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Milling About with Bob Guccione Assistant Jane Homlish

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Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione is the subject of Filthy Gorgeous, a documentary chronicling the rise of the media mogul and his magazine. Jane Homlish, his longtime personal assistant for over 30 years who is featured in the film, joins host Robin Milling to talk about a relationship so unique it will never exist for her again. Jane tells Robin she was convinced that Guccione was the right fit for her inquisitive nature as a young traveler who also had a passion for art. When she answered an ad for a receptionist job she quickly moved up the ranks, knowing Guccione would not only be her boss, but her mentor. They connected creatively in their shared love of art, and spiritually searching for a greater truth as Jane, a Catholic school girl, thought she would be a nun and Bob thought he would be a priest.

Jane earned his respect, ultimately overseeing the magazine from cover to cover, curating his massive art collection and his home where 11 pony size Rhodesian Ridgebacks once ruled the roost. They became 'inseparable' working till the wee hours of the morning from his East 67th Street townhouse where Bob lived and worked and Jane had her own private suite to accommodate the hours. She says, “I spent more hours with Bob Guccione than anybody in his entire family including his wife.” Along with the job came managing the photo shoots and sometimes even the Penthouse pets who would do anything they could to get to Bob through Jane. Jane tells Robin she maintained a professional relationship with Guccione, developing a dear friendship, becoming his confidante over the years and the keeper of his secrets; which she cherishes to this day. Bob once told Jane he was convinced they were a priest and nun who knew each other in their past lives. She says, “In fact if that's true I believe I will see Bob again.”