Just in time for Christmas, the late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s headstone was affixed to his grave marker alongside Marilyn Monroe’s final resting place at the exclusive Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.
The simple plaque bears Hefner’s first name, middle initial ‘M’ and last name, followed by the years of his birth and death, 1926-2017.
A photo of the grave site taken over the weekend shows the newly installed headstone adorned with a single white rose.
Home for Christmas: A new headstone memorializing Hugh Hefner is pictured alongside Marilyn Monroe’s grave marker at a Los Angeles cemetery on Sunday
His muse: The first issue of Playboy, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe on the cover in a black silk dress with a plunging neckline
It is no coincidence that the media mogul who revved up the sexual revolution in the 1950s will end up spending an eternity in the company of America’s most celebrated sex symbol.
Hefner reserved the plot at the celebrity-packed Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles next Monroe, who was Playboy’s inaugural cover girl, in 1992 at the cost of $75,000, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hefner, the pipe-smoking silk-pajama-wearing embodiment of the lifestyle he touted, passed away at the age on 91 on September 27. A statement released by Playboy Enterprises at the time said the magazine founder died at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills of natural causes.
It was revealed shortly after his death that Hefner succumbed to cardiac arrest, respiratory failure and septicemia after contracting an aggressive strain of e-coli which was resistant to drugs.
Besides Monroe, who passed away in 1962 at the age of 36, the LA burial ground is also home to the graves of musician Roy Orbison, writer Truman Capote, iconic entertainer Dean Martin and actress and socialite Zsa Zsa abor, who passed away lat year.
coveted spot: Hefner paid $75,000 in 1992 to reserve the plot at Westwood Village Memorial Park next to his first cover girl
Bombshell: Monroe passed away from a drug overdose in 1962 at the age of 36
Hefner was born on April 9, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois, and went on to become a millionaire after founding the influential men’s magazine in 1953.
The magazine hit with a splash, selling 50,000 copies of its first 50-cent issue published in December 1953 – which featured Monroe on the cover in a black silk dress with a plunging neckline – and went on to have seven million subscribers by its second year.
That first issue featured nude photos of the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes star and an editorial promise of ‘humor, sophistication and spice.’
Born Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926, Monroe would become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and an American sex symbol for a generation.
Monroe’s films would gross over $200million in the decade leading up to her untimely death caused by a drug overdose.
Hefner’s recently released trust documents stipulate that his widow, Crystal, and his four grown children must stay away from drugs and alcohol, and spend responsibly if they want to inherit his fortune, estimated at $43million.
Mogul: Hener, pictured with his son Cooper (left) and wife Crystal (right) died at the age on 91 on September 27, after contracting a drug-resistant strain of e.coli