When Succession Crosses Genders

Hugh Hefner revolutionized the magazine industry in the ’50s, making Playboy a production with himself as the star. In many ways, the magazine was a chronicle of his own lifestyle and ideas. Yet this self-appointed role model for new-age males lacked a male heir. His daughter Christie grew up with her divorced mother under a different name. Father and daughter got to know each other only cautiously and with infrequent visits.