Vitamin V - the miracle of Viagra - and Hugh Hefner, then in his 72nd year, were made for each other. The force arrived in Hef's life on his birthday, when his doctor arrived for the party with a gift-wrapped basket containing "one of the first prescriptions in L.A."
"Yes, yes!" laughs Hef. "Absolutely! Timing is everything! And, you know - it apparently does not work for everybody. But it was made for me."
His sea legs now firmly in place, his confidence restored, it was time for Hef to leave the Garden of Eden and return to the Mansion. "Let the partying begin!" he decreed, and it did - with a vengeance.
In this new era of the Playboy Mansion, Gatsby elegance was forgotten. The lingerie-and-pajama theme was reinstated, and soon, a great many Playmates would wear only body paint. Stars like Courtney Love, Ben Stiller, Ben Affleck, Bill Maher, Kevin Costner, Jennifer Lopez, and hundreds more streamed into the Mansion, their dreams and desires best voiced by Leonardo DiCaprio, who told Hef, "My fantasy is to be in the Grotto at 2 in the morning," and George Clooney, who said, "Now that I'm here, I'm never going to leave." The pictures of a new generation of celebrity revelers were hung alongside the greats of yesteryear in the gallery of Mansion party photographs that cover the walls. The Mansion became a much-sought-after location for movies, film, and TV, hosting everyone from Politically Incorrect to six bouts of live ESPN boxing to episodes of shows like Sex and The City.