Hugh Marston Hefner ‘prophet of pop hedonism' 

(April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017)

In 1953, Hefner scraped together $8,000 from family and friends, including $1,000 from his mother, and in December of that year, he published the first issue of Playboy, producing the magazine at the kitchen table of his apartment. 

That first issue featured a nude pinup shot of Marilyn Monroe, and the rest was history.

It was that first issue of Playboy with Marilyn Monroe that launched Hugh Hefner as a social and sexual revolutionary. 

And after all the bunnies, all the playmates, all the girlfriends, Hefner wanted to be near Monroe for eternity.

He bought the crypt next to Monroe’s at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in California, which he planned to be his final resting place.

“I’ve spent so much of my life looking for love in all the wrong places." 

Hugh M Hefner to the New York Times in 1992.