Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, died on Wednesday at 91. Known for his hedonistic parties at the Playboy Mansion, and for his many romantic involvements, he became a symbol of sexual liberation â if at times a contentious one.
The exuberant owner of the Playboy media empire did not shy from making his libertine lifestyle public. Throughout the years, he spoke candidly in interviews about his intriguing life.
Mr. Hefner was an early guest on âLate Night with David Letterman,â in May 1985. Mr. Letterman pressed him for details of his life in the mansion, asking him, âIs it just unbelievable wild sex all night long?â Mr. Hefner reassured his host, âWe take time off from the wild sex to watch your show.â
William F. Buckley Jr.
In an interview in 1966 with the conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. on âFiring Line,â Mr. Hefner was asked about his views on sexual liberation. âWhat it really comes down to is an attempt to establish what has been called a new morality,â he said. âI really think thatâs what this thing called the âAmerican sexual revolutionâ is really all about.â
In an interview with Time magazine, for which Mr. Hefner donned his signature silk pajamas and a maroon dressing gown, he was asked about his views on feminism. âIâm not an active feminist, Iâm an active humanist,â he said. âI separated ways from the American feminist movement when they became anti-sexual. I believe embracing sexuality is a part of what it means to be free.â