Hugh Hefner, the man who founded the Playboy empire and popularised sexuality and nudity, has passed away at his Los Angeles home. He was 91.
Hefner founded the Playboy magazine in 1953 after publishing nude photos of Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude photoshoot which sold 50,000 copies. Hefner amassed great wealth through his Playboy empire that includes Playboy Clubs among other ventures. Earlier he worked as a copywriter for Esquire magazine but left the job when they refused a pay hike.
Just like his extravagant career fantasies, he lived a colourful life and called himself a bon vivant. He was married thrice: first with Mildred “Millie” Williams in 1949, who was also his first girlfriend. The couple had two children: daughter Christie (b.1952) and son David (b.1955). The couple divorced in 1959.
The Playboy founder then married Kimberly Conrad in 1986, a Playboy model. Conrad was 36 years his junior and only 24 at the time of their wedding while he was old enough to be her father. The couple, however, stayed together for twelve years and bore two sons named Marston Glenn and Cooper Bradford. They divorced only after their youngest son Cooper turned eighteen.
Hefner’s third marriage was with Crystal Harris in December 2012. Harris was 60 years his junior. The couple stayed married until his death.