Barbara Lynn Klein, more popularly known as Barbi Benton was born to a Jewish family in New York. She did her early schooling from Rio Americano High School in Sacramento. She is a famous model, actor, and singer of her time. Her modelling career began when she was just 16 years old. She had a long-standing affair with Hugh Hefner and appeared on the cover of Playboy Magazine four times. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Barbi Benton in 2018.
Early Life & Biography:
Though she was born in New York, her parents moved to California when she was just two years old. When 18, she took a job with Playboy and appeared on one of their popular shows “Playboy After Dark”. Hefner took a liking for her, and her modelling career started to blossom rather rapidly.
She also attended the University of UCLA, though her successful modelling career ensured she was never able to earn her degree. Her love affair with Hugh Hefner lasted for seven long years. It was only upon Hefner’s insistence that she agreed to change her name to a more sellable Barbi Benton. Looking at how her career went, we think it was a wise move!
Barbi can proudly lay claims to being on the cover of Playboy Magazine four times: Jul’69, Mar’70, May’72, and Dec’85 respectively. She even ended up landing a role in short comedy series titled “Hee Haw” on TV. She didn’t do too badly as a singer as well and released five albums that were moderately successful. Her lists of movies include “Hospital Massacre”, “Deathstalker”, and “The Naughty Cheerleader” among others. Besides, she has also made a host of notable television appearances.
She had a whirlwind relationship with Hugh Hefner for seven years (1969-1976). However, once the love fizzled out, she moved on with her life and married George Gradow, a real estate developer in 1979. Both have a blissful married life and have stayed together ever since. They have two children together, namely, Alexander Gradow and Ariana Gradow.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Besides her modelling stint, Barbi enjoyed considerable success as an actor in several TV sitcoms such as “Hee Haw” and “Sugar Time”. She was also a talented country and pop singer and released eight music albums between the years 1975 and 1988. Her debut album was “Barbi Doll” in 1975 which was quite well received. Her debut single “Brass Buckles” was a top-five hit on Billboard’s Chart.
One of her songs was “Ain’t that just the way” which went on to become the top ranking song for five consecutive weeks in Sweden. Besides, she is also credited to be a repeat performer on many popular sitcoms, namely, “The Bobby Vinton Show”, “The Love Boat’, and “Fantasy Island”.
Net Worth & Earnings:
A successful stint as a model, singer, and actor on television has ensured her a rosy net worth. She is estimated to have a net worth of $22 Million which is a pretty eye-watering amount for sure. She is known to have two separate homes in Aspen and Los Angeles.
The multi-talented supermodel and actor of the past have surely given her fans a lot to remember her by. Now aged 68 years, she seems to have retired from work completely to look after her family and largely stays away from the glare of prying eyes. She is also inactive on most of the social media sites.