Earlier this week Playboy published vintage photos of an excavation project along with a blueprint showing a series of tunnels connecting the infamous residence to various celebrity homes in the surrounding area.
According to the article, when asked about the photos of the construction site, the new Playboy Mansion general manager said “that’s probably when they built the tunnels in the ’70s.”
A closer look at the blueprint shows there were plans to dig tunnels to the the homes of “Mr J. Nicholson,” “Mr W. Beatty,” “Mr K. Douglas,” and “Mr J. Caan.”
“We’ll go ahead and assume they’re talking about Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas, and James Caan — all of whom lived near the Playboy Mansion during the late 1970s and early 1980s,” Playboy reported.
According to the article, the partial tunnels were closed in 1989 when Hugh Hefner married then-Playmate Kimberley Conrad.
Playboy reached out to the publicity representatives for Nicholson, Caan, Douglas, and Beatty, and has yet to receive a comment.
One of our editors was in the office archives pulling photos for a feature set to run on Hugh Hefner’s birthday. He found some Polaroids from 1977 that showed a large excavation project at The Mansion.
We asked the new general manager at The Mansion about these photos. He said, very matter-of-factly, “that’s probably when they built the tunnels in the 70s.”
When you work at Playboy, you hear a lot of stories. Some of them are true:
The Playboy Mansion is, in fact, the only private residence in LA with a fireworks license and one of the few with a zookeeping permit.
Some of them — such as whether there’s a secret room in the house that lets you see into the Grotto pool — we can’t verify because we’ve never actually seen that room in The Mansion. But we’d never heard anything about a tunnel.