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Hugh Hefner: Not the Baby's Daddy, Remembers Anna Nicole Smith

By Lisa Angotti     Apr 6, 2007 in Entertainment
At least one guy says its not him!
Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner is not the father of Anna Nicole's child. He wants the world to know that. He does, however, want children with his favorite girlfriend (one of three) Holly.
But lately, many of his thoughts are with the deceased Anna Nicole who will grace the pages of Playboy one last time. A 10-page pictoral spread is being planned for the May issue, and Playboy TV will feature a one hour "life and times" show in honor of the fallen bunny.
Anna Nicole Smith was first featured in the March '92 issue, earning her Playmate of the Year in '93. Hefner knows a star when he sees one, and Smith was no different.
"It was her presence in front of the camera," he told The Associated Press Thursday, chatting in the library of his famed Playboy Mansion. "She was one of those who loved being in front of the camera and came alive in front of the camera. There was very clearly a Marilyn Monroe quality about her and that aspiration was clear from the very beginning. She talked about Marilyn Monroe all the time."
He remembers a Halloween party in 2004 when Smith came dressed as her idol, Marilyn Monroe. With her, an entourage of her three favorite guys -- Howard K. Stern, Larry Birkhead and her late son Daniel -- all dressed in tuxedos.
"The irony in terms of Anna Nicole's fascination with Marilyn Monroe is how successful she was in building a similar kind of career, not through acting but simply through celebrity itself,"
said Hefner, in his usual silk pajamas and smoking jacket. "The tragedy is she lived large as Marilyn did and died in a very similar way."
The decision to put her in Playboy was part of what turned Vickie Lynn Marshall into Anna Nicole Smith... and what turned Anna Nicole into a household name. But the decision to put her in Playboy wasn't a unanimous one.
"She came here and she weighed about 160 pounds," Hefner recalled. "We like the voluptuous ladies but not that voluptuous. It was a wonderful statement for the simple fact that beauty has no limitation in terms of size. You can be a big lady and a beautiful lady, and she was."
Hefner describes the May issue of Playboy, not as a disservice to her or disrespectful, but as something she would have really wanted. "It's quite frankly celebrating her in a way that she would appreciate," he said.
Hefner, who never leaves home without his three blond girlfriends, Holly, Bridget and Kendra, currently stars in his own reality TV show, "The Girl's Next Door." (The show is actually quite good if you've never seen it.) In an upcoming episode, girlfriend Kendra participates as a celebrity driver in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach celebrity race. You can attend the race live on Friday, April 14 in Long Beach, California. More info on the race -- http://www.longbeachgp.com/
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