|POLARIZING FOUNDER OF PLAYBOY DEAD AT 91|
Next here tonight, remembering Hugh Hefner. His Playboy magazine, millions subscribing in the beginning. He was admired by so many, reviled by others, but he did make his mark.
"I'm Hugh Hefner, editor-publisher of Playboy magazine."
From that harem of girls to the smoking jacket and the polarizing product he created. Hugh Hefner wasn't always beloved, but he was always noticed. Late Wednesday, his estate announced he died in his sleep at the Playboy Mansion.
The son of two devout school teachers, Hefner first published Playboy in conservative 1953. On that cover, Marilyn Monroe. By the 1970s, Playboy was selling seven million copies a month. A pageant of American women posed – Sharon Stone, Kim Basinger, Cindy Crawford, and Drew Barrymore.
Hefner recently said he wanted to be remembered as a trailblazer of sexuality.
"I would like to be remembered as somebody who played some positive part in changing the social sexual values of my time."