How a Magazine Changed the World

Silhouette of Hugh Hefner in front of the Playboy Rabbit

“I’m Hugh Hefner. You might think you know all about me — the magazine, the mansions, the parties, the women — but you don’t know the half of it,” a narrator begins in the first trailer for Amazon’s American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story. Originally planned as a magazine called “Stag Party,” the magazine reflected not just sexuality, but also Hugh Hefner’s ideas about life and the world. Episode one tells the story of how Marilyn Monroe became the first Playboy centerfold.

“In those days, Marilyn Monroe was every man’s sexual fantasy.”

AV Club: Hugh Hefner gets the cheesy docudrama treatment in American Playboy.


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