Dorothy Stratten

stratten1February 28, 1960 – August 14, 1980

Hollywood. Amiright?

Dorothy Stratten was smack in the middle of her Hollywood dream (by way of becoming Playboy’s Playmate of the Year) when she was murdered by the very man who had hitched his way on her coattails all the way from Vancouver. She had turned her popularity from the men’s magazine into a budding film career and even found herself in a relationship with a real-life Hollywood director. Of course, her jealous (and unstable) husband didn’t like that, so he did what any rational person would do: killed her and himself with a shotgun after an argument about money and divorce.

Stratten’s dream may have been cut short, but her tragic story went on to inspire a couple of films and numerous songs. Not sure she would be that excited about being said inspiration, but it’s something.


Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Section D, Center Lawn; There is a large evergreen tree about 1/3 of the way in from the eastern edge of the main lawn, Dorothy is buried about 4 rows to the south of this tree.


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