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
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The film was made and released about two years after it source Pulitzer Prize-winning Feature Writing Award article "Death of a Playmate" by Teresa Carpenter
had been first published in 'The Village Voice' newspaper in 1981. The article's title was similar to the name of the earlier television movie Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story
(1981) which covered the same story and subject matter. See more
While Paul harangues Dorothy about her upcoming trip to New York while she soaks in the bathtub her face and hair are alternately wet/dry between shots. See more
[after Dorothy strips on the bed
So you're gonna do me a big favor, huh? Ok, that's me - a charity case.
References Charlie's Angels
Sing Sing Sing
Written by Louis Prima
Performed by Benny Goodman
Courtesy of CBS Records See more