‘Coz if you did, you’d want to be his bff! He lived it up like most can only fantasise about… AND made millions doing it! Men around the world wanted his life, and women, to be part of it! Sadly, the ultimate playboy is no more. On Wednesday, the official Twitter account of Playboy magazine announced: “American Icon and Playboy Founder, Hugh M. Hefner passed away today. He was 91. #RIPHef”. But his appetite for life and all things hot and sexy will remain unmatched for years! Always surrounded by some of the hottest women in the world was just one of the million perks that came with being Hugh Hefner! As the world prepares to pay homage to the man who epitomised the ’18 till I die’ motto, here are some interesting (scandalous?) facts about Hefner that might make you rethink your own life!
Hefner was born on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were both middle-class teachers, but he went on to become a multi-millionaire after founding men’s magazine, Playboy, in 1953.
When in high school, Hefner was a popular student and was even voted as “ most likely to succeed”.
After finishing high school in 1944, Hefner served in the US Army for two years at the end of WWII. He was a camp clerk and writer for a military newspaper.
Before starting Playboy, Hefner worked as a copywriter at another magazine, Esquire, but quit after they refused to give him a raise of $5 per week.
He took a loan of $8,000 from friends and family to start Playboy. He got $600 against the furniture of his apartment, while his mum lent him $1,000 and brother lent another 1k, among others.
The first issue of Playboy apparently sold more than 53,000 copies, priced 50 cents each. It was considered a success.
It had Marilyn Monroe on the cover. Hefner was a huge fan and had bought Monroe’s images from a local printer who made calendars.
The first edition of the magazine was 44-pages long, but had no date on its cover because Hefner wasn’t sure if there would be a second edition.
In 2005, Hefner even wanted to come up with an Indian version of Playboy, with actress Aishwarya Rai on the cover. Also, there was going to be nudity. But the proposal didn’t work out.
The Playboy property that Hefner breathed his last in is said to feature 29 rooms, a four-bedroom guest house, and is one of the very houses in Los Angeles with their own zoo license.
Hefner can’t remember the exact number of women he’s slept with in his lifetime, but had once admitted it was around 2,000!
Not a stranger to orgies, he claimed his best birthday present was when his girlfriend brought for him 17 other women to his grotto!
According to a former Playmate (the name given to girls who lived in the mansion with Hefner), Holly Madison, he had a timetable for each night – Monday was ‘Manly Night’, with Hefner’s male friends coming over for dinner and a movie; Tuesday was ‘Family Night’, Sunday was the “Fun in the Sun” pool party, followed by dinner and an evening and so on.
The girls had a curfew time of 9 pm , unless they were with Hefner.
Apparently, girlfriends had to stay at Hefner’s table all night, dancing and frolicking within clear sight. Bathroom breaks were allowed but had to be brief.