Hugh Hefner

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Hugh Hefner
Hugh Hefner Glamourcon 2010.jpg
Hefner in November 2010
Born Hugh Marston Hefner
(1926-04-09)April 9, 1926
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died September 27, 2017(2017-09-27) (aged 91)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cardiac arrest and sepsis complicated by respiratory failure and E. coli infection
Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery[1]
Alma mater University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (B.A.)
Occupation Businessman, magazine publisher
Known for Editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises
Political party Independent
Board member of Playboy Enterprises
Spouse(s) Mildred Williams
(m. 1949; div. 1959)

Kimberley Conrad
(m. 1989; div. 2010)

Crystal Harris
(m. 2012)
Partner(s) Barbi Benton (1969–76)
Brande Roderick (2000–01)
Holly Madison (2001–08)
Bridget Marquardt (2002–09)
Kendra Wilkinson (2004–08)
Children 4, including Christie Hefner
Website Playboy.com

Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was the founder of Playboy Magazine and its Editor-in-Chief.[2]

Birth and education[change | change source]

Hefner was born into a Methodist family, to Glenn Hefner, an accountant, and Grace (Swanson) Hefner, a teacher, on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised in Chicago. Hefner served in the US Army (1944 - 1946). He attended the Art Institute of Chicago (1946), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a BA in Psychology (1949), and Northwestern University, 1949.[2]

Hugh Hefner in 1976

Marriages and children[change | change source]

Hefner married Mildred Williams (June 25, 1949 - 1959, divorced); Kimberley Conrad (July 1, 1989 - September 2009, divorced); and Crystal Harris (December 31, 2012 - 2017, his death).[2]

Hefner has several children. With Mildred, he has David Paul (August 30, 1955) and Christie Ann (November 8, 1952). With Kimberley, he has Cooper Bradford (September 4, 1991) and Marston Glenn (April 9, 1990).[2]

Hefner was a distant relative of George W. Bush and John Kerry.[3]


Career[change | change source]

Hugh Hefner celebrating the 55th anniversary of Play Boy.

Hefner owned a multi-million mansion called the Playboy Mansion. He was also the executive producer of Roman Polanski's 1971 movie version of Macbeth.[4] Hefner also appeared in cameos of himself in some movies.

When nude photographs of Jayne Mansfield on the set of Promises! Promises! were published in the June 1963 issue of Playboy, Hefner was brought into Chicago city court on obscenity charges.[5][6]

In 2013, Hefner announced that his youngest son, Cooper, would succeed him and eventually help run the Playboy Empire.[7]

Hefner supported legalizing same-sex marriage. He said that a fight for gay marriage is "a fight for all our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time."[8]

Hefner owned a burial plot next to Marilyn Monroe's grave in Los Angeles.[2]

Death[change | change source]

Hefner died at his home in Beverly Hills, California on September 27, 2017 after suffering from a cardiac arrest and sepsis caused by respiratory failure and an e. coli infection the age of 91.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hugh Hefner will be buried next to first Playboy cover star Marilyn Monroe
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 CNN: Hugh Hefner Fast Facts
  3. Roberts, Joel (February 11, 2009). "Bush, Kerry & Hefner: Odd Cousins". CBS. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  4. Macbeth and its Afterlife: Shakespeare Survey 57 Cambridge University Press 2004 Williams, Deanne Mick Jagger Macbeth page 145
  5. Klockars, Karl (April 10, 2009). "Friday Flashback: Hef's Obscenity Battle". Chicagoist.com. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  6. Biography: Jayne Mansfield
  7. "Playboy's Hugh Hefner and son Talk Succession", The Wall Street Journal, http://live.wsj.com/video/playboy-hugh-hefner-and-son-talk-succession/6D8B6BA4-6808-4772-AF48-68D7EF9366E6.html#!6D8B6BA4-6808-4772-AF48-68D7EF9366E6
  8. "Playboy founder Hugh Hefner writes passionate plea in support of gay marriage". NYDailyNews.com. THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012, 4:25 PM. Retrieved THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012, 4:25 PM.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  9. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-icon-and-playboy-founder-hugh-m-hefner-has-died-300527267.html

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