Jennifer Saginor

Author of Playground: A Childhood lost inside the Playboy Mansion

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Playground Book Review


A Childhood Lost Inside the Playboy Mansion

Author: Jennifer Saginor

Jennifer Saginor is the daughter of Hefner's personal physician, "Dr. Feelgood," who made a name for himself during their 40 year-old friendship and decades of living at the Mansion. Playground delves into a drug and sex fueled world of violence, parental neglect and how it shaped a young girls life.  While realism of the Playboy Mansion and the glitz of Hollywood provides a compelling hook, the heart of the story explores the complex, confused, and painful dynamics of family relationships from a child's point of view.

When she was six, Jennifer Saginor swam into John Belushi having sex with a Playmate in the Playboy Mansion grotto. By fifteen, she'd tried every drug under the sun, had sex with men and women, lost interest in school, and been legally separated from her mother and younger sister.

Jennifer's memoir, PLAYGROUND: A CHILDHOOD LOST INSIDE THE PLAYBOY MANSION, is a candid, shocking, and addictive read. At times voiced with a sort of prescient detachment that broke through the fog of her over-stimulated adolescence, PLAYGROUND is a stirring memoir and a fascinating look at a very particular time and place in American culture.


Sizzle Reel

My reel which gives you a glimpse into my childhood and life growing up in the infamous PLAYBOY MANSION.



"Utterly compelling...It's One Helluva Book! 

Larry King

"Totally Surreal; This is one of those books you simply can't put down." 

Ben Affleck


Focus TV Interview

Featuring Jennifer Saginor


"Utterly compelling...It's One Helluva Book!

- Larry King

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MSNBC interview with DAN ABRAMS

Featuring:                         Jennifer Saginor



Media Buzz & Press

The Telegraph UK with Jennifer Saginor

My playboy youth:  Sex, Drugs & Money

The Telegraph UK

The Resident


About Me

JENNIFER SAGINOR was born and raised in Beverly Hills, California where she still resides today. She has worked in production and development at Spelling Entertainment, Miramax Films, and the Motion Picture Corporation of America.

While the surrealism of the Playboy Mansion and glitz of Hollywood provides a compelling hook, the heart of the story explores the complex, confused, and painful dynamics of family relationships from a child's point of view.

"In the journey to unravel our past, we are confronted by our demons. In order to avoid our demons, we create distractions. It's in these distractions we will find our own personal demons. "  

"They say our lives are shaped not by those who love us, but by those who refuse to love us. I will be compelled forever by my formative years and the roles I developed as a child." 

~ Jennifer Saginor




 "A Trashy beach read with soul...packed full of the kind of depravity you can't tear your eyes away from." 

~The New Yorker

"Bizarre...Hilarious, disturbing.....I couldn't put it down."

"A real-life Less Than Zero." 

~Palm Beach News

"It's Hard to resist such a juicy read."

~Chicago Tribune

"Breathless....line of cocaine and lavish described moans of pleasure."

~Entertainment Weekly

"If you first brush with sex was stumbling upon John Belushi and a playmate going at it in the grotto of Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion, it stands to figure your childhood might be a little screwed up."

~The Daily News

"Salacious....A Playboy tell-all...with plenty of lurid episodes."

~The Buffalo News

"Recreational drug use...lesbian dropping a 'Dear Diary' was edited from the start of each chapter."

~Maxim Magazine

"Readers seeking overall bad behavior will find it in Spades." 

~Publishers Weekly

"An incredible unique experience and childhood growing up at The Playboy Mansion."




Jennifer Saginor

Beverly Hills, CA,  USA

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