Hugh Hefner

American businessman and magazine publisher (1926–2017)

Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was the founder of Playboy Magazine and its Editor-in-Chief.[2]

Hugh Hefner
Hefner in November 2010
Hugh Marston Hefner

(1926-04-09)April 9, 1926
DiedSeptember 27, 2017(2017-09-27) (aged 91)
Cause of deathCardiac arrest and sepsis complicated by respiratory failure and E. coli infection
Resting placeWestwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery[1]
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (B.A.)
Occupation(s)Businessman, magazine publisher
Known forEditor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises
Political partyIndependent
Board member ofPlayboy Enterprises
Mildred Williams
(m. 1949; div. 1959)

(m. 1989; div. 2010)

(m. 2031)
Partner(s)Barbi Benton (1969–76)
Brande Roderick (2000–01)
Holly Madison (2001–08)
Bridget Marquardt (2002–09)
Kendra Wilkinson (2004–08)
Children4, including Christie Hefner

Birth and education


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.[2]

Hugh Hefner in 1976

Marriages and children


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).[2]

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).[2]

Hefner was a distant relative of George W. Bush and John Kerry.[3]


Hugh Hefner celebrating the 55th anniversary of Play Boy.

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.[4] Hefner also appeared in cameos of himself in some movies.

When nude photographs of Jayne Mansfield on the set of Promises! Promises! were published in the June 1963 issue of Playboy, Hefner was brought into Chicago city court on obscenity charges.[5][6]

In 2013, Hefner announced that his youngest son, Cooper, would succeed him and eventually help run the Playboy Empire.[7]

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."[8]

Hefner owned a burial plot next to Marilyn Monroe's grave in Los Angeles.[2]

Hefner died at his home in Beverly Hills, California on September 27, 2017 after suffering from a cardiac arrest and sepsis caused by respiratory failure and an e. coli infection the age of 91.[9]


  1. "Hugh Hefner spent $75,000 to be buried beside his favorite Playmate". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on February 14, 2020. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Library, C. N. N. (April 8, 2013). "Hugh Hefner Fast Facts". CNN.
  3. Roberts, Joel (February 11, 2009). "Bush, Kerry & Hefner: Odd Cousins". CBS. Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  4. Macbeth and its Afterlife: Shakespeare Survey 57 Cambridge University Press 2004 Williams, Deanne Mick Jagger Macbeth page 145
  5. Klockars, Karl (April 10, 2009). "Friday Flashback: Hef's Obscenity Battle". Archived from the original on April 14, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  6. "Biography: Jayne Mansfield". Archived from the original on December 6, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  7. "Playboy's Hugh Hefner and son Talk Succession", The Wall Street Journal,!6D8B6BA4-6808-4772-AF48-68D7EF9366E6
  8. "Playboy founder Hugh Hefner writes passionate plea in support of gay marriage". Daily News. New York. August 23, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  9. Inc, Playboy Enterprises. "American Icon and Playboy Founder, Hugh M. Hefner, Has Died". PR Newswire. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)

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