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Hugh Hefner Dies at 91, Playboy Founder and Leader of '60s Sexual Revolution

Hugh Hefner, who parlayed $8,000 in borrowed money in 1953 to create Playboy, the hot-button media empire renowned for a magazine enriched with naked women and intelligent interviews just as revealing, has died. He was 91.

Playboy announced the news, saying Hefner died in his home at the Playboy Mansion of natural causes on Wednesday.

While most famous for Playboy, the businessman dabbled in all forms of media, including hosting his own TV shows, beginning with Playboy’s Penthouse in the late 1950s and early '60s. Shot in his hometown of Chicago and syndicated, the show featured Hefner in a tuxedo and smoking a pipe surrounded by “playmates” and interviewing such celebrities as Bob Newhart, Don Adams and Sammy Davis Jr.

The show boosted his personal and professional reputation and promoted what eventually became known as the “Playboy Philosophy,” a lifestyle that included politically liberal sensibilities, nonconformity and, of course, sophisticated parties with expensive accouterments and the ever-present possibility for recreational sex – though Hefner maintained he was a relative late bloomer in that department, remaining a virgin until he was 21.

Hefner followed that show with Playboy After Dark, which had a similar format but with more rock 'n’ roll, including appearances by The Grateful Dead, Three Dog Night, Harry Nilsson and Linda Ronstadt. The syndicated Screen Gems show was taped at CBS in Los Angeles and ran for 52 episodes in 1969-70.

Hefner also co-produced hundreds of Playboy-branded videos and a few feature films, such as Roman Polanski’s Macbeth and Monty Python’s first film, And Now for Something Completely Different, both released in 1971. He had been a sought-after guest on TV shows as far back as 1969 when he played a Control agent in an episode of Get Smart, and more recently he appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage and Sex and the City as well as in animated shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy.

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Even when he's dead he's surrounded by a beautiful woman as he bought a wall crypt next to Marilyn Monroe's one for $75,000.
Wonder if he got buried in that eternal silk PJ he usally was wearing.

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I had a lot of respect for him, even as a gay guy. He lived his own dream being a sort of legal pimp, much to the dismay of his media colleagues, peers. A lot of people thought he was disgusting, when in reality he was mostly business.

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He should have changed his name to Hugh G. Reckshun!

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His ability to smile in the face of adversity was admirable in my eyes. Although I'm a firm believer in monogamy, I respected his choice and the fact that he wasn't ashamed to be in the public eye, or rather his demand to be, without shame. Fly high and Rest Easy Hugh, your work here is done. <3

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