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Holly Madison
Holly Madison
Madison in 2015
Holly Cullen

(1979-12-23) December 23, 1979 (age 39)
Astoria, Oregon, U.S.
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Alma materPortland State University
Loyola Marymount University
OccupationAuthor, model, and TV personality
Years active1998–present
Known forDown the Rabbit Hole
The Vegas Diaries
Holly's World
The Girls Next Door
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Pasquale Rotella (m. 2013)
Partner(s)Hugh Hefner (2001–2008)

Holly Madison[1] (born December 23, 1979)[2][3] is a model, showgirl, television personality, and New York Times best-selling author.[4] Madison is known for her role in the E! reality television show The Girls Next Door and for her own series, Holly's World. In July 2015, Madison released her first book and memoir, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny.[5] In May 2016, she released her second book, The Vegas Diaries: Romance, Rolling the Dice, and the Road to Reinvention[6] detailing her career and dating life in Las Vegas.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 2003–2009: The Girls Next Door
    • 2.2 After The Girls Next Door
      • 2.2.1 Dancing with the Stars
      • 2.2.2 World's largest bikini parade
      • 2.2.3 2009–2012: Peepshow
      • 2.2.4 2009–2011: Holly's World
      • 2.2.5 Publications
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
    • 4.1 Film
    • 4.2 Television
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life[edit]

Holly Madison was born in Astoria, Oregon.[2] At age two, she lived with her family in Craig, Alaska, on Prince of Wales Island.[7] When she was in middle school, her family returned to St. Helens, Oregon. She later attended Portland State University for two years, majoring in theater and psychology.[7] Afterward, Madison moved to Los Angeles and attended Loyola Marymount University.[2]

To afford her college tuition, Madison competed to become a Hawaiian Tropic model and worked as a waitress at Hooters. Her appearance at these venues led to invitations to the Playboy Mansion and at the age of 21, after more than a year of such visits, Madison was asked to move in.


2003–2009: The Girls Next Door[edit]

The Girls Next Door was an E! Network show following life of Madison and others at the Playboy Mansion. Although Madison was never a Playboy Playmate, Playboy published a nude pictorial of Madison with her The Girls Next Door costars in the November 2005 issue. The women were featured again on the covers of the September 2006, March 2008, and February 2009 issues. During seasons three and four, Madison was shown working at the Playboy studios as an intern and later a junior photo editor. She also helped design and put together The Girls Next Door calendars. In February 2009, with the ending of the sixth season she quit working for the company altogether due to the split from Hugh Hefner making her position "awkward."[8]

After The Girls Next Door[edit]

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

Madison was chosen to replace Jewel on Dancing with the Stars and was partnered with Dmitry Chaplin.[9][10] Madison was injured while practicing[10] and Madison and Chaplin were voted off.[11]

World's largest bikini parade[edit]

In May 2009, Madison and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman led a Guinness World Record-breaking "largest bikini parade ever".[12] According to the Las Vegas Sun, "The politician and the former Playboy house bunny joined forces to usher in the city's summer swimsuit season..." in an event timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign.[12] The 281 parade participants broke the prior record of 250.[12] The mark has subsequently been eclipsed by events in the Cayman Islands (331),[13] and Brisbane, Australia (357).[13]

2009–2012: Peepshow[edit]

Madison starred in the burlesque show Peepshow at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. She was brought in to replace Kelly Monaco after Monaco's three-month contract was up.[14] Madison was likewise initially signed to a three-month contract, but due to the show's success, it was eventually extended to a full year.[15] She starred as both "Bo Peep" and "Goldilocks" for nearly four years; however, in 2012, she left the show due to her pregnancy.

2009–2011: Holly's World[edit]

Madison starred in her own reality show, Holly's World,[16] which revolved around her life at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. "It's all good-natured and not mean like other reality shows", Madison said of her show. "I'm really excited about the new series because I am also getting a legitimate co-producer credit for all the work I do behind the camera. It's not a vanity credit. I'm super excited to learn from the best and take on new responsibilities."[17] The show premiered on December 6, 2009, and ran for 2 successful seasons.[18]


In 2015, Madison released her memoir Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. The book details her life in the Playboy Mansion and the beginning of her recovery afterward.[19] The book debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, spending three weeks in the spot and over three months on the list in 2015.

In May 2016, Holly released her second memoir The Vegas Diaries: Romance, Rolling the Dice and the Road to Reinvention, which debuted on The New York Times Bestseller list.[20] The book chronicles her journey toward reinvention and self-acceptance in glamorous Las Vegas.[21]

Personal life[edit]

In August 2001, Madison moved into the Mansion and officially became one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends. In February 2002, after all but two of his girlfriends left, Madison became his "#1 Girl".[2] During her time with Hefner, Madison stated that she wanted to marry him and have his children. However, during an interview at the Playmate of the Year luncheon in May 2008, Hefner stated, "I love Holly very much and I think we're going to be together the rest of my life, but marriage isn't part of my puzzle. It's not a personal thing; I just haven't had much luck with marriages."[22]

On October 7, 2008, Madison announced that her relationship with Hefner had ended, but that she, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson were "still filming stuff together."[23] Hefner confirmed the breakup stating that, "If Holly says it's over, I guess it's over."[24]

In 2009, Madison stated, "I'm never dating anybody again. I don't need a man. I'm really happy with myself and being with my friends... I'm focused on forwarding my career. I'm working on producing my own shows. Girls Next Door was a great place to start but it was somebody else's show. I'm just ready to move on."[25]

Madison has spoken openly about her cosmetic surgeries, having had both rhinoplasty and breast augmentation. After the latter procedure, her bust measurements went from an A-cup to a D.[26] In 2011, Madison announced that she had insured her breasts for $1 million.[27]

In August 2012, Madison announced that she and Pasquale Rotella, whom she began dating in 2011, were expecting their first child together.[28] Madison gave birth to their daughter in March 2013, in Las Vegas.[29] Madison and Rotella were married at Disneyland on September 10, 2013 with Marquardt as a bridesmaid, and reside in Las Vegas.[30] Madison gave birth to her second child, a son in August 2016.[31][32] Rotella and Madison are separated as of September 25, 2018, stated to be amicable.[33]

She is a supporter of animal welfare and has posed for two of PETA's anti-fur ads.[34]



Year Film Role Notes
1998 The Last Broadcast Miss Lady Bright Eyes [35]
2006 Scary Movie 4 Blonde # 1
2008 The House Bunny Herself
2009 The Telling Stephanie
2015 Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Lieutenant Harrison


Year Title Role Notes
2002 MTV Cribs Herself 1 episode
2003 The Surreal Life Herself Episode: "The Wedding and Goodbye"
Doggy Fizzle Televizzle Herself Episode: 4
2004 The Sharon Osbourne Show Herself 1 episode
The Bernie Mac Show Bunny Episode: "The Talk"
Viva La Bam Herself Episode: "Drive-Way Skate Park"
2005 Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself Season 5 Episode 6 – "The Smoking Jacket"
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch Herself 1 episode
2005 Entourage Herself Episode: "Aquamansion"
2005–2006 The Tyra Banks Show Herself 2 episodes
2005–2009 The Girls Next Door Herself (seasons 1–5. 80 episodes)
2006 E! True Hollywood Story Herself Episode: "Hugh Hefner: Girlfriends, Wives and Centerfolds"
Amazon Fishbowl Herself 1 episode
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Herself Uncredited, 2 episodes
Robot Chicken Herself (Voice) Episode: "Drippy Pony"
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself 1 episode
2007 Keeping Up with the Kardashians Herself Episode: "Birthday Suit"
Phenomenon Herself Episode: Three
Last Call with Carson Daly Herself 1 episode
2008 Today Herself 1 episode
Celebrity Family Feud Herself Episode: "Vincent Pastore vs. The Girls Next Door"
Living Lohan Herself Episode: "The Billionaire Babysitters"
Chelsea Lately[36] Herself 1 episode
2009 Dancing with the Stars Contestant (Season 8, eliminated 3rd round)
2009–2010 Kendra Herself 2 episodes
2009–2011 Holly's World Herself (Seasons 1–2. 19 Episodes)
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Hot Blonde Episodes: "Pool Shark"
2010 When I Was 17 Herself 1 episode
2013 "Holly Has a Baby"! Herself E! Special
2015 Redwood Kings Herself 1 episode