Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy Magazine died at the age of 91 due to natural causes. It is hard to forget how in 1953 when the US legally banned contraceptives and the word ‘pregnant’ was not allowed on ‘I Love Lucy’, Hefner published the first issue of Playboy Magazine featuring naked photos of Marilyn Monroe.
The first issue of the magazine had a humorous editorial which warned women saying, “If you’re somebody’s sister, wife, or mother-in-law,” the magazine declared, “and picked us up by mistake, please pass us along to the man in your life and get back to Ladies Home Companion.”
He published an upscale men’s magazine, combining images of nude women with in-depth articles, interviews and fiction by a variety of well-known writers. In the early 1970s, he moved from Chicago to Los Angeles and bought the second mansion. He flew between his homes on a private DC-9 dubbed ‘The Big Bunny’. The jet boasted a giant Playboy bunny emblazoned on the tail.
Not only a publisher, Hefner was host of a television show. He hosted ‘Playboy After Dark’, and also opened few clubs where waitresses wore revealing costumes with bunny ears and fluffy white bunny tails. He was also a part of the reality show, The Girls Next Door, with three live-in girlfriends in the Los Angeles Playboy mansion.
A few years after a stroke in 1985, Hefner handed over the reins of his empire to daughter Christie. In 1989, he shocked the world by marrying Playmate Kimberly Conrad. The couple soon had two sons, Marston (1990) and Glenn (1991). The pair divorced in 1998.
Playboy published its first non-nude issue in March 2016. Hefner spent his last years in his mansion, despite the fact that it was sold to Daren Metropoulos, the co-owner of Twinkies maker Hostess in August 2016. Metropoulos lived next door to the Playboy mansion since 2009 and agree to buy it with the condition that Hugh could remain there.