HUGH Marston Hefner is
back on top again - and being on top is Hef's favorite position.
To prove it, the Playboy Mansion, that sinful touchstone
of the sexual revolution, is the hottest ticket in town for a new
generation which has been impatiently waiting to storm its grand
gates in Holmby Hills. Hollywood's biggest stars are ready to party
hard with Hef - no-one calls him Mr. Hefner - as he revels in the
single life again.
By the mid-Eighties the all-night pool parties had
ended after he suffered a mild stroke and as he played family man
with Playmate Kimberly Conrad, his second failed marriage. But to
prove it's time to move on, the fabled publisher, 74, has cleared
house, splitting from live-in-love twins Mandy and Sandy Bentley,
As famous for his custom silk pajamas as his beautiful
Bunnies, the Viagra-munching sex tycoon has traded up and is now
dating seven blondes - Regina Allen, Stephanie Heinrick, Buffy Tyler,
Tina Jordan, Tiffany Holliday, Cathi O'Malley and Katie Loemann
- unveiling them at his infamous New Year's bash. That's one woman
for every decade of his life. So it's little wonder then that Hef's
still youthful features wear a permanent Cheshire cat grin.
Here, the man who launched an empire from his kitchen
table and is responsible for millions of adult fantasies, talks
exclusively to us about his amazing life, dreams, a tomb with a
view, and, oh yes, those beautiful women.
The book: What is
it like to know that your reality is most men's fantasy? hef:
It feels very, very good. My success and my life are a direct reflection
of the fact that I am living out a lot of men's fantasies. The best
part of all is that they are my fantasies as well.
The book: Do you
ever take your amazing lifestyle for granted? hef:
I get a kick out of it every day. I am very
introspective, very much aware of the unique nature of my life and
how lucky I am.
The book: What advice
would you give to others who want your success? hef:
In our world, there are a lot of forces encouraging people to accept
a life handed to them by their family, peers and society. Holding
on to the dreams of childhood, and adolescence and pursuing those
dreams is what life is all about. It's certainly what I've done.
The book: Describe
your ideal woman. Who do you see when you close your eyes?
hef: The images come
from movies of my childhood. I'm susceptible to a particular kind
of look; blonde in nature and baby-faced. I love women like Jean
Harlow, Marilyn Monroe and Pamela Anderson. I'm presently dating
seven girls, all baby-faced blondes. Picasso had his pink period
and his blue period. I'm in my blonde period.
The book: Please
describe your ultimate fantasy. hef:
I'm living it.
The book: What about
the rebirth of the Playboy Mansion? hef:
It's a culmination of various factors; I was
off the scene for 10 years in a marriage. I came out at the end
of that relationship at the beginning of 1998 and a whole generation
had grown up, waiting for me to come out and play. It was also the
close of the century, the start of a new millennium and a tremendous
amount of reflection back on all things retro. I don't think it's
any coincidence that Bond, the Beatles and the Bunnies are all hot
again. Many people, both men and women, have identified with my
life and the freedom I've represented, and the mansion encapsulates
The book: You've
bought the tomb next to Marilyn Monroe, your first centerfold.
hef: It's a nice
kind of completion to my life. I like those little touches. The
Westwood Cemetery is close. A number of very dear friends are buried
there - Mel Torme, Buddy Rich and Marilyn. I hope to be buried there
myself, but not in the immediate future.
The book: How would
you like to be remembered? hef:
As someone who had a positive impact on the
changing social sexual values of his time.
The book: Has Viagra
helped you to fulfill even more of your fantasies? hef:
Absolutely. When I returned to the single life
three years ago, Viagra came on the scene the weekend of my birthday
at the beginning of April - the timing could not have been any better.
Indeed, timing IS everything, not just in the bedroom.
So, Hef, we were wondering about those invites to your next bash.