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32 September 28th, 2017 GH’s Kelly Monaco Remembers Hugh Hefner And Her Beginnings At Playboy In Heartfelt Message

On Wednesday, Hugh Hefner, the iconic founder of Playboy passed away at the age of 91.

Many gathered around the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles paying tribute to Hefner on learning of his death.

Hefner is survived by his four children and his wife, Crystal.

Over decades, many women got their careers jump-started by appearing in Playboy and one of those was General Hospital favorite, Kelly Monaco (Sam).

In a touching post on her Instagram on Thursday, Monaco beside Hefner from her Playboy days, shared the following with a homage to her beginnings :”My start, my soul, my family … @cooperbhefner @gupi19@kimberlyhefner @playboy my prayers and love are with you and the playboy family at this time. I will always remember and never forget. Hef, may you Rest In Peace. “

In addition to Kelly, her GH castmate, Jackie Zeman (Bobbie) also acknowledged Hefner in a tweet: “Some of the best times of my life happened while working for #HughHefner RIP + God Bless You are truly unique, one of a kind.”

So, what did you think of Kelly’s message on the passing of Hugh Hefner? Comment below.

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  1. Maca says:

    Maybe I’m in the minority and I’m sorry he died but really Playboy was the beginning of making pornography mainstream. Things must be at a pretty pass when we are mourning this man. Of course no one forced anyone to pose nude but I just think this is a bit silly. Kelly is so talented though no criticism of her.

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    Jimh replied

    I know ill sound like an old prude but i feel Hollywood goes too far with the nudity stuff…i seen one show where this guy fully dressed gets up and starts talking while a smiling woman walks pass behind him with her chest in full view..exploitation at its best and totally uncalled for as it did nothing for the scene!!!…some argue that its needed to tell a story-but they dont have to write it in to tell anything…i have seen many stories told without it…i feel its more filler moments than anything else!!!

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Ahhhh, Jimh. If you were born in France you wouldn’t think twice about nudity in film or TV. Or beaches, pools, etc. We are so freaked out by the human body…

    I remember going to the French Riviera years ago…and wound up on a nude beach by mistake! Oooh la la! LOL! And it seemed to be the senior citizen section! I was freaked, :) but the people frolicking sans clothes? They were quite comfortable and errrr, free (as it were.) Perhaps we have something to learn from their sensibilities…

    Or not. To each his own! :)

    Francesca Bruno replied

    Jimh, Tinseltown and the media spurn Melanie Trump’s shoes and her clothing and modeling career. Many call her ignorant because she is an immigrant with a foreign accent, while they decry racism, misogyny and everything else under the stars. Yet, they are allowed to say discriminatory remarks about the first family and anyone associated with it.

    Well, I am an immigrant and proud to say I have a better grim than most Americans who were born on this beautiful country. My culture and my heritage do not make me stupid. They give me access to knowledge.

    I am no fan of the President. I am giving him the chance everyone deserves.But, family should not be maligned, especially young children.
    I do not understand why what is good for for the goose is not good for the gander. The answer is that Hollywood and leftists are running the country.
    Melanie donates Dr Seuss books to a library and gets crucified, while Michelle Obama read the exact same books to children but gets applauded? More like lauded. What is the explanation for that.

    To eulogize Hugh Hefner is a disgrace. How does this deboucher and usurper of innocence get undeserved accolades. Even in death, he makes my skin crawl.

    For the second time, after having become an American citizen, I am ashamed of being a Democrat. The first time was when Bill Clinton was in office.

    Francesca Bruno replied

    Excuse me. I meant grip not grim.

    Shay replied

    There’s no question that this “Pied Piper of Pornography” helped lead America down the primrose path of abandoning moral turpitude…Hefner’s publishing empire most definitely unleashed the beginnings of what the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan coined “defining deviancy down” to the place where so much of what was once commonly considered depravity has become the accepted norm according to many in today’s fractious society. As far as I’m concerned, that dubious achievement is nothing worth celebrating nor is one of its major architects and his considerable role in accomplishing the now-obvious goal of destroying this nation’s morale and morality from within to the tipping point we now see of an endless barrage of tasteless and often sexually-explicit material—not to mention, anti-American and Godless propaganda—from the so-called “mainstream” sources in this country.

    Shay replied

    No, jimh, your expressed disapproval of gratuitous/graphic nudity doesn’t make you a prude, just a gentleman! There is a huge difference between the deplorable display of raunchy material merely for the sake of it to be daring, contemporary, whatever, and the use of a tasteful, relevant scene of nakedness on television/in a movie or one’s viewing of a classical nude piece of statuary or artwork. It all comes down to a matter of degrees, decorum and the appropriateness of the given situation, not the actual fact of a person simply being unclothed! To put all instances of nudity into a single category, paint it with one broad brushstroke and think that it’s the beholder’s “problem” when they find some offense in certain presented tableaus is really just rather insulting to the individual and their own sense of personal propriety….It’s often the context, as opposed to the content, that is the actual issue.

    Harry replied

    Jim, you may not be a prude but I am.
    I am member of the Never-Nude club made famous by Tobias from Arrested Development who was known to take showers wearing cut off shorts and tank tops.
    I don’t want to see myself naked any more than I want to see anyone else naked!
    Bring back the good old days when people had the good sense to be ashamed of their bodies.
    That said, I guess I have to realize that many view the human body as a beautiful entity and something to be revered. Hefner took the shame out of sexuality, or at least tried to.

    rose replied

    Good to see you back Harry. Re: Hefner.. however complicated he was in your eyes, he made his name and fortune on the backs of women. You don’t see men on the cover. I don’t think he “took the shame out of sex,” he just made it more sellable to, I have to assume, a more male audience, and not just in their right of passage to “manhood.”

    Shay replied

    Au contraire…it was the women who made the fame and fortune on their own backs…Hef just ponied up the right amount of money and provided the spotlight for them to do so.

    Robert Seganti replied

    I agree Maca and Jimh .Not a fan of Kelly Monaco either.

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    Celia replied

    Ahh, well, Robert. Talent did not get Kelly Monaco into acting, you can bet on it. Where’s the talent?
    Sex sells–it’s a multi billion dollar ‘industry’—Hef was no dummy. He made more in a day than the average Joe makes in a year by exploiting young girls/women; and, getting fringe benefits on the side. Pervert. Should hsve died in jail. I honor the dead, but…..
    So, now he is being honored in death? That, my friend, is the cynicism and hypocrisy running rampant in Hollywood. ” Blinded by the Light”.

    dmr replied

    Agreed. An icon for sure, but…

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    Celia replied

    Right, dmr? ….but…..!! To each her/his own. No morals. And, age makes no difference….I am no prude, as Jimmy said…..but…..
    I don’t know if upbringing has anything to do with it since many girls and boys go astray regardless.
    I do not put the onus on minors. I put the blame directly on men, or women such as Hef. He was the adult and to hone 14/15- year-olds into, basically, jeunes-filles de la nuit goes against any person with integrity .
    …not talking about girls/women having reached their majority, here. I am talking about young girls barely out of diapers…..
    What we see on Y&R ( sex trafficking) is too real. Now, do not get me wrong. I am not suggesting that Hef did this……he ‘indulged ” legally—what a sham!!!!! To me? The result is the same.There is no difference just because one has an “above-ground” establishment which makes it OK. It is still exploitation to me.
    He used money and glamor as bait. Any girl, even she, who is just over 18-21, especially one with a lax background, will be attracted to that lifestyle—like a bee to honey.
    So, my dear friend, your ‘but’……? Speaks volumes.

    Max Daddee replied

    I agree with Maca’s comments and I have no understanding as to why Hefner is being put up on a pedestal as a great guy. His focus and “empire” marketed women to be gawked it and considered objects. No real man acts that way. Hefner contributed nothing positive to the world, to say the least.

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    Dr Helen Ruth replied

    No you are not in the minority, and I agree with you that Hefner and Playboy legitimized pornography. I am sorry to learn this about Kelly and Jackie.

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    Denise Daniel replied

    Playboy is not pornography.

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    Francesca Bruno replied

    I beg to differ. Playboy is a pornographic or erotic magazine.
    There is no other category for it.
    I do not really care about that ‘world’ and what they do in it, but let’s call a spade a spade.

    Jimh replied

    I checked it out once and it does come close…

    Shay replied

    Just the once, Jimh???? LOL…

    Rebecca1 replied

    Hi Denise…I guess it depends on one’s definition of pornography. Hefner is celebrated by some; criticized by others from those who knew him/worked with him as well as those who just knew “of” him. I doubt Kelly or Jackie Zeman were forced to offer their condolences or positive recollections so obviously they liked the man.

    As for Playboy magazine, it celebrated sexuality and was the first to bring nudity “out of the closet.” It was a fresh approach to what I’m sure was more lewd, crude forms of men “oggling” women. But, to be fair, Playboy was never crude/lewd. Woman weren’t spread eagled or laying about like they’d just had a tumble. They were posed and always looked beautiful, almost elegant. AND, in the midst of those photos were some actually excellent journalism. Articles and interviews from politics to celebrity. Princess Grace (Kelly), Federico Fellini, Bob Dylan, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Crichton, Samuel L. Jackson, Miles Davis, Stanley Kubrick, Bette Davis, Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Hefner created an empire unto itself. Yes, there was nudity and women were the object of straight men’s desire (when weren’t we?) but there really WERE articles! LOL…

    I doubt the advent of Playboy magazine created anything more than a “men’s magazine” that now looks comparatively innocent compared to incredibly graphic and incredibly lewd sex available online and even on very late night cable. It’s beyond skin crawling madness. Pretty pics on a page while there for “men’s enjoyment” didn’t create desire. Just put above ground what was and still is under.

    Harry replied

    Playboy is soft porn, folks and is not in the same camp as Penthouse or Hustler which actually showcased women in positions of bondage.
    Hefner was a complicated man who took the shame out of sex during the pearl clutching 50s. But some say he exploited and objectified women.
    I cannot reduce him to one neat little stereotype, I neither hero worshiped him or vilified him. But I do think he is significant as far as American culture is concerned.
    He also did a lot of work for Civil Rights to which his good friend Dick Gregory attested.
    Many men consider their rite of passage included their first sojourn into the mysterious folds of Playboy magazine.
    And words matter to me–some feminists have called Hugh Hefner a “misogynist.” I think that is not applicable to Hefner because it seems clear that he loved the female form. Maybe he was an amplified product of his time.
    Someone above mentioned the First Lady posing for soft porn pictures. Well, I don’t think she was exploited anymore than Kelly Monaco or Jackie Zeeman were. I think they were in control of of the marketing of their bodies and there should be no shame in that.
    In any case, it’s complicated. Hugh Hefner was a complicated man.

  2. Jamesj75 says:

    I will throw my hat in the ring (while leaving the rest of my clothes on) with those who disdain gratuitous nudity in film, TV, etc. Shock value and/or titillation value are, to me, of little value…

    However, I do appreciate the contributions of Hugh Hefner, the envy of many men, to culture, including the sexual revolution. I applaud Kelly Monaco and Jackie Zeman for honoring Hefner and acknowledging their roots. I must confess I was unaware of the Zeman connection, and I’m as old as dirt…

    And for those quick to cast stones, may we always find and appreciate the good in people, as we would want people to find in us, those living and those deceased.

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    Celia replied

    True, James. I admire your kind heart and sentiment. One big difference. Jackie can act.
    What these women did with their bodies is their business. But, for some to say this was a start?
    A start to being recognized and to be comfortable in front of a camera. Yes, I agree.
    But acting? Many ‘nudies’ did cross over—as I said; they are talented….not Kelly….I care not how sweet and kind she is. The woman cannot act. My opinion.
    Later, my friend.

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    Shay replied

    Quite frankly, I never had any sort of regard for Hefner….he was a depraved, libertine sleazeball and I cared not for his lax morals or political views, but I would never go so far as to declare him as an exploiter of women. Why? With the rare exception of those few “bunnies” whose agents or families forced them into “Hef ‘s Harem” for their own personal gain, most of these femmes went willingly….they “hopped down” that particular “trail” because they believed that it would lead to fame, fortune, an entertainment career or even a wealthy husband…and often it did! So who was really being used there? Certainly not the females who employed their looks and physical charms to get them where they wanted to go. In fact, I’d say it was the poor schlubs who plunked down their hard-earned cash to buy the smut that Hef so successfully peddled for over half a century….in the meantime, back at the “ranch,” or the “Playboy Mansion,” to be specific, he and his band of merrywomen were laughing all the way to the bank!

  3. Patrick says:

    “…In her Playboy questionnaire, Monaco said people didn’t know she was very daring. “You don’t have to ask me twice,” she said. “Success comes with bold and creative moves.” ”

    she further turned out… “she wanted to be a star”

    (2009) The same year, Monaco was named Maxim’s number one sexiest cover model of the decade.

    ————-

    perhaps she’s having the last laugh… as one can never tell what is going on in that centerfold.

    I can’t imagine too many these days are conjuring up images of STAR

    she’s so blah and not inviting

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    Noreen cunningham replied

    Love Kelly Monaco

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  4. lovesam1122 says:

    Kelly has a big heart & such a sweet person so I am not surprised she remembered where she got her start. I thought the way she worded it told me she had true love in her heart for the family. Love Kelly

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  5. Charday says:

    I had no idea Kelly Monaco posed nude and was a Playboy model, but I never followed that world. No judgment here, just surprised. I just googled the photos and some of the poses made me giggle.

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  6. rose says:

    Not a Hefner fan at all for the obvious…exploitation of women. Take about giving me the creeps when I see him surrounded by his harem. UGH! In a way feel sorry for the girls/woman who fall victim to his game and become willing bunnies. I even heard that Marilyn Monroe did not give him permission to use her photo on the cover of his first magazine because she didn’t want to take the chance it could hurt her career. And I just never bought into the notion that men read the magazine for the articles. Bullsh*t.

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  7. penny says:

    Wow, the times have definitely changed.

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  8. k/kay says:

    Years ago one of my older siblings brought a playboy in the house my Mom the smartest lady that ever lived said you know what they have messed up big time total nudity never works you always want just a little mystery. I wonder which color of pj’s they buried him in??

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