Drug-fuelled orgies, bitter rivalries among the bunnies and thoughts of suicide are among the lurid realities of life in the Playboy mansion featuring in an upcoming TV series based on Holly Madison’s revealing memoir
- Sony TV series will show the realities of life as a Playboy Bunny in the mansion
- Holly Madison exposed Hugh Hefner in her 2015 book Down the Rabbit Hole
- She has detailed how women were forced to take Quaaludes and have sex
A new TV show dramatizing Holly Madison’s adventures as a Playboy Bunny will show the lurid underbelly of Hugh Hefner’s notorious mansion.
Madison, now 41, famously exposed her relationship with the magazine editor in her 2015 memoir Down the Rabbit Hole.
In the book, she revealed how young women were given drugs and encouraged to take part in regular orgies with Hefner in exchange for rent at the luxury mansion
A new TV show dramatizing Holly Madison’s adventures as a Playboy Bunny will show the lurid underbelly of Hugh Hefner’s notorious mansion
Madison (right pictured with Sheila Levell, left), now 41, famously exposed her relationship with the magazine editor in her 2015 memoir Down the Rabbit Hole
The book is now being turned into a Sony TV series staring Home and Away’s Samara Weaving as Madison, who was Hefner’s partner between 2001 and 2008.
It will portray the realities of the Playboy lifestyle where the so-called Bunnies had twice-weekly group sex with the magazine’s founder.
Madison told Buzzfeed: ‘They knew it was kind of a quote-unquote requirement for living there, and expected.
‘And it had kind of a chore vibe, I felt.’
Madison was Hefner’s longest partner after moving to the mansion in 2001 aged just 21, while he was 75.
Hefner regularly held debauched parties with scores of bikini-clad women at his infamous mansion
The book is now being turned into a Sony TV series starting Home and Away’s Samara Weaving as Madison, who was Hefner’s partner between 2001 and 2008
During that time she became one of the stars of Girls Next Door, a reality show revolving around her and Hefner’s other two live-in girlfriends, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson.
Madison was considered his ‘main girlfriend’, and openly stated she wanted to marry him and have children.
However the couple eventually broke up in 2008 after she managed to break free of her self-described ‘Stockholm Syndrome’.
Behind the scenes in the mansion, Madison said she was enduring a ‘living hell’ during which she even contemplated suicide.
In the book she details first meeting him at Hooters in 2000, when after a night out clubbing with his ‘girlfriends’, she realized that she was expected to sleep with him.
Behind the scenes, Madison said she was enduring a ‘living hell’ during which she even contemplated suicide
She claimed her first encounter with Hefner was him offering her a Quaalude from a tissue in his pocket.
‘Usually I don’t approve of drugs, but you know, in the ’70s they used to call these pills ”thigh openers”,’ she claims Hefner told her.
Madison decided to try and become one of Hefner’s girlfriends to continue living in Los Angeles.
She was one of a number of women who were expected to perform with him, causing bitter rivalries among the bunnies.
When she first moved into the mansion, she was one of seven roommates.
She was one of a number of women who were expected to perform with him, causing bitter rivalries among the bunnies
And the competition between the women was so strong, Holly says, that the women would tell lies about each other to get them kicked out.
She detailed the sexual encounters which she said had ‘zero intimacy’ and were ‘so brief that I can’t even recall what it felt like beyond having a heavy body on top of mine’, she wrote.
The orgies took place after the club nights out every Wednesday and Friday, and the girls also had to abide by curfews and give up their regular jobs.
Madison said: ‘I couldn’t leave because I felt like I’d be judged for having lived there. I had a huge scarlet letter on my forehead.’
After Madison finally left Hefner, he married another model Crystal Harris in 2012 before dying in 2017 aged 91
Hefner also made regular comments about her appearance and would not let her see a therapist when she started to have mental health struggles, leaving her on the point of suicide.
She wrote: ‘Drowning myself seemed like a logical way to escape the ridiculous life I was leading.
‘I just couldn’t take my misery anymore.’
After Madison finally left Hefner, he married another model Crystal Harris in 2012 before dying in 2017 aged 91.
After Madison left Hefner and the mansion, Kendra Wilkinson made a number of public swipes at her former love rival.
She told People: ‘Holly, you can tell, had this ulterior motive every minute being at the Mansion, and that motive was – it was clear as day – she wanted Hef’s kids, she wanted a piece of Playboy and she wanted to marry Hef for, obviously, his will.
‘That didn’t happen. So what do you think’s going to happen? Revenge. So we’re witnessing some revenge here.’
Wilkinson also fired off a number of foul-mouthed tweets in which she accused Madison of lying.
Wilkinson, who had her first encounter with Hefner when she was 18 and he was 78, has also spoken of sex being like a chore in the mansion.
She said: ‘At about the minute mark, I pulled away and it was done. It was like a job. Clock in, clock out. It’s not like I enjoyed having sex with him.’
Meanwhile Madison has since appeared on Dancing with the Stars and married and divorced party promoter Pasquale Rotella.
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