Playboy founder Hugh Marston Hefner today passed away at the age of 91 at the Playboy Mansion near Beverly Hills. Millionaire Hefner, the founder of one of the most recongisable brand in the world of magazines in US and co-creater of ‘The Girls Next Door’, a reality TV series, was born on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, lllinois.
Hefner founded the Playboy Magazine in 1953. He was the editor-in-chief , publisher and chief creative officer of Playboy enterprises for over 60 years.
The American magazine publisher and businessman was known for having a upbeat and lavish lifestyle surrounded in parties, dating women and also getting married to women almost or more than half his age.
The man who was always about the town, apart from managing the Playboy brand, also hosted in two programmes. One was Playboy’s Penthouse (1959–1960) and the other one was Playboy After Dark (1969–1970).
The Playboy editor was bold enough to acknowledged that he experimented in bisexuality also in 1971.
Hefner’s, whose philosophy was all all about enjoying life to fullest, partying, dating and having sex, build his publishing and entertainment empire
- The Playboy Magazine which Hefner started in 1953 and was the editor-in-chief, build the brand which was best known for promoting an enjoyable lifestyle. The magazine was one of the recongnised brand in the US that use to freely talk about having an urban lifestyle, dating women, having sex. Basically, a life free from American priggishness and entering into an era of accepting social intolerance.
- Moving from Chicago, the Playboy founder discovered a new residence with the acquisition of Playboy Mansion West in Los Angeles.
- After suffering from a minor stroke in 1985 at 59, the party man’s Playboy empire was run by his daughter Christie
- The brand which tasted success for many years after being founded started fading after 2010. By 2015, the Playboy circulation dropped to about 800,000.
- Playboy magazine never hesitated to publish nude photos. However, in 2015, after a decision made not to use any more nude photos.
- It was also in 2015, when Hefner handed over the creative control of Playboy to his son Cooper Hefner.
Hefner’s Charity and fund-raising events
The Playboy founder Hugh Hefner apart from being a ladies man was also known for his charity and fundraiser events. Here is a list of some
- Restoration of the ‘Hollywood Sign’ took place after Hefner’s efforts in helping to organise fund-raising event. Hefner hosted a fundraiser at his Playboy Mansion and personally contributed $27,000 and purchased the letter Y in a ceremonial auction.
- Hefner donated $100,000 to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts to create a course called It was due to Hefner’s efforts becuase of whom a course called “Censorship in Cinema,” was created in University of Southern California’s School after he donated $100,000 and $2 million to endow a chair for the study of American film.
- Hefner also held in organising fund-raising events for Much Love Animal Rescue and as Generation Rescue.