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Candy Barr: The Small-Town Texas Runaway Who Became a Darling of the Mob and the Queen of Las Vegas Burlesque Hardcover – May 21, 2008

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Schwarz tells her story in honest detail. ... and he does an excellent job of portraying her painful and complex life and times. (Library Journal)

[A] compelling, brutal tragedy set against a country's loss of innocence. (Publishers Weekly)

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"[A] compelling, brutal tragedy set against a country's loss of innocence."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (May 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589793412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589793415
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,522,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kara Mae on September 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Candy Barr (nee Juanita Slusher)'s life was tragically full of rape, forced-prostitution and exploitation. Even her alleged relationship with gangster Mickey Cohen was, by her account, not of her own will.
At times I was confused about the whereabouts of her child. The birth of her daughter is briefly mentioned, leaving me wondering about Candy working as a dancer during her pregnancy. During later events, the presence of her daughter wouldn't seem to fit in with the events.
Most of the events in the book were told to the author by Candy Barr, which accounts for some of the confusion.
Her life in prison is the most fascinating era. During this time she wrote a (later self-published) book of poetry, leveraged the prison's desire for her to perform in the annual rodeo in exchange for a job in the prison library, and grew as a person.
The best part of the book, on the part of the author, is compellingly describing Candy/Juanita's heartfelt passion for dancing, and how her natural talent at it helped her to overcome the obstacles to join the ranks of the most famous exotic dancers of all time.
If, like me, you like reading everything you can get your hands on about the lives of exotic dancers, or you're interested eventful life stories, this is a worthwhile book. It is not a romanticized tale of stripping or "burlesque." Very little glitz, glamour and rhinestones.
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I recall a documentary on the 1970's New York disco Studio 54 (The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night), and the most common response from survivors was "I can't remember." Drugs, alcohol and age had erased the madness, but what a time it must have been. I encountered similar recollections when reading Ted Schwarz and Mardi Rustam's 2008 biography "Candy Barr," detailing the famous stripper of the 1950s who was pals with Jack Ruby (Jack Ruby: The Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed Kennedy). It appears much has been forgotten, and Candy Barr (actual name Juanita Slusher) had only a partial memory of the inglorious events of her life.

A quiet recluse during her final years, Juanita passed on in 2003 at the age of 70 near her hometown of Edna, Texas. She was a true survivor of a sordid life, as so many of her contemporaries long ago disappeared. What authors had to work with were based on a series of awkward telephone interviews, with Juanita providing similar responses of "I can't remember." It's not an excuse for such lazy investigation. Schwarz and Rustam appear to have rushed this biography, lacking the slightest detail of locations and names. Readers will stumble through pages of irresponsible insinuation involving conspiracy and underworld crime, but very little in the way of facts or corroboration. "Candy Barr" is a below-average mess, hammered out without a hint of interpretation.

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For me, the purchase of this book was inspired by the fact that my father, Jack S. was married to CB and a huge part of her life. I remember, as a boy of 10, CB visiting my dad and me, pulling up our driveway in her big, black Ford Truck with Texas plates on it. My dad had talked about her affectionately for so many years, so I was as excited as him to see her that I played sick so I could stay home from school. CB was a beautiful, warm and lovely person. I could see she was still fond of my dad and thought things never worked out for them in the long run, they each played a meaningful role in one another's lives when they did. The book itself is a fun read, but I think Ted S. tries a bit too hard and should rely more on the subject matter to speak for itself, but then again, what do I know. If you want to know more about this period and the characters involved, then give it a read.
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