IN MEMORY: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel Hugh Hefner Has Died | He was 91


(LIST FROM COMPLEX) You know that Hugh Hefner founded Playboy way back in the 1950s and that he eventually turned it into a global brand. You also know that Hefner was notorious for dating multiple women at one time throughout the course of his life, even though he was married three times. And of course, you know that Hefner knew how to throw one hell of a party at his Playboy Mansion, which he bought back in the 1970s for just $1.1 million before transforming it into the ultimate party pad. But there are also plenty of things that you probably don’t know about the iconic Hefner.

Hefner died of natural causes at the age of 91 on Wednesday night, and to mark the occasion, Playboy Enterprises put out this video that sheds some light on all that he accomplished during his illustrious career as the editor-in-chief and publisher of Playboy.


1. He started Playboy after quitting a job at Esquire when he was denied a $5 raise.

2. He used a 5-year-old photo of a then-unknown Marilyn Monroe for the first Playboy cover.


3. He almost used a dramatically different name for his magazine.

4. He wasn’t always a playboy.

5. He helped launch Dick Gregory’s career.

6. He is the reason the Hollywood Sign is still standing.

7. He once purchased two franchised Playboy Clubs that discouraged African-American membership.

8. He has a rabbit named after him.

9. He set a Guinness World Record for putting together the biggest personal scrapbook collection in the world. 

10. He wanted to be buried next to Marilyn Monroe when he died. (and he will be)


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