Playboy mansion secrets
Playboy mansion’s SLEAZY SECRETS NW uncovers what really went down inside Hef’s bunny-filled home...
Wild orgies! Illegal drugs! Rivers of booze! Hooker parties! Those are just a few of the hidden secrets from the legendary Playboy Mansion.
Uh-huh, the covers have been pulled back on the no-holdsbarred antics that went on behind closed doors at Hugh Hefner’s California compound.
“The Playboy Mansion was synonymous with lurid fantasy, A-list celebrity parties and wild debauchery,” says a pal of the late pipe-smoking publisher. “Hef ruled over it like a sexual king who had the most beautiful, young, willing women at the snap of a finger!”
The site of the famous party house sits on a 2.1-hectare estate in Holmby Hills, California. Hef paid $1.5 million for the property back in 1971, and immediately set about building the iconic mansion.
Within two years, he’d completed his Shangri-la, and over the next four decades turned the Playboy Mansion into a Disneyland for adults, where every hedonistic pleasure was within reach.
So what scandals emerged behind the gates? NW explores...
Hef had over 1000 sexual conquests
once asked how many women he’d bedded.
“How could I possibly know? Over a thousand, I’m sure,” Hugh said. “There were chunks in my life when I was married, and when I was married, I never cheated. But I made up for it when I wasn’t married.”
His girls had to wear pink flannel pyjamas
Former Playmate Jill Ann Spaulding writes in her book Jill Ann: Upstairs, “On sex night you go upstairs and the girls that are brand new, or the girls who don’t have their own room yet, have to take a bath.
“That’s a requirement. You also have to put on a certain pair of pink pyjamas... They tell you to put them on, even though you take them off as soon as you enter Hef’s room.”
Hef gave out a weekly allowance
The Playmates were given a US $1000 weekly “clothing allowance” for their account at the Jose Eber Salon in Beverly Hills and to order custom pieces
for their personal wardrobe. Saving the allowance, or even using it on expenses like student loans, was frowned upon.
In her tell-all, former Playmate Izabella St James writes, “Every Friday morning we had to go to Hef’s room, wait while he picked up all the dog poo off the carpet, and then ask for our allowance: a thousand dollars counted out in crisp hundred-dollar bills from a safe in one of his bookcases.
“We all hated this process. Hef would always use the occasion to bring up anything he wasn’t happy about in the relationship.
“Most of the complaints were about the lack of harmony among the girlfriends – or your lack of sexual participation in the ‘parties’ he held in his bedroom.”
The girls had a 9pm curfew
In her book Down The Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales Of A Former Playboy Bunny, Hugh’s former girlfriend Holly Madison writes, “Everyone had to be on the Mansion grounds by 9pm every night – unless we were out with Hef at a club or function. People honestly did not believe us when we told them we had a curfew.”
Drug use was rampant
“You’ll see a lot of people smoking joints, but mainly people go into the bath house of the game room,” a former butler said in 1985 of constant drug use on the premises.
The source also revealed the girls, or “bunnies” as they were known, would regularly sleep with men in exchange for drugs and would be booted from the property if they declined to have sex with Hugh’s pals.
“If you got a toot for [the girls], you get laid immediately. So most of the disgusting old men up there bring coke with them to try to get laid,” he added.
Pills were readily available
“Pill-popping was trendy and purses had become portable pharmacies,” Jennifer Saginor – the daughter of Hef’s private physician, Dr Mark Saginor – alleges in her book Playground.
“Everyone knew if you were famous and in real or imaginary pain, prescriptions were a phone call away. Though concerned for their reputations and restricted by a code of ethics, doctors made names for themselves by providing
legal ways for their clients to get high. And my dad was the biggest name in Beverly Hills. Before long, my father was referred to as ‘Dr Feel Good,’” she wrote.
Later in the book, Jennifer claims, “Like a good physician, Dad keeps everything on hand – Valium, Percocet, Halcyon, Xanax, Demerol, even Quaaludes.”
Hef was targeted in a drug probe
In 1974, Hef was the subject of a federal drug probe, suspected of “harbouring illicit drug activity at his mansions and ordering a cover-up when drug agents closed in,” author Steven Watts writes in his book Mr Playboy: Hugh Hefner And The American Dream.
The probe ended in 1975 due to lack of evidence after the suicide of Hef’s 34-year-old personal assistant and executive secretary Bobbie Arnstein, on the heels of a cocainepossession conviction.
Hef was never indicted, but the scandal depicted “his lifestyle as a hotbed of drug use and depravity,” Watts wrote.
Hef had hookers brought in
As Hef’s valet in 1978 and 1979, Stefan Tetenbaum recalled cleaning sex toys after the infamous “Pig Nights”, when the boss ordered up girls for his friends.
“On certain nights, Mr Hefner had prostitutes brought up to the mansion and he would entertain them with a big dinner and invite his friends to come and participate in different intimate acts with them. It was called ‘Pig Night,’” said Stefan.
“Hugh, most of the time, never had sex with [the] women. He sat there in his favourite chair, smoking a joint and eating red licorice and watching.
“He always filmed the encounters. He had two large video cameras over his bed and... these giant screens across from his bed. He had a whole library for these sex acts with different people and the video librarian told me Hef planned to use the footage against his associates if they ever threatened to come out with a memoir about him or the Mansion.”
A secret tunnel system for celebs and VIP regulars
According to blueprints found by staffers, underground passageways were reportedly designed to connect the estate to the homes of notable A-listers Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas and James Caan back in the 1970s.
Elvis Presley reportedly slept with eight Playmates at once at the 12-bedroom estate, while John Lennon burned a Matisse original with a cigarette! Disgraced actor Bill Cosby also reportedly liked to let loose at the Mansion.
Many of the Playmates felt like prisoners
A number of Playmates have spoken out about their lives in the world’s most famous bachelor pad, suggesting it