Barbi Benton Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Barbara Lynn Klein was born on 28 January 1950, in New York City, USA into a Jewish family, and is a singer, actress, and model, best known for being a part of “Playboy” and “Playboy After Dark”. She has also played parts in several television shows such as “Fantasy Island” and “Sugar Time!” All of her endeavors have helped put her net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Barbi Benton? As of mid-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $20 million, mostly earned through modelling and acting. She has also had a successful music career, releasing numerous country singles. She’s been featured in various Playboy Magazine issues, and all of these activities have ensured the position of her wealth.

Barbi Benton Net Worth $20 million

Benton moved to California with her family when she was very young, and attended Rio American High School in Sacramento to the age of 16, when she decided to pursue modelling. She attended UCLA and then became part of Playboy when she was 18 years old. She was part of the “Playboy After Dark” entertainment show as the co-host with Hugh Hefner. Hefner would then ask her on a date and the two would have a relationship that would last for several years. Hefner also suggested that she change her name from Barbara Klein to Barbi Benton.

She appeared on the cover of Playboy Magazine four times from 1969 to 1985, and also had nude photo layouts for two shoots in December 1973 and January 1975. Interestingly, despite her numerous features she was never made a Playmate of the Month. She became a part of the show “Hee Haw” and then started to pursue acting. She was a regular on “Hee Haw” mostly appearing in comic sketches, which helped her net worth.

She also started her career as a country singer, but after four years decided to go for more Hollywood level roles. After appearing in a few B movies, she became part of popular television shows including “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island”. She was also cast in “Sugar Time!” and “Hospital Massacre”, and other projects she’s been a part of include “Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time” and “Deathstalker”. Aside from that, Benton was also responsible for finding the location of the Playboy Mansion where she lived during her relationship with Hefner.
For her music career, she released the song “Brass Buckles” in 1975, which reached fifth spot of the Billboard’s country singles chart.

Prior to focusing on a music career, it is known that she released a few songs for Playboy Records. She recorded a total of eight albums, and personally produced her last album. She plays the piano, and also composed most of her songs. Barbi has recently focused her efforts on interior decorating.

For her personal life, it is known that Barbi dated Hugh Hefner from 1968 to 1976 and even after the relationship ended, the two remained close friends. She married George Gradow in 1979 and they have two children. They spend a lot of time either in Los Angeles or Aspen. Aside from that, Gradow was sentenced to 15 months in prison during 2006 found guilty of tax fraud.

Quick Facts

Birth date: January 28, 1950
Birth place: New York City, New York, USA
Height:5' 3" (1.6 m)
Profession:Model
Education:Rio Americano High School
Nationality:American
Spouse:George Gradow
Children:Ariana Gradow, Alexander Benton Gradow
Albums:Barbi Doll, Ain't That Just the Way, Barbi Benton, Something New
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Has became an Interior Decorator [2002]
2Barbi recorded and released four albums for Playboy Records in the 1970's.
3Her husband, George Gradow, is a real estate developer.
4Her father was a military doctor and later physician.
5Her first TV appearances were on the syndicated show, Playboy After Dark (1969), where she functioned as beau Hugh M. Hefner's co-host/sidekick.
6Moved to Los Angeles when she was 16 and found some jobs modeling. Barbi met and started a relationship with Hugh M. Hefner in 1968, when she was only 18 years old. Hef was 42.
7Is portrayed by Rebecca Herbst in Hefner: Unauthorized (1999)
8Despite her love liaison with Playboy Magazine's Hugh M. Hefner, Benton never was a Playmate of the Month, though she did appear on some covers and in various pictorials
9She recorded country and pop albums.
10Has a son Alexander Benton Gradow (b. August 23, 1986) and a daughter, Ariana Gradow (b. 1988), with husband George Gradow.
11Father is a doctor in Carmichael, California.
12At least two spreads in Playboy.
13(1969-1976) Lived with Hugh M. Hefner


Quotes

#Quote
1I believe that mink are raised for being turned into fur coats and if we didn't wear fur coats those little animals would never have been born. So is it better not to have been born or to have lived for a year or two to have been turned into a fur coat? I don't know.


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007Entertainer's AwardTV Land AwardsHee Haw (1969)· Roy Clark
· Marianne Gordon
· Jim Hager
· Jon Hager
· Gunilla Hutton
· Misty Rowe
· Linda Thompson
· Sam Lovullo (producer)


Filmography

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Love Boat1978-1987TV SeriesKiki Atwood, Spoiled Rich Girl / Barbi Benton / Cathy Somms / ...
Riptide1986TV SeriesGina Potter
Murder, She Wrote1986TV SeriesNurse Sue Beth
The New Mike Hammer1984TV SeriesSusan Lancaster
Fox Mystery Theater1984TV SeriesCaroline Trent
Deathstalker1983Codille
Matt Houston1983TV SeriesAva
Fantasy Island1978-1982TV SeriesCourtney / Miss Winslow / Joan Michaels / ...
X-Ray1981Susan Jeremy
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1981TV SeriesKitty Rhinestone
CHiPs1981TV SeriesSal
Charlie's Angels1980TV SeriesToni Green
For the Love of It1980TV MovieAnita
When the Whistle Blows1980TV SeriesDixie Lee Griffin
Vega$1979TV SeriesHolly
Flying High1979TV SeriesJoan
Sugar Time!1977-1978TV SeriesMaxx Douglas
McCloud1975TV SeriesShannon Forbes
The Third Girl from the Left1973TV MovieMelanie
The Great American Beauty Contest1973TV MovieMiss Iowa
Marcus Welby, M.D.1972TV SeriesLiz
Mir hat es immer Spaß gemacht1970Lynn Keefe (as Barbara Benton)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1981TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Sonny and Cher Show1977TV Series performer - 1 episode
McCloud1975TV Series performer - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Schulmädchen '841984

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Q N' A with Mikki and Shay2014TV SeriesHerself
America's Book of Secrets2012TV SeriesHerself
The Girls Next Door2005-2009TV SeriesHerself - Hef's Former Girlfriend / Herself - Hef's Ex-Girlfriend
The 5th Annual TV Land Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Winner ("Entertainers Award")
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Playboy: Celebrity Centerfolds2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
When Playboy Ruled the World2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Hugh Hefner: American Playboy Revisited1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time1992DocumentaryHerself
The Starlight Annual Foundation Benefit1986TV MovieHerself
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Gene Kelly1985TV MovieHerself
The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team1984TV MovieHerself - Performer
Pete's Place1983TV SeriesHerself (1983)
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1983TV SeriesHerself
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour1983TV SeriesHerself
Hee Haw1972-1983TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Featured Singer
Circus of the Stars #71982TV Special documentaryHerself - Trapeze Artist
Magic with the Stars1982TV MovieHerself
The Alan Thicke Show1980-1981TV SeriesHerself
The 8th Annual American Music Awards1981TV SpecialHerself
Circus of the Stars #51980TV Special documentaryHerself
Men Who Rate a 101980TV SpecialHerself
Horas doradas1980TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1978-1980TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The Mike Douglas Show1975-1980TV SeriesHerself - Singer / Actress / Herself - Ex-Playboy Bunny
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1974-1980TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Circus of the Stars #41979TV Special documentaryHerself - Performer
Sha Na Na1979TV SeriesHerself
Barbi Doll for Christmas1978TV MovieHerself - Host / Performer
America 2-Night1978TV SeriesHerself
Murder at the Mardi Gras1978TV MovieHerself
The 5th Annual American Music Awards1978TV SpecialHerself
The Sonny and Cher Show1977TV SeriesHerself / Various Characters
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHerself
The Norman Gunston Show1975TV SeriesHerself
New American Bandstand 19651975TV SeriesHerself
Nashville on the Road1975TV SeriesHerself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHerself
Treffpunkt Airport1969TV Series documentaryHerself
Playboy After Dark1969TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel2009DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Girls Next Door2005-2006TV SeriesHerself
The Hee Haw Collection, Vol. 52006VideoHerself
Barbarian2003Video uncredited
Playboy: The Party Continues2000TV Movie documentaryHerself

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