38 Facts About Hugh Hefner

1. In 2005, Hugh Hefner wanted to start an Indian version of Playboy with Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai appearing on the cover of the first issue.

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2. Hugh Hefner graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a double minor in creative writing and art in 1949, earning his degree in two and a half years.

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3. Hugh Hefner is a native of Chicago, Illinois and a former journalist for Esquire.

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4. Hugh Hefner has admitted to experimenting with homosexuality in the past.

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5. In 1970, Hugh Hefner owned a private jet worth $5.5 million.

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6. Hugh Hefner bought the crypt right next to Marilyn's for the price of $75,000 at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

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7. Hugh Hefner helped restore the sign by holding a fundraising event at the Playboy Mansion where the letters were auctioned off.

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8. In 1955, Hugh Hefner decided to publish a science fiction story that was rejected by Esquire magazine.

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9. Hugh Hefner named the plane "The Big Bunny" and installed spotlights on the wing tips so that the iconic rabbit could be seen flying through the air at night.

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10. Hugh Hefner described the betrayal as the most devastating moment of his life.

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11. Hugh Hefner loved dogs, and when he broke up with former Playmate Shannon Tweed, they had a slight custody battle over their dog.

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12. Hugh Hefner started working with Esquire magazine in 1951 as a promotional copywriter at a salary of $40 per week.

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13. Hugh Hefner seemed totally disengaged which made teachers wonder if he could hear them.

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14. Hugh Hefner had an obsession with Marilyn Monroe, whose nude calendar shoot graced the very first issue of Playboy, even though the two never met.

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15. Hugh Hefner had an endangered subspecies of Marsh rabbit, Sylvilagus palustris hefneri.

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16. Hugh Hefner agreed to support the school for five years with a $50,000 grant.

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17. Hugh Hefner is no different: his iconic look revolved around an expensive housecoat.

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18. Hugh Hefner lived a long, interesting life despite all of the perceived craziness.

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19. Hugh Hefner died Wednesday in his home in Los Angeles at the age of 91.

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20. Hugh Hefner purchased the burial vault next to Marilyn Monroe as his future place of final rest.

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21. Hugh Hefner was tried on obscenity charges in Chicago in 1963, but the jury was hung.

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22. Hugh Hefner had an endangered subspecies of Marsh rabbit, Sylvilagus palustris hefneri, is named after him in honor of financial support that he provided.

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23. Hugh Hefner worked as a copywriter for Esquire magazine, from where he resigned in Jan 1952 after being denied a $5 raise.

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24. Hugh Hefner donated $900,000 to Trust for Public Land to save the iconic Hollywood sign from being plowed under in order to make room for four luxury homes.

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25. In 1955, Hugh Hefner released a short story about straight men being persecuted in a gay world.

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26. Hugh Hefner connected her with agent Mark Roesler, who helped her regain the legal rights to many of her photographs, which gave her financial security.

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27. Hugh Hefner used the books for a term paper when he was taking graduate courses in sociology at Northwestern University in Illinois and they are filled with his margin notes and underlining.

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28. In 1953, Hugh Hefner founded Playboy magazine, which has expanded into a global brand including lounges, apparel and an iconic mansion in the 60-plus years since.

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29. Hugh Hefner is interred at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, in the $75,000 crypt beside Marilyn Monroe.

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30. Hugh Hefner hosted a gala fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion and contributed $27,000 by purchasing the letter Y in a ceremonial auction.

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31. In 1978, Hugh Hefner helped organize fund-raising efforts that led to the restoration of the Hollywood Sign.

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32. Hugh Hefner donated and raised money for the Democratic Party.

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33. In 2012, Hugh Hefner announced that his youngest son, Cooper, would likely succeed him as the public face of Playboy.

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34. Hugh Hefner has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for television and made several movie appearances as himself on the small screen.

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35. Hugh Hefner was the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, the publishing group that operates the magazine.

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36. In January 1952, Hugh Hefner left his job as a copywriter for Esquire after he was denied a $5 raise.

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37. Hugh Hefner attended Sayre Elementary School and Steinmetz High School, then served from 1944 to 1946 as a US Army writer for a military newspaper.

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38. Hugh Hefner described his family as "conservative, Midwestern, [and] Methodist".

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