Hefner in November 2010
Hugh Marston Hefner
April 9, 1926
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||September 27, 2017 (aged 91)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cardiac arrest and sepsis complicated by respiratory failure and E. coli infection|
|Resting place||Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (B.A.)|
|Occupation||Businessman, magazine publisher|
|Known for||Editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises|
|Board member of||Playboy Enterprises|
(m. 1949; div. 1959)
(m. 1989; div. 2010)
|Partner(s)||Barbi Benton (1969–76)|
Brande Roderick (2000–01)
Holly Madison (2001–08)
Bridget Marquardt (2002–09)
Kendra Wilkinson (2004–08)
|Children||4, including Christie Hefner|
Birth and educationEdit
Hefner was born into a Methodist family, to Glenn Hefner, an accountant, and Grace (Swanson) Hefner, a teacher, on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised in Woodlawn, Chicago. Hefner served in the US Army (1944 - 1946). He attended the Art Institute of Chicago (1946), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a BA in Psychology (1949), and Northwestern University, 1949.
Marriages and childrenEdit
Hefner married Mildred Williams (June 25, 1949 - 1959, divorced); Kimberley Conrad (July 1, 1989 - September 2009, divorced); and Crystal Harris (December 31, 2012 - 2017, his death).
Hefner has several children. With Mildred, he has David Paul (August 30, 1955) and Christie Ann (November 8, 1952). With Kimberley, he has Cooper Bradford (September 4, 1991) and Marston Glenn (April 9, 1990).
Hefner owned a multi-million mansion called the Playboy Mansion. He was also the executive producer of Roman Polanski's 1971 movie version of Macbeth. Hefner also appeared in cameos of himself in some movies.
In 2013, Hefner announced that his youngest son, Cooper, would succeed him and eventually help run the Playboy Empire.
Hefner supported legalizing same-sex marriage. He said that a fight for gay marriage is "a fight for all our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time."
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