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Thursday, 22 May 2008 19:13

Dorothy Stratten born Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten

Born:  28 February 1960(1960-02-28), Vancouver, British Columbia

Date Died:   14 August 1980, Los Angeles

Age at Death:  20

Cause of Death: Gunshot wound to head.

Notable because: Beautiful young girl marries early, separates and is then murdered by her estranged husband, Paul Snider, who kills himself afterwards. Subject of two movies, where she was played by Jamie Lee Curtis and then Mariel Hemmingway.


Dorothy Stratten was a Canadian model and actress. She found fame as the Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for August 1979 and Playmate of the Year for 1980. She's the second Playmate (after Lee Ann Michelle) who was born in the 1960s. Stratten afterwards began a modestly successful acting career.

She was murdered at age 20 by her estranged husband, an act that was the basis of two motion pictures. Stratten and Carol Willis are the only two Playmates who died within a year and a half after their Playboy appearance, both aged 20, the youngest a Playmate died.


Resting Place: Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California


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