Playboy's Hefner announces Christmas engagement on Twitter

WASHINGTON Sun Dec 26, 2010 12:31pm EST

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and girlfriend, British-American model and singer Crystal Harris pose at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada in this May 15, 2010 file photograph. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/Files

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and girlfriend, British-American model and singer Crystal Harris pose at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada in this May 15, 2010 file photograph.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hugh Hefner, the twice-married founder of Playboy, is taking the plunge again.

Hefner, 84, said on Saturday in a posting on Twitter that he and his girlfriend Crystal Harris, 24, got engaged on Friday.

"When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory," Hefner tweeted.

Hefner, whose magazine was founded in 1953, was divorced from his second wife, Kimberley Conrad, earlier this year. His first marriage to Mildred Williams ended in divorce in 1959.

Harris was the Playboy Playmate of the Month for December 2009.

Hefner, known around the world by his nickname, Hef, has championed sexual freedom and civil rights, published stories challenging McCarthyism and the Vietnam War, and backed gay causes and the legalization of marijuana.

With a cover featuring a calendar photo of Marilyn Monroe, Hefner put the first issue together on the kitchen table in his flat. It hit the stands in December 1953 and sold 51,000 copies -- enough to finance a second issue -- and led to a multimillion dollar international corporation.

(Writing by Paul Simao, Americas Desk)

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Comments (8)
bjhippie wrote:
I am completely in favor of senior citizens being considered as vital, and worthwhile to our society. But these two have a sixty year age difference. I suppose that Crystal’s role model was Anna Nicole Smith. Couples like this reinforce the notion that men are in a relationship for the sex and women are in it for the money. It could be that Hef & Crystal possess some higher knowledge, and the rest of us are simply deluding ourselves.

Dec 26, 2010 5:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dibeanie wrote:
I guess the darlin’ punkin never had a Grandpa. Awwwwww.

Dec 26, 2010 6:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gruven137 wrote:
dibeanie…it’s more like great-grandfather.

Dec 26, 2010 6:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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