Dorothy Stratten (born Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten February 28, 1960 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; died August 14, 1980) was a Canadian model and actress, whose success was cut short when her separated husband killed her (and then himself).
Dorothy Stratten rose to fame after being Playboy Playmate of the Month for August 1979 and Playmate of the Year for 1980. She then launched a short but rather successful movie career.
Dorothy Stratten was one the two youngest Playmates to die, when her jealous separated husband, the promoter Paul Snider, shot her to death and then shot himself to death.
The incident was covered in movies, songs and a book. Jamie Lee Curtis played her in a 1981 TV film and a augmented Mariel Hemingway played her a 1983 feature film.