Posts tagged "Hugh Hefner"

50 reasons why I give thanks today and every day

50 reasons why I give thanks today and every day
In this time of such uncertainty, upheavals, terrorism, taxes and crime, I’m excited to write a happy column about gratitude. And even though giving thanks seems particularly topical on Thanksgiving, duh, I give thanks every single day for the following: 1) First and foremost, I’m grateful for Chuck, without him, nothing else really matters. 2)... Read more »

Playmates, friends and family pay loving tribute to Hugh Hefner in LA and Chicago

Touching invite image for Hef's Celebration of Life tributes in LA and Chicago.
“In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined a sweeter life.” This is Hugh Marston Hefner‘s quote that appeared on the covers of the two invitations to his Celebration of Life tributes, one held at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills in California on Sunday, November 12, and the second in Chicago at the... Read more »

Losing Hef by a Bunny who loved him

Losing Hef by a Bunny who loved him
All the wind has gone out of my sails. I just heard the sad news of Hugh (Hef) Hefner’s passing. He and Playboy have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I knew it was coming but have always dreaded this day. I know when his brother Keith... Read more »
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Hugh Hefner had some doubts about this Playboy cover

The award-winning "eyes" cover. The rabbit logo appears on every cover and, in this case, can be found in my pupils.
I’ve posted about the recent Playboy cover remake shoot that I was lucky to participate in and that got me thinking about my other covers. I’m honored to have appeared on 8 Playboy covers, 2 U.S., 6 international, but the one that has a special place in my heart is what is now known as... Read more »

What it's like to reshoot a Playboy Magazine cover, 38 years later!

A shot from my Dec. 1979 centerfold shoot that was taken at photographer Richard Fegley's house in Chicago. His wife served me lunch.
I was floored when I opened the email. It read (in part), “I’m a photo editor on Playboy’s digital team. I’m working on an exciting new project, alongside the Playboy team and Cooper Hefner, for Playboy.com— and we thought this was a wonderful way for you to be involved. Hugh Hefner created the Playmate with... Read more »

Playboy Playmates and vintage stars unite at Hollywood Show Chicago

Playboy Playmates at the Hollywood Show--(clockwise from L) Gale Olson, me, Liz Glazowski, Reagan Wilson, Crystal McCahill and Cathy St. George with Maybelline.
I always love participating in autograph signing conventions. I used to meet up with my Playboy Playmate pals at Glamourcon, a show that was run by Bob Schultz but no longer exists. I lamented this loss and didn’t think I would have any other chance to see my friends now that Glamourcon is gone and... Read more »
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Cooper Hefner shares his vision for Playboy at Chicago International Television Awards

Cooper Hefner shares his vision for Playboy at Chicago International Television Awards
The lanky, over 6-footer is the spitting image of his dad Hugh Hefner. I was taken aback when I first saw him as the resemblance is so startling. And at age 25, the same age his dad was when he founded Playboy, he has Hefner’s sensibilities and, as of 6 months ago, the title of... Read more »

Chicago International Television Festival to offer screenings, honor industry legends

Chicago International Television Festival to offer screenings, honor industry legends
The Chicago International Television Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, will take place March 21st – 23rd at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.) This annual Festival features the best of the best in local, national and international television and will honor WGN’s entertainment reporter Dean Richards, legendary television producer Joe Sedelmaier and Amazon... Read more »

Woman's History Month: The designer behind the iconic Playboy Bunny costume

Woman's History Month: The designer behind the iconic Playboy Bunny costume
Zelda Wynn Valdes was an influential African American fashion designer perhaps best known for helping to create the iconic Playboy Bunny costume. She grew up in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania where she began her professional career working in her uncle’s White Plains, New York tailoring shop.  Around the same time, Valdes began working as a stock girl... Read more »
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Playboy Magazine's smart move: Nudes are back thanks to Cooper Hefner

Playboy Magazine's smart move: Nudes are back thanks to Cooper Hefner
I never thought it was a good idea to transition to a non-nude Playboy Magazine and now my instincts have been confirmed. Thank goodness for Cooper Hefner. He was never in favor of this move and now, four months after being brought on as chief creative director, the no-nudes policy has been scrapped. In this... Read more »