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Death of a Starlet

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“Dorothy Stratten was the focus of the dreams and ambitions of three men. One killed her.” This is the opening line from the Pulitzer Prize–winning Village Voice article about the life of Playboy model Dorothy Stratten, published in November 1980. It’s a story that’s now been given the podcast treatment, in the six-episode Death of a Starlet, on Wondery. Told using narration and re-created scenes and conversations, co-hosts Tracy Pattin and Josh Lucas bring to life how, in a city overpopulated with beautiful women, Stratten stood out in every room she entered. The three ambitious men—Dorothy’s husband, Paul Snider;Hugh Hefner; and film director Peter Bogdanovich—all loom large, but thanks to the diaries Dorothy left behind, the narrative is never one-sided. —Bridget Arsenault

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