Gilded Lili: Lili St. Cyr and the Striptease Mystique

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Watson-Guptill, Oct 16, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Burlesque. A uniquely American form of entertainment...and one of the most celebrated forms in burlesque was that of the inimitable Lili St. Cyr. Her body of work as a striptease artist--featuring her innovative on-stage bubble baths and reverse stripteases--was on a level with such dazzling performers as Gypsy Rose Lee, Blaze Starr, Tempest Storm, and Ann Corio. And wherever the glamorous Queen of Burlesque appeared, controversy followed. Gilded Lili is the first biography of this pioneering artist, sure to be a smash as burlesque enjoys its own resurgence. Her tempestuous love affairs and troubled life make Lili St. Cyr’s story a microcosm of American sexuality in the twentieth century, mirroring social changes in sexual politics and the commercialization of sexuality. A compelling biography and an intriguing take on feminist history, Gilded Lili is golden indeed.

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User Review  - Kellswitch - LibraryThing

Before I stumbled across this book at the store I had never heard of Lili St. Cyr and considering how huge she was in her day this surprised me though it really shouldn’t have. America doesn’t seem to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah Crampton - Goodreads

Great subject matter, shitty writer. As frequently as the author quotes from Rachel Shteir's book, "Striptease: The Untold Story of the Girlie Show" (seriously, every five pages), I am inclined to ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Rachel Shteir xi
1
Shedding Marie
21
An Epidemic of Striptacoccus
45
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Kelly DiNardo has written for the Washington Post, Glamour, YM,
TV Guide, USA Today,
and many
other publications. She lives in
Washington, D.C.

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