Irish Playboy party girl Jenny Dixon pays tribute to Hugh Hefner
Irish actress Jenny Dixon has paid tribute to former Playboy boss Hugh Hefner, who died last night at the age of 91.
The Fair City star (34) spent a number of summers at the Playboy Mansion in the noughties and developed friendships with some of the inner circle, first flying over in 2009 and later flew back nearly every summer (at the time she was working as a teacher) and attended the exclusive Midsummer Night's Dream bash. After writing Hef a personal note eight years ago, she is a permanent fixture on the VIP guestlist.
Dixon, who is now dating Limerick TD Tom Neville, shared a post on Facebook fondly remembering her time there. "The parties, the smiles, the people I was blessed to meet (more than I can attempt to mention), your beautiful family, Crystal, Cooper, the Mansion staff, your charisma, your energy, your generousity, your spirit. A kind soul with a zest for life," she wrote.
"It was a great pleasure to have met you, an honour, for the experiences. ThankYou.#HughHefner Thoughts and prayers sent."
In 2011, she expanded on her time at the mansion, praising the late media mogul, saying: "I thought to Hugh I'd just be blonde number 2,074, but he's lovely. The first thing you notice about him is his smile — it goes from ear to ear. In photos he puts his arm around you and gives you a hug, but it's more of an uncle vibe off him; he's very tongue in cheek."
Similarly, former Miss World Rosanna Davison, who appeared on the cover of the international edition and later featured in the US edition, shared a picture with the late businessman.
News broke this morning of his death, leaving behind his sons Cooper, David and Martson, daughter Christie and wife Crystal, whom he wed in 2012. He died peacefully in his home with his family by his side.
"My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom," Cooper said in a statement.
His wife will reportedly receive nothing in the wake of his death as agreed in their prenuptial agreement, with a 2013 report in Us Weekly stipulating only that she would be looked after, but he did not adjust his will to include her at the time of their wedding.