childhood: Hugh Hefner was born in Chicago, Illinois to teachers Grace Caroline and Glenn Lucius Hefner. Hefner studied at Sayre Elementary School before moving on to Steinmetz High School. Between 1944 and 1946, Hefner served as a writer for a military newspaper. Following this, Hefner studied a B.A. in psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Career Hefner: began working as a copywriter for 'Esquire' magazine, but left them in 1952 due to payment issues. The following year, he mortgaged his furniture and gathered together investors to help him fund 'Playboy' magazine. The first issue was published in December 1953, and featured images from Marilyn Monroe's 1949 naked photo shoot, which drew in a huge number of readers. The magazine continued, steadily gaining a reputation for the infamously informative interviews and it's determined stance on racial, sexual and gender equality, although this was often overshadowed by the more obvious pornographic aspects of the magazine. While respected throughout the 1960s, the magazine was soon viewed as little more than a porn magazine, leading to it being banned in several countries. In addition to the magazine, Hefner hosted his own variety and talk show, 'Playboy's Penthouse', which first aired on 24th October, 1959. The show ran for two seasons, ending in 1961. The show was followed up by 'Playboy After Dark' which first aired in 1969 and again ran for two seasons. It took on the same variety and talk show format of 'Penthouse', and the combined two shows earned Hefner as star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal Life: In 1949, Hefner married university student Mildred Williams, and the couple had two children called Christie and David, before divorcing in 1959. In 1989, he married Kimberley Conrad and they remained together until 2010. Conrad had been 'Playmate of the Year' the year before their marriage, and the couple had two children, Marston and Cooper. On 31st December, 2012, Hefner Crystal Harris, despite their 60-year age difference. In addition to his three wives, Hefner has had several partners. Between 1969 and 1976, Hefner dated Barbi Benton. He then dated Brande Roderick for a year in 2000, before dating Tina Marie Jordan from 2001 to 2002. Hefner then dated Holly Madison from 2003 to 2008.



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That Didn't Last Long: Playboy Is Going Back To Featuring Naked Models


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Playboy magazine has announced it’s bringing back naked models, one year after declaring the era of nude pictorials had come to an end.

The magazine’s chief creative officer Cooper Hefner, has admitted the decision to stop using naked models was ‘a mistake’ and says the brand is now ‘taking our identity back’.

Bridget Marquardt Has This To Say On The Holly Madison And Kendra Wilkinson Feud


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As Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson continue their feud, the third former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner and their ‘Girls Next Door’ co-star Bridget Marquardt has finally weighed in. Appearing on ‘Hollywood Today Live’, Bridget gave her opinion on the ongoing battle between her former housemates, but she’s not picking sides.

Bridget MarquardtBridget Marquardt has weighed in on Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson’s feud.

"It's kind of sad. Like I feel like we have a bond, the three of us. It's kind of like, it's not like a sisterhood, it's not like friends, I mean it is friends, but it's something totally different than any other relationship you could possibly imagine," she said.

Continue reading: Bridget Marquardt Has This To Say On The Holly Madison And Kendra Wilkinson Feud

Holly Madison Responds To Kendra Wilkinson's Twitter Attack: 'I've Been Dealing With Slut Shaming For So Long'


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Last week former ‘Girls Next Door’ star and ex-girlfriend of Hugh Hefner Kendra Wilkinson, launched an explicit twitter attack on her former friend Holly Madison, in response to Holly’s most recent claims about life inside the Playboy mansion. But speaking on Jenny McCarthy's SiriusXM podcast, Holly said she won’t be retaliating against Kendra in the same manner.

Holly MadisonHolly Madison has responded to Kendra Wilkinson’s twitter tirade.

In the now deleted tweets, Kendra hit back at Holly’s claim to People magazine that she was ‘living in fear’ during her time at the mansion, when she was Hugh Hefner’s main girlfriend. "Now Holly is on cover of People mag sayin she lived in fear at the mansion," Kendra had tweeted. "She wasn't in fear with that d*** in her a** for a paycheck.”

Continue reading: Holly Madison Responds To Kendra Wilkinson's Twitter Attack: 'I've Been Dealing With Slut Shaming For So Long'

Playboy Will Stop Publishing Nude Photos As Of 2016


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Playboy will no longer be publishing nude photos of women. As of next year, as part of the magazine’s redesign, no explicit nude photographs will appear within its pages. Feminists across the World may be celebrating the shift away from such images – the battle still wages with The Sun over its Page Three – but Playboy’s decision does not appear to have been made with quashing sexism in mind.

Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner at the Playmate of the Year ceremony at the Playboy Mansion in May 2013.

Read More: Hugh Hefner Responds To Claims Made By Holly Madison In Autobiography Down The Rabbit Hole.

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Hugh Hefner Responds To Claims Made By Holly Madison In Autobiography 'Down The Rabbit Hole'


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Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has hit back at his former girlfriend Holly Madison and the allegations she’s made against the 89 year old in her autobiography, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny.

Holly MadisonHolly Madison dishes on life at the Playboy mansion in Down the Rabbit Hole.

The book, which hits US newsstands on Tuesday, chronicles Madison’s time at the Playboy mansion, which she now describes as a ‘nightmare’. According to US Weekly in the memoir the 35 year old claims Hefner offered her a Quaalude in 2001, during their first meeting in a club.

Continue reading: Hugh Hefner Responds To Claims Made By Holly Madison In Autobiography 'Down The Rabbit Hole'

Holly Madison Reveals Dark Side Of Life At The Playboy Mansion In Memoir 'Down The Rabbit Hole'


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Holly Madison, the former girlfriend of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is lifting the lid on her life inside the famous mansion in her tell all memoir Down The Rabbit Hole. In the book the now 35 year old reveals she once contemplated suicide as her life as one of Hefner’s girlfriends became unbearable.

Holly MadisonHolly Madison releases her autobiography this June

"Life inside the notorious Mansion wasn’t a dream at all—and quickly became her nightmare," US Weekly reports the book’s promotional material as stating. "After losing her identity, her sense of self-worth, and her hope for the future, Holly found herself sitting alone in a bathtub contemplating suicide.”

Continue reading: Holly Madison Reveals Dark Side Of Life At The Playboy Mansion In Memoir 'Down The Rabbit Hole'

Wolf Of Wall Street's Margot Robbie Rejects Playboy Cover Offer


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Margot Robbie has come a long way from the quiet Australian suburban paradise that is Neighbours – the former Ramsey Street resident recently starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in Martin-Scorcese-directed The Wolf of Wall Street, and is, as you can imagine, in quite some demand.

Margot RobbieMargot Robbie is in demand following The Wolf of Wall Street

The confident actress isn’t willing to do anything though. For instance, just because she appeared nude in Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated 3-hour debauchery festival, doesn’t mean she’s stripping off for anyone, as Hugh Hefner found out when she flat-out rejected the chance to do a Playboy spread.

Continue reading: Wolf Of Wall Street's Margot Robbie Rejects Playboy Cover Offer

Jenny McCarthy's Halloween Costume: Miley Cyrus' Tongue!


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Miley Cyrus has inspired more than one celebrity costume this Halloween. On Saturday (26th October) Hugh Hefner and his wife Crystal dressed as Robin Thicke and Cyrus at the MTV VMA's whilst Paris Hilton attended the same Playboy party dressed in Cyrus' VMAs teddy. The Cyrus - and Playboy- theme was continued by former Playmate Jenny McCarthy. The 40-year-old dressed as Cyrus' tongue!

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Jenny McCarthy dressed as Miley Cyrus' tongue for Halloween this year.

For anyone who has missed Cyrus' favourite pose, it includes the 20-year-old sticking her tongue out as far as possible. McCarthy's costume consists of a large mouth surrounding, complete with a set of teeth and a large pink tongue which surrounds her head and ends around the middle of her thigh. The costume is brilliant but probably not the most practical. 

Continue reading: Jenny McCarthy's Halloween Costume: Miley Cyrus' Tongue!

Paris Hilton Shells Out $5000 To Look Like Other Celebs This Halloween


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It's tough enough settling on one Halloween costume idea for most people, let alone affording multiple outfits for different parties but this is apparently what heiress Paris Hilton has chosen to do, starting with a Miley Cyrus ensemble at Hugh Hefner's legendary Halloween Playboy Mansion party.

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Paris Rocked Up In Miley Cyrus' Infamous VMAs Bear Leotard.

Though Paris, 32, is known to relish donning outrageous and revealing costumes each year, it looks like she's outdone herself in 2013 with a reported $5,000 spent on Halloween gear which will also include a custom-made jungle outfit like the one worn by Katy Perry in her 'Roar' music video, according to The Daily Mail.

Continue reading: Paris Hilton Shells Out $5000 To Look Like Other Celebs This Halloween

Miley Cyrus & Robin Thicke Inspire Hugh Hefner & Paris Hilton's Costumes At Playboy Halloween Party


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Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke inadvertently created a horror story three months before Halloween. Their performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August has inspired the costumes of Hugh Hefner and his wife Crystal Harris at the Playboy Mansion's Halloween party on Saturday 26th October.

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Paris Hilton's costume was inspired by Miley Cyrus' outfit at the MTV VMAs.

Hefner posted two photographs on his Twitter: one a selfie of the couple with Crystal holding a giant foam hand up to the camera; and the other with Crystal bending over in front of her husband. Hefner added the hash tag "twerking". Crystal, despite being a former 'Playmate' and glamour model, dressed more modestly than Cyrus had at the VMAs. She wore a short yellow dress as opposed to Cyrus' decision at the awards in August to wear a flesh coloured bikini. Hefner wore a striped suit with Thicke style sunglasses. It appears the costume was actually a prison outfit which Hefner had adapted with sunglasses, a gold chain and a microphone. 

Continue reading: Miley Cyrus & Robin Thicke Inspire Hugh Hefner & Paris Hilton's Costumes At Playboy Halloween Party

Carla Howe, Melissa Howe and Hugh Hefner - The Howe twins, Carla and Melissa, visit the Playboy Mansion - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 6th September 2013

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Hugh Hefner - Cooper Hefner and Hugh Hefner Los Angeles, California - 'The Rum Diary' premiere held at the LACMA Bing Theater - Arrivals Thursday 13th October 2011

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Hugh Hefner - Saturday 25th June 2011 at Playboy Mansion Los Angeles, California

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Hugh Hefner Saturday 4th June 2011 Playboy Club London Gala Opening Event held at the Playboy Club in Mayfair - Arrivals. London, England

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Hugh Hefner and Playboy - Hugh Hefner's twin girlfriends Karissa Shannon and Kristina Shannon Las Vegas, Nevada - attend a signing session for 'Playboy's Miss July and Miss August' at the Playboy Store at the Forum Shops Friday 17th July 2009

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Hugh Hefner

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9th April, 1926

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