Barbi Benton Net Worth 2019, Biography, Family, Career, and Awards
Barbi Benton Net Worth 2019 – Barbi Benton is an American model, Actress, Television personality and singer, best known for being a longtime former girlfriend of ‘Playboy’ founder Hugh Hefner. She has appeared on ‘Playboy’ covers four times and spreads twice.
As a television star, she co-hosted ‘Playboy After Dark’ alongside Hefner and was a regular on the comedy series ‘Hee Haw’ for four seasons, in which she was a featured singer.
Barbi Benton Net Worth
She has been highly successful in her career and it is estimated that she has a net worth of around $20 million.
Barbi Benton’s Biography
Barbi Benton was born as Barbara Lynn Klein into a Jewish family on January 28, 1950, in New York City. 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.
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.
Barbi Benton Education History
She attended the Rio Americano High School and later she joined the UCLA High School. She was about to be a veterinarian but she had to give up due to her career option.
- During her college days, Barbi Benton had signed up with a commercial agency to be “the new face in town”, and started to appear on television commercials. She landed a role on the TV series ‘Playboy After Dark’ at the age of 18, and appeared as the co-host and companion to the show’s director of entertainment, Hugh Hefner.
- She had multiple appearances on the talk-show ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’ in 1974-80, the TV show ‘Sugar Time!’ in 1977-78, the TV series ‘Fantasy Island’ in 1978-82 and ‘The Love Boat’ in 1978-87.
- She debuted as a country singer in 1975 with the album ‘Barbi Doll’, released from Playboy Records, which peaked at 17 on the US Country charts. Her single ‘Brass Buckles’ became a top-five hit on Billboard’s Country Singles chart.
- She 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
- Between 2005 and 2009, she has appeared on the TV series ‘The Girls Next Door’ as Hugh Hefner’s former girlfriend. Notable recent documentaries she has been featured on include ‘Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion’, ‘Playboy’s 50th Anniversary Celebration’, ‘when Playboy Ruled the World’ and ‘America’s Book of Secrets’.
Awards & Achievements
CMT aired a series of reruns of Barbi Benton’s show ‘Hee Haw’ during the 2006–07 season, for which she received the ‘TV Land Award’ in 2007 along with fellow cast members.
Her single ‘Brass Buckles’ became a top-five hit on Billboard’s Country Singles chart, while the single ‘Ain’t That Just the Way’ remained a number one hit in Sweden for 5 weeks.