Death of a Starlet

By Wondery

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 Mar 31, 2021

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In August of 1980, Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten was found dead at just 20 years old. She was the girl next door with the shy smile and whispery voice who didn’t know her own beauty. To Hugh Hefner, she was his next Marilyn Monroe. To famed director Peter Bogdonovich, she was his muse. And to her husband, Paul Snider, she was his ticket to fame and fortune. All three ambitious men adored her. Only one of them murdered her. How did Dorothy’s Hollywood dreams lead to her death?

From Wondery, and the team behind the hit series Hollywood & Crime (The Dating Game Killer, The Wonderland Murders) comes a six-part series about love, sex and murder. Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin and Josh Lucas.


Episode Date
Wondery Presents: In God We Lust
00:06:18

A woman named Becki is lounging by the pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel when she decides to proposition a strapping pool attendant. Go on a date with her...and her husband. What begins as an unconventional proposition will soon throw them all into the international spotlight. And that’s because the couple is none other than Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki, two of the most powerful figures in Evangelical America. Wondery presents In God We Lust, hosted by Brooke Siffrin and Aricia Skidmore-Williams of Even the Rich. A story of an alluring sex scandal, power, money and a very public fall from grace. When word of their affair fell into the wrong hands it led to political extortion and a public outing that brought Jerry Falwell Jr.’s empire crashing down. 

Listen at wondery.fm/IGWL_Starlet.

Apr 20, 2021
Wondery Presents: Spy Affair
00:05:51

A charismatic Russian woman arrives in the US on a mission to improve relations between the two countries, and she soon makes some powerful friends. But who is Maria Butina? And who is she working for? As Maria gets closer to the rich and connected she also attracts the attention of the FBI. In the politically charged world of US-Russia relations, everyone has secrets and almost nothing is what it seems. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes SPY AFFAIR a story about deception, appearances and betrayal. Hosted by Celia Aniskovich.


Listen today at wondery.fm/SA_DeathofaStarlet

Mar 29, 2021
Interview | Marilyn Grabowski | 7
00:39:08

Tracy speaks with Playboy’s veteran photo editor and close friend to Dorothy Stratten, Marilyn “Mo” Grabowski. Mo opens up about her 40 year career at Playboy, her friendships with Dorothy and Hugh Hefner, meeting the man who killed Dorothy, and why she thinks Dorothy’s story continues to captivate audiences to this day.

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Jan 12, 2021
Final Days | 6
00:58:37

As Dorothy’s career continues to blossom, Paul’s life is falling apart.  He embarks on a series of desperate measures to win Dorothy back and hires a private investigator to follow her.  As Dorothy pulls farther away, Paul begins to lose control setting them on a catastrophic course.

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Jan 05, 2021
Rising Star | 5
00:52:42

Dorothy heads to New York to start shooting with Peter on his film.  As the two grow closer, the crack starts to widen between her and Paul. In LA, Paul concocts a series of schemes to get a cut of Dorothy’s money.

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Dec 29, 2020
Playmate of the Year | 4
00:50:42

It’s the beginning of a new chapter when Dorothy meets director Peter Bogdanovich and he asks her to audition for a role in his new film.  Then when Dorothy’s Playboy centerfold issue comes out, it puts her on a path toward Playmate of the Year.  When she hires a business manager, it sets Paul off who vows to do whatever it takes to keep control of her career.  

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Dec 22, 2020
Bunny Perfect | 3
00:52:14

Dorothy and Paul move to LA where Dorothy starts shooting her centerfold pictorial. To make ends meet, she gets a job as a Bunny at the Playboy Club where she learns being a Bunny isn’t as glamorous as it seems.  Paul works his next hustle by convincing a club owner to try out a new idea -- male Chippendales dancers. 

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Dec 15, 2020
The Great Playmate Hunt | 2
00:48:36

After seeing Dorothy’s photos, Playboy flies her to LA for a test shoot. At the Playboy mansion, Dorothy meets Hugh Hefner for the first time.  Back in Vancouver, Paul makes sure whatever fortune falls upon Dorothy benefits him as well.

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Dec 08, 2020
Strawberry Sundae Supreme | 1
00:52:27

Seventeen-year-old Dorothy Stratten is working at Dairy Queen in East Vancouver when a man walks in who will change her life. His name is Paul Snider and around town he’s known as a hustler and a pimp. Paul sees Dorothy as his ticket to Hollywood. As their relationship progresses, Paul tries to convince Dorothy to pose nude to enter a Playboy 25th Anniversary playmate hunt. 

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Dec 08, 2020
Introducing Death of a Starlet
00:02:16

Nineteen eighty was going to be Dorothy Stratten’s year. Playboy’s Hugh Hefner thought it might even be her decade. She was just 20 years old, the girl next door with the shy smile and whispery voice who didn’t know her own beauty. But to the men in her life -- magazine mogul Hugh Hefner, director Peter Bogdanovich, and small time hustler Paul Snider -- Dorothy represented the promise of better things -- a centerfold on her way to movie stardom, a muse who could help revive a dying career, and a ticket to the Hollywood dream.  


But who was Dorothy really? And how did her rise to fame ultimately lead to her death? 


This is a six-part series about love, sex and murder in 1970s Hollywood when glitter pants and roller skates were all the rage, and the Playboy mansion hosted the biggest party in town.

Nov 19, 2020