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Hugh Hefner

Hugh Marston "Hef" Hefner (born April 9, 1926) is an American magazine publisher, founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises. Hefner was born in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest of two sons born to Grace Caroline (née Swanson; 1895–1997) and Glenn Lucius Hefner (1896–1976), both teachers. Hefner's mother was of Swedish descent and his father had German and English ancestry. On his father's side, Hefner claims he is a direct descendant of Plymouth governor William Bradford. He has described his family as "conservative, Midwest, Methodist." He went to Sayre Elementary School and Steinmetz High School, then served as a writer for a military newspaper in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. He later graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a B.A. in psychology with a double minor in creative writing and art in 1949, earning his degree in two and a half years. After graduation, he took a semester of graduate courses in sociology at Northwestern University but dropped out soon after. Working as a copywriter for Esquire, he left in January 1952 after being denied a $5 raise. In 1953, he mortgaged his furniture, generating a bank loan of $600, and raised

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Law enforcement rushed to the Playboy Mansion Friday ... when rumors swirled Hugh Hefner may have died.  Several news agencies, including TMZ, got a tip the Playboy king had passed away. We… READ MORE >

Playboy Mansion -- Big Bash All a Dream to Hef (PHOTO GALLERY)

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- 34 days ago
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- 46 days ago
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- 57 days ago
Cooper Hefner -- I Don't Wanna Know Who My Dad Banged (VIDEO)

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- 91 days ago
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Dragging Me Into Your Suit is a Sham

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- 94 days ago
Playboy Mansion -- Guy Next Door Buying 'Girls Next Door' Home

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- 117 days ago
Hugh Hefner -- Deposed at Playboy Mansion in Cosby Case

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Deposed at Playboy Mansion In Cosby Case

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- 134 days ago
Hugh Hefner -- Added to Bill Cosby Sexual Battery Lawsuit

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Added to Cosby Sexual Battery Lawsuit

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- 138 days ago
Hugh Hefner's Brother Keith Hefner Dead

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