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The Fabulous Moolah: First Goddess of the Squared Circle Hardcover

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment; 1st edition (August 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060393971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060393977
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Now in her seventies, Lillian Ellison has been part of more than half a century of wrestling history and is a living legend. She lives on Moolah Drive in South Carolina, where she still trains girls hoping to get in the ring.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By krebsman VINE VOICE on July 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
I got a big kick out of this book and I am NOT a wrestling fan. In fact, I had never heard of Moolah when I saw the book in the bookstore and looked at the pictures and thought it might be fun. I was not disappointed. Oh sure, I wish that the book had been about twice as long and I wish that there were more photographs, but I did enjoy Moolah's stories and her outrageous attitude. ("If I didn't fight dirty, I wouldn't win!") Moolah is larger-than-life and one-of-a-kind. I think a lot of what she says is pure fantasy (like wresting itself), especially the big whopper she tells that country music legend Hank Williams asked her to marry him. (It's not like he's around to refute her!) But that was part of the fun for me. It's a rather schizoid book in that she flat out says that wrestling is fake (that's why it's called "wrestling ENTERTAINMENT") and then she goes on and on describing various matches as if they were unrehearsed. It seems to me that "wrestling entertainment" is similar to the "super hero" comic books. There are heroes, villains and clowns. When wrestlers are young and attractive, they play the heroes. When they get older and heavier, they become the villains. If they are still at it when they are REALLY old, they play the clowns. Moolah's buddy Mae has played all three roles and Moolah's descriptions of her antics are hilarious. Also very interesting was Moolah's relationship to Katie, her dwarf protege, whom Moolah always refers to as "my damn midget." (Moolah also appears in a delightful documentary film about women wrestlers that I saw at the Tribeca Film Festival last spring called "Lipstick and Dynamite." I recommend this book and the film.) I loaned this book to a friend who was in the hospital recently. He liked the book and passed it around.Read more ›
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is about as unsatisfying as winning by count-out.
Might be interesting for a newbie to the spectacle of Pro Wrestling but for the long time fan it's disappointing. The book's narrative, well...it didn't work for me, unlike Missy Hyatt's breezy and straight-from-the-shoulder biography, which ranged from laugh-out-loud funny to heart touching. Perhaps most surprising is how very few new or unique photographs illustrate this bio on one of the most flamboyant performers of all-time--male or female.
If you're a hard core wrestling fan expecting/hoping for a book that will provide an "authentic" if not "honest" glimpse behind the stage curtain, this isn't it. Missed opportunity comes to mind here, and it's a shame. From her undeniable (and enviable) ringside seat to wrestling history, Ellison had the chance to "shoot" for us here - perhaps for the final time in her career - and give us the unvarnished dirt on the Early & Golden Era pro game and its most colorful characters. But in true villain form, the Moolah character takes over, slips under the ropes and goes for a walk outside for a 20 count when the action gets too hot.
A major annoyance throughout the book is Ellison's steadfast references to the mirage that retaining her coveted championship was a feat of real physical strength or actual professional prowess. Moolah, who ARE you kidding? Liston gave it up to Ali; Ali was past it with Holmes; Tyson humbled Holmes. Youth must be served; anything less and the fix is-even in this game. (Hey, I'm not knocking someone who can still take a bump through a table at age 75+, but let's be realistic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brad from OWW on July 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Fabulous Moolah will go down as the greatest Woman's wrestling champion of all time. However, that doesn't necessarily mean it is TRUE. Moolah is an example of someone coming along at the right place and the right time and meeting the right people. The place, New York; the time, early 80s; the people, the McMahons. The McMahon family used a few loopholes and slightly rewrote history and claimed Moolah was Woman's champion for "several decades". Moolah was THE GIRL when the WWF was expanding in the early 80s, and became the postergirl from Woman's wrestling when it was taken national, even though her best years were behind her.

This book..... okay, I admit it, I was pleasantly surprised. It was a great story. But as with many WWE-produced books, I'm not sure where truth begins and lies begin. It's flat out Moolah's perspective, and she dances around some of the issues that might diminish her status if people actually knew. I continually got the impression that Lillian couldn't see much further outside of "Moolah's World" and had a poor sense of the reality around her.

It seemed like every single page of this book resulted in me changing my opion of Lillian Ellison -- from good to bad, to good, back to bad, and so on. In all fairness she HAS done a lot for woman's wrestling, but she also did a lot of horrible things like screwing her roster of girl wrestlers out of unfair booking fees. I think this is a scar on what could have been a legendary career.

Rating: I give it a generous 5 out of 10. I enjoyed this book, but I wouldn't recommend that anybody MUST READ it. If you want a better look at the early days of Woman's professional wrestling then I recommend picking up Penny Banner's book..
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