Archives: Playboy Playmate murdered by husband

This day in Vancouver history: Aug. 14, 1980

Playboy magazine's 1980 Playmate of the Year Dorothy Hoogstraten, a Coquitlam woman who went by the stage name Dorothy Stratten, is shot to death by her estranged husband and former manager Paul Snider in a murder/suicide at his Los Angeles home.

The 20-year-old aspiring actress's sensationalized death quickly inspired two films: Death of a Centerfold starring Jamie Lee Curtis as Stratten and Bruce Weitz as Snider, and Star 80 with, respectively, Mariel Hemingway and Eric Roberts.

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Stratten is buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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