Dorothy Stratten

Birth Name:
Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten
Birth Date:
February 28, 1960
Birth Place:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Death Date:
August 14, 1980
Place of Death:
10881 West Clarkson Road, Rancho Park, California
Cause of Death:
Homicide - gunshot wounds
Cemetery Name:
Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Crime and their Victims
A Canadian model, and actress, Dorothy Stratten was the Playboy Playmate of the Month for August 1979 and Playmate of the Year in 1980. She was brutally murdered at the age of 20 years old by her estranged husband and manager Paul Snider, who committed suicide that same day.

To give you an idea of what kind of family Paul Snider came from …

On August 14, 1980, Stratten, 20, was killed with a shotgun blast to the face in the West Los Angeles rental the two had shared. Snider’s body was found next to hers.

A coroner’s report showed that Snider died after Stratten did, and so members of his family successfully petitioned a court to grant them all the assets of both Stratten and Snider, by virtue of the fact that Snider had “inherited” Stratten’s estate upon her death.

The motion was denied.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

1218 Glendon Avenue

Los Angeles, California, 90024


North America


Copyright 2012 Jeannette M. Hartman

Grave Location:

Section D, L-170

Grave Location Description

Dorothy Stratten’s grave is located directly across the street from Chapel Garden Estate and 3 rows in from the street.

Grave Location GPS

34.058294, -118.440928



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