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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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Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair: This Is What Domestic Violence Looks Like [Photo]

Playmate of the Year:
This Is What Domestic Violence Looks Like [Photo]

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Playboy Playmate Claire Sinclair Gets Restraining Order Against Hugh Hefner's Son

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Gets Restraining Order Against Hefner's Son

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- 897 days ago
Hugh Hefner's Son Marston -- ARRESTED for Attacking Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair

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Hefner on Lindsay Lohan in Playboy -- The Leak Screwed Us, Releasing Issue EARLY

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- 963 days ago
Lindsay Lohan Posing Nude in Playboy

Lindsay Lohan
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- 1008 days ago
Hef's Ex-Fiancee Sells $90K Engagement Ring ... At 50% Discount

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Hugh Hefner's Ex-Fiancee -- Shacking Up with Dr. Phil's Son

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Shacking Up with Dr. Phil's Son

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- 1083 days ago
Playmate's Mom: My Daughter is NOT Banging Hef!

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