Did Kirk Douglas Have a Secret Tunnel to the Playboy Mansion? by the Forward

Did Kirk Douglas Have a Secret Tunnel to the Playboy Mansion?

Kirk Douglas with Eve Miller in ‘The Big Trees’ // Wikimedia Commons

Alas, we discovered this was all an elaborate Playboy April’s fools joke!

Oh, the things you come across when looking for pictures to make Hugh Hefner’s birthday collage.

A couple of editors at Playboy were rummaging through the magazine’s archives looking for material to properly honor their esteemed founder, when they came across some polaroids from 1977 showing a massive construction project at the Playboy Mansion. Confused, they asked the property’s general manager about it. His answer: “That’s probably when they built the tunnels in the 7’0s.”

Given that it’s April 1, aka the day no one should trust news outlets, let’s just hope it’s not a prank.

Apparently, some Hollywood lotharios weren’t content with just walking in the front door like your average Joe. So, to oblige the likes of James Caan, Kirk Douglas — both MOTs — Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty, Hugh Hefner decided to build a series of underground tunnels leading directly into the actors’ homes.

An adventurous field-trip to the mansion revealed blueprints for these tunnels, leading to the homes of “Mr. J. Nicholson,” “Mr. W. Beatty,” “Mr. K. Douglas” and “Mr. J. Caan.”

The tunnels — if they were ever even built — were reportedly shut down sometime in the late ’80s. None of the actors involved have agreed to comment (shocker).

Click here for pictures of the tunnel blueprints.


Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen

Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.

Did Kirk Douglas Have a Secret Tunnel to the Playboy Mansion?

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