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Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger says no regrets to her Playboy pictorial

October 4, 2017 10:46 am Published by :
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Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger says no regrets to her Playboy pictorial

LA,Oct04:The Oscar-winning actress recalls her 1983 photo shoot and the complicated man who made it happen.

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I remember when my Playboy pictorial came out in 1983. Some folks in high places said, “I saw some beautiful pictures of you in — I think Vogue.” Of course, I knew I had not been in Vogue or any other fashion magazine at that time. I simply said, “No, that must have been Playboy.”

There were many people who still would not admit that they would occasionally, or on a monthly basis, look forward to popping open the pages of Playboy. The interviews were brilliant, and the women — well, what can I say!

Hugh Hefner

I found there were many sides to him, but the Hugh Hefner I knew was a highly intelligent, sensitive, funny, caring and compassionate man. He loved animals  and cherished his exotic bird menagerie, as I found out when he invited me to come over one afternoon to the mansion after he agreed to participate in a documentary that we were making on the illegal importation of exotic birds and macaws up through Mexico.

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He was not only a fearless pioneer but a generous one who saw potential in girls like myself when the timing in their careers was perfect for that particular kind of exposure (pun intended) that was catapulting, not exploitative. I will always be thankful to Mr. Hefner and Playboy  for helping me at a very crucial period of time in my life and career.

This story appears in the Oct. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine

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