He was the founder of Playboy and editor-in-chief of the magazine, which he founded in 1953. Hefner graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a double minor in Creative Writing and Art, having earned his degree in two and a half years.He attended Sayre Elementary School and Steinmetz High School, then served from 1944 to 1946 as a U. After graduation, he took a semester of graduate courses in Sociology at Northwestern University, but dropped out soon after.in 2006, "but because she believed in her son."), to launch Playboy, which was initially going to be called Stag Party.The first issue, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies.) After the Charles Beaumont science fiction short story "The Crooked Man" was rejected by Esquire magazine in 1955, Hefner agreed to publish the story in Playboy.At age 86, Hugh Hefner married 26-year-old model Crystal Harris, who is still his current wife.Other notable Hugh Hefner partners include Holly Madison, Shannon Tweed, and Bridget Marquardt.Anderson couldn't control her tears upon hearing the news of his death, penning an emotional poem in his honor. "He made me the person I am today." announced that Hefner had passed away from natural causes at the Playboy Mansion.star shared a special bond as the model moved into the Playboy mansion at just 18 years old. However, following their split, Wilkinson went on to marry Hank Baskett, and Hefner actually helped host the wedding at the mansion, sitting second row to support his ex-girlfriend's happy ending. "My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom," his youngest son, Cooper Hefner, shared in a statement.
Kendra Wilkinson, for example, is high on the list of celeb sex tapes and is no stranger to the attention.He had previously granted full access to documentary filmmaker and television producer Kevin Burns for the A&E Biography special Hugh Hefner: American Playboy in 1996.Before the wedding, Mildred confessed that she had an affair while he was away in the army.Selling around 50,000 copies, the issue catapulted the magazine and Hefner—who started it with a mere ,000 loan—to success.In fact, he cared so much for Monroe, he will be buried beside her at the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, Calif.