Hugh Hefner’s Final Resting Place? The Plot He Bought Next To Marilyn Monroe

Playboy owner Hugh Hefner mostly spoke of how he would one day be entombed in a tract he’d bought subsequent to Marilyn Monroe. Her shrine is during a Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

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Playboy owner Hugh Hefner mostly spoke of how he would one day be entombed in a tract he’d bought subsequent to Marilyn Monroe. Her shrine is during a Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

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Hugh Hefner died this week during age 91. And a Playboy founder managed, even in scheming for his death, to favour his luminary and stoke controversy.

Over a years, Hefner mentioned to reporters where he designed to be buried: right subsequent to Marilyn Monroe, during a Westwood Village Memorial Park cemetery.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Hefner paid $75,000 to buy a drawer subsequent to Monroe’s in a Los Angeles mausoleum, where her shrine is mostly noted by a lipstick kisses of her fans.

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“I’m a follower in things symbolic,” Hefner told a newspaper. “Spending perpetuity subsequent to Marilyn is too honeyed to pass up.”

Of march Monroe, who died in 1962, didn’t get a contend in either she would wish to spend a penance subsequent to Hefner. He competence not have been her initial choice.

Monroe was both a cover and centerfold for a really initial emanate of Playboy.

In 1948, as a immature singer struggling to get a film career going, Monroe had acted bare for photographer Tom Kelley, signing a recover form “Mona Monroe” to equivocate organisation with a photos.

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She usually did a fire since she was pennyless and indispensable to make a automobile payment, according to an comment in a book by her crony and photographer George Barris. She pronounced she done Kelley guarantee that she wouldn’t be tangible in a photographs, and she was paid $50 for a two-hour shoot.

The photos were sole to Western Lithograph Company, that done a calendar called “Golden Dreams” out of them. In a tumble of 1953, a immature Hugh Hefner, vital in Chicago with a dream of starting a new kind of men’s magazine, listened that a internal association owned a photos. He gathering out to a suburbs and bought a rights for $500.

The cover of that initial emanate of Playboy, in Dec 1953, featured a print of Monroe roving an elephant during Madison Square Garden, one arm stretched high. “FIRST TIME in any repository FULL COLOR a famous MARILYN MONROE NUDE,” it trumpeted.

The repository had no date on a cover, in box copies struggled to sell, according to a Times obituary. And while Monroe’s name and physique were splashed opposite a magazine, Hefner kept his possess name out of a issue, in box a business failed.

But instead it launched his empire. And Monroe was never paid anything some-more for a sketch than a strange 50 bucks.

“The magazine, we was told, interjection to my photos, [was] an present sellout all opposite a country, an present success,” she reportedly told Barris. “I never even perceived a thank-you from all those who done millions off a bare Marilyn photograph. we even had to buy a duplicate of a repository to see myself in it.”

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Hefner deliberate a bare photographs of Monroe a gutsy domestic matter — his own.

“Most people had listened about it though roughly nobody had seen it and nobody had seen it since a post bureau had taken a position that we couldn’t send nakedness by a mail. And I’m a child that didn’t consider a post bureau had that right,” he told E! News in 2008. “So we published that design and it caused a sensation.”

Though they never met, Hefner pronounced he felt a reciprocity with Monroe, as they were both innate in 1926.

“My hermit was in her behaving category in New York,” he told Los Angeles repository in 2002. “And she was going to do another cover for a anniversary issue—she authorized a impressive drawn from a film she never finished for Fox that had some nakedness in it. And afterwards she was gone.”

Hefner bought a tract from a private seller who satisfied that a mark in a shrine subsequent to Monroe could fetch a good cost from a right buyer, a repository reported.

“I am very, really wakeful of my place in history,” Hefner said. “I feel so connected to a cocktail enlightenment of my childhood. My dreams come from a movies. That’s because we live in Los Angeles.”