Norma Desmond and Citizen Kane

...managed to bring a bit of tragedy to grandiosely reclusive eccentricity. Hugh Hefner can't quite manage farce. Alex Tabarrok takes a look at the life of a Hefner girlfriend - he only reads the economics parts, of course, e.g.:

One key sentence "In fact, Girlfriends were not allowed to become Playmates because Hef had found that they tended to flee the Mansion as soon as they collected their $25,000 Playmate cheque."

If you follow the link to the book review in the Telegraph you can find some boring details:

...First, there was a strict curfew, so unless you were out with Hef, you had to be back in the hutch by 9pm.

...you had to live in the extraordinarily dingy Playboy mansion, where all the furniture was falling apart, the mattresses were stained and the carpets were covered in dog poo.
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