Barbi Benton is an American retired model, actress, songwriter, television personality, and singer.
Her birth name is Barbara Lynn Klein. The name Barbi Benton was given to her by Hugh Hefner.
She was born on January 28, 1950 (age 72) in New York City.
She is known for appearing in Playboy magazine, as a four-season regular on the comedy series Hee Haw, and for recording several modestly successful albums in the 1970s.
After the birth of her first child in 1986, Benton retired from show business to raise her family.
She has been married to George Gradow since October 14, 1979. George is a real estate developer.
They have two children, Alexander (born August 23, 1986) and Ariana (born July 13, 1988)
What Happened Between Barbi Benton And Hugh Hefner?
Barbi dated Hugh Hefner for 7 years.
Hefner asked the young co-ed for a date. Upon being asked, she reportedly demurred to the then-42-year-old Hefner: “I don’t know, I’ve never dated anyone over 24 before.” To which Hefner replied, “That’s all right, neither have I.”
The two began a relationship that lasted several years and placed Benton in the center of the Playboy enterprise. Hefner convinced her to change her name from Barbara Klein to the more “marketable” Barbi Benton.
She is credited with convincing Hugh Hefner to buy the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills in 1974.