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Hugh Hefner and wife Crystal celebrate his 87th with cake and 'Casablanca' theme

10 APRIL 2013

Hugh Hefner celebrated his 87th birthday on Wednesday, and many would have expected the publishing scion to uncork his massive wealth and party in style.

However, Hugh went low-key, hosting a Casablanca-themed film night at the Playboy mansion over the weekend with wife Crystal Harris, 26, by his side. Close friends were also invited round, with the ladies dressed to the nines and the gents in Bogart-esque tuxedos and bow ties. 

Hugh and Crystal, who married at Christmas last year, documented the festivities on Twitter and Instagram. Hugh tweeted, "We celebrated my birthday Friday night with friends and screened Casablanca, my favourite film. These are happy days."

 

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Crystal toasted her husband with a cute picture showing them next to Casablanca's famous poster. "With my love Hugh Hefner for 'Casablanca Night' celebrating his 87th birthday!" the caption read. 

Earlier in the day Hugh, who has been married three times and famously founded Playboy magazine, revealed he was happy to mark his big day with some wholesome fun.

"I celebrated my birthday today (the Big 87) by sleeping late with Crystal. It's going to be a long, lazy day." He added, "Birthday greetings are coming in from friends, former Bunnies & Playmates from around the world. A happy day!".

The Playboy Mansion has been home to many a celebration. It was there that Hugh tied the knot with all three of his wives. He wed Mildred Williams in 1949 only to divorce and find love again with Kimberley Conrad, who he separated from in 2010.

 

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The US magnate's third wife Crystal is an American-born, British glamour model who rose through the ranks of Hugh's famous Playboy Bunnies to become his "number one girlfriend.

In 2011, Crystal broke off her engagement to Hugh five days before their wedding. The pair reunited and married in December last year.

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