Denis Monette was a Canadian journalist who interviewed Dorothy after she became playmate of the year. I met him recently by email after he saw my site. He was kind enough to translate his interview into English for us. Denis is now a successful Novelist still living in Canada with his family.
”When I saw myself naked in the magazine,
by Denis Monette
Many are called, but few are chosen. The Cinderella of this fabulous fairy tale never thought that overnight she would become the most envied girl in the universe; however this is exactly what happened when an agent for Playboy Magazine discovered her in 1978 in a modest Vancouver district .
Dorothy Stratten, who had just graduated from High School, was working as a secretary when the journey took place. When she was approached to try out for the centerfold of the popular magazine, the prudish young woman hesitated for quite a while before, closing her eyes to the consequences, she hesitantly removed the garments that were covering her goddess body.
Introverted, shy to excess, the 20 year old beautiful Canadian thought out her decision, kept it to herself, and then surrendered her nude body to the photographers who achieved on that day one of their best sessions.
Thinking that the adventure was over she was more than surprised to find out that she had been chosen by the judges to be: Playmate Of The Year. Out of the twelve contestants who had participated throughout the year, she is the one who gained the prize and all that was related to it. On that day, Miss Stratten became, without knowing it, the sex symbol par excellence, and with this image she had to consider her acting talent, and in effect by killing two birds with one stone, she added the glory of acting success to her worthiness. The Twenty-first one to get the annual title, it is the first time that a Canadian girl received it.
THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
Within the first seconds of the interview it was apparent that she was very shy and it took almost five minutes to draw her out in a natural dialogue. Lovely in white slacks and a matching turtle neck sweater, she was not wearing any make-up and her gracious hairdo had no other touch to it than her brush and fingers. We chatted as if we were both standing at a bus stop and the «yes» and «no» of the beginning eventually became sentences, and finally developed into a serious conversation.
* Did you hesitate a lot before accepting Playboy's offer?
* Was it extremely difficult for you to undress in front of the photographers?
* And when you finally saw yourself in the magazine, what was your reaction?
* How did your family react to the situation?
* Do you have any brothers and sisters?
* How did they take the matter?
* Have you suffered the bad feelings of certain people?
* It was, as I could say, a door to life?
* This is when you met Hugh Hefner?
* Did you expect to be chosen Playmate of the Year?
* How did the others react in such a moment?
* Did you originally have acting talent or a natural disposition for it?
* Are you at ease with... or satisfied of your image?
LOVE AND PASSION
* Would you be, as I presume, a sensitive woman?
* What do you think of the feminists? Those who condemn women who exhibit themselves as you did?
* Do you regard yourself as a very current woman?
* And what if, in spite of your success, he would still ask you to leave everything for him?
* Do you wish to have children one day?
Born on a February 28 under the astrological sign of Pisces, Dorothy Stratten assures me, that even with fame, that she will never disapprove of these naked photos of her which were her springboard. Not being materialistic, she forgot to mention that this title had been worth $25,000 in cash, a Jaguar X-JS, a Kawasaki motor bike, a trip around the world, a $8000 fur coat, a 43 oz bottle of L'Air du Temps perfume in a Lalique container, etc... In short, $250,000 in price and value.
But all that counts for her is her career. Her first appearance in the movie Americathon eventually led to a prominent role in They All Laughed, starring with Ben Gazzara, Audrey Hepburn and John Ritter. A movie that will reach our screens this coming fall.
To all the girls who dream of following in her steps, the blonde Canadian of Dutch extraction advises the evaluation of oneself and the analysis of their own potential. “I ask the mothers especially not to block the desires of their daughters, and to understand them just as my mother did me. Indecency is a word which one should banish from the vocabulary when the heart is at the origin of those ambitions.”
When I asked her if at the point of ultimate glory she would forget all these interviews which she granted as a starlet, she answered me: “Not anymore than I will forget my childhood and the fact of having posed naked to get there.” With a gracious smile, she thanked me and I left, leaving her in the care of her charming lady companion, which did not want me to consider her as the chaperone. Good luck, Dorothy Stratten, and may your name be added to the credits of the celebrities.
Denis asked Dorothy to sign this photo for his son Michel.
She gladly signed it on the back in english and french!