The magazine's success boosted Hefner’s larger-than-life image.Socializing with the rich and with beautiful women, he became an enigmatic cultural icon in the 1960s.Today, the mansion's estimated worth is over million.The November 1972 issue of Playboy was one of its best-selling, with over seven million copies sold worldwide.’ He didn’t stay long, maybe 15 minutes and then he went to bed,” she adds. Hef was a very complex individual that you can admire on so many levels,” she explains. What he was able to do was pretty remarkable.” “On a personal level, you’re dealing with a man who is very aware that he is an icon and a legend. And he very much wanted to live his life a certain way. If you wanted to be part of it, it was you accommodating to him and being part of his world,” she adds.“No one was having fun in the grotto when I was there,” she continues. We had table service and the best tables in the clubs, and champagne was flowing. It was going out to dinners, parties, laying by the pool and no responsibilities.” St. If you became part of his life, you had to play by his rules. “So in a sense he was selfish, but every girl moving in there knew that.
However, charges against him were dropped after the jury was unable to reach a verdict.As circulation dwindled significantly, the company downsized its ancillary endeavors to focus on the magazine.Hefner launched the Playboy Jazz Festival in 1978, featuring some of the best jazz artists around the world.That’s when I think all the swinging or activities took place in the grotto.” “When I was there, I think we got Hef to go into the grotto one time in two years.We were all drunk after a party and we were like, ‘Let’s go to the grotto,’ and he said, ‘You girls have fun,’ and we said, ‘Come with us!“It’s not all it’s cracked up to be,” she tells PEOPLE.“They heydey of the grotto’s glory days was the ’70s.Hugh Hefner felt "blessed" throughout his life and even found true love towards the end of it. He expressed great joy about his life in a 2014 interview with E!News—his last with the company and a couple of years before he stepped out of the public eye due to declining health."I've been blessed for many, many things but to find true love at this age, at this stage of life, is beyond words," he said, sitting in front of a large group of Playboy Bunnies."Things could not be better."Hef had made his comments at an event celebrating Playmate Kimberley Conrad in 1998, Hef became known for dating and living with multiple girlfriends at once, the most famous being Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and Bridget Marquardt, who starred on the '00s E! S., a young Heffner drew illustrations in a comic strip titled, "School Daze" as a high school student.