Hugh Hefner's body was driven away from his Playboy mansion early Thursday morning to begin the journey to his final resting place next to Marilyn Monroe. The Playboy founder died of natural causes at the age of 91 on Wednesday night. Around 6.
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The Last Word: Hugh Hefner
By Laura Mansnerus. Hugh Hefner, who created Playboy magazine and spun it into a media and entertainment-industry giant — all the while, as its very public avatar, squiring attractive young women and sometimes marrying them well into his 80s — died on Wednesday at his home, the Playboy Mansion , in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles. He was Hefner the man and Playboy the brand were inseparable. Both advertised themselves as emblems of the sexual revolution, an escape from American priggishness and wider social intolerance. Both were derided over the years — as vulgar, as adolescent, as exploitative and finally as anachronistic. But Mr. Hefner was a stunning success from the moment he emerged in the early s.
In the days following the death of Hugh Hefner on September 27, the legacy of the man who founded Playboy and turned his philandering lifestyle into a lucrative brand has been widely debated. In , the E! My wife was more sexually experienced than I was.
He was the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, a publication with revealing photographs and articles which provoked charges of obscenity. The first issue of Playboy was published in featuring Marilyn Monroe in a nude calendar shoot; it sold over 50, copies. Hefner extended the Playboy brand into a world network of Playboy Clubs. He also resided in luxury mansions where Playboy "playmates" shared his wild partying life, fueling keen media interest. He was an advocate of "sexual liberation" and "freedom of expression", and he was a political activist in the Democratic Party and for the causes of First Amendment rights, animal rescue , and the restoration of the Hollywood Sign.