- Hardcover: 186 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (August 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688016111
- ISBN-13: 978-0688016111
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Killing of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten, 1960-1980 Hardcover – August, 1984
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This is just one example of the muddled logic that encompasses Bogdanovich's retelling of the Stratten tragedy. A lot of the book falls into the "too much information" category, not to mention the "glass houses" category. For instance, why is it "exploitation" when Hefner publishes nude photos of the 21-year-old Cybill Shepherd from the movie that was DIRECTED BY PETER BOGDANOVICH, but Bogdanovich is an "artist"?Read more ›
From these writings, Peter Bogdanovich accuses the Playboy sex machine and Hugh Hefner of being a driving force in her death. I disagree, I think she was just discovered by the wrong person in the form of her sleazy future husband and murderer, Paul Snider. I wish a reputable modeling agency would have discovered her instead, not only would she probably still be alive, but I think she had the star quality that would have made her a huge celebrity. All of this would have come without the stigma of having posed nude for men's magazines; Bogdanovich points out that this leaves a blemish on you even after death. It is no wonder that even though she's been dead for nearly two decades, Playboy and others are still peddling her naked pictures. I appreciate that Bogdanovich did not publish any of these photos of her or Paul Snider out of simple respect. The photos of her that do reside in this book are when she has a most natural and angelic appearance, without the tons of makeup and hair bleach regulary used by Playboy. The cover photo is exemplary of this.Read more ›
Peter Bogdanovich was a struggling Hollywood "player" when he met Stratten. His career was nosediving, but he was still considered a director who could potentially come up with a money-making movie project. He was a regular at the Playboy mansion and Hugh Hefner was a good buddy of his. Bogdonovich's taste in women ran toward the puerile; blonde ingenues were his weakness. He dumped his first wife Polly Platt, who played a major part in his most successful films, for the vapid Cybill Shepherd. He made several amazingly bad movies starring Shepherd before she dumped him for a used car salesman (I'm not kidding). At loose ends, he sought respite at the Playboy mansion, partying and having sex with the endless supply of women that congregated there in hopes of snagging a rich, famous man as a boyfriend or husband or stepping stone to "stardom."
What is truly infuriating about this book is how Bodanovich portrays himself and his brief affair with Stratten. He sees himself as the rescuer of this poor damsel who is coerced into posing nude by her sleazy husband and pushed into having sex with a man she considered a father figure (Hefner). Actually Statten publicly stated that she had no problem with posing for naked photos and was very fond of Hefner. He goes on about how awful Paul Snider and Hugh Hefner are, but he is cut out of the same nasty piece of cloth.Read more ›
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Most come to this book, ostensibly about Dorothy (Hoog)Stratten, after other avenues, the damning "Death of a Playmate" article by Teresa Carpenter and Bob Fosse's... Read morePublished 2 months ago by bc
It was a very interesting book. Peter Bogdanovich was her true love, such a sad situation with Paul snider, and hugh Hefner. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kathy J. Martin
a true cautionary tale. these girls often seem to meet sad endings or end up forgotten.Published 9 months ago by dolores plumlee
I was all of 4 years old when Dorothy was stolen from us so violently (1980 was one hell of a bad year in retrospect). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Donna Di Giacomo
I'm actually surprised that the previous reviews of this book were as negative as they are. Of course, I am reading this book 30 years after its publication and I am already fully... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Beatrice
The book came in excellent condition, like new. Thank you, i was very pleased!Published 16 months ago by Maria Bak
Got this after watching Galaxina. Wasn't aware of anything regarding the death. It's a sad and haunting story that, like other reviews have said, heavily biased. Read morePublished on June 4, 2014 by Kyle B.