Hugh Hefner

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BornHugh Marston Hefner
April 9, 1926
Chicago, Illinois
DiedSeptember 27, 2017 (Age 91)
Los Angeles, California
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Interest ofSidney Korshak
PartyDemocratic Party (United States)
Founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine.

Hugh Marston Hefner was an American magazine publisher. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, a publication with revealing photographs and articles which provoked charges of obscenity. The first issue of Playboy was published in 1953 featuring Marilyn Monroe in a nude calendar shoot; it sold over 50,000 copies.

Since reaching its peak in the 1970s, Playboy saw a decline in circulation and cultural relevance due to competition in the field it founded. By the 2000s and the internet, it was a shadow of its former self.

Playboy Mansion

Hefner extended the Playboy brand into a world network of Playboy Clubs. He also resided in luxury mansions where Playboy playmates shared his wild partying life, fueling keen media interest. The Los Angeles Playboy Mansion became for several decades a gathering point for “dozens of Hollywood leading men”[1]

Stefan Tetenbaum, a butler at Playboy Mansion in the 1970s, recalls sex parties called 'Pig Nights' involving hookers, porn stars and celebrities. The encounters were always filmed, the former butler asserts, saying cameras were setup around his bed and recording every encounter, partly to blackmail his associates.[2]

According to Miki Garcia, former director of Playmate promotions, the Playboy mansion 'was cult-like. The women had been groomed and led to believe they were part of this family. He (Hefner) really did believe he owned these women....We had Playmates that overdosed, that committed suicide.[3]

Jennifer Saginor, daughter of Hefner's personal doctor for 40 years, started living at the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles at the age of 11. She wrote a book about her childhood, and claims that Hefner asked her not to talk about certain incidents. She claims that he got a slew of media interviews she was due to give canceled in apparent revenge for talking out.[3]

Lisa Loving Barrett, Hefner's executive assistant during the late 1970s and 80s, said Hefner had a large stock of quaaludes, a powerful sedative that Bill Cosby used to sexually assault a woman at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. Another woman reportedly claimed Cosby sexually assaulted her there in 1974 when she was 15-years-old.[4] At the Mansion the drug was known as the 'leg spreaders' and were regarded as a 'necessary evil' because they made women do anything. The mansion was also full of other drugs, like the amphetamine Dexedrine. Cocaine was a 'big deal' in the house and there was a powder room off the great hall where underneath an ornate toilet paper holder there was a 'pile of cocaine'.[3]


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