Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes

Everyone knows Hugh Hefner, but the man at Hefner's side for all those ground-breaking Playboy years was Victor Lownes, who passed away January 11, 2017. A Celebration of this extraordinary man's life was organized by The Mabel Mercer Foundation and Victor's wife Marilyn Cole Lownes. It was quite fitting, since Victor Lownes and Hugh Hefner bonded at the beginning of Playboy Magazine because of their love of the cabaret artist Mabel Mercer.

Victor Lownes was VP of Playboy Enterprises and one of his ideas was to have Playboy build nightclubs. Will Friedwald pointed out to the friends, family, and business associates gathered in the Laurie Beechman Theater, that Hefner was actually the scholar and Victor was his idol and role model for the Playboy lifestyle. Hef seemed to always be one step behind Victor, and it was ironic that Hugh Hefner passed some months after Victor and Will noted "he followed Victor to the end".

Some of the finest artists in the world of cabaret performed and remembered Victor. Jeff Harnar pointed out, they all had one thing in common...they were all guests and were recipients of Marilyn and Victor's hospitality while staying in their London Townhouse. British and Chicago accents were in abundance as everyone toasted "The High Life of Victor Lownes" at The Laurie Beechman Theater.

Remembering Victor with their music were KT Sullivan, Mark Nadler, Daryl Sherman, Steve Ross, Andrea Marcovicci, Maude Maggart, Jeff Harnar, Jon Weber, and Joyce Breach. Marilyn Cole Lownes had many heartfelt and humorous words about Victor and ended by pointing to a table of ex Playboy bunnies who were his good friends.

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

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Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
KT Sullivan, artistic director Mabel Mercer Foundation

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Victor Lownes

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Marilyn Cole Lownes

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Will Friedwald

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Hugh Hefner, Mabel Mercer, Victor Lownes

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Victor Lownes & Marilyn Cole Lownes

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Daryl Sherman

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Andrea Marcovicci

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Joyce Breach

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Maude Maggart

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Steve Ross

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Jeff Harnar

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Mark Nadler & Eda Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Will Friedwald & Marilyn Lownes

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
KT Sullivan, Eda Sorokoff, Will Friedwald, Joyce Breach

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Steve Downey, Stephen Sorokoff, Bruno Quinson

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Eda Sorokoff, Marilyn Cole Lownes, Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
After Party

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
KT Sullivan & Marilyn Cole Lownes

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Mark Nadler & KT Sullivan

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
After Party

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Mark Nadler, KT Sullivan, Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes
Mark Nadler & Marilyn Cole Lownes

Photo Coverage: The Mebel Mercer Foundation Celebrates the High Life Of Victor Lownes



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