Peter Bogdanovich and Dorothy Stratten's tragic love story explored

Amber Peake January 7, 2022
Peter Bogdanovich and Dorothy Stratten's tragic love story explored
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Celebrated film director Peter Bogdanovich has passed away aged 82. The sad news was confirmed by his daughter, Antonia Bogdanovich, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday (6 January).

In the message, Antonia stated her Oscar-nominated father had died following complications arising from Parkinson’s disease.

As tributes to the director take over social media, fans want to know more about his life. We explore Peter Bogdanovich’s relationship with Dorothy Stratten as well as his marriages.

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Peter Bogdanovich and Dorothy Stratten’s relationship explored

Dorothy Stratten was a Canadian model and actress who was named Playboy Playmate Of The Year 1980. The year before, Stratten had married Paul Snider, a promoter and businessman.

ABC News reports it was at the Playboy Mansion where Dorothy met Peter Bogdanovich, with the director said to have been “smitten” and deciding to write a part for her in his upcoming film They All Laughed. Filming began in March 1980 and concluded in July.

Heavy reports Stratten and Snider separated in May 1980 and, after filming of They All Laughed wrapped, Stratten moved in with Bogdanovich.

The following month, however, Stratten and Snider were found dead at his West Los Angeles home, with police determining Snider shot Stratten before killing himself.

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Bogdanovich married her sister Louise

ABC News reports Bogdanovich stayed close to Dorothy’s family following her death and later a relationship between him and her sister Louise blossomed. The couple tied the knot in 1988 and were together 12 years before parting ways in 2001.

Despite their split, they must have stayed on good terms as they worked together on 2014 film She’s Funny That Way, with Bogdanovich as director and Stratten as producer.

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The director was married once before

Peter Bogdanovich and first wife Mary Marr Platt, also known as Polly, were married from 1962 to 1971. Platt, who died in 2011, was a distinguished film producer and the first woman admitted to Hollywood’s Art Directors Guild.

As well as producing, she also earned credits as a costume designer, screenwriter and production designer and worked alongside her husband on projects such as Paper Moon and The Last Picture Show.

Bogdanovich and Platt are survived by their children Antonia and Sashy.

We would like to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Peter Bogdanovich at this difficult time.

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Amber is a freelance writer on The Focus who mainly covers anything celeb, music, and entertainment related. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism from Brunel University in 2020, she has spent the last two years reporting the latest celeb news and pop culture trends across leading and national publishers. Starting her career at as a showbiz reporter, Amber began contributing on The Focus in 2021. As well as her work on the site, she has also written across other GRV Media publications, including both Reality Titbit and HITC. When she's not scrolling endlessly on TikTok, you'll find Amber wrapped up in yet another DIY crafting project.