They’ll all the time be the ladies subsequent door.
After Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died on Wednesday on the age of 91, tributes from bunnies of yesteryear got here pouring in on social media. But lovers eagerly awaited reactions from 3 specifically — those that gave a human face to the pornography empire.
For 5 years, digicam crews adopted the lives of Hefner’s live-in girlfriends, together with Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt, for the E! fact display “The Girls Next Door,” which gave audience a peek throughout the partitions of the storied Playboy mansion. The 3 changed into synonymous with the Playboy logo within the mid-2000s. Although the ladies in large part parted techniques with Hefner by way of 2009 ― some with fonder recollections than others ― they continue to be a part of his enduring legacy.
Wilkinson, who moved into the mansion in a while after graduating highschool, remembered Hefner as the person who made her “the person I am today.”
“Hef changed my life,” Wilkinson informed Entertainment Tonight in a observation. “I couldn’t be more thankful for our friendship and our time together.”
Marquardt, 43, shared a throwback photograph of herself and Hefner, writing within the caption, “So sad but forever grateful for all the wonderful memories and amazing experiences.”
Madison, who was once frequently billed as Hefner’s No. 1 female friend on the time, has but to make a observation referring to his dying, however has time and again spoken about her time dwelling within the mansion since exiting in 2008.
In her 2015 memoir titled Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, Madison in large part describes her enjoy as Hefner’s female friend as detrimental, revealing that she even pondered suicide at one level.
“It was a constant struggle,” Madison informed People about her lifestyles with Hefner. “I was trying to sell this image of ‘Oh, everything is so great here,’ but I was miserable inside.”
“We had been repeatedly reminded that the display was once Hef‘s display – our contributions had been beside the point,” she added. “We were the decorative icing, not the cake. According to our boyfriend, he could have splashed any three blondes on-screen and found instant success.”
Hefner’s dying was once introduced Wednesday by way of his son Cooper, who changed into the brand new face of the corporate in August 2016.
“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom,” he stated in a observation. “He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many.”