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Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten: The Playboy

Dorothy Stratten (born Dorothy Hoogstraten) was a beautiful, charismatic 17-year-old girl when she greeted Paul Snider.

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Dorothy was working at a Dairy Queen in Vancouver Canada when she caught Snider’s eye. Snider was a 26-year-old club promoter who realized right away that Dorothy’s raw, innocent look could make him money.

Dorothy Out

Snider asked Dorothy out, & she accepted. Soon after, he hired a photographer & enabled create a portfolio for Dorothy, which he then sent to Playboy.

At first, Stratten appeared like an unlikely sex symbol: The five-foot-nine blonde wrote poetry and was concerned about being considered uncomfortable because of her big hands. But by the following summer, Dorothy had shifted to Los Angeles. She wedded Snider in a Las Vegas ceremony in June 1979 and shortly drew the attention of Playboy‘s founder Hugh Hefner, coming to be the magazine’s Playmate of the Month in August 1979.

Stratten started working as a Bunny at the Playboy Club and shortly branched out into acting. She had minor roles in Buck Rogers and Fantasy Island, as well as the roller-disco comedy Skatetown, U.S.A. Her first starring role was in the 1980 sci-fi parody Galaxina.

Instead of being pleased for his wife & proud of her achievement like a real man, Paul Snyder started to show his bitchy side. He became jealous & possessive, as uncertain weak boys do. Dorothy’s friends & co-workers started to notice, & Hugh Hefner motivated her to end the marriage.

In 1980, Stratten grabbed her first mainstream part with a minor role in the studio film They All Laughed starred Audrey Hepburn and Ben Gazzara.

Dorothy And Sinder

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The director Peter Bogdanovich fell for Stratten quickly, and they started a relationship. “I could barely believe that she existed, that she wasn’t a dream,” Bogdanovich would later write in his book The Killing of the Unicorn. She eventually looked ready to break free from Snider, notifying friends that she wanted to divorce him and wed Bogdanovich.

But when Snider was notified that he was no longer welcome at Hefner’s mansion, according to Bogdanovich, he became infuriated. “He was confident that Hefner, she, and I had a threesome going on, convinced that that’s where it was leading the way if it hadn’t already been there,” the director told The Washington Post.

In June 1980, Stratten told Snider that she wanted a divorce. On August 14, he begged her to meet him at their former marital house, and, against Bogdanovich’s advice, she agreed.

Stratten had no idea that her estranged spouse had purchased a gun. She hired a private detective to track her activities. That evening, police discovered a gruesome scene; Stratten had been raped, tortured on a bondage machine formulated by Snider, and murdered by a shotgun blast to the face. The forensic analysis demonstrated that Paul Snider had first shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself. It was difficult to tell if Stratten had been violated before or after her casualty.

Those closest to the disaster were devastated. Peter Bogdanovich became a broken man after Stratten’s demise, telling People magazine: “I’m a widower. I don’t know if I can ever love as completely and entirely as I loved Dorothy.” Bogdanovich went bankrupt attempting to complete They All Laughed, which flopped at the box office.

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