Hugh was honored in 1996 in a formal ceremony by the University of California for his devotion and contributions to the film industry.
He now has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame for his Television work.
Hugh has been honored by the Chamber of Commerce in California for helping finance the repairs to the Hollywood sign.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the magazine, Hefner auctioned off his address book containing the phone numbers of some of the world's most beautiful women as well as portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and Brigitte Bardot.
In February 2008 it was revealed Hugh and girlfriend Holly Madison were trying to conceive.
The first issue of Playboy magazine was December 1953, featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover and as the centerfold.
Hefner shares a birthday with porn star Jenna Jameson. (April 9)
He is a ninth cousin twice removed of President George Bush.
The Playboy Mansion is the only private home in Los Angeles to have a pyrotechnical (fire crackers) licence.
HMH Drink Terminology : Hefner says "Jack and Pepsi or Cocktail" Hefner mean "Drink on napkin, extra Pepsi on the side so he can add it to his cocktail while he is drinking. Also with a playboy water accompanied by it."
Hefner says "Pepsi" Hefner means "Diet Pepsi in a screwed top bottle. Top must be cracked open but not poured. He will drink it from the bottle and replace the top himself."
Hefner will always drink milk with his meal. The milk is served in a chilled crystal glass.
He has been married twice.
Hugh Hefner's daughter, Christie, is the chairman of Playboy.
Hef purchased the mansion next door to his in 1996.
The mansion next door is an exact mirror image of the one Hef lives in.
Hugh Hefner and his wife, Kimberly, seperated in 1998.
The Playboy mansion has a staff of 70 individuals, including chefs, butlers, groundskeepers, maintenance, security and even zookeepers.
The Playboy mansion is one of a select few private homes with a zoo license.
The Playboy mansion used to be called the Playboy "West" because Hef had an east coast mansion as well. He now only owns one.
Every Sunday night at the Playboy Mansion Hefner hosts a movie night. He has an elaborate collection of films atop the spiraling staircase of his bedroom.
The first issue of Playboy December 1953 sold more than 50,000 copies. By 1971, Playboy went public, selling 7 million copies a month and there were 23 Playboy Clubs, resorts, hotels and casinos with more than 900,000 members worldwide.
He was a virgin until he was 21 years old. - Holly claims he lost his virginity when he was 22 years old.
He served in the U.S. Army in WWII after graduating from Steinmetz H.S. in Chicago, IL (1944).
Hefner's parents were teachers from Chicago, IL.
He created the world-famous Playboy Mansion of Los Angeles in 1971.
Hugh: (on the cancellation of The Playboy Club) I'm sorry NBC's The Playboy Club didn't find it's audience. It should have been on cable, aimed at a more adult audience.
Hugh: Picasso had his pink period and his blue period. I am in my blonde period right now.
Hugh: There have been three great inventions in the history of mankind; Fire, the wheel and Playboy.
Hugh: (in an interview in May 2008) I have no plans to retire. It's the perfect combination of work and play that keeps you young. If I quit work it would be the beginning of the end for me.
Hugh: (revealing he is ready to commit to Holly, one of his three girlfriends) I do eventually think Holly and I will have a monogamous relationship. Do Kendra and Bridget know that? Sure it's fine with them, they are here for very different reasons.
Hugh: I'll keep having sex until I'm 100. I have three girlfriends, a TV show and a hugely popular men's magazine.
Hugh: Maxim and FHM and the "laddie books" are really just a downscale version of Playboy. The men's field is really hot today, and that is part of all of the controversy and the fascination with the laddie books. What is being played out here is variations on the theme that really began with Playboy.
Hugh Hefner: Playboy exploits sex the way Sports Illustrated exploits sports.
Hugh: I'm bored of the hanky-panky. I'm still active, but it's different - I like to play dominoes with my girlfriends. Having three beautiful women keeps the years off me.
Hugh: (rejecting the claims that he had a stroke in August 2006) I am in very good health. I've never felt better.
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