From 2005-2010, a reality TV show called “The Girls Next Door” showcased Hugh Hefner’s lifestyle – and the harem of young blonde women who shared it.
In 2012, aged 86, Hugh Hefner married his third wife Crystal Harris – who was 60 years his junior.
Announcing its founder’s death, Playboy tweeted on September 28: “American Icon and Playboy Founder, Hugh M. Hefner passed away today. He was 91. #RIPHef”
The magazine’s most significant interviewees included civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon, and Fidel Castro.
Its huge sales were certainly driven by glossy color pictures of “playmates”, but it also developed a reputation for fine writing, with Norman Mailer, Kingsley Amis, Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, Vladimir Nabokov and Ray Bradbury among its contributors.
Their contributions allowed men to say they did not buy the magazine only for the pictures.
President Donald Trump appeared on the cover in March 1990, with the tag-line: “Nice magazine, want to sell it?”
In the 1980s, Playboy‘s circulation decline, and Hugh Hefner himself suffered a stroke in 1985.
His daughter Christie took over Playboy Enterprises four years later, and Hugh Hefner retreated to his mansion, living with a bevy of women. Cooper Hefner took on a major role in the company in 2014 after Christie stepped down in 2009.
Last year, a neighbor of Hugh Hefner bought the Playboy mansion for $100 million, but agreed Hefner could continue to live there until he died.
Official pictures from inside Crystal Harris and Hugh Hefner’s nuptials at the Playboy Mansion have finally been revealed, showing the pair’s magical day in all its glory.
In the shots, Crystal Harris, 26, wearing a pale pink mermaid dress, is seen cuddling up to her new 86-year-old husband, who looked dapper in his black tuxedo.
The newlyweds smile for the camera as they pose up underneath a floral archway, with Crystal Harris keeping a tight hold on Hugh Hefner’s dog Charlie, who was dressed in a cute tuxedo for the occasion.
In another shot, Crystal Harris and her Playboy magnate husband toasted the future with a glass of champagne while cutting their wedding cake – which featured a picture of the happy couple on the top.
Earlier in the day, Crystal Harris had shared pictures of her happy day, and her stunning but revealing dress, on her Twitter page.
The frock, which Crystal Harris described as her “mermaid dress”, was far sexier than a typical bridal gown and showed off a good deal of her ample cleavage.
The dress was fitted to Crystal Harris’ trim figure and the full skirt boasted pretty ruffles.
Official pictures from inside Crystal Harris and Hugh Hefner’s nuptials at the Playboy Mansion
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds then rang in 2013 with party hats and horns – and they had plenty to celebrate.
And to mark the New Year in style, Hugh Hefner opted to go for comfort as he changed into his trademark velvet smoking jacket and jaunty sailor’s cap.
Hugh Hefner’s son Cooper was not in attendance as he was hosting a Playboy New Year’s Eve party in London, and it is unclear if his daughter Christie or sons David and Marston were at the ceremony.
Crystal Harris had spent the day tweeting her excitement about the impending nuptials, including an image of a flower covered bower in front of just two dozen chairs.
Hugh Hefner shared a picture of him and his bride, tweeting: “Crystal & I married on New Year’s Eve in the Mansion with Keith as my Best Man. Love that girl!”
Crystal Harris had earlier written: “Today is the day I become Mrs. Hugh Hefner. Feeling very happy, lucky, and blessed.”
She has changed her name on the social networking site to Crystal Hefner.
Crystal Harris was dubbed a “runaway bride” by the 86-year-old mogul after she called off their engagement just days before their wedding in June 2011, with 300 guests due to attend.
After their split, the model revealed she had only been intimate with him once – and very briefly.
Crystal Harris admitted sex with the octogenarian lasted “like two seconds”, adding: “Then I was just over it. I was like, <<Ahhh>>. I was over it. I just like, walked away. I’m not turned on by Hef, sorry.”
She continued: “He doesn’t really take off his clothes. I’ve never seen Hef naked.”
Despite her comments, the pair reconciled in May this year.
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