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Hugh M. Hefner

Playboy Enterprises

1953 - 1988

Publishing & Print Media

Military ServiceArmy
1950 b. 1926
male
EducationOneDegree
UndergraduateUniversity of Illinois
Personal
Born-Died1926
BirthplaceIllinois (IL)
RaceWhite
FatherProfessional
Era - 1950

In 1953, Hefner broke out of the conventional sleaze of the adult entertainment business by indulging the fantasies of the middle class executive male and including interviews with high profile celebrities and editorial content from well-respected literary figures in his Playboy magazine. In so doing, he brought a sense of respectability to an otherwise disrespected industry. By the seventies, circulation of Playboy peaked at 7 million, and Hefner had added night clubs, a cable television channel, movies and record production to his company.