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.
I am frequently asked if it is weird to have naked pictures of my wife all over the internet, and so I thought maybe I could provide some insight into what life is like married to a model, who happens to also be my muse.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
From Penthouse Pet to reality star, Sheila Kennedy turned a modeling stint into a longterm career in the entertainment industry. Penthouse Pet of the Year in 1983, the aspiring actress broke out as one of Bob Guccione's stars. Stardom had many benefits, including roles in films such as The First Turn-On!! and Spring Break, but it also had its drawbacks. Young Sheila was quickly drawn into the world of sex and rock n' roll, including a bout with none other than 80s rock legend, Axl Rose.
Here's a little Jeopardy-style quiz. The category is “Women’s History”—if we agree, just for a moment, that women’s history is different from any other kind of history. So: “Margaret Gorman, a sixteen-year-old from Washington DC, in 1921.” If your answer is “Who was the very first Miss America?” then you win the prize; and you’ll probably know, too, that five years later “the Inter-City Beauty Pageant,” as Miss America had once been called, had come a long way, baby. Miss America 1926, Norma Smallwood, earned $100,000 in appearance fees—more than Babe Ruth made that year, or for that matter the President of the United States. (Who was Calvin Coolidge—but you knew that, I’m sure.)
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.
I am no Nick Denton, and Donald Trump is no Hulk Hogan, but I do have some candid fun pictures of a pair of breasts and The Donald, or as his rude, foul mouthed thug of an advisor Michael Cohen asked me to call him, “Mr. Trump.” I believe Cohen claims he is an attorney, but like the birther question, no one has seen his degree. I first found the pictures in 2012 while unpacking hundreds of boxes I acquired in what would turn out to be the best trade of my career. I had purchased the Guccione Collection, the private works of the late media magnate and artist Bob Guccione, who had once ranked as one of the wealthiest men in America.
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.