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The life and times of Hugh Hefner

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Playmates of the year are crowned at the Mansion, and photographed outside.So there's a glimpse into the life and times of Hugh Hefner. But with many of his clubs gone and his magazine in decline, is the era of the Playboy over? More on Him: the world's coolest grandads

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The life and times of Hugh HefnerAs Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founderAs Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founderHugh Wilson2013-09-27T12:45:002013-09-30T09:30:00seo_keywordsAs Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founderAs part of Playboy’s birthday celebrations, the original Playboy himself – founder Hugh Hefner – is releasing a sumptuous six-volume illustrated autobiography, featuring the spiciest centrefolds and the best articles from Playboy’s first 25 years.These were the magazine’s halcyon days, when it displayed nubile female flesh alongside interviews with presidents and in-depth features on international affairs. Then there was the Playboy Mansion, the parties and the Bunny girls.To celebrate, we look back on some of the best images from the halcyon days of Playboy.Click on the image to read the full storytopAs Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 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1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 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1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)As Playboy prepares to turn 60, we take a look at the life and times of its flamboyant founder - 1(©Getty Images)The BunniesHugh Hefner, sporting the gentleman’s attire of cardigan and pipe, scrutinises a model in a Playboy Bunny outfit. The Bunny girls would become as iconic as the magazine itself.On Bing: more pictures of the Bunny girlstopThe Bunnies - 2(©Time & Life Pictures-Getty Image)The Bunnies - 2(©Time & Life Pictures-Getty Image)The Bunnies - 2(©Time & Life Pictures-Getty Image)The Bunnies - 2(©Time & Life Pictures-Getty Image)The Bunnies - 2(©Time & Life Pictures-Getty Image)The Bunnies - 2(©Time & Life Pictures-Getty Image)The Bunnies - 2(©Time & Life Pictures-Getty Image)The Bunnies - 2(©Time & Life Pictures-Getty Image)The Bunnies - 2(©Time & Life Pictures-Getty Image)The Bunnies - 2(©Time & Life Pictures-Getty Image)The Bunnies - 2(©Time & Life Pictures-Getty Image)The Bunnies - 2(©Time & Life Pictures-Getty Image)The Bunnies - 2(©Time & Life Pictures-Getty Image)The Bunnies - 2(©Time & Life Pictures-Getty Image)British BunniesThe Playboy Club on London’s Park Lane opened in 1966, offering “four floors of elegant apartments, two gambling rooms and a penthouse casino, dining rooms, two bars, a grill and 40 entertainers nightly plus the satin-attired bunny waitresses”.On Bing: the British Playboy ClubtopBritish Bunnies - 3(©Associated Press)British Bunnies - 3(©Associated Press)British Bunnies - 3(©Associated Press)British Bunnies - 3(©Associated Press)British Bunnies - 3(©Associated Press)British Bunnies - 3(©Associated Press)British Bunnies - 3(©Associated Press)British Bunnies - 3(©Associated Press)British Bunnies - 3(©Associated Press)British Bunnies - 3(©Associated Press)British Bunnies - 3(©Associated Press)British Bunnies - 3(©Associated Press)British Bunnies - 3(©Associated Press)British Bunnies - 3(©Associated Press)PlaymatesBlonde, slim and wearing the hippy chic of the times, American Connie Kreski was a typical Playboy Playmate of the late 1960s.On Bing: Playmate Connie KreskitopPlaymates - 4(©Associated Press)Playmates - 4(©Associated Press)Playmates - 4(©Associated Press)Playmates - 4(©Associated Press)Playmates - 4(©Associated Press)Playmates - 4(©Associated Press)Playmates - 4(©Associated Press)Playmates - 4(©Associated Press)Playmates - 4(©Associated Press)Playmates - 4(©Associated Press)Playmates - 4(©Associated Press)Playmates - 4(©Associated Press)Playmates - 4(©Associated Press)Playmates - 4(©Associated Press)Hugh’s womenHefner presented a string of nubile young women to the world, but he kept a fair few for himself. Here he is in 1969 with girlfriend Barbara Benton. He was 43, she was 19.On Bing: more on Barbara BentontopHugh’s women - 5(©Associated Press)Hugh’s women - 5(©Associated Press)Hugh’s women - 5(©Associated Press)Hugh’s women - 5(©Associated Press)Hugh’s women - 5(©Associated Press)Hugh’s women - 5(©Associated Press)Hugh’s women - 5(©Associated Press)Hugh’s women - 5(©Associated Press)Hugh’s women - 5(©Associated Press)Hugh’s women - 5(©Associated Press)Hugh’s women - 5(©Associated Press)Hugh’s women - 5(©Associated Press)Hugh’s women - 5(©Associated Press)Hugh’s women - 5(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friendsIn the 1960s and 1970s Playboy was huge, and it was also taken seriously. Its influence allowed Hefner access to the great and the good, many of whom he described as friends. Here he is in 1970 with the film director Roman Polanski. On Bing: more on Roman PolanskitopHugh’s friends - 6(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 6(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 6(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 6(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 6(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 6(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 6(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 6(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 6(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 6(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 6(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 6(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 6(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 6(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friendsHere’s Hef with the British actress Francesca Annis and Polanski.On Bing: more on Francesca AnnistopHugh’s friends - 7(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 7(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 7(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 7(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 7(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 7(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 7(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 7(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 7(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 7(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 7(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 7(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 7(©Associated Press)Hugh’s friends - 7(©Associated Press)In the magazineIn the 1960s and 1970s, Playboy published articles by some of the great writers of the day, including Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Ian Fleming and Ray Bradbury. In its heyday, interviewees included John Lennon and president Jimmy Carter (pictured).On Bing: great Playboy interviewstopIn the magazine - 8(©Getty Images)In the magazine - 8(©Getty Images)In the magazine - 8(©Getty Images)In the magazine - 8(©Getty Images)In the magazine - 8(©Getty Images)In the magazine - 8(©Getty Images)In the magazine - 8(©Getty Images)In the magazine - 8(©Getty Images)In the magazine - 8(©Getty Images)In the magazine - 8(©Getty Images)In the magazine - 8(©Getty Images)In the magazine - 8(©Getty Images)In the magazine - 8(©Getty Images)In the magazine - 8(©Getty Images)In the magazineGonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson was a regular contributor to the magazine in the 1970s.On Bing: great Playboy writerstopIn the magazine - 9(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 9(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 9(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 9(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 9(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 9(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 9(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 9(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 9(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 9(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 9(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 9(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 9(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 9(©Associated Press)In the magazineThe comedian Steve Martin was interviewed by the magazine in 1979.On Bing: more on Steve MartintopIn the magazine - 10(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 10(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 10(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 10(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 10(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 10(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 10(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 10(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 10(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 10(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 10(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 10(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 10(©Associated Press)In the magazine - 10(©Associated Press)Hugh’s toysThe success of Playboy made Hefner very rich indeed, empowering him with the trappings of a real playboy lifestyle. Here’s the Playboy Merc and plane in 1970.On Bing: how to live a playboy lifestyletopHugh’s toys - 11(©Associated Press)Hugh’s toys - 11(©Associated Press)Hugh’s toys - 11(©Associated Press)Hugh’s toys - 11(©Associated Press)Hugh’s toys - 11(©Associated Press)Hugh’s toys - 11(©Associated Press)Hugh’s toys - 11(©Associated Press)Hugh’s toys - 11(©Associated Press)Hugh’s toys - 11(©Associated Press)Hugh’s toys - 11(©Associated Press)Hugh’s toys - 11(©Associated Press)Hugh’s toys - 11(©Associated Press)Hugh’s toys - 11(©Associated Press)Hugh’s toys - 11(©Associated Press)Hugh’s bedAnd here is the bed in Hugh’s private quarters in the Playboy plane. The plane was also known as the Big Bunny.On Bing: more on the Big BunnytopHugh’s bed - 12(©Associated Press)Hugh’s bed - 12(©Associated Press)Hugh’s bed - 12(©Associated Press)Hugh’s bed - 12(©Associated Press)Hugh’s bed - 12(©Associated Press)Hugh’s bed - 12(©Associated Press)Hugh’s bed - 12(©Associated Press)Hugh’s bed - 12(©Associated Press)Hugh’s bed - 12(©Associated Press)Hugh’s bed - 12(©Associated Press)Hugh’s bed - 12(©Associated Press)Hugh’s bed - 12(©Associated Press)Hugh’s bed - 12(©Associated Press)Hugh’s bed - 12(©Associated Press)Hugh in the 1970sBy 1975 Hefner still has the pipe, but the cardigan has been replaced by the fashion of the times.On Bing: more on 1970s fashions for mentopHugh in the 1970s - 13(©NBC via Getty Images-Getty Image)Hugh in the 1970s - 13(©NBC via Getty Images-Getty Image)Hugh in the 1970s - 13(©NBC via Getty Images-Getty Image)Hugh in the 1970s - 13(©NBC via Getty Images-Getty Image)Hugh in the 1970s - 13(©NBC via Getty Images-Getty Image)Hugh in the 1970s - 13(©NBC via Getty Images-Getty Image)Hugh in the 1970s - 13(©NBC via Getty Images-Getty Image)Hugh in the 1970s - 13(©NBC via Getty Images-Getty Image)Hugh in the 1970s - 13(©NBC via Getty Images-Getty Image)Hugh in the 1970s - 13(©NBC via Getty Images-Getty Image)Hugh in the 1970s - 13(©NBC via Getty Images-Getty Image)Hugh in the 1970s - 13(©NBC via Getty Images-Getty Image)Hugh in the 1970s - 13(©NBC via Getty Images-Getty Image)Hugh in the 1970s - 13(©NBC via Getty Images-Getty Image)Hugh’s familyBy 1975, Hugh’s daughter Christie Hefner, then 23 and a university graduate, had joined the family firm as special assistant to the president (who also happened to be her dad).On Bing: more on Christie HefnertopHugh’s family - 14(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 14(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 14(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 14(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 14(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 14(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 14(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 14(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 14(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 14(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 14(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 14(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 14(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 14(©Associated Press)Hugh’s familyHugh’s son, Cooper Hefner, 22, is studying film and history at Chapman University and says he hopes to be part of an effort to restore Playboy's appeal to young people.On Bing: the decline of PlayboytopHugh’s family - 15(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 15(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 15(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 15(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 15(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 15(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 15(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 15(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 15(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 15(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 15(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 15(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 15(©Associated Press)Hugh’s family - 15(©Associated Press)The Playboy MansionHefner’s Los Angeles mansion became an iconic symbol of his playboy lifestyle, and played host to his decadent parties. Pictures of the house usually include a scantily clad Bunny sunning herself in the background.On Bing: more on the Playboy MansiontopThe Playboy Mansion - 16(©Associated Press)The Playboy Mansion - 16(©Associated Press)The Playboy Mansion - 16(©Associated Press)The Playboy Mansion - 16(©Associated Press)The Playboy Mansion - 16(©Associated Press)The Playboy Mansion - 16(©Associated Press)The Playboy Mansion - 16(©Associated Press)The Playboy Mansion - 16(©Associated Press)The Playboy Mansion - 16(©Associated Press)The Playboy Mansion - 16(©Associated Press)The Playboy Mansion - 16(©Associated Press)The Playboy Mansion - 16(©Associated Press)The Playboy Mansion - 16(©Associated Press)The Playboy Mansion - 16(©Associated Press)The Playboy MansionA shot of the Mansion grounds.On Bing: inside the Playboy MansiontopThe Playboy Mansion - 17(©BEIRNE-Rex Features)The Playboy Mansion - 17(©BEIRNE-Rex Features)The Playboy Mansion - 17(©BEIRNE-Rex Features)The Playboy Mansion - 17(©BEIRNE-Rex Features)The Playboy Mansion - 17(©BEIRNE-Rex Features)The Playboy Mansion - 17(©BEIRNE-Rex Features)The Playboy Mansion - 17(©BEIRNE-Rex Features)The Playboy Mansion - 17(©BEIRNE-Rex Features)The Playboy Mansion - 17(©BEIRNE-Rex Features)The Playboy Mansion - 17(©BEIRNE-Rex Features)The Playboy Mansion - 17(©BEIRNE-Rex Features)The Playboy Mansion - 17(©BEIRNE-Rex Features)The Playboy Mansion - 17(©BEIRNE-Rex Features)The Playboy Mansion - 17(©BEIRNE-Rex Features)The Playboy MansionThe exterior of the Mansion.On Bing: the best houses in HollywoodtopThe Playboy Mansion - 18(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The Playboy Mansion - 18(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The Playboy Mansion - 18(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The Playboy Mansion - 18(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The Playboy Mansion - 18(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The Playboy Mansion - 18(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The Playboy Mansion - 18(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The Playboy Mansion - 18(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The Playboy Mansion - 18(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The Playboy Mansion - 18(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The Playboy Mansion - 18(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The Playboy Mansion - 18(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The Playboy Mansion - 18(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The Playboy Mansion - 18(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The grottoThe grotto, a natural stone, heated pool with an underwater passage to the outside pool, is a feature of the Mansion.On Bing: Hugh Hefner's partiestopThe grotto - 19(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The grotto - 19(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The grotto - 19(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The grotto - 19(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The grotto - 19(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The grotto - 19(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The grotto - 19(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The grotto - 19(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The grotto - 19(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The grotto - 19(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The grotto - 19(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The grotto - 19(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The grotto - 19(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The grotto - 19(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom)The poolThe outside pool at the Playboy Mansion.On Bing: the world's best swimming poolstopThe pool - 20(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom-RTR)The pool - 20(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom-RTR)The pool - 20(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom-RTR)The pool - 20(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom-RTR)The pool - 20(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom-RTR)The pool - 20(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom-RTR)The pool - 20(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom-RTR)The pool - 20(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom-RTR)The pool - 20(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom-RTR)The pool - 20(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom-RTR)The pool - 20(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom-RTR)The pool - 20(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom-RTR)The pool - 20(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom-RTR)The pool - 20(©FRED PROUSER-Newscom-RTR)The crowningPlaymates of the year are crowned at the Mansion, and photographed outside.So there's a glimpse into the life and times of Hugh Hefner. But with many of his clubs gone and his magazine in decline, is the era of the Playboy over? More on Him: the world's coolest grandadstopThe crowning - 21(©Rex Features)The crowning - 21(©Rex Features)The crowning - 21(©Rex Features)The crowning - 21(©Rex Features)The crowning - 21(©Rex Features)The crowning - 21(©Rex Features)The crowning - 21(©Rex Features)The crowning - 21(©Rex Features)The crowning - 21(©Rex Features)The crowning - 21(©Rex Features)The crowning - 21(©Rex Features)The crowning - 21(©Rex Features)The crowning - 21(©Rex Features)The crowning - 21(©Rex Features)

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