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Hugh Hefner’s widow Crystal Harris excluded in will after Playboy founder died

PLAYBOY founder Hugh Hefner’s model wife Crystal Harris is expected to inherit nothing after the 91-year-old’s death.

Harris, 31, is thought to have signed a prenuptial agreement and is believed to have never been added the magnate’s £40 million will, The Sun reports.

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and third wife Crystal Harris. Picture: AFP

However, the model — who is 60 years Hef’s junior — will apparently be “looked after” following the entrepreneur’s death, reports US Weekly.

Hefner, the pipe-smoking embodiment of the lifestyle he touted, died at his LA home of natural causes last night, Playboy said in a statement.

Playboy announced no immediate funeral plans, but Hefner is expected to be buried in a plot in a Los Angeles cemetery next to Marilyn Monroe.

Celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Paris Hilton have paid tribute to the flamboyant figure who claimed to have bedded thousands of beautiful women.

Pamela Anderson, who has graced the cover of Playboy more than any other person, posted a poem and teary video to Hef on Instagram.

Goodbye #Hef Mr Hefner I have so many thoughts, I have no brain n right now to edit I am me because of you You taught me everything important about freedom and respect. Outside of my family You were the most important person in my life. You gave me my life… People tell me all the time That I was your favorite… I’m in such deep shock. But you were old, your back hurt you so much. Last time I saw you You were using a walker. You didn’t want me to see. You couldn’t hear. You had a piece of paper in your pocket you showed me – with my name Pamela with a heart around it. Now, I’m falling apart. This feeling is so crazy. It’s raining in Paris now. I’m by the window. Everything anyone loves about me is because you understood me. Accepted me and encouraged me to be myself. Love like no one else. Live recklessly With unfiltered abandon. You said the magazine was about a girl like me. That I embody the spirit you fantasized about. I was the one. You said. I can hear you say – Be brave. There are no rules. Live your life I’m proud of you. There are no mistakes. And with men – Enjoy … (Your wonderful laugh) You have the world by the tail You are a good girl And you are so loved – You are not crazy. You are wild and free Stay strong, Stay vulnerable. … “It’s movie time” You loved my boys … You were always, always there for us. With your love Your crazy wisdom. I will miss your everything. Thank you for making the world a better place. A freeer and sexier place. You were a gentleman charming, elegant, chivalrous And so much fun. Goodbye Hef … Your Pamela ?

“Outside of my family you were the most important person in my life,” she wrote. “You taught me everything important about freedom and respect.”

“People tell me all the time that I was your favourite,” she wrote. “You had a piece of paper in your pocket you showed me – with my name Pamela with a heart around it.”

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and son Cooper Hefner in 2014. Picture: Getty

His son Cooper remembered the pioneer as a “leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time”.

“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer,” he said.

“He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand.”

Elle Macpherson’s May 1994 Playboy Magazine cover. Picture: Supplied

Cindy Crawford on the cover of Playboy magazine, October 1998. Picture: Playboy

The firm behind the magazine described Hefner as “the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognisable American global brands in history.”


Sally Field on the cover of Playboy magazine, March 1986. Picture: Playboy

Goldie Hawn on the cover of Playboy magazine, January 1985. Picture: Playboy

Hefner has four children from two of his previous marriages.

His daughter Christie, aged 64, and son David, 62, were from his first marriage to Mildred Williams.

He tied the knot with Williams in 1949, but the couple split nine years later after she admitted she had cheated on him while he was serving in the Army.

Dolly Parton on the cover of Playboy magazine, October 1978

The cover of the November 2009 issue featuring Marge Simpson is shown

The entrepreneur spent almost three decades as a bachelor before settling down with Kimberley Conrad, the 1989 Playmate of the Year.

They had two sons together, Marston and Cooper, before parting ways after 11 years.

Hugh Hefner and third wife Crystal Harris. Picture: Getty

Hugh Hefner with second wife Kimberley Conrad

Hef tearfully noted in a 1992 New York Times interview: “I’ve spent so much of my life looking for love in all the wrong places.”

He split with Conrad in 2010 — the same year he announced his engagement to his current partner.

At the time of his death, Hefner’s net worth was estimated to be around £40 million.

His fortune is believed to have totalled some £160 million in years gone by, but was hit hard when Playboy’s stock lost 80 per cent of its value.

Hugh Hefner signing copies of the Playboy calendar. Picture: Supplied

By the 1970s, Playboy magazine had more than seven million readers and had inspired such raunchier imitations as Penthouse and Hustler.

Competition and the internet reduced circulation to less than three million by the 21st century, and the number of issues published annually was cut from 12 to 11.

In 2015, Playboy stopped publishing images of naked women, but restored its traditional nudity earlier this year.

Will Smith as William ‘Will’ Smith, Hugh Hefner as Himself, Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks, Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Picture: Getty

Many of his famous friends and fans have now taken to social media to remember the man who founded the original lads’ mag Playboy.

In a post on Twitter, Kim Kardashian wrote: “RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honoured to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo.”

Paris Hilton on the cover of Playboy magazine, March 2005. Picture: Playboy

Kim Kardashian on the cover of Playboy magazine, December 2007. Picture: Playboy

Paris Hilton shared a montage of pictures showing her with Hefner and she added a sweet message about the Playboy founder.

She wrote: “So sad to hear the news about Hugh Hefner.

“He was a legend, innovator & one of a kind. We had many fun & incredible memories together.

“I will miss him dearly. Rest in peace my friend.”

Jenny McCarthy on the cover of Playboy magazine, January 2005. Picture: Playboy

Madonna on the cover of Playboy magazine, September 1985. Picture: Playboy

Jenny McCarthy shared a picture of her own Playboy cover and offered a poignant tribute to Hef.

In a post on Instagram, she wrote: “RIP #Hef Thank you for being a revolutionary and changing so many people’s lives, especially mine. Thank you for choosing me to be one of your bunnies. I hope I made you proud. I will forever be grateful.”

Charlize Theron on the cover of Playboy magazine, May 1999. Picture: Playboy

Pamela Anderson on the cover of Playboy magazine, May 2004

Hefner launched Playboy using a £450 loan from his family and transformed it into a global brand.

The shrewd businessman skilfully expanded the magazine to include international editions of the magazine, casinos, a cable network and a film-production company.

At the height of Playboy’s success in the 1970s, the millionaire bought the second mansion in Los Angeles.

Miss September Olivia Paige, Miss January Anna, Sheridyn Fisher, Hugh Hefner and then girlfriend Crystal Harris. Picture: Supplied

He flew between his homes on a private DC-9 dubbed “The Big Bunny,” which boasted a giant Playboy bunny emblazoned on the tail.

Hefner was host of a television show, Playboy After Dark, and in 1960 opened a string of clubs around the world where waitresses wore revealing costumes with bunny ears and fluffy white bunny tails.

Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson on the cover of Playboy magazine, November 2005. Picture: Playboy

In the 21st century, he was back on television in a cable reality show The Girls Next Door with three live-in girlfriends in the Los Angeles Playboy mansion.

Network television briefly embraced Hefner’s empire in 2011 with the NBC drama The Playboy Club, which failed to lure viewers and was cancelled after three episodes.

Drew Barrymore, Farrah Fawcett and Linda Evans are among those who have posed for the magazine.


Deborah Harry during her stint as a Playboy “bunny” before she became a star with the band Blondie.

Drew Barrymore on the cover of Playboy magazine, January 1995. Picture: Playboy

Several bunnies became celebrities, too, including singer Deborah Harry and model Lauren Hutton, both of whom had fond memories of their time with Playboy.

Hefner said he was a strong advocate of First Amendment, civil and reproductive rights and that the magazine contained far more than centrefolds.

Playboy serialised Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and later published fiction by John Updike, Doris Lessing and Vladimir Nabokov.

US Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner in 1970. Picture: AFP

Playboy also specialised in long and candid interviews, from Fidel Castro and Frank Sinatra to Marlon Brando and then-presidential candidate Jimmy Carter, who confided that he had “committed adultery” in his heart.

John Lennon also spoke to Playboy in 1980, not long before he was murdered.

Hef was marred by health problems after suffering a mild stroke in 1985.

After the stroke, Hefner handed control of his empire to his feminist daughter, Christie, although he owned 70 per cent of Playboy stock and continued to choose every month’s Playmate and cover.

He stopped using recreational drugs and tried less to always be the life of the party.

Crystal Harris and Hugh Hefner getting married. Picture: Supplied

His widow Crystal Harris once said impotence drug Viagra made the Playboy magnate DEAF in a 2011 radio interview.

She said: “He tries not to take Viagra any more because it makes him lose his hearing.”

Harris broke off their engagement on June 14, 2011, five days before their planned wedding.

In anticipation of the wedding, the July issue of Playboy, which reached store shelves and customers’ homes within days of the wedding date, featured Harris on the cover and in a photo spread as well.

The July 2011 issue of Playboy with a red-and-yellow sticker affixed over the cover image of 24-year-old Crystal Harris. Picture: AP

The headline on the cover read “Introducing America’s Princess, Mrs. Crystal Hefner”.

It was later covered on newsstand issues with a sticker that read “Runaway Bride”.

The two later reconciled, and on December 31, 2012, Harris and Hefner married at the Playboy Mansion in a small private ceremony; he was 86 and she was 26.

Henry Sapiecha



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