Hugh Hefners Playboy mansion a surreal experience for Canadian who stayed six

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Julie McLeod of Oakville looks back fondly about her time at the Playboy mansion in the 1980s in the wake of Hugh Hefner’s death. (FACEBOOK) Advertisement Advertisement “There are a lot of people that will presume I must have been a playmate and it must have been wild. That was contrary to my experience.”READ MORE Twitter Since news broke that Hugh Hefner, founder and editor of Playboy magazine, died Wednesday night at the age of 91 fans called him a “cultural icon,” and “media titan,” while critics hesitated to mourn a man they said embodied “male entitlement.”Oakville resident Julie McLeod remembers him another way: as a kind, gracious host.Hefner was well-known as a radical hedonist who played a major role in bringing sex into the mainstream of American media — a legacy that’s brought him both praise and derision. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook McLeod, a former model and actress, was living in a hotel in Los Angeles in 1984 when her friend and fellow model Carrie Leigh — then Hefner’s girlfriend — invited her to stay at his famed home instead.“I was a young woman so I was apprehensive,” McLeod told the Star on Thursday, nodding to the controversy surrounding Hefner that he made his living largely off women’s sexuality.last_img

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