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HUGH HEFNER, Humanitarian, Rebel (and other facts you may not know about him)

Hugh M. Hefner received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Los Angeles Press Club

Hugh M. Hefner, the legendary editor-in-chief and founder of Playboy Magazine, received a lifetime achievement award from the Los Angeles Press Club (A non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status Tax ID 01-0761875) at its

4th Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on THURSDAY, November 17, 2011 


"Hefner's footprint on American popular culture is huge," says LA Press Club President Will Lewis. "For almost 60 years, Playboy has been on the leading edge in shaping positive attitudes on civil rights, gay rights—as well as human sexuality."

Under Hefner’s guidance the magazine has championed first amendment rights for ordinary citizens as well as journalists. Since 1979, when the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards were established, more than 100 Americans have been honored for their efforts in preserving the freedoms of speech and of the press.

Among his many contributions to the arts are the legendary Playboy Jazz Festival, substantial donations to USC Annenberg film programs and at the Gala, the Press Club will also hand out plaques honoring entertainment journalists across the nation who work on all media platforms.

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Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on March 16, 2014 at 3:43pm

Hefner’s heir takes Playboy throne in May

Posted by Gardner Royce - Staff Writer on March 11, 2013 in A&E | View Comments - See more at: http://www.thepantheronline.com/a-e/hefners-heir-takes-playboy-thro...

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As he slips into the crowded Old Towne Orange Starbucks, senior film production major Cooper Hefner relaxes a bit. There, he doesn’t have to worry about being noticed. He’s anonymous among the bustling throng of college students.

It’s something new for the youngest son of Playboy creator Hugh Hefner. He grew up a celebrity and emerged an heir.

“It was awesome because as a teenager in the Playboy mansion I snuck into some of the most exclusive parties in the entire world,” he said. “But you’re also very isolated because not that many people can relate to you.”

While Hefner’s older brother Marston Hefner shied away from that experience, the younger Hefner took it head-on, and is now the heir of the Playboy enterprises. This responsibility, he said, is his chance to re-introduce the magazine to a modern audience.

Following his graduation in May, Hefner will inherit Playboy and start running the company with the continued help of his father and advisors.

Founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner, Playboy grew from a small magazine to one of the most circulated publications in the 1970s by featuring pictures of nude women next to articles written by some of the most famous authors of the times. It also gained fame for Hefner’s stance on social justice from Playboy interviews with figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

As a child, the youngest Hefner said that he felt most comfortable around other celebrity children like the Hiltons and Nicholsons who were regulars at the mansion. He said his best friend growing up was Scout Willis and they remain friends even today.

“They were my first friends because they were really the only people who understood my life,” he said. “We were just kids and happened to be celebrity children.”

Part of that childhood was understanding how to deal with the pressure of being famous. Hefner said he learned most by watching his friend Paris Hilton’s fall from grace.

“Seeing what happened to her when she started flaunting her wealth made me realize what I never wanted to become,” he said. “You don’t earn respect by what you’re given. You earn it by what you do.”

Another close influence that Hefner said kept him out of the spotlight was his mother Kimberley Conrad. In 1989, the 26-year-old Playboy bunny married 63-year-old Hugh Hefner and the couple raised Cooper and his brother Marston before separating ten years later. Still, Hefner said that his childhood was much tamer than most people imagine and that his parents intentionally kept him out of the spotlight.

Yet even the protection of his mother couldn’t guard him from the perils that come with a celebrity lifestyle, and Hefner said as he grew older he noticed how people treated him differently after they learned his last name.

While he said this made him more cautious, his close friends like freshman strategic and corporate communication major Gunnar Helman still described him as friendly. Helman, who went to high school with Hefner, said the Playboy heir is like an older brother to him.

“He’s like a grown-up child and always wants to have fun,” Helman said. “He would always make sure that everyone could be involved in everything he planned.”

One person that Hefner said he had complete trust and admiration for was his father, the polarizing and celebrated creator of Playboy.  Hefner said he never understood what Playboy was until he more recently came across his father’s journal and learned the history behind the bunny ears.

“My dad kept all these amazing photos of him with Martin Luther King Jr. and other people who fought for civil rights and justice,” he said. “Back then Playboy changed the world with its activism.”

Armed with an idealistic mind, Hefner said it’s his duty to change the current perception of Playboy and introduce what his father tried to do 40 years ago. Hefner said that while the Playboy brand has always been 50 percent sex, the other 50 percent used to be about activism and political relevance. However, he said all of that was lost when “The Girls Next Door” started to represent Playboy instead of the activism he believed in.

“My generation was introduced to Playboy as blonde hair and fake boobs,” he said. “There was an out-of-touch moment when the people who ran the company didn’t understand what our generation was attracted to.”

Hefner said his vision is to market Playboy toward a modern audience that is attracted to intellectual women who are comfortable with their sexuality. A key part of this is for Hefner to establish himself as an individual and not just a younger Hugh Hefner.

“I am not my father,” he said. “Although I don’t have a business degree, I have a fresh set of eyes that can make Playboy relevant again to a market that thinks of it as a brand of yesterday.”

However, as Hefner starts to talk about the famous writers who have written for Playboy, it’s easy to see traces of the elder Hefner who spent his life trying to make Playboy famous for more than just its centerfolds.

In the meantime, Hefner is still faced with the daunting task of deciding between a vanilla or caramel latte.  In this moment, he is just like any other young college student – with an unimaginable future before him.

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Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on January 17, 2014 at 1:24pm

Rent Hugh Hefner's Future Widow's House For $32k A Month

It's good that Hugh Hefner doesn't need this Hollywood Hills house yet, because he bought it in May 2013 so his wife Crystal Harris would have a place to stay when he died. (Why can't she just stay in the Playboy Mansion? Because the couple are actually just renters there. Also, because it's gross.) Seeing as Hefner is still very much alive, he and his wife (who's a co-owner) are putting this super-modern house up for rent. In addition to the four large bedrooms and five bathrooms, there are amenities like floating staircases, an infinity pool and spa made of white glass, a home theater, smart technology throughout, and "cantilevered terraces" with gorgeous views of the Sunset Strip below. When Hefner bought the house, he paid $4.995 million, but you can rent it for just $32,000 a month.

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Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on June 9, 2013 at 2:01am

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hugh M. Hefner and Wilt Chamberlain at The Playboy Mansion West, 1977

 

 

Hugh Hefner & Barbie Benton

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PLAYBOY IN THE 60's/70's (Hugh Hefner tribute)

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THE CAPTAIN HAS TURNED OFF THE “NO DÉCOLLETAGE” SIGN Hugh Hefner and several employees on the tarmac in Los Angeles following the opening of that city’s Playboy Club, 1965. Believe it or not, says one former Bunny, putting on the uniform was “liberating.” Courtesy of Playboy.

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Dick Gregory & Hugh Hefner 2011

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Jackie Wilson, Entertainer

 

 

Zelda Wynn Valdes, Black Fashion Designer

IN THE RISE OF HER CAREER, HUGH HEFNER UTILIZED HER TALENTS AND HIRED HER TO DESIGN THE FIRST PLAYBOY BUNNY COSTUME IN THE 1950s.
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Comment by Ann Dandridge Public Relations on October 12, 2012 at 9:11am

Singer Jackie Wilson autographs the cuff of a Playboy Bunny at a dinner for the Motion Picture Pioneers Association at the Playboy Club on November 19, 1962 in New York, New York. (Photo by PoPsie Randolph/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images). Zelda Wynn Valdes Designs

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Thinking about our Playboy days. Playboy Jazz Festival June 14 2014 It's all so sur real

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Jennifer Jackson (Miss March 1965) pictured with her twin sister Janis when they worked as Bunnies at Chicago’s Playboy Club

 

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Farrah Fawcett as a Playboy Bunny ... 1970s

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