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Bricktop
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2009
READING THIS BRINGS UP UNKNOWN AND KNOWN REMININESSENCES OF A PAST ERA IN US, FRANCE, ITALY, & MEXICO FROM A STRONG WILLED WOMAN OF COLOR. SHE DOESN'T MINCE WORDS IN THIS FAST MOVING, BITTERSWEET MEMOIR OF THIS FACINATION POWERHOUSE IN THE DEEP DEMI MONDE OF INTERNATIONAL NIGHTCLUBS. FAMOUS NAMES AND PLACES OF YORE. SHE WAS AN ORIGINAL. FACINATING.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2012
I knew Bricktop and used to frequent her nightclub in Rome frequently. I had met Ava Gardner there, who was with Anthony Franciosa. That night, Bricktop asked her to leave as she was so drunk she could hardly stand up. The papparazzi were waiting outside. She was downing champagne, beer and brandy -- alternating. The club always had celebraties and Bricktop was very entertaining. Everyone loved to hear her sign "Miss Otis Regrets.' I was also there one night when Ella Fitzgerald was there to celebrate her birthday. Saw and met numerous other stars in this very small club. Great memories revived with this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2008
I bought the book for a friend Yve Evans thet was playing Bricktop in a stage play. It was very helpful. Yve enjoyed the book and it helped her better understand the woman she was playing.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
I think that Bricktop shows how entertainment changes with time and how an uneducated, Black female learned business and the entertainment throughout the decades. The book also shows changing times and how all people are the same basically with the pursuit of love, money and happiness. Bricktop started out as a naive saloon singer and ended up rubbing elbows with the elite of society.
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on January 30, 2014
my mom knew bricktop in rome, they became very good friends, we were in her nite club often, an old friend of mine , ralph burns, played piano in here club just for the fun of it,, i met him years later in L.A. .fun to re hash those times..
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on December 23, 2014
Loved this retrospective of the Jazz Age - from the point of view of one who was at the center of the Parisian ex-patriot world. Fascinating and a woman one has to admire and respect.
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