HUGH HEFNER: Playboy Founder Dead at 91
Hugh Hefner, the pipe-smoking, pajama-wearing founder of the Playboyempire -- and exemplar of its lifestyle -- died Wednesday of natural causes at the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, according to a representative. He was 91.
- Hugh Hefner was born on April 9th, 1926 in Chicago.
- He founded Playboy in 1953 and made an instant splash by featuring Marilyn Monroeas the centerfold of his first issue.
- Hef’s extravagant lifestyle -- exemplified through the legendary Playboy mansion and the TV show The Girls Next Door -- was the fantasy of men (and women) everywhere.
- Hefner had multiple girlfriends through his life -- including a set of twins -- but was married only twice.
Hugh Marston Hefner was an aspiring cartoonist in Chicago in 1953 when he raised $8,000 from 45 investors -- including his mother -- to start a men’s magazine. He picked up some nude pictures of Marilyn Monroe taken when she was a starlet to use as his first centerfold. By the time the first issue hit newsstands, Monroe was a star and Playboy was an instant sensation. In that issue, Hefner laid out the Playboy philosophy, writing, “We like our apartment. We enjoy mixing up cocktails and an hors d'oeuvre or two, putting a little mood music on the phonograph and inviting in a female acquaintance for a quiet discussion on Picasso, Nietzsche, jazz, sex... If we are able to give the American male a few extra laughs and a little diversion from the anxieties of the Atomic Age, we'll feel we've justified our existence.”
Playboy’s mix of highbrow fiction, interviews with artistic and political movers and shakers, and shopping guides to the good life -- all chased with a strong dose of nudity, sex advice and suggestive humor -- soon typified a lifestyle for the 1950s male. And Hef did his best to embody that lifestyle. With a succession of Playboy mansions, he threw exclusive shindigs that, like his magazine, mixed celebrities, politicians and naked women. Those parties turned him into a celebrity. The magazine spawned nightclubs (where waitresses were dressed as bunnies), television shows and, eventually, a publishing empire.
Despite a long string of girlfriends -- including a bevy of blonde beauties while he was in his 80s -- Hefner married only twice. Each marriage resulted in two children, including his oldest daughter, Christie, who took over as head of the Playboy Enterprises in 1982 but left the company in 2008. His plans for a third wife blew up in June 2011, when just days before the wedding, 25-year-old fiancee Crystal Harris dumped Hef.
Hugh Hefner is survived by his daughter Christie, her brother David, and two children with second wife Kimberley Conrad, Marston and Cooper.
HUGH HEFNER: Celebs React to Icon's Passing
Tributes rolled in overnight from celebrities remembering Playboy founder Hugh Hefner who passed away yesterday at the age of 91.
Hollywood had a very close relationship with Hefner over the past half-century and its biggest stars were often fixtures at parties held at his iconic Los Angeles mansion. Celebrities immediately reacted to his passing on Twitter.
Ryan Seacrest: "Rest in peace #HughHefner - he will forever be remembered as the Hollywood legend who lived life to the fullest."
Kim Kardashian: "RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo."
Charlie Puth: "Wow...just read the news. Rest In Peace Hugh Hefner. Your legacy and soul shall live on!"
Gene Simmons: "We love you #hef #HughHefner."
Alyssa Milano: "Just woke up to the news that Hugh Hefner died. I think I just assumed he would live forever."
Paris Hilton: "So sad to hear the news about @HughHefner."
Larry King: "Hugh Hefner was a GIANT in publishing, journalism, free speech & civil rights. He was a true original, and he was my friend. Rest well Hef."
Reverend Jesse Jackson: "Hugh Hefner was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement. We shall never forget him. May he Rest In Peace."
Jenny McCarthy: "RIP #Hef Thank you for being a revolutionary and changing so many people's lives, especially mine. I hope I made you proud."
The Weeknd: "RIP HUGH HEFNER."
Rob Lowe: "I had a number of great conversations and with Hugh Hefner. Was such an interesting man. True legend. What an end of an era!"
KIM KARDASHIAN: Robbery Mastermind Apologizes in Letter
The mastermind behind the terrifying robbery of Kim Kardashian last year in Paris has written a letter to the reality star apologizing for what he did.
The letter, handwritten in French by Aomar Ait Khedache, was sent to Kim's attorneys and reads, "After observing your emotion and realizing the psychological damages I inflicted ... I decided to write to you, not to obtain from you some sort of indulgence. I want to come to you as a human being to tell you how much I regret my gesture, how much I have been moved and touched to see you in tears."
Kim was held at gunpoint as she was robbed of more than $10 million in jewelry. The letter continues, "Know that I fully sympathize with the pain you are enduring, your children, your husband, and your close ones. I hope that this letter will allow you to forget little by little the trauma that you suffered by my fault." Sources close to Kim say she doesn't believe his sincerity and thinks he's trying to appear remorseful ahead of his trial. (TMZ)
JENNIFER LOPEZ: Reunited With Relatives in Puerto Rico
Since Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico, Jennifer Lopez has been searching for her relatives. The last missing family members were just found alive -- Aunt Adela and Uncle Tomas.
Last night, J-Lo expressed her gratitude on Instagram, (quote) “After a long 6 days, we found the last of the family! Now the rebuilding begins!! #tiotomás #titiadela #familia #puertorico.”
Her aunt and uncle sent a video to J-Lo talking about her generosity. How they appreciated her sending a search committee to ensure they were safe. How they remember Jenny From the Block from when she was just a little girl. (Entertainment Tonight)
CHRISTIE BRINKLEY: Daughter to Be Featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
Christie Brinkley's teen daughter is following in her mother's footsteps and will model in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
19-year-old Sailor Brinkley Cook will join the issue's 2018 rookie class and is the first daughter of a Sports Illustrated alum to become an official swimsuit model. Her photoshoot will be live-streamed from Aruba in October. The famed swimsuit issue comes out in February.
Christie has appeared in the magazine eight times and was the cover girl three years in a row, from 1979 to 1981. This year, she was appeared with Sailor and her other daughter, Alexa Ray Joel.
KIT HARINGTON: Announces Engagement in The Times
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie have announced their engagement in a very traditional way.
The Game of Thrones stars broke the news with a classified ad in Britain's The Times. The announcement reads, “The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughter of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire.”
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter also announced their engagement with a newspaper ad in 2014.
ROB KARDASHIAN: Suing Blac Chyna for Assault
Rob Kardashian is suing Blac Chyna for assault.
He claims his baby mama punched him in the face and tried to strangle him with an iPhone cord last December.
In his lawsuit, the reality star says Chyna was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she attacked him. Things allegedly began when Chyna started playing with his gun while on a FaceTime call with two of his pals.
Rob also claims Chyna trashed the house they were renting from sister Kylie Jenner, resulting in $100,000 worth of damage.
Rob and Chyna broke up that same month. They have a baby daughter named Dream.
MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience -- giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.
WHO'S IN IT? Nina Dobrev, Ellen Page, Kiefer Sutherland
- Even though it's a sequel to the 1990 movie Flatliners, it has the same title.
- The original starred Kiefer Sutherland (who returns for the sequel), Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt and Kevin Bacon.
- The budget was $20 million. The original cost more -- $27 million.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s.
WHO'S IN IT? Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson
- Based on the true story of Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who became a drug smuggler for the Medellín Cartel.
- Two people died in a plane crash on the set in Colombia.
- The budget was $54 million.
Meghan McCain has officially joined The View. She's expected to start in October. This comes just days after Jedidiah Bila left the ABC daytime show. (Variety)
The sixth Terminator movie -- with Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and series creator James Cameron returning -- will hit theaters on July 26th, 2019.
Michelle Williams has joined the cast of the Spider-Man spinoff Venom starring Tom Hardy. The flick opens October 5th, 2018.
JON BON JOVI: In a New York Groove
Jon Bon Jovi may be a Jersey guy, but he also loves living on the other side of the Hudson River. The "Livin' on a Prayer" rocker just paid a fraction under $19-million for a condo in Greenwich Village, New York.
According to Realtor.com, his new place has direct elevator access, a 40-foot long living room, private balcony that faces south, floor-to-ceiling windows and "rich oak hardwood floors." And it has a view of New Jersey, should he feel homesick.
The building offers its own amenities, such as a private valet parking garage and a state-of-the-art fitness center with a pool, whirlpool, steam rooms and golf simulator.
To borrow the title of his '90s hit, the place does appear to be a "Bed of Roses."
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: Getting Ready for Some Football?
It looks like the Justin Timberlake has mended fences with the NFL -- which is working on a deal to bring him to Super Bowl 52.
Justin triggered a nationwide freakout by yanking down Janet Jackson's top during their performance of his hit “Rock Your Body" at the 2004 game, but TV and football execs are ready to give him a second chance. According to Us Weekly, the 36-year-old “is finalizing” his deal, and won't be sharing the spotlight the way folks have in recent times. A source tells the mag, “As of right now, it will just be Justin -- no surprise performers.”
Super Bowl 52 will take place in Minneapolis on February 4th and air live on NBC.