started the Playboy
magazine for men during a time when nudity
and sex were not talked about openly in
public. The Playboy brand grew into a
global media enterprise with the magazine
published around the world, Playboy clubs,
television, movies, radio, internet properties,
and every type of merchandise possible.
Hugh Marston Hefner was born on the 9th
of April, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
His parents Glenn and Grace Hefner were
strict Methodist farmers from Nebraska.
He graduated from the Steinmetz High School
in Chicago, Illinois in 1944 and served
time in the U.S. Army towards the end
of the second world war. Hugh then graduated
from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
with a major in psychology.
On the 25th of June in 1949 Hugh Hefner
and Mildred Williams were married. The
couple had two children together; Christie
Hefner born on the 8th of November, 1952
and David Paul Hefner born on the 30th
of August, 1955.
Hefner worked as a copywriter at the Esquire
magazine before starting his own venture
that would transform the rest of his life.
The first issue of the Playboy magazine
was published in December 1953. Marilyn
Monroe was the first girl to be featured
on the cover and as a centerfold for Playboy.
Hefner had wanted to call the magazine
"Stag Party" but was forced
to change it to "Playboy" because
of potential trademark issues with a magazine
The Playboy magazine went on to become
one of the largest selling men's magazines
in publication, even after more than fifty
years in print. The magazine has found
itself involved in controversy many times
as it was one of the leading magazines
to deal with nudity and sex. Celebrities
that have appeared in the Playboy magazine
over the years include Kim Basinger, Drew
Barrymore, Samantha Fox, Nancy Sinatra,
Rachel Hunter, Pamela Anderson, Mariah
Carey, Jessica Alba and many more.
Hugh Hefner lived the life of a playboy
as his first marriage with Mildred Williams
did not work out. For thirty years he
was a bachelor spoiled for choice and
was the envy of single and married men
around the world. In 1989 he surprised
the world by marrying Kimberley Conrad.
She was also the Playboy Playmate of the
Year for 1989. Hefner and Williams had
two children together; Marston Hefner
born on the 9th of April 1990 and Cooper
Hefner born on the 4th of September 1991.
The marriage didn't work and the couple
separated in 1999.
Since separating from Kimberly Conrad,
Hefner has lived with up to seven girlfriends
at a time. Hefner found that seven girlfriends
created problems, but has been living
with three young blonde girlfriends since
2004. The current Hefner girlfriends living
with him at the Playboy mansion include
Hugh Hefner's daughter, Christie Hefner
is the current Chairman and CEO of the
Playboy Enterprises company.
Hefner has become a major part of popular
culture. He is famous for wearing his
bed robe, smoking a pipe, and for being
surrounded by young beautiful women. He
even has a subspecies of rabbit named
after him and his famous bunny logo, called
Sylvilagus palustris hefneri.
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