Behind the Burly Q by Leslie Zemeckis
The Story of Burlesque in America

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Burlesque was one of America's most popular forms of live entertainment in the first half of the 20th century. Gaudy, bawdy, and spectacular, the shows entertained thousands of paying customers every night of the week. And yet the legacy of burlesque


About Leslie Zemeckis

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Leslie Zemeckis is an author, actress, and award-winning documentarian. Zemeckis wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning Bound by Flesh about Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton as well as the critically acclaimed Behind the Burly Q, a definitive history of burlesque. An icon of the burlesque industry BLAZE STARR did more than merely take her clothes off during the heyday of burlesque. With an act that included panthers and a couch that burst into flames, Blaze was a nation-wide sensation. Known as much for her voluptuous figure as for her affairs with Earl Long and John F. Kennedy, Blaze remains a true original and one of the last living legends of burlesque.
Published June 1, 2013 by Skyhorse Publishing. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The salty reminiscences of participants in the classic age of burlesque enliven this companion volume to a documentary film directed by the author.

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Filmmaker Zemeckis offers a narrative version of her 2010 documentary film of the same name in this comprehensive history of the golden age of burlesque. Drawing from extensive interviews conducted fo

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