The man who dreamed his dreams and made them come true, who created the meaning of the title, “Playboy.” American publisher and entrepreneur of multi-million dollar empire, 91 year old Hugh Marston Heffner paid his dues on this earth on September 27, 2017.
Born on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, Hugh Heffner was one of American’s top publishers and known as the Editor-in-Chief of Playboy Magazine founded in 1953 and Chief Creative Officer of Playboy Enterprises. Philanthropist in several causes and issues outside of entertainment, independent Hugh Heffner was an advocate of civil rights, freedom of speech and sexual expression.
In 1953, Hugh Heffner landed the first Playboy issue with Marilyn Monroe on the cover without first meeting her. Another important stepping stone of mutual success for both sparked thereon. Surrounded by barbie dolls living with him, multi-lover, “Mr. sweet sugah pops,” Heffner, had many girlfriends and only had three wives leaving behind four children. Heffner left his son, Cooper Hefner, in charge of his Playboy Empire. We shall see what awaits this industry with such power on the hands of Hefner Jr.
Hugh Heffner’s life was like a box of girlfriends and always knew what he wanted to get. Not much financial excitement for his late wife, Crystal Harris, as she does not inherit a penny from Mr. Heffner.
He of his many best known quotes, “The Major civilizing force in the world is not religion, it is sex” and “Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream.” Like many successful entrepreneurs and celebrities who leave this earth, there is always something special we can take from their example while they shined among us one way or another. Each of us can take what we find best to suit our life inspirations.
R.I.P. Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9th 1926- September 27, 2017)
Resting in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery