When you need to get to the Playboy mansion in a hurry the only logical commute would be a tunnel from your house straight to Hugh Heffner’s land of bountiful bunnies. Jack Nicholson, Warren Beaty, and other celebrities did just that, allegedly.
A Playboy editor found some old photos that unearthed the secret passageway.
We decided to dig a little deeper and secured an invite to The Mansion to see if we could find out anything else. Staff led us to an unfinished basement area (rare in LA, given the earthquakes) and let us check out what can only be described as a treasure trove of old photos, plans and blueprints.
After an hour of giddy treasure hunting (you won’t believe some of the stuff down there), this caught our eye.
So, according this blueprint, tunnels were built to 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. There are no dates on the architectural schematics, but the dates on the Polaroids were from 1977.
This was the only other document that referenced the tunnels.
We asked if we could see the tunnels. A staff member said, off the record, “I heard they were closed up sometime in 1989.” Hugh Hefner married Playmate Kimberley Conrad in 1989. We went back to the general manager, and he said he couldn’t discuss it further.
We then asked The Mansion staff for more info about the celebrity tunnels, and we were told Mr. Hefner did not wish to comment. We reached out to reps for Nicholson, Caan, Douglas and Beatty, and they have not agreed to comment.
When nobody wants to talk about a story, that’s a pretty good indication that it’s true. The blueprints don’t hurt either.
The big question is, what the hell was going on at the mansion that grown men were willing to walk underground to get a hit? Sheesh.