The 50-year-old Canadian actress and model got her big break as Playmate of the Month for Playboy in 1990, and she’s never forgotten her connection to the magazine or its founder, who passed away Wednesday at 91.
Anderson posted a heartfelt message about Hefner Thursday morning in the form of a poem on Instagram. In it she writes, “You taught me everything important about freedom and respect,” and ends by saying, “Thank you for making the world a better place. A freer and sexier place. You were a gentleman charming, elegant, chivalrous And so much fun. Goodbye Hef … Your Pamela ”
Hefner’s former live-in girlfriend and ex-Playmate Kendra Wilkinson also shared her thoughts on his passing, telling ET, “Hef changed my life. I couldn’t be more thankful for our friendship and our time together.
Other celebrities who modelled for Playboy in the past took to Twitter to mourn the adult publishing legend.
— Jenny McC-Wahlberg (@JennyMcCarthy) September 28, 2017
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) September 28, 2017
RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017
— Bridget Marquardt (@Bridget) September 28, 2017
Other celebrities shared their own memories and tributes to Hefner, as well.
One of the nicest men I've ever known. Godspeed, Hugh Hefner. pic.twitter.com/457cchqskO
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) September 28, 2017
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) September 28, 2017
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner was a GIANT in publishing, journalism, free speech & civil rights. He was a true original, and he was my friend. Rest well Hef. pic.twitter.com/bJ1wxoK4gR
— Larry King (@kingsthings) September 28, 2017
Yes, I played the Playboy Clubs. Remembering Hefner today and work he supplied me early on. https://t.co/M7458uFG0F
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) September 28, 2017
We’ve lost a true explorer, a man who had a keen sense of the future. We learned a lot from you Mr. Hefner. #HughHefner
— Norman Lear (@TheNormanLear) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement. We shall never forget him. May he Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/oL3lKLZRQ5
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) September 28, 2017