Hugh Hefner’s Casablanca Night Birthday Tradition Never Gets Old: See the Pictures!

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris
Hugh Hefner, who turned 89 on April 9, carried on his birthday tradition of hosting a Casablanca night with wife Crystal Harris Elayne Lodge

Here’s looking at Hugh, kid. Hugh Hefner may be getting older, but his birthday tradition is timeless. To celebrate turning 89 years young on Thursday, April 9, the Playboy founder hosted (as he has in years past) a Casablanca-themed bash for family and friends. 

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The 1942 film, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is Hef’s all-time favorite movie, and he watches it every year on his birthday. Afterward, guests retreat to the Playboy Mansion’s spacious dining room — transformed to look like Rick’s Cafe from the flick — to toast the mogul with champagne and caviar.

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Hugh Hefner, Crystal Harris, Pam Anderon and her sons
Hugh Hefner, Crystal Harris, Pam Anderon and her sons Elayne Lodge

For this year’s festivities, Hef donned his trademark silk pajamas in black, spiffed up with a cream-colored tuxedo jacket just like the one Bogie’s character Rick wears. His wife, Crystal Harris, turned heads in a beaded black dress with sheer sleeves. 

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Of course, you can’t have a birthday party without birthday cake — and Hef’s cake was a beauty. In keeping with the theme of the shindig, the top of the confection had been decorated to look like the classic Casablanca poster, with the birthday boy and his wife standing in for Bogart and Bergman.

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Earlier in the day, Hef and Harris got a special visit from an old friend: Pamela Anderson, who’s covered Playboy a record 13 times over the years. She brought her sons Dylan and Brandon to wish the infamous ladies’ man a happy birthday.

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris
Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris Elayne Lodge

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