Hugh Hefner

(Hugh Marston Hefner)

Hugh Hefner
Hugh Hefner
  • Born: April 9, 1926
  • Died: September 27, 2017
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Businessman, Magazine Publisher









Hugh Marston Hefner was an American magazine publisher and life-stylist. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, a revolutionary publication, aimed at a sophisticated young readership, with revealing glamour photographs and sensational articles provoking charges of obscenity. The first issue, in 1953, featuring Marilyn Monroe in her nude calendar shoot, sold over 50,000 copies.

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Being attacked by right-wing Christians did not bother me. Being attacked by liberal feminists did.
Could I be in a better place and happier than I am today? I don't think so.
Creating my own world in a comic or selling my first penny newspaper aged nine was a way of gaining recognition and acceptance by my peers.
For me, the magazine was always the heart of what my life was all about, and the other half was living the life. Life
Historically the Puritans left England to escape religious persecution, and they promptly turned around and started persecuting the people they didn't agree with - the scarlet letter A, and the stocks and the dunking board came from that. That puritanism is still there.
I always say now that I'm in my blonde years. Because since the end of my marriage, all of my girlfriends have been blonde. Families, Children & Parenting
I am in very good health. I've never felt better. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I don't have dinner parties - I eat my dinner in bed.
I got married before I found myself. People should find themselves before they get married.
I guess I'm the most successful man I know. I wouldn't trade places with anybody in the world.
I guess you could say, I'm just a typical Methodist kid at heart.
I have about 100 pairs of pajamas. I like to see people dressed comfortably.
I have been married twice, and those were not the happiest times of my life. Part of the problem, quite frankly, is that when you get married, the romance disappears and the children arrive and the love is transferred. It shouldn't be that way, but too often it is transferred to the children. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I have no plans to retire. It's the perfect combination of work and play that keeps you young. If I quit work it would be the beginning of the end for me. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have very strong theories about magazine publishing. And I think that it is the most personal form of journalism. And I think that a magazine is an old friend.
I looked back on the roaring Twenties, with its jazz, 'Great Gatsby' and the pre-Code films as a party I had somehow managed to miss.
I remain very much connected to my childhood... I have never been too jaded or too sophisticated.
I think getting married was a mistake along the way, but at the same time I wouldn't have the wonderful children I have if I didn't get married. Time
I think that retirement is the first step towards the grave.
I was very influenced by the musicals and romantic comedies of the 1930s. I admired Gene Harlow and such, which probably explains why, since the end of my marriage, I've dated nothing but a succession of blondes. Romantic ;Families, Children & Parenting
If you let society and your peers define who you are, you're the less for it. Society
I'm actually a very moral guy.
I'm never going to grow up. Staying young is what it is all about for me.
I'm very comfortable with the nature of life and death, and that we come to an end. What's most difficult to imagine is that those dreams and early yearnings and desires of childhood and adolescence will also disappear. But who knows? Maybe you become part of the eternal whatever. Life ;Nature ;Death
In my own words, I played some significant part in changing the social-sexual values of our time. I had a lot of fun in the process. Time
In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined a sweeter life. Life
It's good to be selfish. But not so self-centered that you never listen to other people.
It's hard to really compare new love and old love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Life is too short to be living somebody else's dream. Life
Living in the moment, thinking about the future, and staying connected to the past: That's what makes me feel whole. Future
My first wife was a brunette, and Barbi Benton, my major romantic relationship of the early 1970s, was a brunette. But since the end of my marriage, all of my girlfriends have been blonds. Romantic ;Families, Children & Parenting
My folks were raised pure prohibitionist. They were very good people, with high moral standards - but very repressed. There was no hugging and kissing in my home.
My parents are wonderful people and they instilled in me an idealism for which I'm grateful.
One of the problems with organized religion is that it has always kept women in a second-class position. They have been viewed as the daughters of Eve. Women ;Religion & God
People get their information in different ways now. And we are a little poorer for it, because the way you get information affects what you learn.
Picasso had his pink period and his blue period. I am in my blonde period right now.
Sex is the driving force on the planet. We should embrace it, not see it as the enemy.
Someone once asked, 'What's your best pickup line?' I said, 'My best pickup line is, 'Hi, my name is Hugh Hefner.'
Surrounding myself with beautiful women keeps me young. Women
The business end of business has never interested me. Business, Commerce & Finance
The difference between Marilyn Monroe and the early Pamela Anderson is not that great.
The difference between Marilyn Monroe and the early Pamela Anderson is not that great. What's amazing is that the taste of American men and international tastes in terms of beauty have essentially stayed the same. Styles change, but our view of beauty stays the same.
The interesting thing is how one guy, through living out his own fantasies, is living out the fantasies of so many other people.
The major civilizing force in the world is not religion, it is sex. Religion & God
The notion of the single man began in the 1950's. The idea of the bachelor as a separate life was new and obscure. Life
The people who had the most impact on me when I was young were Freud and Darwin, but growing up I also had my film idols.
The Westwood Cemetery is just a few blocks from my home, and a number of my very dear friends are buried there.
The whole 1950s notion was find the right girl, get married, move to the suburbs and then hang out with the guys while she stayed home with the babies. I felt that was sort of sad.
What's amazing is that the taste of American men and international tastes in terms of beauty have essentially stayed the same. Styles change, but our view of beauty stays the same.
When I was four, we moved to the house on the west side of Chicago where I grew up. My earliest memories are of that first summer.
You know, from my point of view, I'm the luckiest cat on the planet.