- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 6, 2009
- Originally Released: 1981
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Playmate of the Month, movie deals, a luxurious life in L.A.'s ritziest enclaves: That's a lot to handle for Dorothy Stratten, who little more than a year before was a 17-year-old working in an ice cream shop. It's even more to handle for Paul Snider, the ambitious wheeler-dealer who discovers her, puts her on a path of fame and fortune... and takes it all away from her in a brutal moment of jealousy and rage. Jamie Lee Curtis portrays the centerfold sensation, torn by her sense of obligation to Snider (whom Stratten married) yet growing up fast in the whirl of success and opportunity surrounding her. And future "Hill Street Blues" Emmy-winner Bruce Weitz plays the dangerous man who ultimately couldn't have Stratten. So neither would anyone else.
DEATH OF A CENTERFOLD: THE DOROTHY STRATTEN STORY is a surfacy TV-movie rehash of the same real-life events which inspired the 1980 theatrical feature STAR 80. Jamie Lee Curtis stars as Dorothy Stratten, here depicted as an ingenuous, highly vulnerable Canadian girl who aspires to show business stardom. Decked out with a generous toupee, Bruce Weitz co-stars as Paul Snyder, the "fringie" who married Dorothy and managed her career. The girl is discovered by Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner, who features Dorothy in a nude foldout spread. As Dorothy's fame grows, Snyder becomes more obsessive and difficult to control. Dorothy tries to make a clean break from Snyder, which culminates in tragedy. DEATH OF A CENTERFOLD initially aired on November 1, 1981.