Hugh Hefner Will Spend Eternity With Marilyn Monroe

By now we’ve all heard that Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Magazine, passed away at age 91, leaving behind a 31-year-old widow. We should all be so lucky. Anyone who wants to pay their respects to Hef at his graveside will be able to say hello to legendary actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, as the two will be spending eternity side by side in adjacent burial plots.

It turns out the Hefner bought the plot next to Monroe at the Westwood Village Memorial Park in 1992 for $75,000. It’s fitting, because Monroe was the first nude centerfold featured in Playboy, showing Hefner’s business savvy right out of the gate.

Monroe didn’t pose for the magazine when she was featured on the cover of the first magazine when it hit stands in December 1953; she had posed nude for $50 as a nameless calendar model in 1949, and Hefner bought the rights to the photos from the Western Lithograph Company to make her the first Playmate of the Month.

Hef and Marilyn aren’t the only celebrities with ties to Playboy interned at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Truman Capote and Ray Bradbury, both of whom had short fiction published in Playboy, are also buried there, as are Playboy Playmates Betty Page and Dorothy Stratten.

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