Sondra Theodore: 5 Things To Know About Hugh Hefner’s Ex & The Former Playboy Playmate

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January 24, 2022 2:29PM EST

Hugh Hefner’s erstwhile girlfriend, Sondra Theodore, opens up astir her acquisition astatine the Playboy Mansion successful the caller ‘Secrets of Playboy’ docuseries. Here’s what you request to cognize astir her.

The caller A&E docuseries Secrets of Playboy is peeling backmost the layers connected Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire. The bid features interviews with galore of Hefner’s former loves, including Sondra Theodore.

Sondra, present 65, was 1 of Hefner’s partners during Playboy’s heyday successful the precocious ’70s and aboriginal ’80s. She makes immoderate shocking claims astir Hefner, including however helium treated the women astatine the Playboy Mansion. From her clip with Hefner to her past vocation aspiration, present are 5 cardinal things to cognize astir Sondra.

Sondra TheodoreSondra Theodore and Hugh Hefner during their relationship. (MediaPunch/Shutterstock)

1. Sondra dated Hugh Hefner.

Sondra dated Hefner from 1976 to 1981 and lived astatine the Playboy Mansion. During the Secrets of Playboy docuseries, Sondra reveals that Hefner told her, “You’re the archetypal miss I’ve liked capable to see having a babe with. That was his romanticist way, and radical supported it.” She met Hefner erstwhile she was 19, and helium was 50.

2. Sondra is simply a erstwhile ‘Playboy’ Playmate.

She was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for its July 1977 issue. At the time, she was dating Hefner. Sondra’s parents feared the dispersed would “ruin” her career. “They’re truly concerned, but wrong clip it’ll stroke over,” Sondra told The San Bernandino Sun successful 1977.  “It’ll go conscionable a memory. I can’t blasted them, they person a close to consciousness I did a incorrect thing. But they proceed to emotion me. They’re conscionable a small confused arsenic to wherefore I did it. They deliberation it volition ruin my career.”

3. Sondra claims Hefner would ‘pit’ women against each other.

“He would pit america against each other. There was ever a small tiff going with antithetic girls,” Sondra says successful Secrets of Playboy. She adds that if the girls were “a small unsure of themselves,” past Hefner could “have his way.”

Sondra claims that Hefner would importune she speech to different women, which yet led to orgies. “I felt similar I was a ringmaster. I felt similar I had to enactment the amusement connected each night,” Sondra says. Sondra goes connected to accidental that she saw “girl aft girl” amusement up astatine the Playboy Mansion, and their “beauty conscionable washed away.” She adds, “I saw intelligibly that we were thing to him.”

4. Sondra wanted to beryllium an actress.

Sondra moved to Los Angeles successful 1976 to go an actress. She claims that Hefner tried to enactment an extremity to her acting career. “When we broke up, a publicist told maine I was expected to beryllium successful a movie with Mary Tyler Moore, which would person been a large vocation move, to play her daughter,” Sondra told Fox News. “But helium wouldn’t fto me. I besides learned from an enforcement that a memo went out, saying that cipher was allowed to archer maine of immoderate enactment coming in. And if I didn’t person immoderate money, I couldn’t leave. He kept maine secluded and beauteous overmuch nether his thumb.”

Sondra TheodoreSondra Theodore successful ‘Secrets of Playboy.’ (A&E)

5. Sondra says Hefner was ‘obsessed’ with Charles Manson.

“When we archetypal started dating successful the precocious ’70s, helium was fascinated and obsessed with Charles Manson,” Sondra revealed. “He couldn’t speech capable astir it.” Playboy lensman Sharmagne Leland-St. John-Sylbert reveals that Hefner adjacent had the Manson’s location videos arsenic portion of his movie collection, videos that were taken earlier the Tate-LaBianca murders.