What Is The Former Playmate Barbi Benton Doing These Days? Is She Still Married? Exclusive Details
Barbi Benton is one of the few Playmates ever to have a stable married life. Married to George Gradow 1979, she's still living a happy life with him.
Benton has kept a quite low profile except to come out for an interview in 2014 to discuss Bill Cosby after some serious sexual harassment cases against him. She revealed some groundbreaking information on the matter. We have all that and more here, keep on reading for exclusive details of Barbi Benton's married life.
The Secret To Ex-Playmate Barbi Benton's Successful Marriage And Children
The former Playmate Barbi gradually left her media career after marriage and gave her full time with her family. Barbie Benton was one of the popular models in the 1970s.
However, that is not why she has such a long-standing married life, it's definitely the love and togetherness in their relationship.
Benton married George Gradow on October 14, 1979. The couple is together for more than three decades now. They are happily married and there is no news about their divorce publicly.
Benton and George have two children; their first child, son Alexander was born on August 23, 1986. Their second child, a daughter, Ariana Gradow was born on July 13, 1988.
Though the former playmate's current personal life is not wide open to the public, she seems happy with her children and husband. The couple celebrated their 39th marriage anniversary on 14 October 2018. It has been nearly four decades that the couple has been still sharing the same marriage journey with no conflict.
The couple spends their time partially in Aspen's home and partially in Los Angeles' house.
Before she married George, she dated Playboy After Dark host Hugh Hefner from 1969-1976. As of now, Benton and her spouse George divide their time between their houses in Los Angeles and Aspen.
Who is Barbi Benton's Husband George Gradow?
Barbie's husband George Gradow is a real-estate agent and an entrepreneur. He has been remaining secretive about his personal information as well as professional. He seems to be a loyal husband to former model Barbi. When he married her, he thought his life would be a fairy tale. After marrying her, in an interview with people in April 1980 he told,
When I go to bed every night I say, ‘I’m the luckiest man in the world
He was a common man when he started his relationship with his wife Benton, however, Benton had already established herself as a model, but their professional differences didn't cause any effect in their relationship. He told he used to feel very lucky to be with her which every common man would feel if they have a celebrity by their side.
George once made headlines in 2007 after he was arrested in Aspen after he allegedly cheated internal revenue worth of $130K. He was convicted on those offenses and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
What Is Former Playmate Barbie Benton Up To These Days?
The former Playboy model Barbi was famous in the 1970s. She gained fame through Playboy's television series Playboy After Dark where she played alongside stars like Joe Cocker, Ike & Tina Turner Sammy Davis, Jack Jones among others.
After her marriage to George, she mostly remained out of the media radar, however, in 2014, she broke her draught on the media after Bill Cosby was accused of sexual harassment case in 2014, she talked to Daily Mail where she revealed some exclusive details on the case. Then she said,
I saw him there so many times I couldn't count them,' said Benton. 'He would come to be with this one particular girl — I am not going to name her, but I will say that her name has not come out in any of the recent accusations against Cosby.
That was the last time she made public appearances. Besides being a well-known model, Benton was also a singer who had released five albums and numerous singles in the 1970s apart from appearing in many TV series and movies.
Barbi, who retired from modeling career pretty soon is out of the media these days. Barbi last appeared in 2012 HGTV movie Million Dollar Rooms. As of now, we can say she lives a happily married life with her husband and kids.
Barbi Benton's Career And Net Worth
Starting off a modeling career at the age of 16, Benton took her first job at Playboy appearing on their entertainment show Playboy After Dark.
Benton appeared on the cover of Playboy four times: July 1969, March 1970, May 1972, and December 1985 and in additional photo layouts in the December 1973 and January 1975 issues.
Benton has achieved some success as a recording artist as well. Her record "Brass Buckles" (1975) was a top-five hit on Billboard's country singles chart. Benton has recorded eight albums, the last of which she personally produced in 1979.
Benton has a net worth of around $20 million, as of 2019. She has made such a hefty fortune from her modeling and acting career. She is also selling her Los Angeles for $11,950,00,000. According to property records, she bought the 11,608 square feet duplex for $3.7 million in-mid 1990.
Barbi Benton's Quick Facts
- Barbi Benton was born on January 28, 1950, in New York City.
- Her father was a military doctor and later a physician.
- She belongs to American nationality and his ethnicity is White.
- She 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.
- She debuted as a country singer in 1975 with the album 'Barbi Doll', released from Playboy Records, which peaked at 17 on the US Country charts.