• Mildred ‘Millie’ Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois USA and was the first wife of Hugh Hefner.
• Millie and Hugh married in 1949 and had two children, Christie and David.
• Millie has remained focused on being a housewife and raising her children throughout her life.
• Millie is a lover of animals, enjoys reading, and is a fan of Hollywood movies.
• Millie's net worth is estimated to be over $200,000, while Hugh Hefner's net worth at the time of his death was estimated to be over $50 million.

Who is Millie Williams?

Mildred ‘Millie’ Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois USA, on 10 March 1926 – her zodiac sign is Pisces, and she holds American nationality. She’s probably only known for having been the first wife of the late Hugh Hefner, who was the founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine “Playboy” and associated businesses.

Early life and education

Millie was raised in Chicago, but as she prefers to keep the details of her private life to herself, not a lot is known about her parents; it’s believed that her father was a mailman, and that her mother was a housewife. Because she hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, she’s believed to be an only child.

Millie studied at a local high school and was urged by her parents to focus on her education, so that she could eventually pursue a college degree. She was interested in various activities during those four years, including acting and dancing, and upon matriculating in 1944, she enrolled at Northwestern University, but Millie quit after only half a year.

Millie’s career

Millie hasn’t shared any details concerning her career with the public, and it’s believed that she has remained focused on being a housewife and raising her children throughout her life, instead of working on her career.

Love life and marriage with Hugh Hefner

Millie and Hugh met around the time when she completed her high school education, and after Hugh joined the US Army in 1944, Millie waited for him to return.

He returned from war in 1946 and they married three years later, in a private ceremony attended by only the closest of their friends and family members. On 8 November 1952, Millie gave birth to their daughter Christie, and their son David followed on 30 August 1955. Millie and Hugh divorced on 18 March 1959, the reason behind it being Hugh’s infidelity; it’s also widely known that Millie had cheated on Hugh while he was in the Army, and that she told him about it after he had returned.

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Millie went on to marry Edwin Gunn who adopted her two children, but after Edwin and Millie divorced, Christie and David returned to using their biological father’s last name of Hefner.

Hugh went on to marry American model and actress Kimberley Conrad in 1989, and she gave birth to their son Marston Glenn in 1990, while their second son Cooper followed in 1991; they separated in 1998, but their divorce was only finalized 12 years later. He married his third wife Crystal on 13 December 2012, and they remained together until his death in 2017.

Hobbies and other interests

Millie was physically quite active during her 20s and 30s, and had multiple training sessions at the gym every week, while she also often worked out at home.

She enjoys spending her spare time reading books – her favorite genres are romance and crime mysteries.

Millie’s a lover of animals and has had various pet dogs and cats, although her favorite animals are horses.

She’s a fan of Hollywood movies – her favorite actor and actress are Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep, while a couple of her favorite films include “Bruce Almighty”, “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Kramer vs. Kramer”.

Age, height and net worth

Millie’s age is 96. She has medium long white hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).

As of April 2022, Millie’s net worth stands at more than $200,000, while Hugh Hefner’s net worth at the time of his death, was estimated at over $50 million.

Who was Hugh Hefner?

Hugh Marston Hefner was born in Chicago on 9 April 1926 – his zodiac sign was Aries, and he held American nationality. He’s still remembered best for his magazine “Playboy”, and that its very first issue in 1953 featured American actress and model Marilyn Monroe nude.

Hugh was raised in Chicago alongside his younger brother Keith, who passed away aged 87 in 2016, by their father Glenn Lucius Hefner who was an accountant, and their mother Grace Caroline (nee Swanson) who was a teacher; Glenn died in 1976, aged 80, while Grace passed away in 1997, aged 102. Hugh studied at Sayre Elementary School, and then at Steinmetz High School, from which he matriculated in 1944.

Straight out of high school, he joined the US Army and worked as a writer for a military newspaper, then enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1946, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1949. He continued on to study sociology at Northwestern University, but dropped out after a year.

Hugh worked for the American men’s magazine “Esquire” for two years, but quit in January 1952, after having been denied a $5 raise. His mother then lent him $1,000 to launch “Playboy”, while he had also raised $8,000 from close to 50 investors. The first issue, which featured naked Marilyn Monroe, sold over 50,000 copies, and following the success of “Playboy”, Hugh went on to launch the TV shows “Playboy’s Penthouse”, which aired in 1959 and 1960, and “Playboy After Dark”, which aired in 1969 and 1970.

He became incredibly popular in the following decades and made guest appearances in numerous talk-shows, while he also voiced himself in the 1993 episode “Krusty Gets Kancelled” of the critically acclaimed animated comedy series “The Simpsons”. He then appeared in the 2000 episode “Sex and Another City” of the romantic comedy series “Sex and the City”, as well as in an episode of both the comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, and the comedy drama series “Entourage” in 2005.

A documentary about his life “Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel” was released on 30 July 2010; because of several health issues, Hugh revealed in 2012 that his youngest son Cooper would become the new public face of “Playboy”.

Hugh passed away at his Playboy Mansion on 27 September 2017, aged 91; his death was caused by sepsis, following an E. coli infection. His remains are buried in a crypt at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, right beside Marilyn Manson; Hugh had paid $75,000 for that very spot next to Marilyn back in 1992, stating ‘Spending eternity next to Marilyn is an opportunity too sweet to pass up’.

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