Hugh Hefner

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Internet Not Getting Behind Jared Leto as Hugh Hefner

Nor is the internet a fan of Brett Ratner directing the whole thing

(Newser) - Jared Leto will be playing Hugh Hefner in a biopic directed by Brett Ratner, according to the Hollywood Reporter . And let's just say that's not exactly a sentence making the internet happy right now. Ratner, who is also planning to reboot the talk show Playboy After Dark, which... More »

Hugh Hefner's Cause of Death Revealed

E. coli infection, blood infection contributed to his death from cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Hugh Hefner's death certificate from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, obtained by the Blast , reveals his official cause of death: The Playboy founder contracted the blood infection septicemia and a form of E. coli that was "highly resistant to antibiotics," and he ultimately died... More »

Hugh Hefner Was a 'Disgusting Old Sleaze'

Columnist argues that we shouldn't be remembering him as a 'liberator of women'

(Newser) - Now that Hugh Hefner is gone, he's being remembered as "some kind of liberator of women," writes Suzanne Moore in the Guardian . But Moore—whom Hef once threatened to sue after she called him a pimp—says the Playboy founder sold a "fantasy of freedom" for... More »

Hugh Hefner Spent $75K to Be Buried Next to Marilyn Monroe

He bought the crypt next to hers in 1992

(Newser) - Marilyn Monroe was there when Hugh Hefner started Playboy—appearing on the cover of the first issue in 1953*—and will apparently be joined to Hefner permanently in the afterlife. TMZ reports Hefner, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, will be buried in a crypt immediately to the... More »

Hefner's Genius: Realizing America Was Ready for Him

He was the first publisher to truly capitalize on changing social norms

(Newser) - A sampling of the coverage and tributes to Hugh Hefner in the wake of the death of the 91-year-old founder of Playboy:
  • Perfect timing: "Hefner the man and Playboy the brand were inseparable. Both advertised themselves as emblems of the sexual revolution, an escape from American priggishness and wider
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Hugh Hefner Dead at 91

'Playboy' founder led quite a life

(Newser) - Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner, the pipe-smoking hedonist who revved up the sexual revolution in the 1950s and built a multimedia empire of clubs, mansions, movies and television, symbolized by bow-tied women in bunny costumes, has died at age 91, the AP reports. Hefner died of natural causes at his... More »

Mythic Playboy Mansion Is Hefner's No More

Sale of the ultimate man cave has closed for $100M

(Newser) - The party’s over: The sale of one of the most famous mansions in America—the five-acre Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles' Holmby Hills—has closed for a not-insubstantial $100 million, Reuters reports, though it's worth noting that the sale price is half of the original asking price. The... More »

Billionaire Heir Buys Playboy Mansion

Hugh Hefner is staying put

(Newser) - The Playboy mansion—complete with Hugh Hefner—has been snapped up by a party-loving neighbor. Daren Metropoulos, a 32-year-old billionaire heir who lives in an $18 million mansion next door to Hefner's longtime abode, is believed to be paying around $200 million for the 29-room mansion, the Guardian reports.... More »

Suit: Hugh Hefner 'Complicit' in Cosby Assault

He introduced Cosby to sex assault victim: suit

(Newser) - A woman who accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault now says Hugh Hefner was "complicit" in the act. In a lawsuit, Chloe Goins says Hefner introduced her to Cosby during a party at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. Goins says Cosby drugged her, then led her to a room... More »

All of Playboy May Soon Be for Sale

'Eyebrow-raising' company's expected asking price: $500M

(Newser) - The Easter Bunny gets top billing this weekend, but other famous bunnies are also making headlines with news of a possible big transaction. The Wall Street Journal reports Playboy Enterprises Inc. is in the exploratory stages of a sale, per sources familiar with the situation, with investment bank Moelis &... More »

For Sale: Playboy Mansion?

Comes with your very own wrinkly, pajama-clad octogenarian

(Newser) - In the market for a Los Angeles mansion that's likely been the scene of more debauchery than any one residence ever should? Have we got the place for you: None other than the Playboy Mansion is going on sale at the end of the month, reports TMZ , and it'... More »

Shel Silverstein Was Hugh Hefner's Sidekick

His first real job? 'Playboy' magazine cartoonist

(Newser) - Shel Silverstein was kicked out of one college and dropped out of another, and he described those days gloomily: "I didn't get laid much. I didn't learn much. Those are the two worst things that can happen to a guy." His trouble with the ladies didn'... More »

Holly Madison: Hef Was Abusive

Former Playboy Bunny bashes her once-lover in new book

(Newser) - Holly Madison insists that she doesn't like talking about living at the Playboy mansion and dating Hugh Hefner, but believes "it's important to tell the truth of my story." The 35-year-old former Playboy Bunny writes about life before, during, and after the mansion in her new... More »

Lawyer: Witnesses Confirm Cosby Sex Abuse

Plus: latest accusation puts assault's timing within statute of limitations

(Newser) - A pair of witnesses support a woman's claim that Bill Cosby sexually abused her when she was 15, her lawyer says in a court filing. Lawyer Marc Strecker says he's seen pictures of his client, Judy Huth, at the Playboy Mansion with Bill Cosby in the 1970s, reports... More »

10 Stars Who Got Married on New Year's

Bet you forgot to send them an anniversary card

(Newser) - To ring in 2014, at least two celebrities got married: Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco wed tennis player Ryan Sweeting yesterday, and former Even Stevens star Christy Romano married producer Brendan Rooney. People rounds up eight other celebrity couples with New Year's weddings. Click through the gallery for... More »

Hef, Crystal Dress Up as Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke

And do some twerking at Halloween party

(Newser) - Here's an image you won't be able to get out of your head for the foreseeable future: Crystal Harris twerking all over her hubby, Hugh Hefner. Hef recently tweeted two pictures of himself and Harris at the Playboy Mansion Halloween party, dressed as Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke... More »

10 Celebs Playboy Didn't Want

Even Hef's own girlfriend got rejected

(Newser) - It must be pretty embarrassing to find yourself rejected by Playboy, but that's just what happened to these 10 celebrities rounded up by Fox News :
  • Farrah Abraham: The Teen Mom star has been the source of many unspeakable headlines thanks to her recent sex tape, but multiple requests to
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Hefner Buys 27-Year-Old Bride $5M 'Widow's Pad'

Crystal Harris will be living in style after Hugh dies

(Newser) - The bad news: Hugh Hefner, 87, is probably going to bid farewell to this earthly life long before his 27-year-old bride, Crystal Harris. The good news: When he does, Harris will have an awesome place to live. Hefner just bought her a $5 million, 5,900-square-foot Hollywood Hills estate, TMZ... More »

20 Stars With Crazy Expensive Homes

You probably can't afford any of these

(Newser) - No self-respecting Hollywood star or tech mogul is going to live in a shack—but what are the most expensive celebrity homes? Radar lists 20:
  • Petra Ecclestone's Los Angeles home, the former Spelling Mansion: $85 million
  • Tiger Woods' Florida estate: $60 million
  • Bill Gates' Washington state "Xanadu,"
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Hugh Hefner: I've Slept With 'Over a Thousand' Women

And he calls Crystal Harris his 'best' wife

(Newser) - Hugh Hefner gives a wide-ranging interview to Esquire , including this little bit of TMI: Asked how many women he's slept with, he says, "How could I possibly know? Over a thousand, I'm sure. There were chunks of my life when I was married, and when I was... More »

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