Death of a Starlet Famous, Wondery

Hosted By: Tracy Pattin and Josh Lucas
Produced By: Wondery

In August of 1980, Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten was found dead at just 20 years old. She was the girl next door with the shy smile and whispery voice who didn’t know her own beauty. To Hugh Hefner, she was his next Marilyn Monroe. To famed director Peter Bogdonovich, she was his muse. And to her husband, Paul Snider, she was his ticket to fame and fortune. All three ambitious men adored her. Only one of them murdered her. How did Dorothy’s Hollywood dreams lead to her death?

Death of a Starlet Podcast Host:

Tracy Pattin is the host and co-producer of the Wondery Network’s groundbreaking series, Hollywood and Crime. She is also creator, producer and host of the new series, Women2018 where she travels the country documenting stories of women running for political office. With her West Hollywood history expertise, she designs and creates walking tours for the international media through Visit West Hollywood.

Josh Lucas is an actor who has starred in films such as Sweet Home Alabama and The Lincoln Lawyer. He brings his own perspective as a man who has been involved in the entertainment industry.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Nostalgia: Death of a Starlet appeals to fans of Hollywood’s golden era, drawing them into the glamorous and sometimes dark side of vintage Tinseltown.
  • Host Dynamic: Tracy and Josh’s chemistry and complementary hosting styles create a perfect balance of empathy and analytical thinking, making listeners feel both emotionally connected and engaged.
  • High Production Quality: The podcast’s impeccable production quality, including atmospheric music and sound effects, enhances the immersive experience.
  • Unraveling Historical Myths: Death of a Starlet challenges existing myths and misconceptions about these Hollywood legends, providing a fresh perspective on well-known stories.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Speculation vs. Evidence: Critics argue that in some instances, the podcast relies heavily on speculation and theories rather than presenting concrete evidence.
  • Sensationalism: A few listeners have expressed concern that the podcast may at times prioritize sensationalism over sensitivity to the victims and their families.
  • Insufficient New Information: A handful of listeners have mentioned that while the podcast is entertaining, it sometimes fails to provide new information about the cases it covers, leaving them wanting more substantial revelations.
  • Host Interjections: A few critics have found the hosts’ occasional interjections and banter to be distracting or unnecessary, preferring a more focused and straightforward narrative.

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