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Playboy

American pornographic magazine for men that features photographs of nude women as well as journalism and fiction add

Category: Journalism

Founded in 1953.

Countries: United States (73%), United Kingdom (7%), (3%)

Main connections: Hugh Hefner, Playboy Enterprises, Jayne Mansfield

Linked to: Apple Inc., Netscape, Playboy's College Girls, University of Illinois

 

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1953

The first issue, in December 1953, was undated, as Hefner was unsure there would be a second add something

 

Marilyn Monroe - A photograph from this event was used on the cover of the first issue of "Playboy" in December 1953, with a nude photograph of Monroe, taken in 1949, inside the magazine


1954

The novel "Fahrenheit 451", by Ray Bradbury, was serialized in the March, April and May 1954 issues of "Playboy" add something


1955

From 1955 to 1979 , the "P" in "Playboy" had stars printed in or around the letter add something

 

Hugh Hefner - After it was rejected by "Esquire" magazine in 1955, Hefner agreed to publish in "Playboy" the Charles Beaumont science fiction short story, "The Crooked Man", about straight men being persecuted in a world where homosexuality was the norm

 

Russ Meyer - Meyer would go on to shoot three "Playboy" centerfolds during the magazine's early years, one of his wife Eve Meyer in 1955

 

Jayne Mansfield - Playboy featured Jayne every February from 1955 to 1958 and again in 1960

 

Bettie Page - After Yeager sent shots of Page to "Playboy" founder Hugh Hefner, he selected one to use as the Playmate of the Month centerfold in the January 1955 issue of the two-year-old magazine

 

Bettie Page - Page was "Miss January 1955", one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for "Playboy" magazine

 

Jayne Mansfield - Beginning in February 1955, She formed a long-standing relationship with Playboy

 

Jayne Mansfield - She posed nude for the February 1955 issue of "Playboy", modelling in pyjamas raised so that the bottoms of her breasts showed, an event that helped launch Mansfield's career and increased the magazine's circulation


1956

Ed Wood - In 1956, Wood wrote and produced the exploitation film, "The Violent Years" , with director William M. Morgan, starring "Playboy" model Jean Moorhead


1959

Lenny Bruce - Hefner had long assisted Bruce's career, featuring him in the television debut of "Playboy's Penthouse" in October 1959


1960

George Carlin - Burns and Carlin recorded their only album, "Burns and Carlin at the Playboy Club Tonight", in May 1960 at Cosmo Alley in Hollywood


1961

Larry King - In 1961, King married his third wife, Alene Akins, a "Playboy" bunny at one of the magazine's eponymous nightclubs


1963

Hugh Hefner - On June 4, 1963, Hefner was arrested for selling obscene literature after an issue of "Playboy" featuring nude shots of Jayne Mansfield was released


1964

Vince McMahon - According to an interview with "Playboy", he attended and graduated, in 1964, from Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Virginia

 

Lenny Bruce - Serialized in "Playboy" in 1964 and 1965, this material was later published as the book "How to Talk Dirty and Influence People"


1965

Martin Luther King, Jr. - For his part, King adamantly denied having any connections to Communism, stating in a 1965 "Playboy" interview that "there are as many Communists in this freedom movement as there are Eskimos in Florida", and claiming that Hoover was "following the path of appeasement of political powers in the South" and that his concern for communist infiltration of the civil rights movement was meant to "aid and abet the salacious claims of southern racists and the extreme right-wing elements"

 

Ursula Andress - In 1965, she posed nude for Playboy

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. - In an interview conducted for "Playboy" in 1965, he said that granting black Americans only equality could not realistically close the economic gap between them and whites


1967

Sharon Tate - "Mr. Ransohoff didn't want the audience to see me till I was ready", Tate was quoted in a 1967 article in "Playboy" magazine

 

Sharon Tate - A March 1967 article about Tate in "Playboy" magazine began, "This is the year that Sharon Tate happens

 

Pamela Anderson - "'Pamela Denise Anderson"' is a Canadian actress, model, producer, author, activist, and former showgirl, known for her roles on the television series "Home Improvement", "Baywatch", and "V.I.P." She was chosen as a Playmate of the Month for "Playboy" magazine in February 1990


1968

Julie Newmar - Newmar appeared in a pictorial, in the May 1968 issue of "Playboy" magazine, which featured Playmate "Elizabeth Jordan"


1969

Marshall McLuhan - In 1969 "Playboy" magazine published a lengthy interview with him


1970

In 1970, "Playboy" became the first gentleman's magazine to be printed in braille add something

 

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has published a Braille edition of "Playboy" since 1970 add something

 

Farrah Fawcett - Fawcett, who had steadfastly resisted appearing nude in magazines throughout the 1970s and 1980s , caused a major stir by posing semi-nude in the December 1995 issue of "Playboy"


1971

Albert Speer - Playboy - He did an extensive, in-depth interview for the June 1971 issue of "Playboy" magazine, in which he stated, "If I didn't see it, it was because I didn't want to see it


1972

The best-selling "Playboy" edition was the November 1972 edition, which sold 7,161,561 copies add something


1974

The Louisiana pastor and author L. L. Clover wrote in his 1974 treatise "Evil Spirits Intellectualism and Logic" that "Playboy" encouraged young men to view themselves as "pleasure-seeking individuals for whom sex is fun and women are play things add something

 

Brigitte Bardot - Playboy - In 1974, Bardot appeared in a nude photo shoot in "Playboy" magazine, which celebrated her 40th birthday

 

Erich von Daniken - Others authors had already published this same idea, a fact that von Dâniken didn't recognize until 1974 in an interview to "Playboy" magazine

 

Hunter S. Thompson - Thompson, in a 1974 Interview in "Playboy" addressed the issue himself, saying "Unlike Tom Wolfe or Gay Talese, I almost never try to reconstruct a story

 

Erich von Daniken - "Playboy magazine", page 64, Volume 21 Number 8, 1974

 

Erich von Daniken - Playboy, August 1974


1975

Christie Hefner, daughter of the founder Hugh Hefner, joined Playboy in 1975 and became head of the company in 1988 add something


1976

One of the magazine's most notable interviews was a discussion with then-presidential candidate Jimmy Carter in the November 1976 issue in which he stated "I've committed adultery in my heart many times add something


1977

Barbara Bach - She appeared in "Playboy" several times, from 1977 to 1981, in 1985, and in 2008


1978

Madonna (entertainer) - In July, "Penthouse" and "Playboy" magazines published a number of nude photos of Madonna, taken in New York in 1978

 

Macauley contributed all of the popular "Ribald Classics" series published between January 1978 and March 1984 add something

 

Pamela Sue Martin - During the run of "Nancy Drew" she appeared in a cover-featured pictorial in the July 1978 issue of "Playboy" magazine

 

Another interview type section, entitled "20Q" , was added in October 1978 add something

 

Dolly Parton - Parton has turned down several offers to pose for "Playboy" magazine, although she did appear on the cover of "Playboy"'s October 1978 issue wearing a Playboy bunny outfit, complete with ears


1980

Dorothy Stratten - In 1980 she became "Playboy's" Playmate of the Year, with photography by Mario Casilli

 

Michael Nesmith - In a 1980 interview with "Playboy" he said of that time, "I had to start telling little tales to the tax man while they were putting tags on the furniture"

 

William Shockley - While the "Nobel sperm bank" issue was in the news, Playboy magazine published in its August 1980 issue a lengthy interview with Shockley


1981

Hunter S. Thompson - Extensively illustrated by Ralph Steadman, the piece first appeared in "Running" magazine in 1981 as "The Charge of the Weird Brigade" and was excerpted in "Playboy" in 1983

 

Peter Bogdanovich - Teresa Carpenter's "Death of a Playmate" article about Dorothy Stratten's murder was published in "The Village Voice" and won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize, and while Bogdanovich did not criticize Carpenter's article in his book, she had lambasted both Bogdanovich and Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner, claiming that Stratten was a victim of them as much as of her husband, Paul Snider, who killed her and himself

 

David Sheff's interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared in the January 1981 issue, which was on newsstands at the time of Lennon's murder; the interview was later published in book format add something


1983

Bob Fosse - His final film, 1983's "Star 80", was a controversial biopic about slain "Playboy" Playmate Dorothy Stratten

 

Truman Capote - In 1983, "Remembering Tennessee," an essay in tribute to Tennessee Williams, who had died in February of that year, appeared in "Playboy" magazine


1985

Congress cut off funding for the Braille magazine translation in 1985, but U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Hogan reversed the decision on First Amendment grounds add something


1986

In 1986, the American convenience store chain 7-Eleven removed the magazine add something

 

Sally Field - Field appeared on the cover of the March 1986 issue of "Playboy" magazine, in which she was the interview subject


1987

Jane Seymour (actress) - In 1987, Seymour was the subject of a pictorial in "Playboy" magazine, although she did not actually pose nude


1988

Hugh Hefner - The wild, all-night parties were toned down significantly and in 1988, daughter Christie began to run the Playboy empire

 

Cindy Crawford - In July 1988, she posed nude for "Playboy" magazine in a shoot by photographer Herb Ritts


1989

La Toya Jackson - In March 1989, Jackson posed topless for "Playboy" magazine

 

Dana Plato - After her child was born, she had breast implants and appeared in a June 1989 "Playboy" pictorial, but her career remained in the doldrums

 

Pamela Anderson - In October 1989 she appeared as the cover girl on "Playboy" magazine


1990

Rosanna Arquette - In 1990, Arquette appeared on the cover and in a nude pictorial in "Playboy"'s September issue, although she claimed it was without her prior knowledge or consent

 

Pamela Anderson - She became a centerfold for "Playboy" when the magazine chose her to be their Playmate of the Month for their February 1990 issue

 

Margaux Hemingway - Making a comeback, Hemingway appeared on the cover of "Playboy" magazine in May 1990, and she asked "Playboy" to hire Selig as the creative director for her cover story


1991

La Toya Jackson - She posed again in "Playboy" in November 1991 to promote her autobiography and subsequently acted in a 1994 video for the magazine, becoming one of the first celebrities to have a "Playboy" video released


1992

Geri Halliwell - Following her rise to fame with the Spice Girls, nude photos of Halliwell were re-published in a number of magazines in 1992 and 1995 including "Playboy" and "Penthouse"

 

Anna Nicole Smith - In 1992, Smith was chosen by Hugh Hefner to appear on the cover of the March issue of "Playboy", where she was listed as Vickie Smith, wearing a low-cut evening gown

 

Marilyn Monroe - In 1992, "Playboy" magazine founder Hugh Hefner, who never met Monroe, bought the crypt immediately to the left of hers at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery


1993

Billy Bob Thornton - Playboy - In 1993, Thornton married "Playboy" model Pietra Dawn Cherniak, with whom he had two sons, Harry James and William; the marriage ended in 1997, with Cherniak accusing Thornton of spousal abuse

 

Mimi Rogers - In an interview with Playboy in 1993, Rogers discussed her split from Cruise and likened her ex-husband to a "monk" when discussing intimacy issues

 

Anna Nicole Smith - Smith first gained popularity in "Playboy", becoming the 1993 Playmate of the Year

 

Mimi Rogers - In 1993 Rogers posed nude for the March 1993 edition of "Playboy" magazine, and appeared on that issue's cover


1994

The site has been available online since 1994 add something

 

La Toya Jackson - In 1994, Jackson again worked for Playboy Entertainment, becoming one the very first celebrities to have a Celebrity Centerfold video


1995

As part of the online presence, Playboy developed a pay web site called the "Playboy Cyber Club" in 1995 which features online chats, additional pictorials, videos of Playmates and Playboy Cyber Girls that are not featured in the magazine add something

 

In 1995 "Playboy" was returned to shelves in Republic of Ireland after a 36-year ban, despite staunch opposition from many women's groups add something

 

Dannii Minogue - In October 1995, Minogue posed nude in the Australian edition of "Playboy"


1996

Ashley Judd - In 1996, she co-starred with Mira Sorvino as Marilyn Monroe in "Norma Jean and Marilyn", where she recreated the photo shoot for the centerfold for the first issue of Playboy


1997

Michael Chabon - A horror-themed short story titled "In the Black Mill" was published in "Playboy" in June 1997 and reprinted in Chabon's 1999 story collection "Werewolves in Their Youth", and was attributed to Van Zorn

 

Farrah Fawcett - At the age of 50, she returned to "Playboy" with a pictorial for the July 1997 issue, which became a top seller

 

Kelsey Grammer - In August 1997, Grammer married Camille Donatacci, a former "Playboy" model


1998

Christie Brinkley - In 1998 "Playboy" readers voted Brinkley one of the "100 Sexiest Women of the 20th century"

 

Cindy Crawford - In October 1998, Crawford returned to the pages of "Playboy" for a second nude pictorial, again taken by Ritts

 

Katarina Witt - In December 1998, Witt posed nude for "Playboy" magazine


1999

Dita Von Teese - Von Teese was featured in "Playboy" in 1999, 2001 and 2002, with a cover-featured pictorial in 2002

 

Sable (wrestler) - After the Rumble, Rena was featured as the cover girl for the April 1999 issue of "Playboy"

 

Sable (wrestler) - The April 1999 issue of the magazine with her on the cover was one of the highest selling issues in "Playboy" history

 

Shannon Elizabeth - In August 1999, she posed for a nude pictorial in "Playboy"

 

Sable (wrestler) - Lesnar used her real name for her appearance in the September 1999 issue of "Playboy"


2000

Due to declining sales, the last Australia-wide edition of "Playboy" was the January 2000 issue add something


2001

Vince McMahon - In 2001, McMahon was interviewed by "Playboy" and performed an interview with his son Shane for the second issue of the magazine that year

 

Katie Price - She continued modelling as Jordan nonetheless and regularly appeared in the "Daily Star", "FHM", the British edition of "Playboy", "Nuts", "Maxim", "Loaded", "Vogue" and "Esquire" and ran as a candidate in Stretford and Urmston during the British General Election in 2001; her comical election campaign had the slogan "For a Bigger and Betta Future" and promised free breast implants, more nudist beaches, and a ban on parking tickets to her constituents


2002

Dita Von Teese - For her breakthrough 2002 "Playboy" cover, she was required to have a surname, so she chose "Von Treese" from the phonebook

 

Katie Price - In 2002, she appeared on the September cover of the American edition of Playboy magazine

 

Tiffany (singer) - In the April 2002 issue of "Playboy", Tiffany appeared nude

 

Jolene Blalock - She posed for a clothed fashion layout in "Playboy" in April 2002


2003

The store returned "Playboy" to its shelves in late 2003 add something

 

Bettie Page - In 2003, Page allowed a publicity picture to be taken of her for the August 2003 edition of "Playboy"


2004

"Playboy" was not sold in the state of Queensland, Australia during 2004 and 2005 but returned as of 2006 add something

 

The magazine celebrated its 50th anniversary with the January 2004 issue add something

 

Chuck Palahniuk - "Playboy" magazine later published the story in their March 2004 issue and Palahniuk offered to let them publish another story along with it, but the publishers found the second work too disturbing to publish

 

Charisma Carpenter - In the June 2004 issue of "Playboy" magazine, Carpenter appeared on the cover and in a ten-page nude layout

 

Denise Richards - In December 2004, she posed for a nude pictorial in "Playboy" magazine, five months after giving birth


2005

Charisma Carpenter - When asked by "People" magazine in 2005 about her nude pictorial and whether or not she would ever pose for "Playboy" again, she replied, "I don't know

 

Debbie Gibson - The March 2005 issue of "Playboy" featured a nude pictorial of Gibson, coinciding with the release of her single, "Naked"

 

In September 2005, Playboy launched the online edition of the magazine "Playboy Digital" add something

 

Jenna Jameson - Since November 2005, she has been the host of Playboy TV's "Jenna's American Sex Star", where prospective porn stars compete in sexual performances for a contract with her company, ClubJenna


2006

Jessica Alba - On the cover of the March 2006 issue, "Playboy" magazine named Alba among its 25 Sexiest Celebrities, and the Sex Star of the Year

 

Jessica Alba - The use of her image on the cover of the March 2006 "Playboy" sparked a lawsuit by her, which was later dropped

 

Lisa Marie Varon - On the March 6, 2006 episode of "Raw", Victoria and Candice turned on Torrie during Candice's "Playboy" cover unveiling, starting an angle between the former teammates

 

An Indonesian edition was launched in April 2006, but controversy started before the first issue hit the stands add something

 

Jenna Jameson - On June 22, 2006, Playboy announced that it had bought ClubJenna Inc., along with an agreement to have both Jameson and Grdina stay on as contracted executives

 

Colin Farrell - In July 2006, Farrell filed a lawsuit suing his former girlfriend, "Playboy" model Nicole Narain, and the Internet Commerce Group over the unauthorised public distribution of a 14-minute sex tape that Farrell made with Narain in 2003

 

Jenna Jameson - On November 1, 2006, Playboy renamed one of the Spice Network's pay-per-view channels from The Hot Network to ClubJenna


2007

Jenna Jameson - In April 2007, Tera Patrick and her production company Teravision filed a lawsuit against Jameson and Playboy Enterprises for failing to properly account for and pay royalties on revenue earned by Patrick's website, clubtera.com

 

On April 6, 2007 the chief judge of the case dismissed the charges because they had been incorrectly filed add something


2008

Tera Patrick - In 2008, Patrick began hosting the Playboy TV erotic instructional show, "School of Sex"

 

Anna Faris - In 2008, she produced and starred in "The House Bunny", about a retired Playboy bunny

 

Kurt Vonnegut - The April 2008 issue of "Playboy" featured the first published excerpt from "Armageddon in Retrospect", the first posthumous collection of Vonnegut's work

 

She announced in December 2008 that she would be stepping down from leading the company, effective in January 2009, and said that the election of Barack Obama as the next President had inspired her to give more time to charitable work, and that the decision to step down was her own add something


2009

For 2009, the magazine used five considerations: bikini, brains, campus, sex and sports in the development of its list add something

 

The top ranked party school by "Playboy" for 2009 was the University of Miami add something

 

Alec Baldwin - He later admitted to "Playboy" in June 2009 that he contemplated suicide over the voice mail that leaked to the public

 

In June 2009, the magazine reduced its publication schedule to 11 issues per year, with a combined July/August issue and on August 11, 2009 add something

 

In December 2009, they further reduced the publication schedule to 10 issues per year, with a combined January/February issue add something


2010

In 2010 Playboy introduced "The Smoking Jacket", a safe-for-work website designed to appeal to young men, while avoiding nude images or key words that would cause the site to be filtered or otherwise prohibited in the workplace add something


2011

The buyout was completed in March 2011 add something

 

John Paul Jones (musician) - In February and March 2011 he appeared in the onstage band in Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera "Anna Nicole", about the "Playboy" model Anna Nicole Smith, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London

 

Helen Thomas - In March 2011, Thomas did an interview with David Hochman, a reporter for "Playboy" magazine


2013

In 2013, "Playboy" was cleared by the Pentagon of violating its rule against selling sexually explicit material on military property, but the base exchanges stopped selling it anyway add something

 

Hugh Hefner - In 2013 Hefner announced that his youngest son, Cooper would succeed him and eventually help run the Playboy Empire


2015

In October 2015, Playboy announced that starting with their March 2016 issue, the magazine will no longer feature full nudity add something


2017

Playboy announced in February 2017, however, that the dropping of nudity had been a mistake, and furthermore for its March/April issue reestablished some of its franchises, including The Playboy Philosophy and Party Jokes, but dropped the subtitle "Entertainment for Men" inasmuch as gender roles have evolved add something

 

After a year-long removal of most nude photos in Playboy magazine, the March-April 2017 issue brought back nudity add something


2018

In September of 2018 the magazine announced it would move to publishing quarterly beginning in 2019 add something

 

In September 2018 the magazine announced it would move to publishing quarterly beginning in 2019 add something