A significant purveyor of the sexual revolution, Hugh Hefner was like the real-life Jay Gatsby, whose lifestyle appeared nearly modeled after a classic Hollywood romantic film, often throwing lavish parties for celebrities and the who's-who of Tinseltown. Very few people who knew of the man ever had that privilege.
Miriam Gonzalez, who graced the magazine in 2001, thanked Hefner and credited him with changing her life. During their union, Williams allowed Hefner to sleep with other women in attempt to "lessen her guilt", THR says. And now that Hefner has died, he will continue to lie next to the likes of those who have graced his iconic magazines, USA Today reports. He was 36 years her senior.
The marriage nevertheless ended in divorce in 1959.
He leaves behind his third wife, Crystal Harris, a former Playboy Playmate who he married in 2012, and four children. The couple had an on-again off-again engagement that began in 2010 with his proposing.
The 50-year-old said the Playboy founder was "always there" for her two sons with "love and insane wisdom".
Late Playboy publisher, Hugh Hefner, became deaf from too much Viagra —Report
Leigh became Hefner's first long-term girlfriend in the years after he and Benton split. Then, Hefner's body was removed from the estate.
Hef expanded his Playboy empire, launching a television show and two more magazines.
But one area in Hef's wheelhouse that's often overlooked is the mark he left on reality television, specifically, the E! series "The Girls Next Door". In 2011, the pair experience a bad breakup that was followed up by Harris giving an interview to Howard Stern, during which she aired out Hefner's dirty laundry. He and Wilkinson split that same year, and Hefner and Marquardt broke up in 2009. I feel a double connection to her because she was the launching key to the beginning of Playboy.