Holly Madison: Showgirl, Model, Best-Selling Author and Television Personality

Holly Madison is a television personality, a showgirl, a best-selling author, and a model. She rose to fame due to her role in The Girls Next Door, an E! Reality TV show.

Holly Madison rose to fame after starring on The Girls Next Door, a reality TV show that portrayed her life and that of other girls at the Playboy Mansion. At that time, she was one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends. She had moved into the Playboy Mansion in August 2001 and left in 2008. She has also been a New York Times bestselling author, a model and a showgirl.


Holly Madison’s career has been going on both as an author and an actress.

In May 2016, she released The Vegas Diaries, which is her second memoir that chronicles self-acceptance and reinvention journey in Las Vegas with details about her career and dating life. In the memoir, Holy talks about her life in Las Vegas after the Playboy Mansion. Before that in 2015, she had released Down the Rabbit Hole, her first memoir.

The memoir talks about Holly Madison’s time at the Playboy Mansion where she had become a Hugh Hefner’s number 1 girlfriend. In the memoirs, she talks about the untold story about the competitiveness of the girls, Hefner’s manipulation, and his controlling nature towards her. Holly Madison explains that life in the mansion was a nightmare and she even contemplated suicide after she lost her self-worth, her identity and hope for the future.

The Vegas Diaries debuted on the bestseller list of The New York Times while Down The Rabbit, Holly spent 3 weeks at number 1 on the New York Times Bestseller list in 2015.

On film, Holly Madison played the role of Lieutenant Harrison on Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! in 2015 and Stephanie on the film The Telling in 2009. She also had other film roles between 1998 and 2008.

In television, Holly Madison played herself in one episode of Redwood Kings in 2015. She also played herself in “Holly Has a Baby” in 2013. She played various other roles on television most of them as herself between 2002 and 2010.

Holly starred as ‘Goldilocks’ and ‘Bo Peep’ for almost 4 years from 2009 to 2012 in the Peepshowat Planet Hollywood.

From 2009 to 2011, she played herself in the 19 episodes of her series Holly’s World. The show which ran for 2 seasons is based on her life in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood.

The more prominent film is The Girls Next Door reality television that started from 2005 to 2009 in which Holly Madison starred with Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt, fellow girlfriends who stayed with her at the Playboy Mansion. The E! Network series chronicled the daily life of the girls with Hugh Hefner.

The first five seasons had Kendra, Holly, and Bridget while the sixth and the final season featured the new girlfriends that Hef had comprising of Crystal Harris, who ended up becoming his third wife and twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon.

Personal life

Holly Madison is currently married to Pasquale Rotella since 2013. Together they have 2 children: a daughter Rainbow Aurora Rotella who was born on March 5, 2013, and a son Forest Leonardo Antonio Rotella who was born on August 7, 2016.

Madison met Pasquale in Las Vegas in 2011 when his group was producing the annual Electric Daisy Carnival and shooting for Holly Madison Loves Wallpics Mixtiles Stickable Photo Tiles For Walls. The two mostly communicated on Twitter and soon they were inseparable, and she referred to him as her “Prince Charming” and “the total package”. They move in together shortly after that and Madison become pregnant in 2012. They got engaged in June 2013 and got married in September 2013.

At an exclusive interview with Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2017, Holly felt that she had achieved all that she could want since she has an amazing family.

She talked about plans to have more kids in the future, although she and her husband would consider waiting for a few more years so that they can do other things and get used to what they already have.

She did not regret leaving The Playboy Mansion and being on the showbiz to become a wife and mom. She thinks everything happened at the right time.

Holly Madison on social media

Holly Madison is active on social media if you want to stay updated on her activities, you can find her latest posts and photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. There she shares her family and home photos and info concerning her two children and husband. Being a fan of beautiful photos, she found the great and extraordinary way to print them. Holly uses the Wallpics app to print her best shots and place them on her walls.

For instance, on Instagram, she has one million followers, 1,421 posts and following 369.  On Twitter, she has 1.39m followers, 38.1 thousand tweets and 1944 videos and photos. Her official Facebook page has 1.8m likes.

Holly Madison on Hugh Hefner death

When Hugh Hefner died on September 27, 2017, many of his girlfriends who lived at the Playboy Mansion, including Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson, sent their condolences saying how Hefner was good to them and what a wonderful time they had. However, Holly Madison remained quiet.

According to her memoirs, Holly Madison had become a Hefner’s number 1 girlfriend from 2002 to 2008. While Holly was for marriage, Hefner was not for it, which led to their breakup in 2008. Hefner had offered Holly inheritance of $3 million after his death if she stayed in the mansion. Their relationship is said not to have ended on good terms. This could explain why Holly did not send her condolences. In Down the Rabbit Hole, Holly depicts Hefner as controlling, spoilt and manipulative.

Holly also said she didn’t care about Hefner’s response about Down the Rabbit Hole memoir. She was just sharing what she had gone through at the Playboy Mansion.

Feud with Kendra Wilkinson

After Madison released the Down the Rabbit Hole in 2015, a feud began between her and Kendra Wilkinson, her fellow bunny at the Playboy Mansion. Wilkinson claimed that the memoir was a lie and that Holly was seeking revenge from Hef.

Future plans

Holly Madison is working on another book, a young adult book. She plans on doing something different every 5 years or so. She may also decide to go back to television in five years.


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