In her mid-late teens, she took a job at a local Dairy Queen and ultimately met Paul Snider, a Vancouver-based pusher, con artist, and pimp who idolized Hugh Hefner, exuded intense chauvinism, and craved public recognition and celebrity.Cajoling Dorothy with flattery, gifts and romantic attention, Snider began dating her, then convinced her to begin posing nude for a series of sleazy photographers, and eventually pressured her into marriage; he also changed her surname from Hoogstraten to the Americanized Stratten.
Playboy like what it saw and flew her to Los Angeles, where she became a candidate.
They All Laughed appeared in 1981 with an opening dedication to Stratten and received mixed reviews.
Bogdanovich worked through his grief by writing and publishing a 1984 memoir about Dorothy entitled The Killing of the Unicorn) (which includes extracts of poems by Stratten).
Snider sent erotic photographs of Stratten to Hefner.
In Stratten Playboy found not only its next hot property, but -- eventually -- its playmate of the year for 1980.