Dorothy Stratten [Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten; 28.02.60 - 14.08.80]

Dorothy Stratten was a Canadian Playboy Playmate, model, and actress. She was the Playboy Playmate of the Month for August 1979, and Playmate of the Year in 1980. Stratten appeared in films and television. She was murdered at the age of 20 by her estranged husband/manager Paul Snider, who committed suicide on the same day. Her death inspired two motion pictures, Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981), and Star 80 (1983). In 1984, Peter Bodganovich published a book about Stratten, The Killing of the Unicorn. Stratten’s death inspired two songs: “Cover Girl” by Prism, and “The Best Was Yet to Come” by Bryan Adams, as well as the iconic line “First born unicorn/Hardcore, soft porn” in Red Hot Chili Peppers’ hit song “Californication”.

If someone’s going to talk about me, I’d want it to be positively. The way many write, you’d think only bad things were interesting. If we don’t think positive, what’s the use? It’s a lot more fun, you know.


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