39 Facts About Hugh Hefner


Hugh Marston Hefner was an American magazine publisher.


Hugh Hefner was the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, a publication with revealing photographs and articles that provoked charges of obscenity.


Hugh Hefner resided in luxury mansions where Playboy Playmates shared his wild partying life, fueling media interest.


Hugh Hefner was a political activist in the Democratic Party and for the causes of First Amendment rights, animal rescue, and the restoration of the Hollywood Sign.


Hugh Hefner's mother was of Swedish ancestry, and his father was German and English.


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


Hugh Hefner's mother had wanted him to become a missionary.


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.


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


Esquire magazine rejected Charles Beaumont's science fiction story "The Crooked Man" in 1955, so Hugh Hefner agreed to publish it in Playboy.


Hugh Hefner promoted a bon vivant lifestyle in his magazine and in the television shows that he hosted Playboy's Penthouse and Playboy After Dark.


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


On June 4,1963, Hugh Hefner was arrested for promoting obscene literature after he published an issue of Playboy featuring nude shots of Jayne Mansfield in bed with a man present.


In 1970, Hugh Hefner stated that "militant feminists" are "unalterably opposed to the romantic boy-girl society that Playboy promotes" and ordered an article in his magazine against them.


In 1999, Hugh Hefner financed the Clara Bow documentary Discovering the It Girl.


Hugh Hefner guest-starred as himself in a 2006 episode of Seth Green's Robot Chicken on the late-night programming block Adult Swim.


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


Hugh Hefner made a voice-only appearance as himself in the 2011 film Hop.


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


Hugh Hefner was known to friends and family simply as "Hef".


Hugh Hefner married Northwestern University student Mildred Williams in 1949.


Hugh Hefner remade himself as a bon vivant and man about town, a lifestyle that he promoted in his magazine and TV shows.


On March 7,1985, Hugh Hefner had a minor stroke at age 58, whereupon he re-evaluated his lifestyle, making several changes.


Hugh Hefner toned down the wild, all-night parties;, daughter Christie took over the operation of Playboy's commercial operations in 1988.


Hugh Hefner filed for divorce from Conrad in 2009 after an 11-year separation, citing irreconcilable differences.


Hugh Hefner stated that he only remained nominally married to her for the sake of their children, and their youngest child had just turned 18.


Hugh Hefner became known for moving an ever-changing coterie of young women into the Playboy Mansion, including twins Mandy and Sandy Bentley.


Hugh Hefner dated Brande Roderick, Izabella St James, Tina Marie Jordan, Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson.


In January 2009, Hugh Hefner began a relationship with Crystal Harris; she joined the Shannon Twins after his previous "number one girlfriend" Holly Madison had ended their seven-year relationship.


In January 2016, the Playboy Mansion was put on the market for $200 million, on condition that Hugh Hefner would continue to work and live in the mansion.


Hugh Hefner donated and raised money for the Democratic Party.


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


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


Hugh Hefner died at the Playboy Mansion on September 27,2017, at the age of 91.


Hugh Hefner is interred at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, in the crypt beside Marilyn Monroe, for which he paid $75,000 in 1992.


Suzanne Moore wrote in The Guardian that Hugh Hefner threatened to file a lawsuit against her for calling him a "pimp".


Hugh Hefner's legacy is full of evidence of the exploitation of women for professional gain.


The Amazon original series American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story was released in April 2017.


On October 3,2017, Playboy Enterprises announced that a Hugh Hefner biopic directed by Brett Ratner with the screenplay by Jeff Nathanson was greenlit with Jared Leto rumored to play Hefner.