Hugh Hefner Turns 88 Celebrating His 60-Year Playboy Run

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Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 08:12 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner celebrated his 88th birthday on Wednesday with his men's oriented franchise still going strong after 60 years, and he said he owes it all to himself.

Hefner, who is currently married to Crystal Harris, 27, looked back on his life briefly during the "Note to Self" segment of "CBS This Morning" show Wednesday.

In his letter to his younger self, Hefner talked about how he took the heartbreak of a lost love early in his life to change himself to the magazine mogul he would become.

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"What won't change is your strength," Hefner said in the letter to himself. "Reinvention is difficult. It means finding what you don't like about yourself and having the courage to change it. This will never frighten you."

Hefner said in the "CBS This Morning" segment that starting Playboy in 1953 would lead to another transformation for him.

"You will reinvent yourself again," Hefner said. "You will come from behind the desk to become Mr. Playboy – the embodiment of the magazine you created. You will even inspire those around you to reinvent themselves."

Despite Hefner's reputation as a playboy, he stressed that he never cheating on his wives, the Mirror reported on Wednesday. He was married to Mildred Williams from 1949 to 1959 and married a second time to Kimberley Conrad from 1989 to 2010.

When Hefner was asked last year how many women he slept with in his life, he said he wasn't sure, the Mirror reported.

"How could I possibly know?" Hefner said, according to The Mirror. "Over a thousand, I'm sure."

Supermodel Kate Moss, 40, appeared on the cover of Playboy's 60th anniversary issue in January instead of someone younger.

"She's a worldwide celebrity and iconic and crosses the boundaries from sexual imagery to upscale modeling," Hefner told the Los Angeles Times last September. "It's a natural for us."

Playboy has long provided a platform for supermodels and movie stars from Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s to models Cindy Crawford, Elle MacPherson, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour and Eva Herzigova.

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