Hugh Marston Hefner was born on 4/9/26 and passed away on 9/27/17 from natural causes. He was surrounded by loved ones in the mansion he made famous.
The Playboy founder and legend of publishing began his career as a copywriter for Esquire. He eventually struck out on his own. The first issue of his passion project, Playboy, was published in December of 1953 and sold out its run. Yes, it featured a nude photo of Marilyn Monroe... but, ask any reader and they'll surely tell you they only read it for the articles.
The list of notable women and men, who have graced the coveted cover and pages of Playboy is impressive... presidents, even.
Not to mention the supermodels, movie stars and music icons that have all been a part of the Playboy party. In fact, the pages have contained winners of the Oscar, the GRAMMY, the Emmy and the Tony... and still would have, even if Barbra Streisand was excluded.