Holly Madison & Co.: That's what Hugh Hefner's Playboy bunnies do today
Writed by - Andy Gocker
He was probably the most successful playboy of our time: Hugh Hefner (1926-2017)! After separating from his second wife, Hefner plunged into an unbridled playboy life in the late 1990s that made him famous. He died in 2017. But what actually became of his bunnies? where to hop Holly Madison (43), Bridget Marquardt (49), Kendra Wilkinson (37), Crystal Hefner (36), Kristina and Karissa Shannon (33) around today?
Holly Madison (37)
Holly Madison is from Alaska but studied in Los Angeles. Hugh Hefner, then 75, became aware of the 21-year-old student as a waitress for the Hooters chain, which is known for its sexy staff. Holly was scheduled to move in with Hefner in 2001 and immediately became his official main girlfriend, splitting seven years later the couple.
And that was probably exactly the right decision, because that was when the career of the now 43-year-old really took off: after the Playboy era, Holly appeared in a burlesque show in Las Vegas for four years, and her life there became a reality The show was filmed under the title 'Holly's World.' She then married boyfriend Pasquale Rotella, with whom she has two children. In September 2018, they announced their separation via Instagram.
Since August 2022, the 43-year-old has even had a podcast with another bunny, Bridget Marquardt: In 'Girls Next Level' the two discuss their time in the Playboy villa every week: What was fake, what was real - exciting insides from the two probably the best-known Hefner bunnies.
But that's not all: Holly did something that every author only dreams of - she landed with her book 'Down the Rabbit Hole' at number one on the 'New York Times' celebrity bestseller list. A milestone for the former Playmate!
Bridget Marquardt (41)
Bridget Marquardt is the only bunny who moved to Playboy paradise with a master's degree. After earning her Masters in Communications from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, she moved to Los Angeles. There she worked on her modeling and acting career and appeared in small television roles.
In October 2002, she moved into the Playboy home and became one of Hefner's official friends. Shortly after Holly's split from Hefner in early 2009, Bridget moved out of the Playboy mansion, met director Nicholas Carpenter while filming her role in The Telling, and became engaged to him in 2015.
In addition to her current podcast with Holly (which is very successful), the now 49-year-old Bridget, like her colleague, tried to get a reality show - but the attempt failed.
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Kendra Wilkinson (31)
She is the 'Sporty Spice' among the Playboy bunnies! Kendra Wilkinson graduated from high school in 2003 and played softball for six years. After that she worked as a dental assistant in San Diego and modeled on the side. But she quickly quit her job to work as a stripper for two years - a decision that would change her life! Because: Through her job on the pole, she met the then 78-year-old Hefner. Beginning in 2005, she co-starred with Holly and Bridget in the docu-soap The Girls of the Playboy Mansion.
Kendra also separated from Hefner in 2008 and married football player Hank Baskett just a year later, and had two children with him. The couple divorced in 2018.
The now 31-year-old filmed the new life after being a bunny in the reality show 'Kendra', the successor 'Kendra On Top' and appeared in several TV shows such as 'Dancing with the Stars' (the US counterpart 'Let's Dance') on. She was also a guest in the British jungle camp, where she unpacked her relationship with the oldest playboy in the world: 'I was usually very drunk on these evenings. I had to get drunk or smoke a lot of weed to survive the nights together.' Pretty tough stuff!
Crystal Harris (36)
Hugh Hefner quickly replaced his 'old' three blondes with three new ones: twin sisters Kristina and Karissa Shannon and Crystal Harris, whom he later married. Marriage to Bunny, 60 years his junior, was his third.
Crystal, now 36, studied psychology before meeting her future husband. In 2008 she met Hefner at one of the famous Halloween parties at the Playboy Mansion. Since then she has spent more and more time in the famous residence, finally moving in in 2009.
Crystal has been under contract with the 'Organica Music Group' since 2010 and got off to a musical start. Their debut single 'Club Queen' was released in 2011. In 2015, Hefner's ex-wife even released her first album.
After Hefner died in 2017, he left her no money, she just inherited a house that Hefner had bought her in 2013. The house was valued at around five million US dollars - so Crystal was probably safe after his death.
Kristina and Karissa Shannon (33)
The first media presence gained the Twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon with her love story to Hefner. Because: The relationship between the then 19-year-old Shannon twins and Hefner, who was 82 at the time, triggered criticism, especially because of the age difference of 63 years. In the end, the relationship only lasted a year, and in 2010 the threesome parted ways.
A stepping stone? Absolutely! Things went great for the twins after the breakup: Karissa landed various guest roles in films and series, but both celebrated their greatest triumph with porn. The 33-year-old signed a contract with the American porn production company 'Brazzers'.
In the years that followed, the media presence of the twins decreased, professionally things went in a different direction for Kirstina and Karissa: together they opened a beauty salon in Beverly Hills, but according to social media the salon no longer seems to exist today.