The Marilyn Monroe Story You’ve Never Heard: How Hugh Hefner Used Her to Launch ‘Playboy’… Without Her Consent

n 1954, sex icon Marilyn Monroe was a rising star, having just starred in the classics Monkey Business and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Monroe was poised to take Hollywood by storm, and people - men especially - were in love with her sexy, yet sweetly innocent persona. She was the next big thing to take America by storm.

Then came the first issue of Playboy magazine and the photo scandal that almost sent her rising career spiraling downward.