Hugh Hefner Is Engaged!

It appears that Hugh Hefner and girlfriend Crystal Harris--who's 60 years his junior!--are taking their relationship to the next step, and are engaged: The Playboy kingpin Tweeted Christmas Eve that he gave Harris a ring.

The 84-year-old Playboy CEO tweeted, "After the movie [The Tourist] tonight, Crystal & I exchanged gifts. I gave Crystal a ring. A truly memorable Christmas Eve." So it seems Hefner and his 24-year-old "Number One" girlfriend are chapel-bound!

Hef has been married twice before: To Mildred Williams from 1949-1959 and Kimberly Conrad from 1989-2010.

Playboy's Hefner announces Christmas engagement


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WASHINGTON | Sun Dec 26, 2010 4:53am EST

WASHINGTON Dec 26 (Reuters) - Hugh Hefner, the twice-married founder of Playboy, is taking the plunge again.

Hefner, 84, said on Saturday in a posting on Twitter that he and his girlfriend Crystal Harris, 24, got engaged on Friday.

"When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory," Hefner tweeted.

Hefner, whose magazine was founded in 1953, was divorced from his second wife, Kimberley Conrad, earlier this year. His first marriage to Mildred Williams ended in divorce in 1959.

Harris was the Playboy Playmate of the Month for December 2009.

Hefner, known around the world by his nickname, Hef, has championed sexual freedom and civil rights, published stories challenging McCarthyism and the Vietnam War, and backed gay causes and the legalisation of marijuana.

With a cover featuring a calendar photo of Marilyn Monroe, Hefner put the first issue together on the kitchen table in his flat. It hit the stands in December 1953 and sold 51,000 copies -- enough to finance a second issue -- and led to a multimillion dollar international corporation.

(Writing by Paul Simao, Americas Desk, +1 202 898 8457)