Bob Guccione, who founded Penthouse magazine and created a corporate empire around it, only to see it crumble as his investments soured and the world of pornography turned toward video and the Internet, died Wednesday at a hospital in Plano, Texas. He was Penthouse reached the pinnacle of its popularity in September , when it published nude pictures of Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America. He introduced the magazine to the American public in at the height of the feminist movement and the sexual revolution. He built a corporate empire under the General Media Inc.
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Penthouse is a men's magazine founded by Bob Guccione. It combines urban lifestyle articles and softcore pornographic pictorials that, in the s, temporarily evolved into hardcore. Although Guccione was American, the magazine was founded in in the United Kingdom. Beginning in September , it was sold in the United States as well. The Penthouse logo is a stylized key which incorporates both the Mars and Venus symbols in its design. The magazine's centerfold models are known as Penthouse Pets and customarily wear a distinctive necklace inspired by this logo.
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