Hugh Hefner promises part of his fortune to the USC School of Cinematic Arts
From playboy to playwrights
Hugh Hefner, founder of the Playboy brand, died Wednesday evening at the age of 91. Estimates have his wealth at roughly $50 million, as well as full ownership of the Playboy magazine.
Us weekly reported in 2013 that "Hefner's … fortune is promised to 'his children, the University of Southern California film school and a variety of charities.'" It is unclear how much of his fortune will actually go to the university, or whether his will has changed in the last 4 years, but Hefner was an advocate of the film school for years.
Hugh Hefner sponsored my censorship in film class at USC. Will never forget when he showed up with his bunnies…and watching porn in class.
— Lauren (@lorloLauren) September 28, 2017
In 2007, he donated $2 million to the School of Cinematic Arts to fund "storytellers of the future."
I did a semester at USC film school. My editing suite had a plaque on it to the effect of "Hugh Hefner paid for this" so… thanks Hugh. RIP
— kellen w powell (@kellenw) September 28, 2017
Hefner's death inspired reactions by many for his deep impact on the American cultural identity.
Hugh Hefner was a GIANT in publishing, journalism, free speech & civil rights. He was a true original, and he was my friend. Rest well Hef. pic.twitter.com/bJ1wxoK4gR
— Larry King (@kingsthings) September 28, 2017
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) September 28, 2017
RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017