Was Paul Snider an Owner of Chippendales? Full Story Murder of Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten

Was Paul Snider an Owner of Chippendales? Full Story Murder of Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten

Was Paul Snider an Owner of Chippendales? Full Story Murder of Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten

Was Paul Snider an Owner of Chippendales? Full Story Murder of Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten
Was Paul Snider an Owner of Chippendales? Full Story Murder of Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten!

After watching the Hulu original series, “Welcome to Chippendales”, you may be wondering if Paul Snider was an Owner of Chippendales? The short answer is yes, yes he was.

Welcome to Chippendales tells the story of how Paul Snider first became involved with the owner of Chippendales, Somen ‘Steve’ Banerjee. Snider & Banerjee were partners in the legendary male strip club as it evolved in the late 1970s Los Angeles, but it also reshapes and glosses over the grim true story of Snider and Stratten’s relationship.

Welcome to Chippendales uses a brief and shocking moment at the end of the first episode to show viewers what happened to the couple before swiftly moving on. In my opinion, the story of Dorothy Stratten is much more interesting than that of Chippendales.

So, today we will be looking into the life and murder of 1980 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Dorothy Stratten. If this is the first time you’re hearing the name Dorothy Stratten, it’s only because this rising star was murdered by her husband, Paul Snider before finding out how bright she could shine.

Hugh Hefner was quoted on multiple occasions comparing Stratten to Marilyn Monroe. He wasn’t wrong, with her natural beauty and obvious girl next-door appeal, Dorothy Stratten had the potential to be the Marilyn Monroe of her generation.

Being cast as the female lead in major Hollywood films, Stratten had clearly broken out of the box many Playboy Playmates find themselves in. A fact everyone around her was aware of, especially her estranged husband, Paul Snider. Realizing she was moving on to bigger and better things, he decided if he couldn’t have her, then no one would.

After reading this article, you will know everything you will ever need to know about the life, death & legacy of Dorothy Stratten. Included here are photo galleries containing more than 100 images. For quick reference, I’ve created a list below of the galleries.

Dorothy Stratten Image galleries you’ll find on this page!

  • GALLERY #1 Dorothy Stratten Childhood Photos – 6 photos
  • GALLERY #2 – 40 Dorothy Stratten Nude Images from Playboy Magazine – 40 photos
  • GALLERY #3 – Images of Dorothy Stratten & Husband Paul Snider Together – 10 photos
  • GALLERY #4 – Images from Galaxina Film – 4 photos
  • GALLERY #5 – Paul Snider’s response letter to Stratten! – 2 photos
  • GALLERY #6Various Documents & Newspaper Articles – 7 photos
  • GALLERY #7 41 Sexy (Safe for Work) Images of Dorothy Stratten – 41 photos
Dorothy Stratten with her parents, Simon and Nelly Hoogstraten, as a toddler.
Dorothy Stratten with her parents, Simon and Nelly Hoogstraten, as a toddler.

Simon and Nelly Hoogstraten emigrated to Canada from the Netherlands in the late 1970s. On February 28, 1960, the couple welcomed their first child into the world, a healthy baby girl they named Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten.

In 1961, Stratten’s brother John Arthur was born and her sister Louise Hoogstraten followed in May 1968. As far as anyone knows the Hoogstraten lived a normal middle-class Canadian lifestyle.

By the time 1977 rolled around, Dorothy Hoogstraten was attending Centennial High School in Coquitlam. To fill her afternoons she found a part-time job working at the local Dairy Queen. This is when she meets the 26-year-old Vancouver-area club promoter and pimp Paul Snider.

Actual image of Vancouver club promoter and small time pimp Paul Snider.
Image of Dorothy Stratten with husband Vancouver club promoter and small-time pimp Paul Snider.

Soon Paul Snider was visiting the Dairy Queen on a regular basis. He’d bring the 16-year-old high school student gifts in an attempt to sweep her off her feet. For the naive Hoogstraten, he was everything she’d dreamed of, a flashy and confident man who thought she was beautiful and intelligent. Two things she couldn’t see in herself, even though she’d recently been gaining the attention of men all around the area. Often much older men, as the photograph below of Stratten with her boyfriend, Craig proves.

An image of 16 year old Dorothy Stratten with her boyfriend Craig.
An image of 16-year-old Dorothy Stratten with her boyfriend Craig.

It wasn’t long before Dorothy fell head over heels in love with Paul Snider. Her parents didn’t seem to mind Snider dating their daughter and the pair soon became inseparable. Snider knew Dorothy’s potential as a model and began encouraging her to meet with photographers for photoshoots. Snider then hired a professional photographer to take nude photos of the teenage Dorothy.

One of the first photos taken by a professional photographer of Dorothy Stratten.
One of the first photos taken by a professional photographer of Dorothy Stratten.

Snider heard Playboy magazine was conducting its 25th Anniversary Great Playmate Hunt and sent Stratten’s photos to be considered for the contest in the summer of 1978. Dorothy was under the age of 19 (the age of majority in British Columbia), so she had to persuade her mother to sign the model release form, which she did.

Dorothy Stratten photo taken by a professional photographer and sent in to Playboy magazine in the summer of 1978 for the 25th Anniversary Great Playmate Hunt.
Dorothy Stratten’s photo was taken by a professional photographer and sent to Playboy magazine in the summer of 1978 for the 25th Anniversary Great Playmate Hunt.

Dorothy Stratten was chosen as a finalist for Playboy’s 25th Anniversary Great Playmate Hunt and was flown out to Hollywood by Hugh Hefner in August of 1978. Playboy suggested she change her name from Hoogstraten to Stratten to give her more of a girl next-door vibe.

Image of Dorothy Stratten featured in Playboy Magazine! See 15 High Definition photos of Stratten here.
Image of Dorothy Stratten featured in Playboy Magazine! See 15 High Definition Nude photos of Stratten here – Dorothy Stratten Gallery #2

If you’d like to see 15 of Dorothy Stratten’s high-definition photos from her Playboy photoshoots click the link below.

The newly minted Dorothy Stratten finished second place in Playboy’s 25th Anniversary Great Playmate Hunt. However, Playboy saw the potential in the blonde bombshell and featured her as Playboy’s Miss August in 1979.

It wasn’t long after being featured in Playboy she began an acting career. She was in a number of episodes of the television series Buck Rogers and Fantasy Island in 1979. She played small roles in the films Americathon, Skatetown, and U.S.A., and was cast in her first lead role in the exploitation film Autumn Born.

Paul Snider joined his girlfriend in California two months after she arrived. Hugh Hefner soon started to encourage the 19-year-old Dorothy Stratten to cut ties with Paul Snider referring to him as a hustler and a pimp. Instead of cutting ties, the couple was married in June of 1979. The photos below are from Dorothy Stratten and Paul Snider’s wedding.

Image of Dorothy Stratten featured in Playboy Magazine! See 15 High Definition photos of Stratten here.
Image of Dorothy Stratten featured in Playboy Magazine! See 15 High Definition Nude photos of Stratten here.
The Life & Tragic Murder of Dorothy Stratten by Her Husband Paul Snider!
The Life & Tragic Murder of Dorothy Stratten by Her Husband Paul Snider!

Dorothy Stratten’s career continued to take off as she secured her first leading role in the movie Galaxina. A film that received terrible reviews but Stratten still managed to shine as noted by the following review of Galaxina.

“Dorothy Stratten remains the most conspicuous throwaway in a picture that mistakes facetiousness for cleverness.”

The Washington Post Review of Galaxina

During this time, Stratten’s new husband, Paul Snider fell into the role of his wife’s chauffeur, as well as her manager and acting coach. Two roles he had no experience with whatsoever. Snider’s constant presence on set, as well as his criticism of and daily arguments with his wife, caused Stratten so much stress that those around her noticed the tension in the relationship.

Even with her personal life in turmoil, there was no question her fame was rising. She appeared on the Johnny Carson show. One of her biggest breaks came when big-time Hollywood director Bogdanovich cast her in his new comedy “They All Laughed” alongside Audrey Hepburn. Filming took place in New York City and soon a relationship blossomed between the director and Stratten.

As the spring of 1980 approached, Snider insisted on accompanying his wife to New York to continue the shoot for “They All Laughed”, but Stratten wanted the freedom to pursue her relationship with Bogdanovich.

Stratten convinced Snider to remain in Los Angeles by lying to him. She told Snider that the director had closed the set of his new film to everyone except the cast and immediate crew. This allowed her to fly to New York without her husband. Stratten and Bogdanovich consummated their affair on the day after her arrival in New York.

In April of 1980, Stratten briefly returned to California to prepare for introduction as the new Playmate of the Year and the publicity tour winning the coveted title required. This would be the last time she would stay with Snider in their Los Angeles area home.

On Wednesday, April 30, Stratten was presented to the press as the 1980 Playmate of the Year.
On Wednesday, April 30, Stratten was presented to the press as the 1980 Playmate of the Year.

In a speech given at the event, Hugh Hefner stated that Stratten had received $200,000 in cash and gifts in addition to the title of Playmate of the year. Hefner also said the following,

…and she is something rather special. They always are, but Dorothy is really quite unique.”

Hugh Hefner Wednesday April 30th 1980 when speaking of Dorothy Stratten.

During her turn at the podium, Dorothy Stratten commented on Hugh Hefner. She declared,

“he has made me probably the happiest girl in the world today.”

Dorothy Stratten

The next day, Stratten began a two-week promotional tour in Canada. Increasingly conflicted about her marriage, Stratten wrote the first of two letters to Snider from Canada asking for more freedom in their relationship. With his wife clearly becoming more independent and fearing the worst, Snider call her from Los Angeles and flew into a rage as soon as Stratten answered.

Dorothy Stratten and Peter Bogdanovich.
Dorothy Stratten and Peter Bogdanovich.

Paul Snider knew Stratten’s publicity tour was set to end in her hometown of Vancouver so she could relax for a few days with family before returning to New York. He grabbed this chance to see his wife and appeared in Vancouver. Instead of relaxing Snider coerced Stratten into spending her brief vacation making personal appearances at local nightclubs. Since Snider knew many of the club owners, he personally collected Stratten’s appearance fees and pocketed all of the money when she returned to New York.

Around this time, Stratten apparently made an attempt to save her marriage. During a particularly heated argument between her and Snider, she offered to give up her acting career and suggested the couple permanently return to Canada. However, Paul Snider didn’t like this idea and refused her offer to return to normal life out of the spotlight.

In the days and weeks after Snider returned to Los Angeles, he found it increasingly difficult to get in touch with Stratten. Since he suspected she was having an affair with Bogdanovich, he hired a private detective to follow her and gather evidence of infidelity.

In late June, just a few weeks after their first wedding anniversary, Snider received a second letter from Dorothy Stratten. In this letter, she made it clear that they were now physically and financially separated.

In response to the second letter, Paul Snider emptied the couple’s joint bank account, had a brief affair with an old girlfriend, and, now convinced that Stratten was having an affair of her own with Bogdanovich, hired a private detective to gather evidence of his wife’s infidelity.

As he stated in his letter above, Paul Snider didn’t have a job other than being the husband of Dorothy Stratten. Once Stratten informed him she no longer wished to be married to him, he began selling off all of her possessions. This included her Playmate of the year award as well as the Jaguar was given to her by Playboy.

Dorothy Stratten and Paul Snider were set to have a final meeting to discuss how they were going to go about the divorce. On August 13, 1980, the day before the meeting was to take place and the second anniversary of Stratten’s first arrival in Los Angeles, Snider bought a used 12-gauge shotgun from a local classified ad.

The apartment Stratten shared with husband Paul Snider and the place where she was murdered.
The apartment Stratten shared with husband Paul Snider and the place where she was murdered.

Stratten arrived for her meeting with Snider at his rented West Los Angeles house at approximately noon on Thursday, August 14. She had spent the morning talking with her business manager, and one of the topics the pair discussed was the amount of the property settlement Stratten would offer her estranged husband that afternoon.

The police later found $1,100 in cash among Stratten’s belongings in the house, which she had brought for Snider as a down payment. Towards the end of her morning meeting, Stratten’s business manager made a fateful observation, that his client could avoid spending any time with Snider by handing off the remaining separation and divorce negotiations to her lawyer.

Stratten replied that the process would go easier if she dealt with Snider personally, explaining that he was being nice about everything and finally adding, “I’d like to remain his friend.

By all appearances, Stratten had spent some time in the living room, where her purse was found lying open before Snider forced her into his bedroom at gunpoint. Paul Snider then used a makeshift setup he’d created before Stratten arrived to tie her to the bed.

Over the next few hours, he sexually assaulted Stratten multiple times before putting the shotgun to her face and pulling the trigger. He then sat beside his bed for around an hour before committing suicide by turning the shotgun on himself.

By 8:00 that evening, both of the roommates had returned to the house. They saw Stratten’s car parked out front and noted that Snider’s bedroom door was closed. Assuming the couple had reconciled and wanted their privacy, they spent several hours watching television in the living room.

The roommates eventually entered the bedroom shortly after 11:00 P.M. and discovered the dead bodies of Stratten and Snider. Each had been killed by a single shot from Snider’s shotgun. Both bodies were nude.

Dorothy Stratten's Gravestone
Dorothy Stratten’s Gravestone

2 full-length feature films have been made based on the life of Dorothy Stratten. Below is a picture of Eric Roberts portraying her husband Paul Snider.

Eric Roberts as Paul Snider
Eric Roberts as Paul Snider

Dorothy Stratten is remembered as someone whose star was put out before it had a chance to fully shine. Everyone, including Hugh Hefner, believed she had the potential to become one of the few Playmates to make the crossover into the mainstream.

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