There are many reasons Playboy founder Hugh Hefner will be remembered, and his legendary parties are up there with the best – and possibly the worst – of them.
Reporter Alex Cullen found out first hand when he joined revellers at the Playboy mansion in 2011, during filming for his Sunday Night report, ‘Boomtown’.
The Sunday Night crew tagged along as the West Australian couple hit one of Hefner’s iconic parties.
“It was wild, dirty and all rather confronting,” he recalled.
“He did give us a wave but was far too preoccupied with his girls to pay us much attention.”
As several women walked around in nothing but body paint, Hugh walked around the pool with his girls and security detail in tow.
The hefty team of guards ensured any attempts at an interview with the pioneering publisher were swiftly knocked back and “there was no getting near him”.
On the night Sunday Night was there, the party was a charity event so many of those in attendance had paid big money to be there – and Alex recalled them as keen to get their money’s worth.
“On the whole it was just an incredibly weird experience,” he said.
But even the man himself, the now deceased Mr Hefner, seemed less than enamoured by this 2011 version of the hedonist paradise.
“Most of the time Hugh just looked as though he’d rather be sitting in front of a fire with a good book rather than having his girls drag him over to watch rapper Flo Rida’s latest set,” Alex said.
“You have to admire him and his bawdy achievements but there was such a garish fake-ness to it all.
“To be honest, I was pretty happy to get out of there.”