Playboy Mansion Neighbor's Party Draws Complaints From Hugh Hefner's Fiancee
This story first appeared in the Dec. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
It's his party, and he'll go all out if he wants to.
Hochberg Ebersol Co. co-founder Charlie Ebersol (a 2012 inductee to THR's Reality TV 50 Most Powerful List) celebrated his 30th birthday with an over-the-top fete Dec. 8 for which he enlisted the advice of Disney Imagineers to turn nearly every inch of his two-acre Holmby Hills property into "Charlieland," replete with an old-time tram and a Jungle Cruise-like ride.
Guests including Ryan Phillippe, Kellan Lutz and Mekhi Phifer bought tickets for each activity, like paying $300 for a zip-line ride, and raised $60,000 for Charity: Water.
The night was capped by a performance of "We Are the Champions" by a Queen cover band. The ruckus brought Ebersol a Facebook poke from neighbor Crystal Harris, Hugh Hefner's fiancee, the following day (the Playboy Mansion is just a short stroll away).
Laughs Ebersol: "She said, 'Your party sounded amazing.' Apparently she's a pretty big Queen fan. I told her I'd bring over some bundt cake to apologize for the noise."