Barbi Benton

About Barbi Benton

Who is it?: Former Girlfriend of Hugh Hefner
Birth Day: January 28, 1950
Birth Place: New York City, New York, United States, United States
Occupation: Playboy model Recording artist Actress Interior decorator
Years active: 1970–1986
Spouse(s): George Gradow (1979–present)
Partner(s): Hugh Hefner (1969–1976)
Children: 2

Barbi Benton

Barbi Benton was born on January 28, 1950 in New York City, New York, United States, United States, is Former Girlfriend of Hugh Hefner. Barbi Benton is an American model, actress, television personality and singer, best known for being a longtime former girlfriend of 'Playboy' founder Hugh Hefner. She has appeared on 'Playboy' covers four times and spreads twice. As a television star, she co-hosted 'Playboy after Dark' alongside Hefner and was a regular on the comedy series 'Hee Haw' for four seasons, in which she was a featured singer. Her solo singing career began with the release of the album 'Barbi Doll' from Playboy Records, which was later followed by 'Barbi Benton', 'Something New', 'Ain't That Just the Way' and 'Kinetic Voyage'. She is also an actress who has worked in films, such as 'Hospital Massacre' or 'X-Ray', and 'Deathstalker'. She has appeared on many television shows, including 'Sugar Time!', 'Fantasy Island', 'The Love Boat', and most recently the reality show 'The Girls Next Door'; was a panelist on 'The Hollywood Squares' and 'The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour'; and has been a guest on 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson'.
Barbi Benton is a member of Singers

Does Barbi Benton Dead or Alive?

As per our current Database, Barbi Benton is still alive (as per Wikipedia, Last update: May 10, 2020).

🎂 Barbi Benton - Age, Bio, Faces and Birthday

Currently, Barbi Benton is 73 years, 7 months and 30 days old. Barbi Benton will celebrate 74rd birthday on a Sunday 28th of January 2024. Below we countdown to Barbi Benton upcoming birthday.

Popular As Barbi Benton
Occupation Singers
Age 73 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born January 28, 1950 (New York City, New York, United States, United States)
Birthday January 28
Town/City New York City, New York, United States, United States
Nationality United States

🌙 Zodiac

Barbi Benton’s zodiac sign is Aquarius. According to astrologers, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent. They are continuously looking for dynamic, speed and competition, always being the first in everything - from work to social gatherings. Thanks to its ruling planet Mars and the fact it belongs to the element of Fire (just like Leo and Sagittarius), Aries is one of the most active zodiac signs. It is in their nature to take action, sometimes before they think about it well.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Barbi Benton was born in the Year of the Tiger. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Tiger are authoritative, self-possessed, have strong leadership qualities, are charming, ambitious, courageous, warm-hearted, highly seductive, moody, intense, and they’re ready to pounce at any time. Compatible with Horse or Dog.

Some Barbi Benton images



Benton (initially credited as Barbi Klein) appeared on the cover of Playboy four times: July 1969, March 1970, May 1972, and December 1985 and in additional nude photo layouts in the December 1973 and January 1975 issues. Though she was featured in a number of photo-essays, she was never a Playmate of the Month. She landed a spot on television's Hee Haw doing short comedy sketches, and subsequently enjoyed a career as a country singer. She also began acting, and appeared in the West German comedy film The Naughty Cheerleader (1970), before appearing as a featured repeat performer on a number of popular television series, including The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. Benton lived with Hefner from 1969 until 1976 and is known for discovering the Playboy Mansion West, where Hefner resided until his death in 2017. Years later, when the television series The Girls Next Door visited her in Aspen, Colorado, she expressed gratitude that the two had remained friends.


Benton achieved some success as a recording Artist. Her record "Brass Buckles" (1975) was a top-five hit on Billboard's country singles chart. Benton has recorded eight albums, the last of which she personally produced in 1979. She also composed the songs, sang them, and played piano. One of her better-known songs was "Ain't That Just the Way" (1976). It was a number one hit in Sweden for 5 weeks, was also a major hit for Lutricia McNeal in 1996, and was recorded by the Dutch singer Patricia Paay under the title Poor Jeremy in 1977.


Benton left Hee Haw after four seasons to concentrate on a more Hollywood-oriented career. She also starred in the short-lived 1977 ABC-TV comedy series Sugar Time!, about an aspiring female rock group and in films including the slasher Hospital Massacre (1982).


Benton married George Gradow, a real-estate developer, on October 14, 1979. They have two children, Alexander (born August 23, 1986) and Ariana Gradow (born July 13, 1988). They divide their time between homes in Aspen and Los Angeles.

Barbi Benton trend