Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole

Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of A Former Playboy Bunny

Book - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:
A former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner describes how her years inside the Playboy Mansion went from a fairytale of A-list celebrity parties to an oppressive regime of strict rules, scheduled sex, and a total loss of identity, so much so that she even contemplated suicide.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Dey St., an imprint of WilliamMorrowPublishers,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062372109
Characteristics: xii, 334 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : map, color portraits ; 24 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Aug 23, 2018

Interesting for the first half of the book, then it just gets boring and whiny. I find it’s very repetitive at some points and some pointless information keeps getting dragged out and repeated. Mediocre read at best

Feb 17, 2018

Former Playboy Bunny and ex-Hefner squeeze, Holly Madison (aka. Holly Cullen) kills me - She gives the title to her "tell-all" tales as "Down The Rabbit Hole" and then she has the audacity to actually start off each chapter with a quote lifted directly from author, Lewis Carroll's book "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland". (Oh!? Really!??)

I guess that Holly fancies herself as being something of a modern-day "Alice" - Except, of course - Holly didn't go down the rabbit hole - No - Instead - She went down on Hefner's viagra-stiff phallus. (Yep. One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small)

At the sweet, fresh, and virginal age of 18 - Holly (switching from brunette to blond) got it into her calculating, little head to do some serious gold-digging.

And, where did Holly go to do her "prospecting"? - Why the Playboy Mansion, of course.

But, before long all of the fun and games in this playboyland paradise hit a mighty sour note. Indeed. And, sure enough, Holly was being shown the exit door in no uncertain terms.

And, I ask you - Do these sex-capades of Holly's sound like the kinds of activities that would run in parallel with Alice's trip down the rabbit hole? I think not. But, I guess to Holly it all does (just follow the yellow brick road).

Aug 29, 2016

Also check out this book for some Playboy Mansion dirt. Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion by Izabella St. James. Life behind the gates of the Playboy Mansion was anything but fun. Sure there were parties, presents, puppies, and plastic surgery; but there was also a curfew, a strict regimen of who sits where on movie night, limited contact with the outside world, and a sex life that was anything but wild and crazy. From catfights to sneaking in boyfriends, from high-profile guests in the Grotto to the bizarre rituals of the octogenarian at the center of the sexual revolution.

Cynthia_N Mar 10, 2016

This book could have been so much more interesting but instead it was a little bit whiny.

Jan 18, 2016

Not a bad read but I was hoping for more "dirt" behind the mansion walls. Small town girl makes good is the way I saw it, a little plodding near the end. I have certainly read better autobiographies.

Jan 01, 2016

Good read - had no idea that Hugh Hefner was so "cool" towards most of his Playgirls what an ego-riddled old man.

Oct 04, 2015

I give it 3.5 stars because it was everything a celebrity memoir should be: young person from small town hits it big in Hollywood, loses their sense of identity, then rises from the ashes like a phoenix to becomes successful on their own terms.

Judgement aside, I have heard Hef's version and read Holly's version and expect the truth to be somewhere in the middle. I think she, like so many women before her, was addicted to the lifestyle and did not understand she had hit rock bottom until she had lost every single freedom she had. I also doubt her journey to success was quite as easy as she painted it. The Playboy mansion was probably not quite as bad as she said, and her rediscovery was not as perfect as she wished, but fudging in a memoir is a long and honored tradition.

I am happy for her that she is happy now with a baby and a husband, and her club in Las Vegas.

JMFlaherty Aug 18, 2015

I thought it was a fascinating read. I admire Holly for getting herself out from under and earning her own living and making something of herself. She has a nice family now, husband and child, so the book states and shows (in photos).
[My, my......we do live in a very judgmental country now, don't we?]

Aug 14, 2015

It was a decent read but I couldn't help but feel she had alternative motives to publishing this book. All these years have passed did you really need to insult this man now???

Aug 12, 2015

As a fan of the 'Girls Next Door' tv series, I was rather eager to read this book. While the book reveals some details concerning secrets on how the mansion functions, after a while, it seemed more like a whiny journal.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

Aug 12, 2015

biancaandme thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at SSFPL

To Top