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Hugh Hefner, 84, engaged to Playmate Crystal Harris, 24

December 26, 2010 |  6:28 pm

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris Hugh Hefner got engaged to Playmate Crystal Harris on Christmas Eve, announcing on Twitter that he'd given her a ring, then clarifying the next day that it was indeed a ring of the engagement variety.

"When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory," the Playboy magazine founder tweeted Saturday.

Harris, 24, met Hef on Halloween 2008 and was Playmate of the Month in December 2009. Hefner, 84, chose his first Playmate of the Month in 1953.

This will be his third marriage. No. 1 to Mildred Williams ended in 1959; No. 2 to Kimberley Conrad ended this year. Not that they've been the only women in his life — in May, after asking them to leave the Playboy Mansion for the nearby Playboy House so he could get more serious with Harris, Hefner booted twin ex-girlfriends Karissa and Kristina Shannon off the Playboy property entirely. Turns out he wasn't cool with them bringing boyfriends to his place.

Back at the mansion, after watching "Elf" on Thursday, Hugh and Crystal hosted friends and family Friday, screening Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp's new flick, "The Tourist."

"After the movie tonight, Crystal & I exchanged gifts. I gave Crystal a ring," Hef tweeted. "A truly memorable Christmas Eve."

Thoughts for the happy couple? That's what the comments section is for.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Reuters contributed to this report.

Photo:  Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris in December 2009. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

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