Grace Caroline Hefner

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Grace Caroline Hefner (Swanson)

Birthdate: (101)
Birthplace: Holdrege, Phelps County, Nebraska, United States
Death: March 20, 1997 (101)
Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States
Place of Burial: Elmhurst, DuPage County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Frank David Swanson and Ida Elisabet Swanson
Wife of Glenn Lucius Hefner
Mother of Hugh Hefner and Keith Hefner

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About Grace Caroline Hefner

Grace Caroline Hefner, 101, mother of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, died Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she had lived for the last several years.

Mrs. Hefner was one of the first investors in her son's magazine when it started in 1953. She became a millionaire when the magazine's parent company went public in 1971.

"My mother was a very special person," Hugh Hefner said in a statement. "She didn't always agree with my ideas, but she always believed in me. When I had run out of the funds I needed to publish Playboy's first issue, she reached into her own personal savings."

Mrs. Hefner was born in 1895 in Holdrege, Neb. She also is survived by another son, Keith; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services are pending.

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Grace Caroline Hefner's Timeline

1895
November 17, 1895
Holdrege, Phelps County, Nebraska, United States
1926
April 9, 1926
Age 30
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
1929
January 5, 1929
Age 33
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
1997
March 20, 1997
Age 101
Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States
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Elmhurst, DuPage County, Illinois, United States