Hugh Hefner, who completed 86 years on Monday, celebrated his birthday by hosting the annual Casablanca Night party at his mansion on Saturday. The Playboy magazine’s founder was the guest of honour at the bash, which is open to his friends and Playboy centrefolds.
“Casablanca Night is a very special night at the Playboy Mansion – screening my favorite film on my birthday weekend,” Hefner told Us Magazine.
“We dress for the occasion and after the film, my closest friends, my girls and I share champagne and caviar by candlelight in the dining room, that is converted into Rick’s Cafe,” he said.
Hefner was also feted with a special birthday cake featuring his face superimposed on Humphrey Bogart’s body on the 1942 classic’s original movie poster.
“Casablanca Night is a tradition that began 20 years ago and it just keeps getting better as time goes by,” he added.
The guest list for the event includes all models who have posed as centerfold’s for Hefner’s magazine, in addition to his many friends. Hefner is famous for his start up business “Playboy Magazine.” The first issue of the magazine was published in 1953 and featured Marilyn Monroe.
Even though Hefner is not expected to die anytime soon, in honor of the woman he never met, Hefner purchased the crypt next to Monroe in preparation for when the time did come.