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Hugh Hefner (1926-2017)

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Hugh Hefner, who turned silk pajamas into a work uniform, women into centrefolds and sexual desire into a worldwide multimedia empire that spanned several generations of American life, passed away on September 27, 2017.

Hefner created Playboy as the first stylish glossy men's magazine and in addition to nude fold-outs, it had intellectual appeal with top writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Joyce Carol Oates, Vladimir Nabokov, James Baldwin and Alex Haley for men who liked to say they did not buy the magazine just for the pictures.

The magazine's rabbit silhouette became one of the best known logos in the world and the “bunny” waitresses in his Playboy nightclubs were instantly recognizable.

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