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Bogdanovich Weds Sister of His Murdered Lover

January 03, 1989|Associated Press

SEATTLE — Peter Bogdanovich has married the younger sister of Dorothy Stratten, a murdered Playboy playmate with whom he was once linked romantically, it was learned today.

The movie director's lawyer said Bogdanovich, 49, whose films include "The Last Picture Show," "Paper Moon" and "Mask," married Louise Hoogstratten, 20, also known as L. B. Stratten, near Vancouver, Canada, on Friday.

Dorothy Stratten, the 1980 Playmate of the Year who acted in one of Bogdanovich's films, was shot to death by her estranged husband, Paul Snider, in 1980 in West Los Angeles. The killing reportedly occurred after Snider had learned his wife was having an affair with Bogdanovich. Snider committed suicide after killing Stratten.

In his book "The Killing of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten, 1960-1980," Bogdanovich claimed Hugh Hefner's Playboy empire played a role in her death.

In the mid-1980s, Stratten's younger sister filed a slander suit against Hefner and Burl Eldridge, her former stepfather.

The lawsuit contended the two falsely told reporters that Bogdanovich had seduced Louise Stratten when she was 13 and had sex with her mother after Dorothy Stratten was killed, and that Bogdanovich had paid for Louise to have plastic surgery to make her look more like her late sister.

She dropped the lawsuit in 1985.

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