It has inspired a media empire and one of the most recognizable brands in history.
Hefner was born in Chicago on April 9, 1926, the elder son of conservative Protestant parents, Glenn and Grace Hefner, and a direct descendent of distinguished Massachusetts Puritan patriarchs William Bradford and John Winthrop.
THE PLAYBOY EDITOR WOULD RATHER SCRAPBOOK THAN WRITE ABOUT HIMSELF Hefner spent more than a decade working on his memoirs before abandoning them altogether. Today he has a collection of 2,485 volumes of scrapbooks.
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"Gloria and I go back a long ways," he notes wryly of the woman who went undercover as a bunny then wrote about her experience, "but it's more personal than you probably know.
She worked as Girl Friday for Harvey Kurtzman, who created magazine, and he said, ' You gotta meet this girl, she's just like you: She can make a guy jump through hoops.' We actually exchanged phone calls and came very close to dating." PHOTOS: Hollywood Haunts: Then and Now 3.
The Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer of Playboy, Hugh M.
Hefner, is a man who has profoundly influenced society in the last 50 years while his publication remains the world’s best-selling men’s lifestyle magazine.