Hugh Hefner

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Hef and his bunnies at the original Playboy Mansion, Chicago, 1966. Photograph by Burt Glinn/Magnum Photo.

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Hugh Hefner, the founder and original editor of Playboy, which plopped the post-war sexual revolution onto countless coffee tables around the world, died of natural causes of natural causes at his home in California on September 27, 2017.

In the process of becoming fabulously wealthy and famous, Hefner profoundly altered American life and values. Hefner, from the beginning, believed he could overturn social norms and take America with him.

Put these images together and a single name springs to mind-Hugh Hefner: Gorgeous young women in revealing poses; extravagant mansion parties packed with celebrities; a hot-tub grotto, elegant smoking jackets, and round rotating beds; the hedonistic pursuit of uninhibited sex.

From his spectacular launch of Playboy magazine and the dizzying expansion of his leisure empire, the publisher has attracted public attention and controversy for decades.

The leading men’s magazine of its age, Playboy helped bring explicit photography, embodied by its famous nude centrefolds, into the mainstream. Its iconic logo – a bunny sporting a bow tie – would eventually be emblazoned on nightclubs, a record company and TV series. And with his trademark smoking jackets and pipes – and the silk pyjamas he would often wear to work – Hefner became the embodiment of a sexually adventurous yet urbane image and lifestyle, a seeming role model for generations of men.

Q: How did this start for you, dressing in pyjamas?

The Hef: It began in the early days of the magazine in Chicago. I was working around the clock. When the staff arrived in the morning, I would still be in my pyjamas. In the ’70s, it had become something acceptable enough so I could get away with it. I just continued to wear them on most casual occasions here. You don’t have to make any serious decisions in terms of what you’re going to wear other than what colour pyjamas to wear.

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Dorothy Stratten.

Dorothy Stratten.

Death of a Playmate

 Dorothy Stratten was the focus of the dreams and ambitions of three men. One killed her.

In 1977, Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten, 17, was a 5-foot-9 girl in a little red uniform, her blond hair in pigtails, her delicate features and creamy skin as pure as a scoop of French vanilla. Paul Snider spotted her in a Vancouver, Dairy Queen and thought she had something special. Two years later, the waitress, was known to the world as Dorothy Stratten, was the queen of that American kingdom that rested on the border between fantasy, pop culture and pornography.

She was a Playboy centerfold.

A year after that, she was dead.

It is shortly past four in the afternoon and Hugh Hefner glides wordlessly into the library of his Playboy Mansion West. He is wearing pajamas and looking somber in green silk. The incongruous spectacle of a sybarite in mourning. To date, his public profession of grief has been contained in a press release: “The death of Dorothy Stratten comes as a shock to us all. … As Playboy’s Playmate of the Year with a film and a television career of increasing importance, her professional future was a bright one. But equally sad to us is the fact that her loss takes from us all a very special member of the Playboy family.”

That’s all. A dispassionate eulogy from which one might conclude that Miss Stratten died in her sleep of pneumonia. One, certainly, which masked the turmoil her death created within the Organization. During the morning hours after Stratten was found nude in a West Los Angeles apartment, her face blasted away by 12-gauge buckshot, editors scrambled to pull her photos from the upcoming October issue. It could not be done.

The issues were already run. So they pulled her ethereal blond image from the cover of the 1981 Playmate Calendar and promptly scrapped a Christmas promotion featuring her posed in the buff with Hefner. Other playmates, of course, have expired violently. Wilhelmina Rietveld took a massive overdose of barbiturates in 1973. Claudia Jennings known as “Queen of the B-Movies,” was crushed to death last fall in her Volkswagen convertible. Both caused grief and chagrin to the self-serious “family” of playmates whose aura does not admit the possibility of shaving nicks and bladder infections, let alone death.

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This may suit Kim Dotcom

A few years back Kim Dotcom was looking for a mansion in Los Angeles. He had his fixers out looking, but in the end decided on New Zealand.

Now it appears that a perfect house for him has come on the market, and with his newly freed-up Hong Kong cash he could probably buy it and move over there to clear his name.

Got a spare $US200 million lying around? You could be the proud new owner of the Playboy Mansion.

There’s only one catch, its elderly, smoking jacket-wearing, men’s magazine magnate will stay on until his death.

Hugh Hefner’s six-acre Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles will be put on the market next month, TMZ reported.

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Paperless porn? No, it’s just for the articles


Paper is so passe‘.  So much so that even the mighty Hugh Hefner is looking to turn his printing company into a licensing company.  (APN prints and Fairfax licences?)

Playboy Enterprises is getting more time to transform itself into a licensing company from an aging publisher at risk of breaching its loan agreements as readers desert print.

The company founded by Hugh Hefner in 1953 refinanced $147 million of first-lien debt with a single lender after its financial performance deteriorated, increasing the risk it wouldn’t be able to comply with its financial obligations.

Standard & Poor’s last month said the publisher was “vulnerable” because of “sporadic operating shortfalls,” competition in brand licensing and a worsening outlook for print media.

Shareholders in the likes of APN and Fairfax are showing unusual confidence in their investments, although to be honest, most of that comes from their interest that lie outside the production of printed daily newspapers.   Read more »


So that’s the secret

Now we know why Hugh Hefner is still boxing on…the secret to longevity is, apparently, wild women…

What’s the secret to living a long and happy life? Geoff Howlett, who celebrated his 103rd birthday yesterday with a spot of indoor bowls and a party, will tell you it is “women, wild women, that’s the secret”.

“That and a nip or two of whisky each night before bed. Well, why not? A man has to have his vices.”

At 103 years old who is there to argue with him, except wowsers.

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