Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Dies

Hugh Hefner spawned an entertainment phenomena that made it acceptable for women to be filmed without their clothing and for the men to view those photographs in the privacy of the own home.

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Hefner died September 27 from natural causes in his Los Angeles home – known as the Playboy mansion – at the age of 91.

Hefner created his Playboy magazine in 1953 – at a time when it was not uncommon for husbands and wives to sleep in separate beds – with a photo of Marilyn Monroe on the cover and launching a sexual revolution that some saw as vulgar and exploiting women. Prior to launching what would become a massive enterprise, Hefner worked for a children’s activities magazine.

In the era of peace, love, and flower children Hefner’s Playboy magazine was selling over a million copies per month.

Selling seven million copies a month at its peak, Hefner published the most successful men’s magazine in the world and eventually launched a franchise that included films, a clothing lime, jewelry, and entertainment venues – the first Playboy Club opened in 1960 in Chicago.

Jayne Mansfield, Kim Basinger, Pamela Anderson, Anna Nicole Smith, Jenny McCarthy, and Kelly Monaco all went on to have successful modeling and acting careers after appearing in Hefner’s Playboy magazine.

Ursula Andress, Linda Evans, Raquel Welch, Nastassja Kinski, Joan Collins, Suzanne Somers, Sharon Stone, Shannen Doherty, Drew Barrymore, Farrah Fawcett, and Lindsay Lohan have also posed for Hefner’s magazine.

Hefner participated in hundreds of film and television production as a producer, an actor, and as himself including producing over 250 Playboy productions, talk shows, documentaries, game shows, variety shows, award shows, “Hee Haw”, “Saturday Night Live”, “Beverly Hills Cop II”, “The Fresh Prince from Bel-Air”, “The Simpsons”, “Get Smart”, “Sex and the City”, “Entourage”, and “Family Guy”.

He was born Hugh Marston Hefner on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. A young Hugh was entertaining people long before his famous magazine with horror stories and cartoons. He also served in the United States Army.

He is survived by his third wife Crystal and four children – Christie, David, Marston, and Cooper.

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