On Wednesday, Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, passed away.
Hefner certainly lived life to the fullest. At 91, he was married to 31 year-old Crystal Harris.
And the start of Playboy in the 1950s is an interesting story. In April, Amazon released an original ten-episode documentary series about Hugh Hefner’s life.
“American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story” tells Hefner’s tale through interviews, archival footage, and re-enactments of the launch of Playboy magazine, and the birth of the empire Hefner created. While the documentary follows six decades of his life with Playboy, it also highlights the time he spent defending civil rights, freedom of speech, and sexual freedom.
It includes gems like how he was inspired to start Playboy after being denied a $5 raise while working at Esquire, and how he got the rights to run a nude Marilyn Monroe photo in the first issue of Playboy for $500.
Amazon says the producers of the documentary series had access to 17,000 hours of footage that had never been seen, as well as over 2,600 scrapbooks from Hefner’s personal archives.
You can watch the “American Playboy” on Amazon Prime Video to find out how Hefner helped start a sexual revolution.