I have this problem where I'm never satisfied with what I do.
I don't wish to sound chauvinistic, but I feel the female body is beautiful to look at, more so than a male's.
I considered Hef a one-woman man.
One thing I love is that I don't have a lot of people running around Hollywood saying "I've had her", because guys love to talk, especially about celebrities.
I love clothes and jewelry. I'm the fashion lady type.
My young face keeps me in the running for youthful roles. If my face is going to look 22 then so should my body.
I'm no libber. I like it when a man looks at me and treats me like a woman. I do think though, that women should get equal pay to a man doing the same thing.
'Playboy Magazine' has been a devil's advocate for me. Because of the image and type-casting, it's harder to convince people that I can sing. Yet, I probably wouldn't have had the chance, had it not been for Playboy.
People, whatever their profession is, have a right to fight for the right causes.
When he died, he took a big piece of me with him. I'm sure that every time I do something, I'll think about having done it with Hef.
My singing teacher said it would take three years before I could sing well enough to be accepted as a professional. They were wrong. It took me five years.
When I first met Hef, I was a co-ed at UCLA.
Bill Cosby was one of the first people I met at the Mansion, shortly after I met Hef in 1968.
I buy unknown, lower-name brand jeans. I don't care about the name brands, if I look good in the jeans I don't care who made them.
I honestly think that Hef had a lot to do with women making more money and getting better jobs. He's had a huge impact on the entire world, and I think that's for the better.
I was studying pre-med at UCLA when I decided show business was for me, and the best way to make it was in music. I had just one problem. I was tone deaf.
When we first dated, I would not go home with Hef, so the only way that he could see me was by taking me out. We went out quite a bit.
I'm not really the star of 'Sugar.' I'm co-starring with two other girls, Marianne Black and Didi Carr. We play roommates in the series and we sing together professionally.
Of course, I'm not exactly the girl next door.
I'd like to play Vegas as a head-liner.
At 35 women are at the bottom level of middle age but we can look like we are absolutely in our prime. Even if you're badly out of shape, you can put yourself in good shape in two years, maximum.
I look at the feminine body as a piece of art.
It's a hindrance in trying to get a serious acting role. The minute a producer has a script and my name comes up, they immediately think of 'Playboy', 'Hee Haw', 'Fantasy Island' and 'Love Boat'.
People are surprised that I can walk and talk.
Anybody that was famous found their way to the Playboy Mansion. It was exciting for me. But I didn't know half of them!
When I first came to Southern California I enrolled at UCLA in pre-med. My fathers a doctor. But the sight of blood turns me off, so I began doing television commercials.
People recognized us together and our names were synonymous. Whenever you heard Barbi Benton, you think of Hugh Hefner. And I loved that. I was his girlfriend and he was my boyfriend.
If it were up to me, I wouldn't have security. But Hef thinks I'm naive. He feels I'm vulnerable to kidnapping.
What I really want is to create a name based on my own accomplishments.
Hef has always been attracted to younger women. He loves to see the world through the eyes of someone seeing it for the first time.
I would never fall in love with a ditch-digger.
When I was growing up, we were in a high income bracket, one of the highest. I was one of the first in high school to get a car. And I didn't have to wait for it to be a graduation present, either. We've probably got one of the nicest houses in Sacramento.
The new age disc jockeys and program directors have accepted me as a new age artist, along with Shadowfax and the rest, and they're playing my songs.
I'm very career-minded.
Most of all, I want to be known as Barbi Benton, the singer, not as Hugh Hefner's girlfriend.
I made quite a lot of money in commercials and I decided when I got out of school to take singing lessons so I could get into singing commercials, too.
I think everyone should be creative in some way, otherwise you have no self-respect. That's why I believe in women working.
It's not that I don't have talent. I've had four gold albums in Scandinavia and they never heard of me as anything but a singer.
I've lost a lot of fat and that's through weight lifting.
But I'd like to be taken seriously as a singer.
I'm looking for personal credibility as an entertainer.
I take every lesson in the book: singing, acting, guitar, piano, jazz, organ and tap-dancing.
Actually, diamonds are a very common stone. I prefer emeralds.
I want to keep my roots in Hollywood.
I'd like to be known as something more than a girl who goes to lunch with her girl friends and goes shopping.
Hef was very protective of the women who went to the Mansion.
Circus lions are mean. They don't know anything about affection training.
There are some things I like that Hef likes, too. For example, Colonel Sanders' chicken is a standby. I've never been able to figure out how to recreate the combination of herbs they use to flavor the crust.
I like low-cut clothing because I am a believer that one should emphasize their best points.
The best thing is one hour of aerobics and one hour of anaerobics.