Hugh Hefner and his fiancee, Playboy Playmate Crystal
Harris. File photo by Reuters.
Octogenarian Playboy founder Hugh Hefner briefly swapped
his iconic silk pajamas for a tuxedo to marry Crystal Harris,
the one-time "runaway bride" who followed through this time at
a New Year's Eve wedding.
"Happy New Year from Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hefner!" the Playboy
magazine publisher tweeted.
The message accompanied a photograph of Hefner, 86, wearing
what appeared to be purple silk pajamas under a black
bathrobe and snuggling his bride, 26, still wearing her pale
pink wedding dress. He also wore his trademark captain's hat.
An hour earlier, Hefner posted a picture of himself in a
tuxedo with his bride under an arch of pink and white flowers
at the wedding ceremony in the Playboy Mansion in Beverly
"Crystal & I married on New Year's Eve in the Mansion
with Keith as my Best Man. Love that girl!" Hefner wrote on
Twitter with the picture, referring to his brother Keith
Hefner, a songwriter.
The couple tied the knot more than a year after their planned
2011 wedding was scuttled when Harris got cold feet.
The blonde Playboy Playmate of the Month for December 2009
jettisoned the adult entertainment mogul in what was called a
"change of heart" five days before a lavish June 2011 wedding
before 300 guests.
Harris, who appeared on the July 2011 cover of the adult
magazine with a "runaway bride" sticker covering her bottom
half, tweeted on Monday that she was ready to commit and
changed her name to "Crystal Hefner" on the micro-blogging
"Today is the day I become Mrs. Hugh Hefner," Harris, who has
a psychology degree, wrote on Twitter after writing "Feeling
very happy, lucky, and blessed."
The San Diego native, whose parents are British, said she
asked for Christmas ornaments rather than lingerie at her
pre-Christmas bridal shower to help decorate Hefner's famed
Hefner, founder of the Playboy adult entertainment empire,
has been married twice before. He and his second wife
Kimberley Conrad, also a former Playmate, divorced in 2010
after a lengthy separation. His first marriage to Mildred
Williams ended in divorce in 1959. He has two children from