But it wasn’t just professionally that Hefner ruffled feathers. He also did in his personal life. And after the devastating break-up of his first marriage in 1958, Hefner reinvented himself – choosing to surround himself with Playmates from his own magazine.
This radical change lasted for well over two decades, garnering Hefner a reputation as a party animal and a promiscuous entertainer. However, after suffering from a minor stroke in 1985, he changed his lifestyle, as well as his public persona.