Death of a Playmate November 5, It is shortly past four in the afternoon and Hugh Hefner glides wordlessly into the library of his Playboy Mansion West. He is wearing pajamas and looking somber in green silk. The incongruous spectacle of a sybarite in mourning. A dispassionate eulogy from which one might conclude that Miss Stratten died in her sleep of pneumonia. One, certainly, which masked the turmoil her death created within the Organization. During the morning hours after Stratten was found nude in a West Los Angeles apartment, her face blasted away by gauge buckshot, editors scrambled to pull her photos from the upcoming October issue. It could not be done. The issues were already run. So they pulled her ethereal blond image from the cover of the Playmate Calendar and promptly scrapped a Christmas promotion featuring her posed in the buff with Hefner.
Dorothy Stratten was the focus of the dreams and ambitions of three men. One killed her.
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The PMOM's pictorial includes nude photographs and a centerfold poster, along with a pictorial biography and the "Playmate Data Sheet", which lists her birthdate, measurements, turn-ons, and turn-offs. In addition, Anniversary Playmates are usually chosen to celebrate a milestone year of the magazine. Playboy encourages potential Playmates to send photos with " girl next door " appeal for consideration; others may submit photos of Playmate candidates, and may be eligible for a finder's fee if their model is selected. In addition, "casting calls" are held regularly in major US cities to offer opportunities for women to test for Playboy. Until just prior to the death of Hugh Hefner , he personally selected each Playmate of the Month and every Playmate of the Year, taking into account an annual readers' poll. According to Playboy , there is no such thing as a former Playmate because "Once a Playmate, always a Playmate". Marilyn Monroe , who was featured in the first issue , was the only one to appear as "Sweetheart of the Month". Generally a woman may appear only once as a Playmate, but in the early years of the magazine, some models were featured multiple times. Under current law in most US jurisdictions, publishing nude pictures of a model younger than 18 would be a felony. However, in the early years of the magazine, laws regarding corruption of a minor were less well established.
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