Paul Snider is a narcissistic, small time hustler who fancies himself a ladies man. His life changes when he meets Dorothy Stratten working behind the counter of a Dairy Queen. Dorothy is a pretty but naive high school senior. Paul immediately falls for Dorothy, who sees in Paul a wise, worldly person unlike herself. Paul believes Dorothy is Playboy material, the magazine he sees as only a springboard to bigger and better things. Paul's dream does become a reality: not only does Dorothy eventually marry him, she becomes the August 1979 Playboy Playmate and ultimately Playboy Playmate of 1979, which does indeed lead to the start of an acting career. As Dorothy's star rises, Paul's life is one of a hanger-on as those in Dorothy's new circle, including Playboy publisher Hugh M. Hefner and movie director Aram Nicholas, don't much like Paul. Paul is unable to eke out a life of his own without using Dorothy's name, which she increasingly is reluctant to provide to her husband. Those that ... Written by
Did You Know?
The names of the movies in which Dorothy Stratten
appeared were changed in the film. The movie called, "Wednesday's Child" is, in reality, Autumn Born
(1979). The movie referred to as "Ball Bearings" is actually Skatetown, U.S.A.
(1979). The movie that Snider says is "a sci-fi film [where] she plays a robot" is a reference to Galaxina
(1980). The final film which Aram Nicholas was editing at the time of Dorothy's death is supposed to be They All Laughed
(1981). See more
A bloody hand straps a body to the table, but moments later a wide shot shows the body on the floor and the table is nowhere to be seen. See more
I do love her.
What did you say?
I said I love her.
Funny - I could've sworn you said 'I love IT.'
Referenced in Lie Down with Dogs
Music by Ralph Burns
Lyrics by Michael Tronick See more