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Barbi Benton is a former Playboy model with a net worth of $20 million. Barbi Benton was produced in NY on January 28, 1950. She moved to Los Angeles in the age of 16 in search of modelling work. Benton set every adolescent boy’s heart racing when she became a cover girl for Playboy magazine. She appeared nude in double spreads in 1970, 1973 and 1975.

Barbi Benton Net Worth $20 Million Dollars

As an actress, she appeared in ABC’s comedy series, Sugar Time! The comedy show told the life of a wannabe female rock group in the 70s. Benton also enjoyed considerable success as a country and pop singer in the 70s. Her first single, “Brass Buckles” (1975), peaked at number 5 to the Billboard country singles chart. Her 1976 single, “Ain’t That Just the Way” was covered by R&B singer Lutricia McNeal in 1996. McNeal’s version of single was a gigantic hit in the UK and Sweden. Benton went to make and record eight records between 1975 and 1979. In 1979, Benton married a property developer named George Gradow and quit the show business to start a family. Together the couple has two children, Alexander (born 1986) and Ariana (born 1988).

Benton was married to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner from 1969-1976. She met Hefner in the late sixties when she was just 18 and he was 42. Her first TV appearance was on Hefner’s show, “Playboy, After Dark”. Lately Hefner openly acknowledged the best thing that came out his 60s TV show, was meeting Benton. Barbi received a large financial resolution when she and Hefner broke up. Now Benton works as an Interior decorator.

Quick Facts

Birth date: January 28, 1950
Birth place: New York City, New York, USA
Height:5' 3" (1.6 m)
Education:Rio Americano High School
Partner:Hugh Hefner
Spouse:George Gradow
Children:Ariana Gradow, Alexander Benton Gradow
Awards:TV Land Entertainer Award
Nominations:Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year
Movies:Deathstalker, Hospital Massacre, The Third Girl from the Left, The Great American Beauty Contest, How Did a Nice Girl Like You Get Into This Business?
TV shows:Hee Haw, Sugar Time!, Playboy After Dark
Albums:Barbi Doll, Ain't That Just the Way, Barbi Benton, Something New

Interesting Facts

1Has became an Interior Decorator [2002]
2Barbi recorded and released four albums for Playboy Records in the 1970's.
3Her husband, George Gradow, is a real estate developer.
4Her father was a military doctor and later physician.
5Her first TV appearances were on the syndicated show, Playboy After Dark (1969), where she functioned as beau Hugh M. Hefner's co-host/sidekick.
6Moved to Los Angeles when she was 16 and found some jobs modeling. Barbi met and started a relationship with Hugh M. Hefner in 1968, when she was only 18 years old. Hef was 42.
7Is portrayed by Rebecca Herbst in Hefner: Unauthorized (1999)
8Despite her love liaison with Playboy Magazine's Hugh M. Hefner, Benton never was a Playmate of the Month, though she did appear on some covers and in various pictorials
9She recorded country and pop albums.
10Has a son Alexander Benton Gradow (b. August 23, 1986) and a daughter, Ariana Gradow (b. 1988), with husband George Gradow.
11Father is a doctor in Carmichael, California.
12At least two spreads in Playboy.
13(1969-1976) Lived with Hugh M. Hefner


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007Entertainer's AwardTV Land AwardsHee Haw (1969)· Roy Clark
· Marianne Gordon
· Jim Hager
· Jon Hager
· Gunilla Hutton
· Misty Rowe
· Linda Thompson
· Sam Lovullo (producer)




The Love Boat1978-1987TV SeriesKiki Atwood, Spoiled Rich Girl / Barbi Benton / Cathy Somms / ...
Riptide1986TV SeriesGina Potter
Murder, She Wrote1986TV SeriesNurse Sue Beth
The New Mike Hammer1984TV SeriesSusan Lancaster
Fox Mystery Theater1984TV SeriesCaroline Trent
Matt Houston1983TV SeriesAva
Fantasy Island1978-1982TV SeriesCourtney / Miss Winslow / Joan Michaels / ...
X-Ray1981Susan Jeremy
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1981TV SeriesKitty Rhinestone
CHiPs1981TV SeriesSal
Charlie's Angels1980TV SeriesToni Green
For the Love of It1980TV MovieAnita
When the Whistle Blows1980TV SeriesDixie Lee Griffin
Vega$1979TV SeriesHolly
Flying High1979TV SeriesJoan
Sugar Time!1977-1978TV SeriesMaxx Douglas
McCloud1975TV SeriesShannon Forbes
The Third Girl from the Left1973TV MovieMelanie
The Great American Beauty Contest1973TV MovieMiss Iowa
Marcus Welby, M.D.1972TV SeriesLiz
Mir hat es immer Spaß gemacht1970Lynn Keefe (as Barbara Benton)



The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1981TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Sonny and Cher Show1977TV Series performer - 1 episode
McCloud1975TV Series performer - 1 episode



Schulmädchen '841984



Q N' A with Mikki and Shay2014TV SeriesHerself
America's Book of Secrets2012TV SeriesHerself
The Girls Next Door2005-2009TV SeriesHerself - Hef's Former Girlfriend / Herself - Hef's Ex-Girlfriend
The 5th Annual TV Land Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Winner ("Entertainers Award")
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Playboy: Celebrity Centerfolds2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
When Playboy Ruled the World2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Hugh Hefner: American Playboy Revisited1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time1992DocumentaryHerself
The Starlight Annual Foundation Benefit1986TV MovieHerself
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Gene Kelly1985TV MovieHerself
The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team1984TV MovieHerself - Performer
Pete's Place1983TV SeriesHerself (1983)
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1983TV SeriesHerself
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour1983TV SeriesHerself
Hee Haw1972-1983TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Featured Singer
Circus of the Stars #71982TV Special documentaryHerself - Trapeze Artist
Magic with the Stars1982TV MovieHerself
The Alan Thicke Show1980-1981TV SeriesHerself
The 8th Annual American Music Awards1981TV SpecialHerself
Circus of the Stars #51980TV Special documentaryHerself
Men Who Rate a 101980TV SpecialHerself
Horas doradas1980TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1978-1980TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The Mike Douglas Show1975-1980TV SeriesHerself - Singer / Actress / Herself - Ex-Playboy Bunny
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1974-1980TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Circus of the Stars #41979TV Special documentaryHerself - Performer
Sha Na Na1979TV SeriesHerself
Barbi Doll for Christmas1978TV MovieHerself - Host / Performer
America 2-Night1978TV SeriesHerself
Murder at the Mardi Gras1978TV MovieHerself
The 5th Annual American Music Awards1978TV SpecialHerself
The Sonny and Cher Show1977TV SeriesHerself / Various Characters
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHerself
The Norman Gunston Show1975TV SeriesHerself
New American Bandstand 19651975TV SeriesHerself
Nashville on the Road1975TV SeriesHerself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHerself
Treffpunkt Airport1969TV Series documentaryHerself
Playboy After Dark1969TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel2009DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Girls Next Door2005-2006TV SeriesHerself
The Hee Haw Collection, Vol. 52006VideoHerself
Barbarian2003Video uncredited
Playboy: The Party Continues2000TV Movie documentaryHerself

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