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Hugh Hefner: Looking Back At A Controversial Life

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Hugh Hefner On Early 'Playboy' And Changing America's Values

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Hugh Hefner created Playboy after working as a cartoonist for Esquire. He's pictured here at the Playboy Mansion in 2010. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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'Playboy' Founder Hugh Hefner, Champion Of Free Speech And 'Smut,' Dies At 91

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Former Boxing World Champion 'Raging Bull,' Jake LaMotta Dies At 95

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Former world middleweight champion boxer Jake LaMotta attends a dinner in New York City in 2012. LaMotta has died at 95. Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis hide caption

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For decades, Harry Dean Stanton was mostly cast as a supporting actor, but he landed lead roles in Repo Man and Paris, Texas. In 2017 he starred as a 90-year-old atheist in Lucky. He's shown above in 1970. Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Harry Dean Stanton, A Supporting Actor Who Became A Star, Dies At 91

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After Public Battle With Cervical Cancer, Nashville Singer Jessi Zazu Dies At 28

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Actor Frank Vincent, Who Portrayed Mobsters In 'Goodfellas' And 'The Sopranos,' Dies

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Drummer Grant Hart, Co-Founder Of Punk Band Hüsker Dü, Dies At 56

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