Barbi Benton - Updated Apr 2024

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Barbi Benton


Barbi Benton is a former model and actress who made an appearance on shows like Sugar Time, The Girls Next Dor, and the Playboy After Dark TV series. Barbi Benton has appeared four times on the cover of Playboy magazine. She retired from show business in the 1980s to raise her children.

Early Life and Education

Barbi was born on January 28, 1950, in New York City, New York. Her full name is Barbara Lynn Klein. Likewise, she has an American nationality and has a sun sign of Aquarius. She has turned 74 years old and belongs to the White ethnic group.

She was born into a Jewish family. Her father, Marvin Adolph Klein was a gynecologist in Carmichael, California, and her mother, Helen Klein worked as an investment counselor. Her father was a military doctor and later a physician.

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Caption: Barbi Benton with her father (Source: Groovy History)


She grew up in Sacramento and 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.

After high school, she attended the University of California, Los Angeles to become a veterinarian, but had to give up that career option as she could not stand the sight of blood.

Relationship Status

Barbi has not been to date before 24. After recording 2 episodes of the Playboy After Dark series, Hefner asked the young co-ed for a date.

Upon being asked, she reportedly demurred to the then-42-year-old Hefner: “I don’t know, I’ve never dated anyone over 24 before.”

To which Hefner replied, “That’s all right, neither have I.” The two began a relationship from 1969-1976 and placed Benton in the center of the Playboy enterprise. Hefner was an American businessman. 

Currently, she has been married to the real estate developer George Gradow since 14th December 1978.

They have two children a daughter named Ariana Gradow (born on July 13, 1988) and a son named Alexander Benton Gradow (born on August 23, 1986). They divide their time between homes in Aspen and Los Angeles.

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Caption: Barbi Benton with her husband (Source: Bygonely)

Barbi Benton – Net Worth 2024

Being a famous model for Playboy Enterprise and an impressive actress in many TV Series, her net worth of the actress is $22 million.

She made her 1 million dollar fortune with Playboy, Hee Haw & Brass Buckles. Her net worth includes her properties and earnings.

Awards and Nominations

Benton achieved a good amount of fame as a recording artist. Her record “Brass Buckles” (1975) was a top-five hit on Billboard’s country singles chart.

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Career and Profession Life

Barbi Benton started modeling at the age of 16 to earn some extra money. At age 18 took a job with Playboy to appear on their entertainment show Playboy After Dark.

She initially started as an extra on the show, but after host Hugh Hefner fell in love with Benton, her role was quickly elevated to co-host.

Hefner and she began a relationship that lasted several years and placed Benton in the center of the Playboy enterprise. Hefner convinced her to change her name from Barbara Klein to the more marketable she.

She is credited with convincing Hugh Hefner to buy the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills in 1974.

Benton (initially credited as Barbi Klein) appeared on the cover of Playboy four times: July 1969, March 1970, May 1972, and December 1985, and in additional nude photo layouts in the December 1973 and January 1975 issues.

Though she was featured in several photo essays, she was never a Playmate of the Month. She landed a spot on television’s Hee Haw doing short comedy sketches and subsequently enjoyed a career as a country singer.

She also began acting, and appeared in the West German comedy film The Naughty Cheerleader (1970), before appearing as a featured repeat performer on several popular television series,

including The Bobby Vinton Show in 1976, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island. 


Benton lived with Hefner from 1969 until 1976 and is known for discovering the Playboy Mansion West, where Hefner resided until he died in 2017.

Years later, when the television series The Girls Next Door visited her in Aspen, Colorado, she expressed gratitude that the two had remained friends.

Benton left Hee Haw after four seasons to concentrate on a more Hollywood-oriented career. She also starred in the short-lived 1977 ABC-TV comedy series Sugar Time!,

about an aspiring female rock group, and films including the slasher Hospital Massacre (1982).

Benton achieved some success as a recording artist.  Benton has recorded eight albums, the last of which she produced in 1979. She also composed songs, sang them, and played piano.

One of her better-known songs was “Ain’t That Just the Way” (1976). It was a number-one hit in Sweden for 5 weeks, and was also a major hit for Lutricia McNeal in 1996,

and was recorded by the Dutch singer Patricia Paay under the title Poor Jeremy in 1977.

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Caption: Barbi Benton during her photo shoot (Source: Barbi Benton)

Barbi Benton – Body Measurements

Her body measurement of Barbi is 34-23-34 inches. She is 5 feet and 3 inches tall and weighs 49kg. Her bra size is 34B and she wears a dress of size 8(US). Moreover, she has a pair of beautiful hazel-blue eyes and dark brown hair. 

Social Media

Talking about social media, Barbi Benton does not use any social media. She does not use Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. But she has a lot of fans and they have made fan pages for her.