Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Will Be Buried Next to Marilyn Monroe
Monroe posed in the first issue of Playboy in December 1953.
Somewhere in heaven today, there’s a rather lavish party going on. A dashing gentleman in a velvet smoking jacket, pipe in hand, has just showed up, and the champagne’s already flowing.
That’s because Hugh Hefner, who founded and edited seminal men’s lifestyle magazine, Playboy, has died. He was 91. He will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe, at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, according to Us Weekly. Monroe posed in the first issue of Playboy in December 1953.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Hefner’s son, Cooper, who has taken over his father’s empire, wrote in a statement: “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.”
While the magazine might be best remembered for its nude models and centerfolds, if you actually did read the articles, they were written by among America’s greatest literary minds, including Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer, and Ray Bradbury.
Below, take a look at some shots of Hefner throughout the years, including an interview he did with The New York Times.
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