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Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981)

The life and death of the "Playboy" centerfold model/actress Dorothy Stratten.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hilda Flushing
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Max Halloran
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TV version of the life and death of "Playboy" magazine centerfold Dorothy Stratten (1960-1980), a starry-eyed Canadian teenager who moved to Hollywood in the late 1970's seeking stardom and found it with her seedy promotor Paul Snider who promised Dorothy a career both as a star and his wife. Written by Matthew Patay <pataygs@voicenet.com>

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Biography | Drama





Release Date:

1 November 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death of a Centerfold  »

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Did You Know?


Jamie Lee Curtis and Gloria Gifford also starred in Halloween 2 together, which was released just 2 days earlier. See more »


Referenced in My Time with Terror with Jamie Lee Curtis (2013) See more »

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A pretty good TV movie that's predictable and ends in sorrow and sadness.
29 December 2015 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I remember years ago one day at my grandmother's and aunts house watching this TV movie one day on a snow day being off from school I believe many many years ago on TBS, and I just recently watched it again on DVD and it's a pretty good TV movie. Made in 1981 it tells the rise and fall of the late 1970's early 1980's model turned playmate Dorothy Stratten and it's rightfully called "Death of a Centerfold" The Stratten Story as this young woman would meet a violent end. The film starts in Victoria British Columbia with a young Dorothy Stratten(in a young and sexy performance from Jamie Lee Curtis)who works in a local ice creme shop and lives with her aunt. And all of a sudden it all changes for her when one day a con man and wheel dealer named Paul Snider enters the shop and offers her a deal to model. And this would put Dorothy on a path of fame and fortune out to L.A. for a rich life to live and later Stratten becomes "Playboy's Playmate of the Month". Only sadly all of this is taken away in a fit of brutal jealous rage from Paul as even his sense of obligation of marrying Dorothy was not enough for Paul. As if Paul(Bruce Weitz) couldn't have her and enjoy Dorothy's success then nobody else could either! Overall this TV film is a tragedy of a life cut short showing that fame can come with a price.

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