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Friday 12 June 2015

Holly Madison: 'Down The Rabbit Hole' - VIDEO

There has been much buzz about ex Playboy mansion resident - and previous 'number one girlfriend' of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner - Holly Madison and her book, 'Down The Rabbit Hole'.

And my first thought was: hasn't she already released a book? (She has. But it was much fluffier. It was called: 'The Showgirl Next Door').

And, have I not read these salacious revelations elsewhere? Well, I had. A read a revealing piece on life in the Playboy mansion and how the girlfriends were all on rotation, ready to look after their main man Hef. Not really a shock considering that was the premise of the whole show 'Girls Of The Playboy Mansion' (called 'The Girls Next Door' in the US). I will freely admit I watched this every single season, every single episode. Then I watched it all over again. Thank you, Foxtel repeats.

But this, Holly's new book, is vastly different. It will lift the lid on all that went down at the Playboy Mansion. And with no gag order on Holly, and no comment yet from Hef, you KNOW it's going to be juicy. And you know that Holly, who viewers saw her call her boyfriend Hef 'Puffin', and be very vocal about her desire to marry him, was ALWAYS going to be the one who was going to spill.

The cover is below, but first, a video report on the upcoming book:

Described as: "The shocking, never-before-told story of the bizarre world inside the legendary Playboy Mansion — and, finally, the secret truth about the man who holds the key — from one of the few people who truly knows: former Playboy Mansion resident…" 'Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny', is set to be a shockingly candid memoir on Holly's account of life at the Mansion.

Why the 'rabbit hole'? It's a reference to 'Alice In Wonderland', and, according to 'Urban Dictionary' it's "a metaphor for the path which is thought to lead to the true nature of reality. Infinitesimally deep and complex, venturing too far down is probably not that great of an idea."

And: "Taking hallucinogenic drugs can be considered "tripping" down the rabbit hole, but it is also explored through philosophical and existential thinking."

There you go. And with Holly's claim that she was offered quaaludes the first time she met Hef and referred to them as 'thigh openers', you can see how the reference fits.

It was the spontaneous decision at age 21 for Holly, who transformed herself from a small-town Oregon girl into the Holly Madison we know today, to join the Mansion which led her on the path to fame and controversy.

Life inside the Playboy Mansion included A-list celebrity parties, and her own #1-rated television show for four years. And if you watched the show, as I did, you'll know that the parties and dinners and the rest were a big part of the show. As were all the other 'activities' suggestively mentioned in the show.

Holly recounts in her book that it quickly devolved into "an oppressive routine of strict rules, manipulation, and battles with ambitious, backstabbing bunnies."

Life inside the notorious Mansion wasn’t a dream at all, apparently - and quickly became her nightmare. After losing her identity, her sense of self-worth, and her hope for the future, Holly found herself sitting alone in a bathtub contemplating suicide.

Says Holly:

"I’m excited to finally share my story and what I’ve learned from my personal experiences both inside and outside of the Playboy Mansion. I think my stories will surprise people and I’m looking forward to lifting the veil of mystique and clearing up the misconceptions so often associated with my life."

Holly shares the details of her subsequent troubled relationship, landing her own successful television series, and the hard work of healing, including her turn on 'Dancing with the Stars'. A cautionary tale and a celebration of personal empowerment, Down the Rabbit Hole reminds us of the importance of fighting for our dreams - and finding the life we deserve.

Holly Madison spent five seasons on the #1 rated E! hit reality show ‘The Girls Next Door’ before headlining a critically acclaimed stage show on the Las Vegas Strip, ‘Peepshow.’ She also starred in two seasons of her own hit E! series ‘Holly’s World.

Holly now divides her time between Las Vegas and Los Angeles with her husband Pasquale Rotella and daughter Rainbow.

Here they are on her wedding day a few years ago:

Holly Madison and Rainbow and Pasquale Rotella

Meanwhile, more details of Holly book have come out, including her post-show relationships with fellow Hugh Hefner girlfriends Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson, according to site Jezebel:

After Wilkinson said she was no longer friends with Madison and Marquardt in an interview, Madison decided to call out her fakeness via text. Wilkinson replied“WHO ARE YOU???? I DON’T EVEN KNOW YOU! WE WERE NEVER FRIENDS. IT WAS ALL JUST WORK.”


According to the article afterwards, Holly deleted her number and stopped speaking to her. “Kendra and I haven’t spoken since, and I have to say, I don’t miss her.” She also described the Kendra on Top star as having a “sense of entitlement” and a “hustler mentality.”

BRING ON THE BOOK. Josie's Juice will be reviewing the book shortly.

'Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny' by Holly Madison will be published on July 1, 2015, RRP $39.95, by Harper Collins.

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