Playboy czar Hugh Hefner almost choked on a sex toy but was saved in time by his partner, says his biography due to be released in October. The biography authored by Steven Watts seems to contain a number of salacious details. Snippets doing the rounds on the Internet are already whetting the appetite of those who are dazzled by his porn empire.
According to one account the 82-year-old Hefner faced death in a bizarre sex toy incident, presumably in 1977 when he was 52. His hot but quick-thinking partner saved the day "Hefner divulges he almost died doing what he loves best while he was dating 'Playboy' Playmate Sondra Theodore," said a publishing source familiar with the book.
The incident happened when Hef and Sondra, the July 1977 Playmate, were in bed making love with a small sex toy. Somehow, the toy became lodged in Hef's throat, said the source.
"He fell back on the bed, unable to breathe. But Sondra didn't realize what had happened, said the source.
"Then Hef began choking and was about to pass out. Sondra quickly started pumping his chest until the toy was dislodged. What a way that would have been for him to go!"
The biography, titled "Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream," details how after Hefner wed his first wife, Millie, in 1949, he enlisted his friend Eldon Sellers, who would later help him co-found Playboy, into a staging a foursome.
The book relates: "One night after [Hugh] and Millie watched a stag film with Janie and Eldon Sellers, he suggested that the four of them make love on the same bed, each husband to his own wife. They did and in Sellers' words, 'It was different and exciting.' According to Millie, Hugh began to hint at switching partners, apparently suggesting it with the Sellerses, although the swap never materialized."
Hef then went further, trying a foursome out on his own family. "It did happen with his brother, Keith, and his wife, Rae, one evening," Watts writes. "[But] while Millie ultimately backed out of having sex with Keith, Hugh slept with his sister-in-law."
The book also claims Hef once tried a gay tryst. "Hefner's thirst for sexual experience became so strong that he even had a one-time homosexual experience," Watts writes. "One evening in downtown Chicago he was propositioned and, according to Sellers, he 'thought, what the hell. Found it an interesting experience. As far as I know, the guy just gave him [oral sex].' "
The book is being touted as a "wise and penetrating biography" and Stephen Watts has been described as an intellectual historian to whom Heffner gave unlimited access to his personal documents.