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Inside the Playboy Mansion: If You Don't Swing, Don't Ring

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As legendary as the Playboy Playmates themselves are the mansions where hundreds of them partied, worked, and lived. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has led a Caesar-like existence unlike anyone else in the 20th century, and for the first time, the doors to that world are opened to the public in this titillating visual tour of the Chicago and Los Angeles pleasure palaces. Overflowing with archival photographs from Hefner's private collection, the book exposes not only Playmates, celebrities, and luxurious attractions...
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Overview

As legendary as the Playboy Playmates themselves are the mansions where hundreds of them partied, worked, and lived. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has led a Caesar-like existence unlike anyone else in the 20th century, and for the first time, the doors to that world are opened to the public in this titillating visual tour of the Chicago and Los Angeles pleasure palaces. Overflowing with archival photographs from Hefner's private collection, the book exposes not only Playmates, celebrities, and luxurious attractions such as the game rooms, the alluring pool and grotto, and the private zoo, but it also depicts an unparalleled, almost mythic lifestyle. By revisiting the fantastical events hosted there over the years, it becomes evident that the Playboy Mansion boasts one of the most enviable guest sign-in books in contemporary times. Of course, the history of life inside the mansions offers a rarely-seen side of the history of the magazine as well.
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"Si non oscillas, nou tintinnare." ("If you don't swing, don't ring.") So reads the door knocker at the Chicago mansion of the self-anointed king of the sexual revolution. A contributing Playboy editor provides a R-rated, full color peek inside Hugh Hefner's playmate de jour-filled lifestyle in his mansions East and West from the 1960s through the 90s in this oversized volume. 9.25x12". Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756763527
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 352

Interviews & Essays

On January 5, 1999, barnesandnoble.com was pleased to welcome Hugh Hefner to our Authors@aol series. Hugh Hefner is the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, the most famous men's magazine in the world. His new book is INSIDE THE PLAYBOY MANSION.



Leightonbn: Mr. Hefner, we're so glad to have you.

Hugh Hefner: It's a pleasure to be here!


Leightonbn: If you're all ready, we'll turn it over to the audience.

Hugh Hefner: Okay, I'm ready!


Question: Hi, Mr. Hefner, hope you're doing well. I recently watched a program on A&E Biography, and let me tell you, you have had one interesting life so far. You have a beautiful home with the work you did to it. How long did your daughter work for Playboy before she took over?

Hugh Hefner: She joined the company in the latter 1970s, soon after graduating from college. I can't remember the exact date when she became the president, but it was soon after we had some management problems in the 1980s. She's been the president ever since and is currently the chairman of the board. She handles the business end, and I handle the creative and marketing end. It's a very good partnership.


Question: Hello. Prior to your marriage, did you have any relationships with any of your models?

Hugh Hefner: The new book is filled with anecdotal details related to both the business and personal side of my life. Over the years I was romantically involved with a large number of the playmates, and that is one of the unique attractions and appeals of Playboy.


Question: What's your take on Giuliani's crackdown on Times Square sex shops in New York City? Does he threaten the industry as a whole?

Hugh Hefner: I really don't understand that question in that context. I live here in L.A., so I'm not aware of what the pros and cons are of what the mayor did in New York.


Question: As both a Playboy fan and a 007 fan, I was very pleased to read Raymond Benson's new Bond story in the January issue, in which 007 goes to the Playboy Mansion and meets you! How did that idea come about? Has there ever been real Bond intrigue at the mansion?

Hugh Hefner: The suggestion came from the author, and it seemed like a good one. The Playboy-Bond connection has been there since 1960, and it's one that has worked very well for both of us.


Question: Good evening, Mr.Hefner. I remember the many special times that I've spent at the Playboy Club in Los Angeles. Do you see any chance of resurrecting the clubs in the next century?

Hugh Hefner: We're exploring various possibilities regarding the variations on the Playboy Club theme. This is a very exciting time for Playboy on a global level. The possibility of on-site Playboy clubs, caf├ęs, and casinos are a reality for the near future. The Bunny is coming back!


Question: What single attribute of your character would you cite as having had the greatest effect on your success?

Hugh Hefner: I think it's a combination of qualities. I think the creative vision is the single most important part of it, but it is also related to my ability to focus on an idea and turn it into reality. I've turned my dreams into reality, and because my dreams are shared by a great many others, Playboy has become so successful.


Question: Do you feel that spending your life around so many beautiful women has helped you to stay so young-looking?

Hugh Hefner: Yes, without a doubt.


Question: Does Playboy have any special plans for the turn of the millennium? Or even just for New Millennium's Eve?

Hugh Hefner: This entire year is the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. It will also be a yearlong celebration of Playboy in the coming millennium. It began with the 45th anniversary issue, now on sale. And it will end with the January 2000 issue, which will contain a number of very special features, including the winner of the yearlong search for Playmate 2000. She'll earn $200,000 as a modeling fee. In addition, this entire year will include a number of special events, including a Playmate reunion at the mansion, a Playmate expo for the fans, a television special, and a number of other special events. As Prince suggested, 1999 is a year to party. Nineteen ninety-nine will be a yearlong party for Playboy and a celebration of the coming millennium.


Question: Is pornography becoming more accepted in America, or less so?

Hugh Hefner: One man's pornography is another man's erotica, and the definitions are largely subjective. Everyone's interested in sex, but what's acceptable from one person to another is due to personal taste. The change in technology coming to TV, video, and the Internet have made the images of erotica increasingly commonplace.


Question: I remember reading recently that you were on a panel with Gloria Steinem. Do you two see eye-to-eye on any issues?

Hugh Hefner: Gloria Steinem and I both received lifetime achievement awards earlier this year from the American Magazine Association. We both have a number of common views, but we obviously differ on some of our views related to sexuality. I have never really understood the antisexual portions of feminism.


Question: Mr. Hefner, do you have an age limit for the women in your centerfold spread?

Hugh Hefner: They have to be 18 years or older.


Question: What is your opinion of Larry Flynt?

Hugh Hefner: I don't admire his magazine, but I think he's a good businessman. Once again, it's largely a matter of personal taste.


Question: It must be wonderful to live in a mansion and have no worries about money. Is that the way it is really is, or am I just naive about the rich and famous?

Hugh Hefner: My life is actually better than it appears from the outside. I'm a most lucky fellow because so many of my dreams have come true. You will get a real sense of that by reading the new book, INSIDE THE PLAYBOY MANSION.


Question: Mr. Hefner, you recently said Viagra is the recreational drug of the century. Please explain further.

Hugh Hefner: Viagra has been promoted primarily as an impotence drug, but it's a good deal more than that. It improves the quality of sex. There is some evidence that it may work for women as well as men, and they are currently doing research on that subject.


Question: I saw a documentary about you and was shocked at the government attempts to get you. Were you ever frightened? Or feel that they may successfully frame you?

Hugh Hefner: There was a time in the middle 1970s in which some government officials were attempting to frame me on false drug charges. It was a very painful time, and it cost me the life of a very dear friend.


Leightonbn: This will be our last question tonight.

Question: In your opinion, what are some of the negative ramifications Playboy has had on American society? Positive ones?

Hugh Hefner: I think Playboy is often misunderstood in our society. Particularly by people who don't read it. I think Playboy has had a significant positive impact on society and I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish. There may be some negative aspects to the sexual revolution, but it is a small price to pay for personal sexual freedom. That is really what America is all about -- or should be.


Leightonbn: Thanks for your thoughts, Mr. Hefner. And thanks so much for joining us. Good luck in the future. Goodnight.

Hugh Hefner: It's my pleasure, thank you! Goodnight! And Happy New Year!


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