In the wake of Hugh Hefner’s death, it has been revealed that the Playboy mogul paid $75,000 in 1992 to purchase a crypt in California’s Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery situated next to the one holding Marilyn Monroe. But the story has since been met with disdain, observers claiming it to be an invasion of the icon’s burial space considering the pair’s history.
Monroe was the covergirl for the first issue of Playboy Magazine in 1953, which dubbed her the issue’s “Sweetheart of the Month” – a predecessor to the better-known “Playmate of the Month”.
Despite their perceived connection, however, Hefner confessed in 2011 that the pair had never actually met. In truth, Hefner paid $500 for old nude photographs of Monroe taken before she was famous, and made them the centrepiece of Playboy’s inaugural issue. He never sought permission from Monroe as to their publication.