Hefner launched Playboy's first issue with one of the most recognizable and fascinating starlets of film's golden age gracing the cover — Marilyn Monroe. The magazine became an instant success, selling 50, copies almost immediately, according to the Daily Came. And Hefner always attributed the success of Playboy to Monroe's inclusion in its inaugural issue.
Before Monroe hit it big, she was as many aspiring actresses are in need marilyn cash. Inshe posed nude for photographer Tom Kelley in exchange for fifty dollars. Kelley sold his photographs of Monroe to Western Lithograph Company, which made calendars. Only a year later, things turned around animated naked men pictures the actress when her career finally began to take flight.
InMonroe appeared in two films, "Asphalt Jungle," monroe "All About Eve," and the starlet finally began to gain recognition.
Hefner made Monroe his first ever centerfold, out "Sweetheart of boy Month," as it was called at the time. Hefner didn't come up play his idea for "Playmate of the month" until about a year after the magazine's launch. After the publication, Monroe made the decision to do an centerfield in which she explained that she had been desperate for money when she posed for the nude photos. And it didn't seem to negatively affect her career at all. She also developed a close relationship with Hefner.