We had the honor of sitting in on a private interview as well as a live Q&A session with the legendary director Peter Bogdanovich, best known for his direction on the film "The Last Picture Show." Peter discovered and brought talent to the big screen - Cybil Sheppard, Tatum O'Neil and Jeff Bridges to name just a few. However, as a Hollywood mover and shaker of the '70's, Bogdanovich found himself in the center of a Hollywood tragedy which grabbed the headlines of the day.
This scandal is a lesser known story (unless you know your Playboy Playmates or genre films of the 80's), but I personally find this to be one of the most tragic examples of talent, potential and love-lost-too-soon. At the time I saw it, I was 13-14 years old, coming into my own, trying to formulate who I was and where I was going. At the time I was obsessed with the "true crime" section of my local Video City store and very attracted to "Fatal Attraction" with one of my favorite actresses, Glenn Close. No surprise that I married who I did or that we publish a magazine of this nature...just sayin'.
The point of this is, after watching the movie "Star 80" starring Mariel Hemingway as Dorothy Stratten, I had found one of those stories which inspired my thirst for knowledge. I wanted to know all I could about Dorothy Stratten, fascinated with her history in general. But, back in the day, we didn't have the groovy internet tool to do research, and little ol' Farmington, New Mexico offered short of nothing in the way of microfiche on Playmates of the early 80's. As I grew into adulthood, I would stop and watch Stratten's biography on cable every time it came on, even making it a point to rent it once or twice. So, fast forward this convoluted tale to now - February, 2012.
Rycke and I roll into La'Buerge in Sedona, Arizona with the cameras and lights. We set up, we film our interview with Glenn and Peter and it goes off great! During the interview they talked about Ben and Audrey and Dorothy, and how they were all gone. It was tragic, but I didn't think a thing of it. That night, we prepare to film the live Q&A at the high school, to be held after the screening of "They All Laughed." Why is this a big deal? Well, Glenn Scarpelli was in this film when he was 10. Glenn is my dear, dear friend. So, this movie, which I have NEVER seen, starts and on the screen in front of me I see "Dedicated to Dorothy Stratten."
AND IT HITS ME! SHE IS THE DOROTHY! HE IS THE DIRECTOR! OH MY GOD!
And then I hit Rycke.
I am now only degrees of separation away from one of the stories that I had a tremendous impact on my life path. Rycke and I are catching exclusive footage with the man who loved her deeply, and one of my dearest friends worked with her prior to her death...only days prior to her tragic death. Whoa.
I dedicate this video to Dorothy Stratten.