History of Penthouse Magazine's 1969 American Launch
Penthouse began publication as a British magazine, founded on a shoestring in London in 1965 by Bob Guccione, a relatively unknown American artist with no publishing experience. With the assistance of a small, but willing staff, he was able to go against traditional England and, after a controversial beginning, make Penthouse the largest selling quality men's magazine in the history of British publishing.
Penthouse Founder Bob Guccione’s Life Being Turned Into TV Series
Penthouse founder Bob Guccione’s rise to the top of the media landscape and fall into financial ruin will be the subject of a new television series, Variety has learned.
Women of Penthouse T-shirts
If you’re a fan of the classic men’s magazine Penthouse and its glossy pages of beautiful women, then you’ll love being able to add these exclusive t-shirts to your wardrobe. Penthouse Magazine was started by Italian-American Bob Guccione with a male audience in mind. It features several lifestyle articles but more importantly its iconic soft-focus imagery of scantily clad women. If you’re looking for a way to get back to your youthful days of sneaking a look at a Penthouse under the covers at night and reliving the excitement of beautiful models in print, these iconic t-shirts will do just the trick. Be the envy of all your friends and honor the lovely ladies of Penthouse all in the comfort of a classic tee.
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story
Filthy Gorgeous tells the story of a self-made billionaire who used his first success, Penthouse, to build a media empire that included over 100 publications. Guccione was a crusader for freedom of speech, an outspoken advocate of Vietnam Veteran’s rights, and the man who cost former Miss America, Vanessa Williams, her crown. Guccione also exposed the hypocrisy of the religious constituents who attempted to destroy him while hiring prostitutes for their own pleasure.
Evolution of The Guccione Collection
The man behind Penthouse, one most controversial men's magazine of all time, Bob Guccione, was not just a media mogul, but a man of many facets. He was an artist, photographer and avid art collector. Over his five decade career, he helped shape the future of art and pop culture. Without his contribution, an artistic bend on counter-culture with trademark defused soft focus photography and an unapologetic editorial style, mainstream media might not look the way it does today.
Sheila Kennedy's 'No One's Pet' Excerpt: The First Penthouse Shoot
Beneath the glamorous surface of a Penthouse Pet’s life in the mansion lies a dark and often scandalous story. For the first time in the history of the iconic adult magazine Penthouse, the curtain is lifted on life in Bob Guccione’s famous mansion. No One’s Pet: The Autobiography of Sheila Kennedy reveals the inner workings of the media magnate’s private sanctum.
Ultimate Guide to Vintage Penthouse Pets
Beautiful women were attracted to the world of Penthouse Magazine and founder, photographer Bob Guccione. As an artist he chose his women from an internal perception of beauty that transcended society's norms and historical practice. The women that graced the pages of Penthouse Magazine in the 1970s, 1980s and early part of the 1990s were chosen by Bob Guccione himself. By the time the late 1990s rolled around the magazine's editorial control had shifted away from Bob and with it came an end to an era. Bob Guccione's vintage Penthouse pets are a unique group of women spanning three decade that represent the eclectic as well as singularly defined components that Guccione looked for in a muse or Penthouse Pet. By no means was beauty limited to the physical nature of the Penthouse Pets. Each woman was both unique and at the same time shared similar thematic aspects in their lives and ideologies. While all the vintage Penthouse Pets were beautiful, some stand out as iconic in the history of the famous men's magazine.
Bob Guccione's Abscam American Hustle
American Hustle, the movie starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner, chronicles the misadventures of Bale’s pot-bellied, bad-combover con man in the late 1970s. He’s got issues, this guy, largely with the people in his life: his kooky shut-in wife, his partner-in-crime lover who sports a fake English accent too frequently, an FBI agent who’s caught him dead to rights and is forcing him and his girl to scam for the government, and the Jersey politico he’s supposed to set up, but of whom he’s grown kind of fond. “Some of this actually happened,” a title card announces at the beginning of the movie. That’s one way of putting it. American Hustle is a VERY fictionalized (to the point of pretty much every real name being changed) recounting of the “Abscam” investigations conducted by the Bureau, which themselves were investigated after it became manifestly clear that the Feds had overstepped their bounds in setting up sting operations to trap corrupt politicos. Bob Guccione's Abscam American Hustle, though was no fiction at all.
Brandy Ledford was a Penthouse Pet
From softcore porn to television star, Brandy Ledford became a favorite of the geek hottie community. She has played many roles over the years, starring in minor and major roles in both television shows and feature films. Her roles have ranged from small indie films to well-known comedies such as Rat Race. Brandy started her career in the softcore porn industry, and was able to successfully mainstream her skills in the adult industry to acting into a wide variety of mainstream television shows and movies.
Becoming a Penthouse Model
I grew up in the Bronx and found myself attracted to glitz and glamour in a big way. It was an escape that I needed from the reality of an otherwise drab life. And because of where I lived, I was attracted to the illusions of fashion. I love that you can wear something three times in one week but change it up so nobody but you knows you wore it so often. I would throw a scarf over it, shift the fit, and people would ask, "Where’d you get that?"
Traci Lords Penthouse Confessions
“I’d posed for every magazine on the rack by now, and the business was all about new meat. I pictured myself lying in the butcher’s case at the supermarket, the plastic wrap covering my body and a red ‘Reduced for Sale’ sign on my forehead. The image seemed very real. I was going off the deep end. I had to shake it before I ate a bottle of pills. I was thinking about death a lot lately, and that day I felt like I was daring God to strike me dead.”
Penthouse Pet & Author Sheila Kennedy
The lively Sheila Kennedy recounted her life during Penthouse magazine’s Guccione Era: “I was with Bob for ten years back in the 1980’s, and he shot me in Paris, Italy, and all over the world. We were international ambassadors for the Penthouse brand. I think. Bob put me on four separate Penthouse covers, which I think was a record. All that was great and lovely. I lived in the mansion for some time, with Bob, Kathy, and his extended family. We had holidays there and I felt like family too.”