Hugh Hefner‘s so-called “better place” is waiting… and it’s right next to the woman who helped him launch Playboy.
Hugh Hefner, the indelible face and spirit of Playboy magazine, will be laid to rest next to America’s first playmate Marilyn Monroe following his death on Wednesday.
Hefner reserved the plot at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles next to the movie star icon decades after her death in 1962, purchasing it for $75,000 in 1992, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hefner died on Tuesday at the age of 91 from natural causes, according to a statement released by Playboy Enterprises.
Hefner will join a number of Hollywood celebrities buried at the famous Los Angeles cemetery, including musician Roy Orbison, writer Truman Capote and iconic entertainer Dean Martin.
Beverley Hills resident Richard Freddie Poncher, who had purchased the crypt directly above Monroe’s from Joe DiMaggio was laid to rest in that crypt in 1986.
Abiding his wishes, Poncher’s wife Elsie instructed the funeral director to bury Poncher face down.
In August 2009, in order to raise money to pay off her mortgage, Elsie auctioned off the crypt on eBay.
Marilyn, the cover girl for Hef’s first issue of Playboy, has been there since her death in 1962.
Hefner was born on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, and went on to become a millionaire after founding the influential men’s magazine in 1953.
The magazine hit with a splash, selling 50,000 copies of its first issue published in December 1953- which featured Monroe on the cover – and went on to have seven million subscribers by its second year.
Born Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926, Monroe would become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and an American sex symbol for a generation.
Monroe’s films would gross over $200 million dollars in the decade leading up to her death, which came at the hands of a drug overdose. Hefner’s son, Cooper Hefner, who is also the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, said: ‘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.
‘He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history.
‘He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises.’
Fun-ish fact: Marilyn’s ex-husband, Joe DiMaggio, used to own the crypt above hers — but sold it when they got divorced in 1954.