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By Holly Madison

Lost in Wonderland . . .

A fairy-tale dream that grew to become a nightmare, and a girl whose energy helped her give you the option out to the opposite side

At 21, small-town Oregon woman Holly Cullen grew to become Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner’s #1 female friend. yet like Alice’s trip into Wonderland, Holly’s plunge down the rabbit gap took her to a global the place all was once now not because it appeared. The fairy-tale lifestyles contained in the Playboy Mansion—which incorporated A-list famous person events and starring in a leading tv show—quickly devolved into an oppressive regimen of strict principles, manipulation, and battles with formidable, backstabbing Bunnies that almost drove Holly to take her personal life.

Down the Rabbit Hole is her introspective account of her time contained in the Mansion: the medication, abuse, notorious events, and Holly’s actual behind-the-scenes existence with Bridget, Kendra, and Mr. Playboy himself. it's also her chronicle of therapeutic and wish. through telling her tale, either a cautionary story and a party of non-public empowerment, Holly reminds us of the significance of struggling with for our dreams—and of discovering the lifestyles we deserve.

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This begins as your usual “Small-Town lady is going to Hollywood” tale that we’ve all heard 100 instances prior to. yet it’s additionally even more than that: it’s the unauthorized, never-before-told tale of the Playboy Mansion and the fellow that holds the major; it’s a behind-the-scenes account of fact tv at its so much decadent and absurd; it’s a cautionary story; it’s the tale of betrayal and abuse yet finally of survival, good fortune, and redemption; and eventually it’s a real-life fairy story with heroines, villains, bizarre characters, unusual happenings, and, after all, a “Happily Ever After. ” a few of the names during this e-book were replaced to guard the blameless . . . in addition to the various no longer so blameless. while you’ve journeyed right into a darkish international the place exposure and repute are commodities so deeply wanted and not able to be acquired, you’re hesitant to provide a few of these those that have harm you the eye they so desperately crave. yet i'm the following to set the checklist immediately: the nice, the undesirable, and the grotesque. The bare fact. i used to be born a woman with an insatiable urge for food for the extreme: the unusual, the bizarre, the glamorous, and the morbid. and that i skilled it all. So persist with me down the rabbit gap . . . the reality might be stranger than you think. PROLOGUE “I comprehend who i used to be whilst I acquired up this morning, yet i feel i need to were replaced numerous occasions considering then. ” —Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 1988 It wasn’t the main lavish-looking current lower than the tree. The flat, sq. package deal was once wrapped in easy eco-friendly and white paper with a smooth purple drugstore-bought bow and addressed to me from my aunt. while i used to be 9, Christmas wasn’t inevitably the astounding occasion it were in years previous. I wasn’t rather attracted to toys anymore, yet I wasn’t but mature sufficient to understand the simpler offers. retaining the tender item in my hand, I didn’t anticipate a lot. conscientiously, I peeled away a nook of the paper to bare what seemed to be the brilliant blue hide of a publication. With a piece extra eagerness, I tore away the remainder wrap and browse aloud the phrases: Marilyn Monroe Paper Dolls. after all I had heard of Marilyn Monroe earlier than. Madonna had spent many of the ’80s replicating the motion picture star—most memorably in her 1985 fabric lady tune video—and like so much fourth-grade ladies, I idolized the pop singer. yet I don’t remember ever seeing Marilyn prior to this second. Smiling up at me from the canopy of this beautiful ebook have been illustrations of the starlet: one wearing a black-sequined showgirl dress and best hat from her 1953 motion picture gents want Blondes and one in an off-the-cuff red sweater and capris with flowing blond curls from 1952’s conflict by means of evening. Flipping throughout the thick, modern pages I observed quite a few costumes from her most famed roles: a festival go well with with sash and tiara from We’re no longer Married (1952); a cream dress with a purple and pink, frilly kimono wrap from The Prince and the Showgirl (1957); a eco-friendly and yellow Bo Peep–inspired ensemble from one in every of her earliest roles; and such a lot of extra.

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