Barbi Benton, a now-retired model, actress, singer, songwriter, and television personality who began her career in the entertainment industry at the age of 16, was never one to avoid the spotlight.
We can’t dispute that, aside from her brilliance and charisma, it was her long-term friendship with Playboy’s founder Hugh Hefner that brought her national attention.
So, now that A&E’s ‘Secrets of Playboy’ has reintroduced the legendary womaniser to the public eye. Let’s learn everything we can about her and their relationship.
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Barbi Benton, Who Is She?
Barbara Lynn Klein was born on January 28, 1950, in New York City, New York, United States of America. Her zodiac sign is Aquarius, and she is an American citizen.
She is a model, singer, and actress who is most known for modelling for the magazine “Playboy” and playing a regular role on the comedy show “Hee Haw.”
Barbi is currently living in Los Angeles, California, with her spouse, despite claims that she is dead spreading on the internet.
Modelling and Music Careers of Barbi Benton
Barbi began her profession when in the tenth school, and she was invited to appear in the TV show “Playboy After Dark” as soon as she turned eighteen.
Barbi was a crush of Hugh Hefner, the late owner of the magazine “Playboy,” who promoted her to co-host of “Playboy After Dark” and asked her out on a date.
Barbi accepted, despite Hugh’s 42-year-old age gap, and the two dated for several years while Barbi was featured in numerous issues of “Playboy” and in their performances.
Hugh was the one who suggested that Barbi alter her name from Barbara Lynn Klein to Barbi Benton.
In 1969, 1970, 1972, and 1985, she was the cover girl of four issues of “Playboy,” and she also posed naked twice in 1973 and 1975.
Barbi is also a musician, with eight albums to her credit, the first of which was “Barbi Doll” in 1975, followed by “Barbi Benton” the following year.
“Something New,” released in 1976, “Ain’t That Just the Way,” released in 1978, and “Kinetic Voyage,” released in 1988, are among her best-known albums.
Barbi is recognised for writing her own songs and playing the piano; one of her most well-known songs is “Ain’t That Just the Way,” which was a smash hit in Sweden.
Barbi Benton’s Post-Playboy Life
Barbi Benton first met Hugh Hefner in 1968, when she was 18, and he was 42, as an extra on the set of his television series ‘Playboy After Dark.’
During a break from her studies at UCLA, the media magnate met the then-UCLA student and even though she originally rejected him, she wound up a romantic relationship until 1976.
“The first question he asked was if I mind if he held my hand,” Barbi explained. “I told him I’d never dated anyone past the age of 24, and he replied, ‘Neither have I!’ “Is he joking, or is it true?” I asked, which was the flame that ignited their friendship.
Three times (in July 1969, March 1970, and May 1972), Barbi made the cover of Playboy Magazine, and she was also frequently featured in the magazine’s pages during their eight-year relationship.
Her last cover, however, was in December 1985, 9 years after their breakup, indicating that she still had a nice relationship with her ex-husband.
Barbi also appeared on various television shows at this time and started her career as a singer-songwriter (5 albums) before marrying real estate entrepreneur George Gradow in 1979 and retiring in 1986.
Where is Playboy Girl ‘Barbi Benton’ Now?
Barbi Benton elected to retire for real in the mid-1980s to raise her family, despite her remarkable success, which was mostly shown by her Playboy pictures and a four-season stay on ‘Hee Haw.’
After all, on August 23, 1986, she gave birth to her first child, son Alexander, and on July 13, 1988, she gave birth to daughter Ariana.
Barbi evolved over time from a barely legal model and girlfriend to a loving wife and mother, which is why we’re thrilled to announce that she’s still married to George.
The couple appears to be dividing their time between their residences in Los Angeles and Aspen at the moment.
When it comes to her relationship with Hugh Hefner, Barbi doesn’t appear to have ever said anything negative about him, let alone aggressively against him.
“When he died, he took a significant piece of me with him,” she told People after his death in September 2017. I’m sure I’ll remember doing something with Hef every time I do something. He had a huge influence on people’s culture and lifestyles all around the world. I’m going to miss him a lot.”
Not only had he begged her to marry him 4 times throughout their relationship, but she’d last seen him six months before his death, according to the former model.
She stated, “We love each other.” “I’ll love him for the rest of my life.” Barbi explained that the only reason they didn’t work out was because she “become a successful singer” who went on a lot of tours, and “he just couldn’t be faithful for that long.” It became more difficult as I became more successful.”
Net Worth Of Barbi Benton
Barbi is a 70-year-old woman. She is 5ft 3ins (1.6m) tall and weighs roughly 112lbs, with long brown hair and blue eyes (51kgs). Her net worth is projected to be over $20 million as of April 2020.