Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Playboy gets married again – holy mackerel!

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The Playboy gets married again – holy mackerel!
How old should you be when you get married?   That was a question I asked myself over 50 years ago – long before I started dating my wife. It is a question I now ask myself again at 68 years old (– not that I am planning to marry again!).

But the question popped up again in the back of my mind when I read the latest news of Mr. Hugh Hefner who is now 86 years old and newly married to a 26 year old.

Yep – you read that right. Hugh baby was married on December 31st. 2012 to Crystal Harris who is 26 (photo above).  They had planned to marry two years ago in 2011 but she ran away.  Thus the news announcement declares that he married his ‘runaway bride’.

I know. I know you are shaking your head too. Hugh was 60 years old when she was born. And good old Hugh waited all that time for her to get ‘big enough’ so he could marry. In the meantime good old Hugh added a few more years to his life and will soon reach 90.

I don’t mean to be a nosy old so and so when I discuss this marriage between two people that ‘love’ each other… but it just seems strange to me.  Really strange!

But it is Hollywood style of publicity and way of doing this stuff.  A divorce may be planned as well down the road – to gain even more publicity… or may happen. I cannot see a 26 year old woman being able to hang in there with a miserable old fart that will cut her out of his will in a heartbeat.

The following long quote from the Wikipedia collection of information about Mr. Hugh Hefner is amazing to read… quote…( )
“Hefner married Northwestern University student Mildred Williams (born 1926) in 1949. They had two children, Christie Hefner (born 1952) and David (born 1955). Before the wedding, Mildred confessed that she had had an affair while he was away in the Army. He called the admission "the most devastating moment of my life." A 2006 E! True Hollywood Story profile of Hefner revealed that Mildred allowed him to sleep with other women, out of guilt for her infidelity and in the hopes that it would preserve their marriage. They divorced in 1959.
Hefner remade himself as a bon viveur and man about town, a lifestyle he promoted in his magazine and two TV shows he hosted, Playboy's Penthouse (1959–1960) and Playboy After Dark (1969–1970). He admitted to being "'involved' with maybe eleven out of twelve months' worth of Playmates" during some of these years. Donna Michelle, Marilyn Cole, Lillian Müller, Shannon Tweed, Brande Roderick, Barbi Benton, Karen Christy, Sondra Theodore, and Carrie Leigh — who filed a $35 million palimony suit against him — were a few of his many lovers. In 1971, he acknowledged that he experimented in bisexuality. He moved from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Hefner had a minor stroke in 1985 at age 59. After re-evaluating his lifestyle, he made several changes. The wild, all-night parties were toned down significantly and in 1988, daughter Christie began to run the Playboy empire. The following year, he married Playmate of the Year Kimberley Conrad. The couple had two sons, Marston Glenn (born 1990) and Cooper Bradford (born 1991). The E! True Hollywood Story profile noted that the notorious Playboy Mansion had been transformed into a family-friendly homestead. After he and Conrad separated in 1998, Conrad moved into a house next door to the mansion.

Hefner then began to move an ever-changing coterie of young women into the mansion, including twins Sandy and Mandy Bentley, and even dating up to seven girls at once, among them, Brande Roderick, Izabella St. James, Tina Marie Jordan, Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson. The reality television series The Girls Next Door depicted the lives of Madison, Wilkinson and Marquardt at the Playboy Mansion.  In October 2008, all three girls made the choice to leave the mansion. Hefner was quick to rebound and soon began dating his new "Number One" girlfriend, Crystal Harris, along with 20-year-old identical twin models Kristina and Karissa Shannon. The relationship with the twins ended in January 2010. After an 11-year separation, Hefner filed for divorce from Conrad stating irreconcilable differences. Hefner has said that he only remained married to her for the sake of his children, and his youngest child had just turned 18. The divorce was finalized in March 2010. On December 24, 2010, Hefner presented an engagement ring to Crystal Harris, publicly announcing the proposal the following day. Hefner and Harris had planned to marry June 18, 2011. Harris called off the wedding just 5 days before they were due to be wed. Harris and Hefner reconciled and were married on December 31, 2012.”
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Happy life?  Not so much… take time to read the original Wikipedia post – then click on the links to people that Hugh was involved with.  Wow!

Admittedly there was a time when that lifestyle was very attractive to young men. Now the young men are old men like me.  We are settled in our lives and love what we have.

Poor ‘Hef’ is maybe… finally settled… kind of with a 26 year old bombshell.

I wonder when it is all said and done… who will be happy with what they have?

I begin 2013 with greater happiness than I have ever known.  I do feel sorry for Hugh that it has taken this long for the poor old guy to finally get happy… but I wonder how long it will last.

There has just gotta be a TV series coming up about this story – there has got to be!

~ Murray Lincoln ~
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