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Also Known As: Hugh M. Hefner, Hugh Marston Hefner Died:
Born: April 9, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: magazine publisher, reality TV personality, producer, TV host, copywriter, cartoonist

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Arguably one of the most important figures in popular culture, Hugh Hefner was the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy, one of the most widely recognized and influential publications of the twentieth century. Playboy encapsulated Hefner's vision of the modern American male's mindset, which was as fascinated by sex as it was with politics, art, and social commentary, and with its first issue in 1953, appealed to all of these interests in a tasteful and mature presentation that established it as both head and shoulders above the average "stag" magazine and a worthy competitor with publications like Esquire. The combination of nude layouts, award-winning literature and insightful interviews quickly made Playboy one of the biggest selling magazines of the postwar period, and was cited as both a positive and negative influence on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and into the freewheeling 1970s. Its runaway success also allowed Hefner to pursue a wide variety of ventures - from nightclubs and jazz festivals to movie and television productions. Though Playboy's fortunes and significance in the cultural landscape rose and fell in the ensuing decades, the image of Hefner - frequently clad in his...

Arguably one of the most important figures in popular culture, Hugh Hefner was the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy, one of the most widely recognized and influential publications of the twentieth century. Playboy encapsulated Hefner's vision of the modern American male's mindset, which was as fascinated by sex as it was with politics, art, and social commentary, and with its first issue in 1953, appealed to all of these interests in a tasteful and mature presentation that established it as both head and shoulders above the average "stag" magazine and a worthy competitor with publications like Esquire. The combination of nude layouts, award-winning literature and insightful interviews quickly made Playboy one of the biggest selling magazines of the postwar period, and was cited as both a positive and negative influence on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and into the freewheeling 1970s. Its runaway success also allowed Hefner to pursue a wide variety of ventures - from nightclubs and jazz festivals to movie and television productions. Though Playboy's fortunes and significance in the cultural landscape rose and fell in the ensuing decades, the image of Hefner - frequently clad in his trademark silk pajamas and smoking jacket - remained an enduring icon of sexual freedom and the pursuit of "the good life" in its many varied forms.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Plimpton! (2012)
3.
 Hop (2011)
4.
 Miss March (2009)
6.
 We Believe (2009)
7.
 House Bunny, The (2008)
8.
 Inside Deep Throat (2005) Cast
9.
 Comic Book: The Movie (2004) Himself
10.
 Story of X, The (1998) Interviewee
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1944:
Was a writer for a military newspaper in the U.S. Army
1951:
Worked as a copywriter for <i>Esquire</i> magazine; left in 1952 after being denied a $5 raise
1953:
Briefly worked as a circulation manager for <i>Children's Activities</i> magazine
1953:
Published the first issue of <i>Playboy</i> magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover
1959:
Organized the first Playboy Jazz Festival at the Chicago Stadium
1959:
Hosted the popular syndicated television show "Playboy's Penthouse"
1960:
Opened the first Playboy Club on the North Side of Chicago, featuring its waitresses in the now famous 'Bunny' costumes
1968:
Returned to the airwaves to host the syndicated show "Playboy After Dark"
1971:
Took his company Playboy Enterprises public
1971:
Produced Roman Polanski's adaptation of "Macbeth" and the Monty Python film "And Now for Something Completely Different"
1975:
Relocated the Playboy offices to a sprawling mansion in Holmby Hills, which came to be known as 'The Playboy Mansion'
1980:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after he championed the reconstruction of the Hollywood sign
1996:
Profiled in a two-hour special, "Hugh Hefner: American Playboy," as part of A&E's prestigious Biography series
2005:
His girlfriends and his life became the focus of the E! reality series "The Girls Next Door"
2006:
Partnered with Palms Casino Resort and the Nine Group to develop a Playboy themed nightclub, casino and sky villa located in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas
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Education

Steinmetz High School: Chicago , Illinois - 1944
Chicago Art Institute: Chicago , Illinois - 1946
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1949
University of Illinois at Urbana┬┐Champaign: Urbana┬┐Champaign , Illinois - 1949

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wife:
Millie Williams. First wife (until 1959).
wife:
Kimberly Conrad. Model.

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daughter:
Christie Hugh.
son:
David Hugh. Computer programmer.

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