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 in real life in were changed for the film. The picture called "Wednesday's Child" in reality was Autumn Born
(1979). The movie referred to as "Ball Bearings" is actually Skatetown, U.S.A.
(1979). The movie that Paul Snider
) says is "a sci-fi film [where] she plays a robot" was in real life Galaxina
(1980). The final film mentioned, "Tinsel Time", which Aram Nicholas (Roger Rees
) was editing at the time of Dorothy's death, is supposed to be They All Laughed
(1981), which in real life was directed by Peter Bogdanovich
, who had in real life personally been seeing Stratten. Bogdanovich in real life later in 1988 married Louise Stratten
, the sister of Dorothy Stratten
. The pair were divorced in 2001. 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
I found her, you didn't. I found her.
Music by Ralph Burns
Lyrics by Michael Tronick See more