Knowledge Identifier: &Playboy
Founded in 1953.
Countries: United States (73%), United Kingdom (7%), (3%)
Linked to: Apple Inc., Netscape, Playboy's College Girls, University of Illinois
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
The novel "Fahrenheit 451", by Ray Bradbury, was serialized in the March, April and May 1954 issues of "Playboy"
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
Bettie Page - Page was "Miss January 1955", one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for "Playboy" magazine
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
Ed Wood - In 1956, Wood wrote and produced the exploitation film, "The Violent Years" , with director William M. Morgan, starring "Playboy" model Jean Moorhead
Lenny Bruce - Hefner had long assisted Bruce's career, featuring him in the television debut of "Playboy's Penthouse" in October 1959
Larry King - In 1961, King married his third wife, Alene Akins, a "Playboy" bunny at one of the magazine's eponymous nightclubs
Lenny Bruce - Serialized in "Playboy" in 1964 and 1965, this material was later published as the book "How to Talk Dirty and Influence People"
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"
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
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
Julie Newmar - Newmar appeared in a pictorial, in the May 1968 issue of "Playboy" magazine, which featured Playmate "Elizabeth Jordan"
Marshall McLuhan - In 1969 "Playboy" magazine published a lengthy interview with him
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"
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
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
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
Christie Hefner, daughter of the founder Hugh Hefner, joined Playboy in 1975 and became head of the company in 1988
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
Barbara Bach - She appeared in "Playboy" several times, from 1977 to 1981, in 1985, and in 2008
Pamela Sue Martin - During the run of "Nancy Drew" she appeared in a cover-featured pictorial in the July 1978 issue of "Playboy" magazine
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
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
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
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
Sally Field - Field appeared on the cover of the March 1986 issue of "Playboy" magazine, in which she was the interview subject
Jane Seymour (actress) - In 1987, Seymour was the subject of a pictorial in "Playboy" magazine, although she did not actually pose nude
Hugh Hefner - The wild, all-night parties were toned down significantly and in 1988, daughter Christie began to run the Playboy empire
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
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
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
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
La Toya Jackson - In 1994, Jackson again worked for Playboy Entertainment, becoming one the very first celebrities to have a Celebrity Centerfold video
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
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
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
Sable (wrestler) - Lesnar used her real name for her appearance in the September 1999 issue of "Playboy"
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
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
Bettie Page - In 2003, Page allowed a publicity picture to be taken of her for the August 2003 edition of "Playboy"
"Playboy" was not sold in the state of Queensland, Australia during 2004 and 2005 but returned as of 2006
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
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"
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
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
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
Jenna Jameson - On November 1, 2006, Playboy renamed one of the Spice Network's pay-per-view channels from The Hot Network to ClubJenna
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
Alec Baldwin - He later admitted to "Playboy" in June 2009 that he contemplated suicide over the voice mail that leaked to the public
Helen Thomas - In March 2011, Thomas did an interview with David Hochman, a reporter for "Playboy" magazine
Hugh Hefner - In 2013 Hefner announced that his youngest son, Cooper would succeed him and eventually help run the Playboy Empire
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