Later in life, Hugh Hefner may have become know for such reality shows as “Girls Next Door,” where crews filmed his interactions with three girlfriends or more at a time.
But the publishing mogul, who died Wednesday at the age of 91 from natural causes, was only married a handful of times — despite his many girlfriends and polyamorous ways — and was also very close to his four children, some of whom ran the business after he started to step away.
Here are a the key people who shaped the icon’s life.
Tying the Knot
Hefner married his first wife Millie Williams in 1949 and the duo would remain together for about a decade. The two welcomed daughter Christie and son David in their time together.
Hefner’s relationship with his first wife was not like what readers of the magazines and watchers of his shows saw in his later years. Williams was the same age as Hefner and the two got together years before the Playboy empire was founded.
In fact, the two were childhood sweethearts, but while Hefner was away in the Army, Williams had an affair, something Hefner later called “the single most devastating experience of my life,” according to the New York Times.
After their divorce in 1959, Hefner wouldn’t tie the knot again until 1989 to playmate Kimberly Conrad.
And while Hefner definitely promoted his life in the quintessential “Playboy” way prior to tying the knot again, this marriage had a very similar ending to his first.
Conrad and Hefner welcomed two more children, but the duo split in the late 90’s and eventually divorced about a decade later.
“During the marriage I was faithful,” he told the Times in 2011. “She was not.”
Hefner said he married Conrad after he had dealt with some major health issues and was feeling his age.
Hefner’s final wife at the time of his death was Crystal Harris, who he started dating in 2009 and married three years later. The marriage made headlines as he was 86 and she was 26.
Hef at Home
Though his relationships and marriages may have almost always been in flux, Hefner was very supportive of his children, specifically his first-born daughter Christine, who eventually took over the business.
In 1982, she…