Candy Barr: The Small-Town Texas Runaway Who Became a Darling of the Mob and the Queen of Las Vegas Burlesque

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Taylor Trade Publications, Aug 5, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages
Born Juanita Slusher in Edna, Texas, in 1935, the entertainer who became Candy Barr was perhaps the last great dancer in burlesque, a stripper who insisted on live, improvisational music and who at one time commanded $2,000 a week in 1950s Las Vegas. But as Juanita she had started life as a prematurely well-developed thirteen-year-old runaway victimized by a Dallas ritual known as "the capture" that enslaved her into prostitution, for a time turning over 4,000 tricks a year before she was able to escape. A lover of Mickey Cohen's and friend to Jack Ruby, Barr's tumultuous life included a period of imprisonment on trumped-up drug charges, an appearance in a crude, 20-minute stag film, and unlikely role in the investigation into the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Based on over 100 hours of exclusive interviews with Barr, this book is not just the story of Juanita and Candy, but also paints an unflattering picture of all those who sought to exploit her.
 

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I’ve read a few books about strippers – Gypsy Rose Lee, Lily St. Cyr, Diablo Cody – and all of them were amusing. Not so with Candy Barr; her life comes across as sordid and depressing. I suspect a ... Read full review

Contents

Ladies and Gentlemen Miss Candy Barr
1
The Capture
7
Growing Up in Edna
13
The Good People Considered It Tradition
39
Carhops Truckers and Jack Ruby
45
Turning Professional with Shorty
51
Corky Juanita and Jack
59
Under Age and Making It
63
Stags and Frat Boys and Cops on the Take
147
Three Joints Could Get You Life
161
A Brief Note
173
Judge Brown Had a Camera
175
Mob Action Vegas and the Sunset Strip
183
Last Fling
195
Mickey Mexico and What Passes for Love
205
The End of Candy Barr and the Start of 153781
225

Shorty Had to Back Off or Shorty Had to Die
69
Ten Tricks a Night and Outcall Looks Easy
75
South Dallass Dirty Little Secret
81
The Reluctant Movie Star
91
Candy Barr Takes the Stage
101
The Lights the Music the Clothes That Came Off
115
This Became Burlesque
123
Abes Joints Pappys Joints and Other Histories Seldom Told
131
From Burlesque to Stripping and Candys Little Book
139
Fighting for Freedom
239
Freedom
249
Still Feisty Still Sexy
265
Over the Hill? What Hill?
277
Epilogue
285
Bibliography
291
Index
293
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Ted Schwarz is the author, co-author, or "ghost" of more than 100 books, including the bestselling The Hillside Strangler. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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