Playboy founder Hugh Hefner wants to be buried next to screen goddess Marilyn Monroe.

The 79-year-old considers Los Angeles' Westwood Cemetery the ideal final resting place, and has earmarked an ornate vault alongside the SOME LIKE IT HOT STAR, who he considers "the major sex icon of the 20th Century".

He says, "My dear friends are buried there MEL TORME, BUDDY RICH, DOROTHY STRATTON.

"When I found the vault next door to Marilyn was available it seemed natural."

Jack Lemmon, Dean Martin, Walter Matthau and MINNIE RIPPERTON are also buried in the celebrity graveyard.