Following the death of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, aged 91, here are 11 things you didn’t know about the world’s most famous adult magazine magnate.
1. Religious upbringing
Hefner was born in Chicago on April 9, 1926, to two teachers with strong religious views. He described his upbringing as “conservative” and “Methodist”. His mother once said that she was proud of him, but would have been just as happy if he was a missionary to which he responded, “But Mum, I was!”
2. Destined for success
Hefner was popular in school and was voted by his classmates as one of the students most likely to succeed.
3. Copywriter to publisher
Before Playboy, Hefner worked as a copywriter for Esquire magazine. However, he quit after his request for a $5 raise was rejected.
4. Borrowed beginnings
In 1953, Hefner borrowed $8,000 to produce the first issue of Playboy, including $1,000 from his mother. He produced the magazine, featuring an old set of nude photographs of Marilyn Monroe, from his kitchen. It sold more than 50,000 copies.
5. A change in name
Playboy was originally going to be called Stag Party, but Hefner changed his mind at the last minute. “Can you imagine a chain of clubs staffed by girls wearing antlers?” he later asked.
6. Political connections