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

He bought the crypt next to hers in 1992
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2017 2:47 PM CDT
Hugh Hefner to Be Buried Next to Marilyn Monroe
In this Nov. 4, 2010 file photo, "Playboy" founder Hugh Hefner poses for photos at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

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 left of the one housing the remains of Marilyn Monroe. Hefner purchased the crypt at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles for for $75,000 in 1992—30 years after Monroe had been interred there. "Spending an eternity next to Marilyn is too sweet to pass up," Hefner had said about the purchase.

Entertainment Weekly reports Hefner felt a unique connection to Monroe, who shared a birth year with the Playboy founder, though LAist points out the two never actually met. "To me there's something rather poetic in the fact that we'll be buried in the same place," Hefner once said. Westwood Village Memorial Park is the resting place of some of Hefner's famous friends, such as Mel Torme and Buddy Rich, as well as other celebrities like Dean Martin, Truman Capote, and Roy Orbison.

*Monroe never consented to have her photos appear in Playboy, having posed for them for a friend when she was unemployed and hard up for cash. She was paid $50 and signed the release under a fake name. Four years later, Hefner bought the photos for $500 and used them to launch his magazine. It nearly ended Monroe's career. (More Hugh Hefner stories.)

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