All You Need To Know About Barbi Benton

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Barbie Benton is an American retired Model, Actress, Songwriter, Television Personality, and Singer. She is known for appearing in the PLAYBOY magazine, as a four-season regular on the comedy series Hee Haw, and for recording several modestly successful albums in the 1970s.

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Early Life

Barbi Benton was born Barbara Lynn Klein. She comes from a Jewish family and was on January 28, 1950, in New York City but was raised in Sacramento. Barbie is 5”3 (160 cm) in height and her Zodiac Sign Is Aquarius.

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Photo of Barbi Bentonin her prime days

Barbi Benton’s Parents And Family

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Her father was a military doctor, but after the family moved to Sacramento, California, he practiced as a gynecologist there, while her mother worked as an investment counselor.


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Barbara Lynn Klein

Date of Birth

January, 28, 1950

Place of Birth

New York City, New York


72 years old as of 2022

Zodiac Sign


Educational Background

Americano High School/ UCLA

Famous As

Former Girlfriend Of Hugh Hefner

US State

New Yorkers


New York


George Gradow

Number of Children


Names of Children

Alexander Benton Gradow, Ariana Gradow


Former Singer And Actress

Net Worth

Between $8 Million and $10 Million

Barbi Benton’s Educational Background

She attended Rio Americano High School and took all kinds of lessons – from scuba diving to piano – and even did some “tearoom modeling” while in school.

She enrolled at UCLA to become a veterinarian but had to give up that career option as she could not stand the sight of blood.

While at UCLA, Barbie took a job with Playboy to appear on their entertainment show Playboy After Dark. She initially started as an extra on the show, but after host Hugh Hefner fell in love with Benton, her role was quickly elevated to co-host.

Barbie’s Relationship With Hugh Hefner; Marriage To George Gradow

While working on the Playboy Series together, Hefner proposed love to Barbie. Even though they dated for quite a long time, Barbie and Hefner couldn’t tie the knot.

Even though Hugh regretted not marrying Barbi, it didn’t take him long to move on. That same year, he began dating Sondra Theodore.

Benton married Real Estate Developer, George Gradow on October 14, 1979.

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Photo of Barbi Benton and her ex-lover and manager, Hugh Hefner

Barbie Benton’s Children With George Gradow

On August 23, 1986, Barbie and her ex-husband, George had their first child named, Alexander while Ariana was born on July 13, 1988. They divide their time between homes in Aspen and Los Angeles.

Barbie Benton’s Music & Acting Career

Barbie Benton released three more country albums from Playboy Records – ‘Barbi Benton’ (1975), ‘Something New’ (1976), and ‘Ain’t That Just the Way’ (1978) – with the single ‘Ain’t That Just the Way’ becoming a hit in Sweden.

In 1988, her pop album ‘Kinetic Voyage’ from Takoma Records made waves, making her famous.

Barbie Benton has appeared on many television shows, including ‘Sugar Time!’, ‘Fantasy Island, ‘The Love Boat, and most recently the reality show ‘The Girls Next Door’; was a panelist on ‘The Hollywood Squares’ and ‘The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour’; and has been a guest on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’.

Barbie Benton co-hosted ‘Playboy after Dark’ alongside Hefner and was regular on the comedy series ‘Hee Haw’ for four seasons, in which she was a featured singer.

She also starred in the short-lived 1977 ABC-TV comedy series, “Sugar Time” about an aspiring female rock group and films including the slasher Hospital Massacre.

Barbi Benton
Barbi Benton And Her Husband, George Gradow



PlayBoy After Dark


Hee Haw


Marcus Welby, M.D.


The Midnight Special


American Bandstand


Nashville on the Road


The Bobby Vinton Show


The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

Sugar Time

Fantasy Island

1982, 1980, 1979

Circus of the Stars


Matt Houston


Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer

Hammer House of Misery And Suspense


Safe At Home


Murder, She Wrote



Barbi Benton Presents: Best Buns On the Beach

Barbi Benton Presents: Stripper of the Year


Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time


Entertainment Tonight


Playboy’s 50th Anniversary


The Girls Next Door


The E! True Hollywood Story – Hugh Hefner: Girlfriends, Wives, and Centerfolds


Extreme Cribs: Episode 5


Million Dollar Rooms

Who Much Is Barbie Benton Worth?

Barbie Benton has an estimated Networth between $8 Million and $10 Million.

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