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Dorothy Stratten

Dorothy Stratten

D.O.B.: February 28, 1960 (Vancouver, British Columbia)

D.O.D.: August 14, 1980 (West Hollywood, CA)

Cause of Death: Homicide

Location: Westwood Memorial; Section D; #170

Biographical Notes:

When Dorothy left high school her looks blossomed, attracting the attention of Paul Snider, a smalltime promoter.

While Paul Snider was dating her he saw an advertisement for Playboy's 25th Anniversary Playmate search in 1978, and talked her into posing for a few photos. Playboy like what it saw and flew her to Los Angeles, where she became a candidate. She lost in 1978, but Stratten became a Playmate in the August 1979 issue of Playboy. Snider convinced her to marry him.

Her appearance in Playboy helped start her movie career and she soon had offers to be in Americathon and Skatetown, USA.

In 1980, Stratten learned she would be named Playmate of the Year.

Also in 1980, her marriage to Snider was in trouble. He had become insanely jealous as she became more popular.

He showed up on the set of the movie Galaxina and when he discovered she was developing a close relationship with director Peter Bogdonavich, this upset Snider.

After they had separated, Snider bought a shotgun and coaxed Stratten into coming to the apartment they used to share in West Los Angeles. From evidence it suggested that Snider tied Stratten up, sexually assaulted her, and then put the shotgun next to her face and pulled the trigger. Minutes later he turned the gun on himself.

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