Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner, who ‘slept with over 1,000 women’ dies aged 91.
The iconic founder of Playboy magazine, has died aged 91, Playboy Enterprises has said.
Playboy Magazine was founded by Hefner more than 60 years ago as an upscale men’s magazine that featured nude images of famous women, as well as emerging models, actresses and singers.
“Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognisable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones,” Playboy confirmed in a statement. “He was 91 years old.” Hefner, often referred to as “Hef,” passed away at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.
Born on 9 April to strict Methodist parents in 1926, he served two years in the army during World War II before finding a job at Esquire as a copywriter.
By 1953 he had saved $8,000 with which to put the first issue of Playboy together. Published in December that year, the cover featured Marilyn Monroe, along with a nude picture of her as the centrefold which Hefner had purchased to add some “oomph”. The issue sold more than 50,000 copies.
The nude images of women would be placed alongside in-depth interviews with high profile actors, artists and politicians, with literary articles, fiction and non-fiction, sourced by the publication’s first literary editor Auguste Comte Spectorsky.
Asked in 2013 how many women he had been with over the years, Hefner told Esquire: “How could I possibly know? Over a thousand, I’m sure. There were chunks of my life when I was married, and when I was married I never cheated. But I made up for it when I wasn’t married. You have to keep your hand in.”
In 2011 he told The Hollywood Reporter: “Could I be in a better place and happier than I am today? I don’t think so. In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined a sweeter life.”
Hefner is survived by his wife Crystal Harris and his four children from previous relationships.
By: Roison O’connor | Source: Independent