Hugh Hefner dead at 91: Seven facts about the Playboy founder you probably didn’t know

Hugh Hefner dead at 91: Seven facts about the Playboy founder you probably didn’t know

Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner passed away today. Here are some facts about him that you probably didn't know.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who helped usher in the 1960s sexual revolution with his groundbreaking men’s magazine and built a business empire around his libertine lifestyle, died on Wednesday at the age of 91, Playboy Enterprises said.

Hefner, once called the “prophet of pop hedonism” by Time magazine, peacefully passed away at his home, Playboy Enterprises said in a statement.

Hefner was sometimes characterized as an oversexed Peter Pan as he kept a harem of young blondes that numbered as many as seven at his legendary Playboy Mansion. This was chronicled in “The Girls Next Door,” a TV reality show that aired from 2005 through 2010. He said that thanks to the impotency-fighting drug Viagra he continued exercising his libido into his 80s.

Hugh Hefner’s Playboy magazine and playboy lifestyle helped bring in the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Here are seven facts about him:


Hefner founded Playboy magazine in 1953, using a picture of a nude Marilyn Monroe, a 0 loan against his furniture and investments from family members to launch the magazine with a total of ,000. It became one of the most talked-about publishing empires in history. This is the December 1953 cover featuring Marilyn Monroe.
Hefner used the pages of his magazine to write lengthy articles fighting censorship and promoting various other libertarian causes. In this file photo, Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner arrives with girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson (L) and Bridget Marquardt for his 80th birthday party in Munich’s famous club P1 May 31, 2006. Reuters
He opened his first Playboy Club in Chicago in 1960. Eventually there were dozens of clubs as far as Japan and Jamaica and they featured the hottest entertainers of the time, such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Sonny & Cher. The clubs began closing in the late 1980s amid escalating costs.
In 1985 Hefner suffered a stroke that left him temporarily partially paralyzed and unable to speak. He fully recovered.
From his six acre (2.5 hectares) Holmby Hills estate in Los Angeles, Hefner kept close tabs on the magazine. He had final say on the centerfold, cartoons and overall editorial direction.
Hefner arranged to be buried in a crypt next to the grave of Monroe in a Los Angeles cemetery.
Hefner reportedly drank as many as 36 bottles of Pepsi a day. In this file photo,Hugh Hefner (L) poses with a Playmate wearing skin-art of the Grammy Award at the 44th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 27, 2002. Reuters