Hugh Hefner, the Playboy founder and suave bachelor that helped spark the sexual revolution of the 1960's, has passed away late Wednesday at the age of 91.
Hefner founded Playboy in 1953, starting with a magazine which turned into a multi million-dollar entertainment empire. In the 1970s Playboy included TV shows, a jazz festival and a chain of Playboy Clubs filled with the famous "Playboy Bunnies."
Known as a sex icon in a red and black robe, Hefner and Playboy had a whole other side that hardly anyone knew about.
1. Hefner published the first issue of Playboy, originally called Stag Party with $8,000. $1,000 was from his mother.
2. Hefner bought the crypt next to Marilyn Monroe's in 1992 for $75,000 at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. He wanted to be next to her for eternity and it's actually going to happen.
3. The first issue of Playboy sold over 50,000 copies.
4. Playboy wasn't just nude pictures. Writers like John Steinbeck, Tennessee Williams, John Updike, Gore Vidal, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip Roth and David Mamet wrote for the magazine.
5. Hefner was a Psychology major with an alleged IQ in the 150s.
6. Hefner was in the Guinness Book of Records for his personal scrapbooking collection, tracing back to when he was six-months-old.
7. Hefner "saved himself" until marriage with his first wife, Mildred Williams.
8. His first job was as a copywriter at Esquire magazine. He quit in 1952 and released Playboy a year later.
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