Peter Bogdanovich infamously dated several women he directed. He worked with Cher on the 1985 film “Mask,” and the two had a romantic relationship that ended bitterly. The director claimed the famed singer despised men. “That’s why she’s named Cher: She dropped her father’s name,” he told Vulture in 2019. Bogdanovich also attacked her on-screen ability: “She can’t act. She won Best Actress at Cannes because I shot her very well.”
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Prior to dating Cher, Bodganovish had his most notorious romance when he dated Playboy model Dorothy Stratten. She had appeared in his film “They All Laughed,” and was tragically killed by her possessive ex-husband Paul Snider in a murder-suicide in 1980, per AP News. That horrific event was one that Bogdanovich never fully recovered from. “Her death pretty much wrecked me,” he told Vanity Fair in 2014. In addition to the immense toll Stratten’s murder took on him personally, it also impacted him professionally. “I just didn’t give a damn if I ever made another movie again,” he added.
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The director wound up striking up a romance with Stratten’s younger sister, Louise Hoogstratten, who went by L.B. Stratten, and the two were married in 1989. Bogdanovich later admitted that life choices marred his career. “The whole thing about my personal life got in the way of people’s understanding of the movies,” he told ABC News in 2020.