Madison in 2015
December 23, 1979
Astoria, Oregon, U.S.
|Alma mater||Portland State University|
Loyola Marymount University
|Occupation||Model, television personality|
|Known for||Down the Rabbit Hole|
The Vegas Diaries
The Girls Next Door
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
(m. 2013; div. 2019)
|Partner(s)||Hugh Hefner (2001–2008)|
Holly Madison (born Holly Cullen; December 23, 1979) is an American model and television personality. Madison is known for her role in the E! reality television show The Girls Next Door and for her own series, Holly's World. In July 2015, Madison released her first book and memoir, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. In May 2016, she released her second book, The Vegas Diaries: Romance, Rolling the Dice, and the Road to Reinvention detailing her career and dating life in Las Vegas.
Holly Madison was born in Astoria, Oregon. At age two, she lived with her family in Craig, Alaska, on Prince of Wales Island. When she was in middle school, her family returned to St. Helens, Oregon. She later attended Portland State University for two years, majoring in theater and psychology. Afterward, Madison moved to Los Angeles and attended Loyola Marymount University.
To afford her college tuition, Madison competed to become a Hawaiian Tropic model and worked as a waitress at Hooters. Her appearance at these venues led to invitations to the Playboy Mansion and at the age of 21, after more than a year of such visits, Madison asked permission from Hugh Hefner and was allowed to move in at the mansion.
2003–2009: The Girls Next Door
The Girls Next Door was an E! Network show following life of Madison and others at the Playboy Mansion. Although Madison was never a Playboy Playmate, Playboy published a nude pictorial of Madison with her The Girls Next Door costars in the November 2005 issue. The women were featured again on the covers of the September 2006, March 2008, and February 2009 issues. During seasons three and four, Madison was shown working at the Playboy studios as an intern and later a junior photo editor. She also helped design and put together The Girls Next Door calendars. In February 2009, with the ending of the sixth season she quit working for the company altogether due to her split from Hefner making her position "awkward."
After The Girls Next Door
Dancing with the Stars
World's largest bikini parade
In May 2009, Madison and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman led a Guinness World Record-breaking "largest bikini parade ever". According to the Las Vegas Sun, "The politician and the former Playboy house bunny joined forces to usher in the city's summer swimsuit season..." in an event timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. The 281 parade participants broke the prior record of 250. The mark has subsequently been eclipsed by events in the Cayman Islands (331), and Brisbane, Australia (357).
Madison starred in the burlesque show Peepshow at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. She was brought in to replace Kelly Monaco after Monaco's three-month contract was up. Madison was likewise initially signed to a three-month contract, but due to the show's success, it was eventually extended to a full year. She starred as both "Bo Peep" and "Goldilocks" for nearly four years; however, in 2012, she left the show due to her pregnancy.
2009–2011: Holly's World
Madison starred in her own reality show, Holly's World, which revolved around her life at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. "It's all good-natured and not mean like other reality shows", Madison said of her show. "I'm really excited about the new series because I am also getting a legitimate co-producer credit for all the work I do behind the camera. It's not a vanity credit. I'm super excited to learn from the best and take on new responsibilities." The show premiered on December 6, 2009, and ran for two seasons.
In 2015, Madison released her memoir Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. The book details her life in the Playboy Mansion and the beginning of her recovery afterward. The book debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, spending three weeks in the spot and over three months on the list in 2015.
In May 2016, Holly released her second memoir The Vegas Diaries: Romance, Rolling the Dice and the Road to Reinvention, which debuted on The New York Times Bestseller list. The book chronicles her journey toward reinvention and self-acceptance in glamorous Las Vegas.
Facing credit card debt and potential homelessness, in August 2001, Madison moved into the Playboy Mansion and officially became one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends. Hefner controlled her finances, enforced a strict schedule and curfew, and denied her opportunities to earn income outside the mansion. In February 2002, after all but two of his girlfriends left, Madison became his "#1 Girl". During her time with Hefner, Madison stated that she wanted to marry him and have his children. However, during an interview at the Playmate of the Year luncheon in May 2008, Hefner stated, "I love Holly very much and I think we're going to be together the rest of my life, but marriage isn't part of my puzzle. It's not a personal thing; I just haven't had much luck with marriages." Reflecting back on her time at the mansion, Madison has described her feelings for Hefner as being attributed to Stockholm syndrome.
On October 7, 2008, Madison announced that her relationship with Hefner had ended, but that she, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson were "still filming stuff together." Hefner confirmed the breakup stating that, "If Holly says it's over, I guess it's over."
In 2009, Madison stated, "I'm never dating anybody again. I don't need a man. I'm really happy with myself and being with my friends... I'm focused on forwarding my career. I'm working on producing my own shows. Girls Next Door was a great place to start but it was somebody else's show. I'm just ready to move on."
Madison has spoken openly about her cosmetic surgeries, having had both rhinoplasty and breast augmentation. After the latter procedure, her bust measurements went from an A-cup to a D. In 2011, Madison announced that she had insured her breasts for $1 million.
In August 2012, Madison announced that she and Pasquale Rotella, whom she began dating in 2011, were expecting their first child together. Madison gave birth to their daughter in March 2013, in Las Vegas. Madison and Rotella were married at Disneyland on September 10, 2013 with Marquardt as a bridesmaid, and reside in Las Vegas. Madison gave birth to her second child, a son in August 2016. Rotella and Madison are separated as of September 25, 2018, stated to be amicable. In February 2019, the divorce was finalized.
|1998||The Last Broadcast||Miss Lady Bright Eyes|||
|2006||Scary Movie 4||Blonde # 1|
|2008||The House Bunny||Herself|
|2015||Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!||Lieutenant Harrison|
|2002||MTV Cribs||Herself||1 episode|
|2003||The Surreal Life||Herself||Episode: "The Wedding and Goodbye"|
|Doggy Fizzle Televizzle||Herself||Episode: 4|
|2004||The Sharon Osbourne Show||Herself||1 episode|
|The Bernie Mac Show||Bunny||Episode: "The Talk"|
|Viva La Bam||Herself||Episode: "Drive-Way Skate Park"|
|2005||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Herself||Season 5 Episode 6 – "The Smoking Jacket"|
|The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch||Herself||1 episode|
|2005–2006||The Tyra Banks Show||Herself||2 episodes|
|2005–2009||The Girls Next Door||Herself||(seasons 1–5. 80 episodes)|
|2006||E! True Hollywood Story||Herself||Episode: "Hugh Hefner: Girlfriends, Wives and Centerfolds"|
|Amazon Fishbowl||Herself||1 episode|
|The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson||Herself||Uncredited, 2 episodes|
|Robot Chicken||Herself (Voice)||Episode: "Drippy Pony"|
|The Ellen DeGeneres Show||Herself||1 episode|
|2007||Keeping Up with the Kardashians||Herself||Episode: "Birthday Suit"|
|Last Call with Carson Daly||Herself||1 episode|
|Celebrity Family Feud||Herself||Episode: "Vincent Pastore vs. The Girls Next Door"|
|Living Lohan||Herself||Episode: "The Billionaire Babysitters"|
|Chelsea Lately||Herself||1 episode|
|2009||Dancing with the Stars||Contestant||(Season 8, eliminated 3rd round)|
|2009–2011||Holly's World||Herself||(Seasons 1–2. 19 Episodes)|
|2010||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Hot Blonde||Episodes: "Pool Shark"|
|2010||When I Was 17||Herself||1 episode|
|2013||"Holly Has a Baby"!||Herself||E! Special|
|2015||Redwood Kings||Herself||1 episode|
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I'm excited to finally share my story and what I've learned from my personal experiences both inside and outside of the Playboy Mansion... I think my stories will surprise people and I'm looking forward to lifting the veil of mystique and clearing up the misconceptions so often associated with my life.
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