"I WANT TO LIVE IN A SOCIETY IN WHICH PEOPLE CAN VOICE
UNPOPULAR OPINIONS, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT, AS A RESULT
OF THAT, A SOCIETY GROWS AND MATURES."
-Hugh M. Hefner
Gathering virtually for the 40th anniversary of the First Amendment Awards, the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation honored eight individuals on October 19th who have taken outstanding action to protect and enhance First Amendment rights. Now more than ever, it's critical to recognize these brave defenders of our right to free speech. You can view the event in its entirety on YouTube.
The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation celebrated seven individuals in 2019, including students, authors, an epidemiologist and two renowned attorneys. The winners (L to R): Dr. George Luber, Grace Marion, Floyd Abrams, Christie Hefner (Foundation President), Christian Bales, Ted Boutrous, and Greg Lukianoff. Not pictured: Jonathan Haidt.
Hef's 1963 Royal Empress typewriter was featured at The American Writers Museum's "Tools of the Trade" exhibit in 2020 and now lives on as an online exhibit. AWM live streamed a virtual tour of the exhibit, which you can view on YouTube Live. Hef's Underwood Standard was featured at a separate exhibition at the University of Chicago at Urbana-Champaign (his alma mater).
FILM & TELEVISION PROJECTS
This documentary from Oscar-winning producer/director, Brigitte Berman, explores Hef as a man of his times who also transcended them and features an array of archival footage from his landmark TV shows, Playboy's Penthouse and Playboy After Dark. An Official Selection of the Telluride Film Festival, it also won the Audience Award at the Whistler Film Festival. VIEW MORE
Hef served as Executive Producer on the documentary, "Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché." Narrated by Jodie Foster and produced/directed by Pamela B. Green, the film tells the story of the first female filmmaker, largely forgotten and missing from history books. It debuted at Cannes to a standing ovation and was featured at many other festivals. VIEW MORE
American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (Amazon Original) | 1:37
A fascinating docuseries chronicling Playboy magazine's charismatic founder, Hugh Hefner, and his impact on global culture. Told from his unique perspective with never-before-seen footage from his private archive, discover the captivating story about the man behind the bunny. VIEW MORE
Julien's Auctions hosted a two-day live auction that brought in over $3M and directly benefitted the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation. Sale highlights included Hef's Underwood Standard Portable typewriter, his iconic smoking jacket, his personal copy of the inaugural issue of Playboy, and his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star.
Hef's legacy is a life lived openly, honestly, and in defense of all Americans - regardless of race, creed, gender, or sexual proclivity. His civil rights activism, women's rights advocacy, and dedication to upholding the First Amendment was reported on extensively following his death.