Hugh Christie, the son of British parents, was educated in Germany. During the First World War he was a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps and won the Military Cross.
Christie was recruited by MI6 and in 1927 served as air attaché in Berlin. In 1930 he started a business career while continuing to spy on Germany. He owned a house on the German-Dutch border which he used as a base for his undercover work.
Christie had met Hermann Göring while at university at Aachen. He was also a close friend of Erhard Miltch, Goering's deputy as State Secretary in the Reich Air Ministry. In this post Milch was responsible for managing armament production. This enabled Christie to move in official circles. He also obtained information from the anti-Nazi politician, Carl Goerdeler, Hans Ritter, a government adviser and German diplomats, Hans von Herwarth and Wolfgang Putlitz.
In February 1936 Christie was able to give detailed information concerning current aircraft production in Germany and the long-term plans for the Luftwaffe. Christie also provided details of the proposed invasion of the Rhineland.
Christie had a meeting with Hermann Göring on 3rd February 1937. He immediately reported his conversation with Goering and included information that Germany intended to take control of Austria and Czechoslovakia. He also told Christie that Germany mainly wanted "a free hand in Eastern Europe."
In March 1938 Christie told the British government that Adolf Hitler would be ousted by the military if Britain joined forces with Czechoslovakia against Germany. Christie warned that the "crucial question is 'How soon will the next step against Czechoslovakia be tried?' ... The probability is that the delay will not exceed two or three months at most, unless France and England provide the deterrent, for which cooler heads in Germany are praying."
Neville Chamberlain refused to act on this information and instead continued with his policy of appeasement. On 29th September, 1938, Chamberlain, Adolf Hitler, Edouard Daladier and Benito Mussolini signed the Munich Agreement which transferred to Germany the Sudetenland, a fortified frontier region that contained a large German-speaking population. When Eduard Benes, Czechoslovakia's head of state, who had not been invited to Munich, protested at this decision, Chamberlain told him that Britain would be unwilling to go to war over the issue of the Sudetenland.
On 18th August, 1939, Christie told the British government that Adolf Hitler had decided to launch an attack Poland in September. Once again Neville Chamberlain decided to ignore this information.
Hugh Christie - History
----Source: Tribune-Record-Gleaner (Clark County, Wis.) 02/27/1980
Hugh Christie, 84, Greenwood, Clark County, died at the Neillsville Hospital Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 1980.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the United Methodist Church in Greenwood, with the Rev. Donald Adams officiating.
Pallbearers were John Jacobi, Simon Wehrman, Gene Christie, Tony Suda, Harry Marvin and Elmer Windom. Rinka Funeral Home was in charge.
Mr. Christie was the son of the late Samuel and Adeline (Betz) Christie and was born May 17, 1895 in the Town of Weston. He attended a rural Greenwood School.
When he was four years old he moved to the Town of Eaton where he later farmed until 1958. He moved to the City of Greenwood in 1961 and worked part time for Stewart's Cheese Factory.
In Sept. 1916 he was married to Lotten Atkins. She passed away in 1964. On May 3, 1969 he was married to Esther Marvin.
He was a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church. He had five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife Esther, a daughter, Mrs. Arnold (Bethel) Flikke, Minneapolis, one son, Vernard Christie, Fairbanks, Alaska and two step-sons, Alfred Marvin, Junction City, Wis. and Ken Marvin, Greenwood.
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Hugh Hefner’s Wives and Girlfriends Through the Years (Photos)
Hugh Hefner passed away Wednesday at 91-years-old and he sure did live a life fit for the founder of Playboy Enterprises.
Here are some of the wives and girlfriends of Hefner's past.
Mildred Williams (1949-1959)
Hefner met Mildred Williams in college and they got married in 1949. The pair had two kids together. Williams had revealed that she had an affair while Hefner was serving in the army. He's said: “That was the most devastating moment in my life."
According to Hefner, his wife would let him sleep with other women to make up for her infidelity.
Various women -- and men
Being, well, a playboy, Hef's love life can't simply be summed up with a list of "relationships" because he had numerous trysts that weren't so structured, with both women and men, including "maybe eleven out of twelve months' worth of Playmates" for a number of years after his divorce from Mildred. Marilyn Cole, Karen Christy and Lillian Mueller being some of the notable Playmates whose relationships with Hefner fall into that category.
Barbi Benton (1969-1976)
She landed a role on "Playboy After Dark" where she met Hugh Hefner. According to People, the two lived together for nine years and Hefner has said “I only regret not marrying Barbi,” said Hefner, “because it finally led to our going separate ways."
Carrie Leigh (1983-1988)
Leigh was Hefner's live-in girlfriend for five years before she left him and said that being in the mansion was "almost like a cult."
Kimberley Conrad (1989 - 2010)
Conrad married Hefner in 1989 and the pair had two children together. Nine years into their marriage, the two separated but remained legally husband and wife. After an 11 year separation, the two filed for divorce.
Mandy and Sandy Bentley (1999-2000)
The twin sisters were Hefner's first twin live-in girlfriends for a year. And yes we're saying "first" because they weren't the only ones.
Brande Roderick (2000-2001)
Roderick, a "Baywatch" actress before becoming Playmate of the Year 2001, dated Hefner for one year.
Holly Madison (2001-2008)
Holly Madison was Hefner's girlfriend for seven years. She moved in to the mansion when she was 21-years-old and left at the age of 28.
She was one of the original cast members of "Girls Next Door" along with Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt.
Tina Marie Jordan (2000-2001)
Tina was Hefner's girlfriend for one year.
Izabella St. James (2002-2004)
Izabella met Hefner when she was 26-years-old and in law school. She was invited to move into the mansion and become Hefner's girlfriend in 2002. She ended up writing a tell all book titled "Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion."
Bridget Marquardt (2002-2009)
Bridget was one of the original cast on "Girls Next Door" and dated Hefner along with Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson.
Kendra Wilkinson (2004-2008)
While dating Holly, Hefner was also dating Kendra and Bridget who were all cast members on "Girl's Next Door."
Kendra also detailed how she would often cheat on Hefner while they were together.
Kristina and Karissa Shannon 2008-2010)
The twins moved into the mansion in 2008 and were also part of "The Girls Next Door." Hefner apparently kicked them out of the mansion for having younger boyfriends come over.
Crystal Harris (2012 - 2017)
Crystal Harris and Hugh Hefner got married on New Year's Eve in 2012. He was 86-years-old and she was 26-years-old at the time. They were together until Hefner's death on Sept. 27.
Teacher of Geography (Humanities) - Full-time
Hugh Christie is a mixed wide ability 11 to 18 high school based in Tonbridge, Kent. Hugh Christie is ‘the place to be’ happy, successful and where pupils are well prepared for adult life. Hugh Christie is a good school with a stable and well-motivated staff. Staff are supported well through a bespoke INSET programme led by our Lead Practioner Group. Staff are encouraged to progress with most the Senior Leadership Team being former middle leaders in the school. The school finishes at 1-30pm on a Friday and has a two week holiday at the end of Term 1 to promote wellbeing.
We are seeking a motivated, organised and effective Geography (Humanities) teacher with either a History or Geography specialism and the ability and enthusiasm to deliver both subjects.
Support will be provided for less practised teachers and the option to teach at KS5 will be considered for suitably skilled and proficient applicants.
The History and Geography teams are led by exceptionally experienced teachers with a wealth of resources and expertise to share.
- be passionate about their subject(s) and be able to communicate the importance of the subject with students.
- be organised, efficient, reliable and strive to meet high standards and expectations.
- be able to inspire students from a range of backgrounds and abilities and help them strive to be better people.
- be an excellent classroom practitioner and confident to deliver their subject(s).
Please contact Mrs N Riddle for an application pack on 01732 353544 ext 242. Further information is available on the school’s website.
Closing date: Monday, 14th June 2021
Interviews: w/c 14th June 2021
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It is our aim that every child at Hugh Christie is happy, successful and well prepared for adult life. This website provides you with all the important information about how we try to achieve this.
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The school has a population of around 170 children, including a nursery. The school roll has fluctuated over time and this had made stability a challenge. One priority area is to increase numbers attending the school in the nursery and reception by broadening the appeal of the school to the local community.
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Hugh Emerson Christie
Hugh (Chris) Emerson Christie, 75, a resident of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. He was born in Indianapolis, IN, on June 8, 1944, the son of Harold E. Christie and Harriet C. (Feigenbaum) Christie. He was one of four siblings Harry E. Christie, Helene E. (Christie) Swenson, and Howard E. Christie. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Judith F. (Hiscar) Christie, his two sons LTC US Army (R) Howard R. Christie and Douglas E. Christie, Howard&rsquos wife Valerie S. (Chaya) Christie, three grandchildren, Brent G. Christie, Nicolette (Nikki) A. (Christie) Rose. and Alexandra (Lexi) R. Christie, and six great grandchildren.
He was a graduate of the International School of Kabul, Afghanistan in 1962, and Lycoming College in 1966, where he received his Bachelor&rsquos degree in Political Science and Spanish. After graduating from Lycoming, he taught at Montoursville Area School District and worked as a home and school liaison before making the move to the Montgomery Area School District (MASD). He really enjoyed his 36 years in the classroom teaching Sociology, Social Studies, Spanish and Gifted Education and was an assistant Football and Wrestling Coach, and the Coordinator / Coach for Odyssey of the Mind.
He served on Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation teams, the committee determining standards for gifted education for Pennsylvania, and was a speaker at the National Catholic Education Association National Conference.
After retiring from Montgomery, he was a part time Spanish teacher at Bishop Neumann High School and South Williamsport Area School District. He also worked at White Deer Rehabilitation Center transporting clients and later handling logistics for several locations and the United States Census Bureau.
He lived overseas for 13 years of his childhood in South America, the Far East, the Middle East. During this time he traveled to over 30 countries, allowing him to obtain an understanding of several cultures not available to most Americans. He often told interesting stories about his experiences abroad. He particularly encouraged students to pursue international experience sometime during their lives.
He loved history and when he settled in Lycoming County he avidly researched its rich history and collected antique postcards from the area, especially Montgomery. He loved the borough and served it through the Volunteer Fire Department, a Deacon in the Presbyterian Church, and serving on Borough Council, and as acting mayor. Twice he was &ldquoelected&rdquo to Borough council when he was not even running for election.
He enjoyed exploring small towns around the USA and historic areas. &ldquoChristie Trips&rdquo included seeing sights not in the brochures but discovered through his enterprise. He was modest about his language abilities, but could walk into an establishment and begin conversing in anything from Farci to Castillian Spanish to a Korean dialect.
He loved the arts, drama, 1950s music and singing, and music in general. While in high school he often performed current hits during the 1950s with the military bands on bases overseas. He was often seen at area events, concerts, and shows.
The viewing will be at 10 am followed by the funeral service at 11 am at the Crouse Funeral Home in Williamsport, PA on Friday, June 28 th , 2019. The public is welcome. Interment will be at Saint Boniface Cemetery in Williamsport, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in the name of Hugh E Christie, to the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department, Montgomery Historical Society, or the Montgomery Odyssey of the Mind Program at MASD.
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Christie Hefner — 64 years old
Christie is Hugh's oldest child and David's older sister. Her mother is Williams, Hugh's first wife.
Christie, like her half-brother Cooper, was very involved in the family business. She worked at Playboy for over 30 years and served as its CEO for 20. Christie started at the company in 1975, becoming president of Playboy Enterprises in 1982 and CEO in 1988.
She stepped down in 2009, saying the election of President Barack Obama inspired her to do more charitable work.
She established the Hugh M. First Amendment Award and helped raise $30 million for CORE Chicago, the first outpatient facility for AIDS. She has delivered various talks on criminal justice and prevention of drug abuse, and she has been named one of Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women in the World multiple times.
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Hugh And Christie Hefner Defend Their Empire From the Sting in Gloria Steinem's Bunny's Tale
The only thing cute about A Bunny’s Tale, airing on ABC on Feb. 25, is its title. The show, an adaptation of a 1963 magazine story by Gloria Steinem about working as a bunny at New York’s Playboy Club, is serious feminism. And it gives a national airing to a long-smoldering feud between two of America’s most controversial public figures: Steinem, who has risen from free-lance writer to living symbol of the women’s movement, and Hugh Hefner, the man who invented Playboy. Although Hefner never appears in the docudrama, his presence pervades it. These are the people behind A Bunny’s Tale:
When you drive up to the iron gates of his mansion, a voice emerges from a boulder by the side of the road asking you to state your business. You pull up through a fantasyland where flamingos and African cranes stroll peacefully along the sward, a vibrant motley of Japanese koi bask in the pools and a hutch of bunnies—the furry kind𠅍o what bunnies do. You open the massive door on a marble court and enter a Hollywood version of an English baron’s castle, with stereo equipment and video machines vying for place with the leather and oak and gleaming brass of the appointments. Unlit pipes are scattered about, marking the places where the master has lighted. Also scattered in random patterns are dewy young people, uniform in their physical beauty. There are dewy young women, innocently sensuous in terrycloth robes, lounging decoratively in various rooms, and there are dewy young men, tall and muscular in jeans or gym shorts, chatting with the young women. “These are friends of Hef’s,” an aide explains. This being the place it is, the dewettes far outnumber the dewees.
Black satin pajamas and a patterned black robe can make a man look casual, but they cannot relax him. Hefner constantly fiddles with a pipe that will not stay lit or jumps up from his library couch to fetch a Pepsi from the refrigerator hidden behind an oak door. He never finishes a Pepsi: At the end of two hours, a string of clear bottles with two-inch-wide brown bands of liquid at their bottoms stands on the bar.
“I don’t have negative feelings about Gloria Steinem,” he explains. “I’m very supportive of the women’s movement. We had a fund raiser here for the ERA not too many years ago.” But he adds, “I don’t think that would be likely to happen today.”
It wouldn’t. “I think Hefner wants the Playboy clubs to be appreciated as oases of sophistication and glamour,” says Gloria Steinem. “I think Hefner himself wants to go down in history as a person of sophistication and glamour. But the last person I would want to go down in history as is Hugh Hefner.” Steinem is in New York, at her desk at Ms. magazine in between public appearances around the country. She had script approval of A Bunny’s Tale, and she has seen it. She believes that everything it depicts – from the men manhandling bunnies, forcing room keys and money down their bodices, to the company doctors who routinely performed internal examinations on unwilling bunnies, to the management pressure on bunnies to te” VIP Playboy Club keyholders – is factual.
Hugh Hefner uses the word “hurtful” eight times in a two-hour discussion of the Playboy empire’s relations with the women’s movement. He recalls his campaigns back in the s against hurtful laws that regulated sexual conduct. He makes admissions against his own interest: “There are even things reflected in Playboy magazine that are stereotypes and perhaps hurtful, like the overemphasis on youth.” But most hurtful of all to him is his personal fall from ideological grace.
“In the s, you were viewed by liberals as a…” a questioner begins.
“Hero,” Hefner unselfconsciously completes the sentence. He is not far from right. The Moratorium group held antiwar fund raisers in the Chicago Playboy mansion. The liberal political scientist Max Lerner, the sex education crusader Mary Calderone, Dick Gregory, Eugene McCarthy, Jesse Jackson, NOW. These were the people and groups who came to Hefner for financial and moral support, as well as the chance to rub shoulders with Warren Beatty and Barbi Benton and George Hamilton. Now Hefner oscillates between wistfulness and outrage as he argues that he is not a demon.
“How do we treat the bunnies?” he asks himself, addressing the issues in A Bunny’s Tale. He answers for the 500-odd women still working in ears and tails at 13 clubs around the world, “The record is clear in terms of lack of exploitation and lack of sexual harassment. We invented the bunny mother to protect the bunnies. It became a tradition that with bunnies you can look but don’t touch. The notion that a customer could get away with manhandling a bunny is ridiculous. In my mind the clubs were an entertainment, a kind of variation on the Ziegfeld Follies. Nobody expected the Ziegfeld girls to be available with the orange drink at intermission.”
“Women are the major beneficiaries of getting rid of the hypocritical old notions about sex,” says Hefner, who believes he played a large part in burying those notions. “Now some people are acting as if the sexual revolution was a male plot to get laid. One of the unintended by-products of the women’s movement is the association of the erotic impulse with wanting to hurt somebody.”
Steinem strongly demurs. “I do not find Playboy magazine and the clubs erotic,” she says. “I find them pornographic. Women are presented as objects and men are represented as people. I guess that’s the nicest way to put it.”
Playboy Enterprises is still a large and strong company, its income rising (153 percent from 1982 to 1984) after a period of troubles. It has been a bad half decade in the same sense that December 1941 was a bad month for the United States Navy. The company was kicked out of London for gaming violations, then banned from Atlantic City because it had been kicked out of London. Major Playboy clubs—including the one in New York—have folded, and Playboy’s soft-core cable television channel has until recently hemorrhaged money. Worst of all, perhaps, has been the personal publicity disaster for Hugh Hefner. In two books published just last year—Peter Bogdanovich’s The Killing of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten 1960-1980, and Wired, Bob Woodward’s story about the death of John Belushi—the Playboy mansion is depicted as a drug-ridden den of iniquity. Still, Hefner finds a silver lining: “The remarkable thing about Playboy is that it remains so viable and controversial after 32 years. It’s still so much a matter of headlines and controversy. When they want the ratings on television, they do Playboy.”
The Playboy presence in Chicago is shrunken now. The old mansion where Hefner began the business is a dormitory at the School of the Art Institute. Hef’s old suede-and-velour loveseats are piled in the drained swimming pool, and a poetry seminar meets at a small table that stands in the place of the famous circular bed in what was once the world’s most photographed boudoir.
The office of the president is on the eighth floor. You reach it by walking along a corridor decorated with illustrations from past issues of the magazine. The second picture on the left is a full-length portrait of Gloria Steinem. You turn left past a water closet labeled “Persons Room,” and you ask about the art.
“It doesn’t mean anything,” says Christie Hefner, 32, the self-described feminist who was named president of Playboy Enterprises Inc. in 1982 and chief operating officer last year. She is now in day-to-day control of the company her father began. “I like Gloria, we have a friendly relationship. I just put those illustrations out there because they are some of my favorites.”
She has the poise of an executive 20 years her senior and the kind of enthusiasm for her company that would put a yuppie to shame. Her corner office is personalized by a hanging plant she’s sure enough of herself to fetch coffee for a visitor rather than sending a secretary for it. She will talk about the past if she has to and defend her father’s stewardship of the company. “I know women who worked in the club, in the same period as Gloria, who had very positive experiences,” she says. “It was the early 1960s instead of the 1980s. I’m sure that the people at Playboy were less enlightened than they are now. But Gloria was going in with a certain perspective, to write a certain kind of piece. I’m not saying she made things up, but I suspect that all these factors combined to create the piece that she wrote.”
When they speak of each other𠅊nd they do𠅌hristie Hefner and Gloria Steinem are respectful. “I admire the contribution Gloria has made to social change,” says Christie. Says Steinem of Christie: “She is struggling, working very hard. It’s like being the Jewish child of an anti-Semitic parent.”
One of Christie Hefner’s most impressive traits is her determination to emphasize the positive, rather than criticize the past. “One of the things we’re going to do is to make the environment of the clubs a place where men don’t go to watch women, but where couples or men together, or women together, go to be with each other,” she says. In recent years the Playboy clubs have lost their allure. Having failed in larger cities, they are thriving now only in places like Lansing, Mich. and Des Moines, where the women’s movement may not have the force it has in Manhattan. Japan, which has virtually no women’s movement, has four flourishing clubs. Christie Hefner is determined to return to New York, reopen a club in the city where Steinem worked and make Playboy a name in town again. The opening is scheduled for this summer, and the club will consist of two parts: one open to the public, the other only to key-holders.
“We’re going to have male and female waiters, at least in the public part,” Christie says. “It would be premature to say more than that now.” She won’t say that feminism is the motivation for this decision, only that she wants to make both men and women comfortable as customers in the clubs, but she will allow, “The sensitivity of people in this company today to women’s issues is much higher than in the world out there.”
The afternoon turns to twilight as Hugh Hefner explains his life. “The women’s movement is not an isolated thing,” he says. “It’s part of a changing set of social, sexual, political values. Playboy clubs are not just a place for men. I heard on TV the other day that there are going to be male bunnies.”
It would be inaccurate to suggest that Christie had not discussed male waiters with her father—or even that he does not have complete control over the company. But the new ideas at Playboy are coming from a new generation. And perhaps the world is changing.
Gloria Steinem isn’t yet sure. “They have to call the men bunnies too,” she says.
Hugh Hefner married his first wife Mildred Williams in 1949. They met at Northwestern University.
Williams admitted to cheating on him before their wedding when he was in the army.
"I had literally saved myself for my wife, but after we had sex she told me that she'd had an affair. That was the most devastating moment in my life," said Hefner in 2007 to the Daily Mail.
The couple stayed together for a another decade, but divorced in 1959. The had two children together, Christie and David. Christie Hefner was the Playboy Enterprises Chairman and CEO for 20 years until she stepped down in 2008.
Timeline: Hugh Hefner, 'Playboy' founder
A look at Hugh Hefner, the pipe-smoking icon who founded Playboy and died at the age of 91 surrounded by family.
Hugh Hefner (Photo: Kevork Djansezian, AP)
Hugh Hefner, magazine publisher and founder of Playboy Enterprises, died Wednesday night in Los Angeles. He was 91. Here's a look back at his colorful life.
Hugh Marston Hefner is born to conservative Nebraska farmers and descendants of Puritan patriarchs William Bradford and John Winthrop, Grace and Glenn Hefner in Chicago.
Enters Steinmetz High School in Chicago with an IQ of 152. Was a shy student at first until he reinvented himself in the last two years of high school as “Hef.” While at Steinmetz Hef enjoyed cartooning, founded the school paper named “Star,” was a member of the Green Curtain Players and was on the yearbook staff. He focused on student causes as president of the student council and was voted most popular senior and class clown. His favorite class was journalism.
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Works as an usher at the Rockne, a Chicago movie theater.
Joins the U.S. Army as an infantry clerk and draws cartoons for the Army newspaper.
Honorably discharged from the Army after serving for two years near the end of World War II. Went on to take summer art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and enrolled at the University of Illinois in Champaign in the fall, where he would meet his first wife, Mildred Williams, as a student at Northwestern.
Graduates from University of Illinois after just 2 ½ years with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a double minor in art and creative writing. Takes a position as assistant personnel manager for the Chicago Cartoon Company.
Hires on as an advertising copywriter at Carson Pirie Scott department store.
Hugh Hefner (Photo: Kristian Dowling, AP)
After failing to sell his ideas for a cartoon strip, Hefner publishes That Toddlin’ Town, a book of satirical cartoons about Chicago. He lands a job at Esquire as a promotion copywriter. Later he was denied a $5 raise request when the publication moved its offices to New York and he decided to stay behind in pursuit of creating his own publication.
Collaborates with a fellow copywriter in an attempt to raise enough money to launch a new Chicago magazine and fails. Works for Publisher’s Development Corp. as a newsstand and promotions director and discovers a demand for a gentleman’s magazine. Daughter Christie Ann Hefner is born Nov. 8, 1952.
Raises $8,000 from 45 investors, including a $1,000 contribution from his mother, to launch Playboy magazine. Initially, decides on Stag Party as the title for his magazine but, due to a challenge from Stag Magazine considering this title trademark infringement, follows the advice of a friend to name the magazine Playboy. Playboy’s first edition produced in Hef’s kitchen and hits newsstands selling 54,175 copies with cover girl Marilyn Monroe setting the bar for future bunnies. Balances Playboy with a better-paying job as circulation manager of children’s Activities magazine.
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Son David Paul Hefner is born on Aug. 30, 1955.
Playboy’s circulation surpasses that of Esquire by selling 700,000 copies per month.
Hef divorces his wife, Millie. Playboy sells over a million copies every month. In celebration, Hef holds the first Playboy Jazz Festival at the Chicago Stadium, a three-day extravaganza known as the “greatest single weekend in the history of jazz” at the time. The first American indoor jazz festival draws more than 68,000. Purchases Chicago Playboy Mansion and his first television show, Playboy’s Penthouse debuts.
First Playboy Club opens in downtown Chicago.
Hugh Hefner poses with Playboy Club hostess Bonnie J. Halpin at his first nightclub in Chicago in 1961. (Photo: Ed Kitch, AP)
First "Playboy Interview" is published with Alex Haley interviewing Miles Davis.
Hef is arrested on obscenity charges after nude photos of Jayne Mansfield appear in Playboy’s June issue. The photos allegedly offended Chicago Corporation Counsel John Melaniphy, who explained that the captions beneath the images that were too suggestive to be considered art and were therefore “obscene.” Due to the jury’s inability to reach a verdict, the charges are dropped.
Hugh M. Hefner Foundation is established with a mission to facilitate individual rights society, placing emphasis on civil rights and liberties, First Amendment rights, and rational sex and drug policies.
Hugh Hefner led an amazing life. Here are five fascinating facts about the original playboy.
Hef fights censorship and encourages human sexuality research by providing grants to non-profit organizations through the founding Playboy Foundation.
Hosts Playboy After Dark television series.
Hugh Hefner, left, and girlfriend Barbi Benton, center, are served by Playboy Club Bunny Cheri upon their arrival at La Guardia International Airport aboard the Big Bunny, Heffner's jet, in New York in March 1970. (Photo: AP)
Playboy becomes the most influential men’s magazine worldwide in this decade, with circulation numbers at 7 million, surpassing those of other men’s magazines. Hef obtains a black McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 he names the Big Bunny airline jet in which he jets around the world.
Playboy Enterprises goes public, selling 7 million magazine copies every month. The company also successfully establishes 23 Playboy Clubs, resorts, hotels and casinos and boasts more than 900,000 members worldwide. Purchases the famed Playboy Mansion on a five-acre estate in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles.
Playboy earns a $12 million profit for the year.
Decides to make the Los Angeles mansion his permanent residence so that he may closely supervise production. Becomes a driving force in the restoration of the Hollywood sign, a monument he referred to as “Hollywood’s Eiffel Tower.”
Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner talks about his coming late-night TV show, "Playboy's Playmate Party," on May 7, 1977. (Photo: George Brich, AP)
Awarded the first Annual Hollywood Hall of Fame Award as Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Suffers a minor stroke, Hef considered a “stroke of luck,” that serves as a huge wake-up call resulting in less participation in mansion poolside parties and less pleasurable pursuits.
Names daughter, Christie, chair and chief executive officer of Playboy Enterprises.
Marries longtime girlfriend and 1989 Playmate of the Year, Kimberly Conrad, resulting in a period where the Playboy Mansion West represents family life.
Publisher Hugh Hefner, left, and son Cooper Hefner attend the MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Paul McCartney in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2012. (Photo: Paul Buck, EPA-EFE)
Spends much of the next decade devoting his time to philanthropic projects. Instills the Freedom of Expression Award given annually at the Sundance Film Festival into the Playboy Foundation. Endows the “Censorship in the Cinema” course at the University of Southern California. Son Marston Glenn Hefner is born on Hef’s birthday, April 9.
Son Cooper Bradford Hefner is born Sept. 4.
Hefner establishes the Playboy Jazz Film Festival, funded by Playboy. The festival was the first showcase on the West Coast for rare jazz films and was free to the public.
Receives the International Publishing Award from the International Press Directory in London.
Separates from wife, Kim. She and the two boys move onto an estate next to the mansion. Hefner is inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Society of Magazine Editors.
Playboy founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner receives kisses from Playboy playmates during the 52nd Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 14, 1999. (Photo: Laurent Rebours, AP)
Hefner is inducted into the New York Friars Club as an honorary friar. Celebrates his 75th birthday with a lavish party at the mansion.
Receives the highest honor of the Magazine Publishers of America: the Henry Johnson Fisher Award. Inducted as an honorary member of the Harvard Lampoon.
Launches reality series The Girls Next Door, starring Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison, and Bridget Marquardt. The series airs in more than 150 countries worldwide. Celebrates Playboy’s 50th anniversary with live music, stand-up comedy, and interviews and is featured in a two-hour special on A&E. Attempts to expand with a Playboy version featuring South Asian women and Indian pop culture articles to India but it is rejected.
Hefner honored with a star on the Brendan Theater Walk of Fame. Celebrates his 80th birthday with a weekend full of festivities including a “Casablanca Night” movie screening, a pajama and lingerie party, and dinner buffet for about 1,000 guests at the Playboy Mansion. Embarks on a tour of eight cities in Europe to continue his celebration. Makes a $1 million donation to the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Donates $2 million to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
The three original "girls next door" move out of the mansion. Holly Madison, Hef’s main girlfriend of The Girls Next Door, leaves him. It is speculated that Madison left him due to his inability to commit and satisfy her wishes for a family.
Hugh Hefner and Crystal Hefner attend Playboy Mansion's Annual Halloween Bash at The Playboy Mansion on Oct. 25, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Charley Gallay, Getty Images for Playboy)
Places the home of Kim and his two sons, also known as the Holmby Hills Mansion, on the market for nearly $28 million. After 11 years of separation, Hef files for divorce from Kim Conrad. Future girlfriend Crystal Harris moves into the mansion.
Hef’s divorce from Kim is finalized in March. Gets engaged to Crystal Harris, a former 2009 playmate of the month, in December.
Harris calls off the wedding and the two separate. Hef quickly moves on and introduces Anna Sophia Berglund and Sher Bechard as his newest girlfriends.
Hef writes a passionate plea in support of gay marriage. He states that a fight for gay marriage is "a fight for all our rights."
Hef hands over creative control of Playboy to his son, Cooper. He remains editor in chief. Cooper publishes the first non-nude issue of the magazine. A year later, after declining sales, the decision was reversed.
Hef also sells the iconic Playboy Mansion to the owner of Twinkies for a whopping $100 million. The only hitch? As part of the sale, Hef is allowed to remain in residence for the remainder of his life.
Leading Roles Announced for Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
Production starts this week for Hugh Laurie’s three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s captivating murder-mystery, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, with a phenomenal cast. The show stars Will Poulter (The Revenant) as Bobby Jones, an honest and amiable young man who becomes entangled in the mysterious question of the title, and Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody) as Frankie, a clever and unflappable young woman with a flair for adventure. The series is commissioned by BritBox North America and produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited.
Based on the iconic 1934 Agatha Christie novel, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? follows the local vicar’s son, Bobby Jones (Poulter), and his whip-smart friend, socialite Lady Frances “Frankie” Derwent (Boynton) on their crime-solving adventure after they discover the crumpled body of a dying man who, with his last breath, gasps the cryptic question of the title. Armed only with a photograph of a beautiful young woman found in the dead man’s pocket, these amateur detectives pursue, and are pursued by, the answer to the mystery.
Joining Poulter and Boynton on the series are Maeve Dermody (The Secret Garden), as Moira, the troubled wife of psychiatrist Dr. James Nicholson and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) as Bobby’s genial mentor, Dr. Alwyn Thomas, who is at Bobby’s side when he discovers the body. Daniel Ings (I Hate Suzie) will star as Roger Bassington-ffrench (as he explains it: with two small f’s - don’t ask what they stand for), the beguiling early target of the crime-solving duo and Jonathan Jules (Small Axe) as Ralph “Knocker” Beadon, a trusted shipmate of Bobby’s who finds himself conscripted into the duo’s caper.
Miles Jupp (The Durrells) joins as Roger’s brother Henry Bassington-ffrench, a wealthy Englishman with a secret burden Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey) as Sylvia Basington-ffrench, the American wife of Henry and castaway chatelaine of the family seat, Merroway Court and Alistair Petrie (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Bobby’s father, Rev. Richard Jones, a hard-working country parson, constantly fretting over the path his son has chosen. Rounding out the cast are Paul Whitehouse (The Personal History of David Copperfield), as the landlord of a country inn Morwenna Banks (Skins), as Mrs. Cayman, the deceased man’s sister and Joshua James ( as Frankie’s long-suffering ally, Dr. George Arbuthnot.
In addition to directing, Hugh Laurie will also portray Dr. James Nicholson, the Clinical Director of the sanatorium near Merroway Court.
Special guests to be announced at a later date.
The show is executive produced by Emily Powers, Gina Cronk, and Jonathan Karas for BritBox North America, produced by Claire Jones for Mammoth Screen, alongside Executive Producers Damien Timmer and Helen Ziegler, and James Prichard for Agatha Christie Limited.
Endeavor Content will handle international sales outside of the UK, Ireland and the Americas.