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Goddess of Love Incarnate: The Life of Stripteuse Lili St. Cyr. Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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"With tireless detail, Zemeckis brings an enigmatic and forgotten star back in the limelight
and raises tough questions about beauty, sex, womanhood, and success in this fascinating, lavishly (and racily) illustrated biography."Booklist
"In her dazzling new book, Leslie Zemeckis captures the life and times of one of burlesque's true legends. A magnificent portrait of a complicated woman who once captured the fascination of America." Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
I remember hearing my mother, who had seen many beautiful women working for my father, saying that Lili St. Cyr had the most beautiful body of any woman on stage. She did indeed.” Barbara Walters
What’s most resonant in Leslie Zemeckis’s biography of Lili St. Cyr is how utterly human this Goddess of Love truly was. This is the story of a disciplined artist, a deeply generous woman, a girl who loved and lost (and loved and lost again and again), and a lady committed to living a determined life. This book, like its subject, is seductive and absolutely captivating.” Jill Alexander Essbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Hausfrau
"The book is well-written and loaded with photos"Kirkus
Praise for Behind the Burly-Q documentary:
Utterly entertaining Behind the Burly Q is a painstakingly researched love letter to the women and men who once made up the community of burlesque performers its treasure trove of vintage photographs and performance footage is enough to make historians and fans of classic erotica swoon insightful, fascinating.” Ernest Hardy, The Village Voice
CRITICS’ PICK! Intriguing fans of theatrical history are well advised to check it out”
-New York Magazine
Charming, entertaining a delight!” Manohla Dargis
Provides a privileged front-row seat to sample several of the form's most memorable practitioners stories run from raunchy to touching to funny to flat-out incredible.” Ronnie Scheib, Variety
Taps into a world of burlesque as we've never seen it before.” - Linnea Covington, New York Press
Affectionate and engaging wonderful vintage footage, a fascinating glimpse into a corner of American history.” New York Daily News
Fascinatingly strips away at the myths surrounding the most popular American entertainment form of the first half of the 20th century.” Michael Musto, The Sundance Channel
Quickly paced, absorbing.” Kyle Smith, The New York Post
FOUR STARS(EXCELLENT)! A fun-filled tribute which elevates the Golden Age of Burlesque to its rightful place in history.”-Kam Williams, The Leader
RUN, DO NOT WALK, TO SEE THIS MOVIE! It is the most thorough, balanced, rich and probing documentary possible about the history of classical burlesque.”-Trav S.D., Travelanche
History done right: informative, entertaining, funny and finally rather moving jam-packed with juicy detail, and most of that jam is tasty indeed.”-James van Maanen, Trustmovies
Delightful, engaging A veritable who's who of the grande dames of the burlesque stage for sheer fun, this is a winner.”-George Robinson, Cine-Journal
Fascinating, colorful and yes, tantalizing progresses with a peppy pace and lighthearted demeanor probably apropos of a Burly Q show.” Ross Anthony, The Hollywood Report Card
Any fan of burlesque will no doubt find it thoroughly enjoyable.”-Adam Schartoff, Film Forward
A fun and affectionate look at a subject that continues to fascinate generations.” The Diva Review
Enjoyable brassy and loud and thoroughly unapologetic. A lot like its subjects.” NJ.com
Intimate and surprisingly interesting BEHIND THE BURLY Q” is a highly recommended and very important cinematic endeavor a form of entertainment that has been left out of our cultural history and one that many should know about.” Andrew Johnson, Black Cat Media
Burly is the only oral history recorded by many of burlesque’s greatest stars an interesting look at some unheralded theater history.”-Joe Bendel, J.B.Spins
Offers a delightful portrait of that bygone era, featuring an extensive roster of veterans of the scene a well-rounded history of the era.” -Alex Roberts, TV Soundoff
(Zemeckis) has preserved for us a lively, lovely corner of American life.” - Richard Schickel
An absorbing, moving and cleverly constructed look at the tradition of American burlesque... the stories are rollercoaster rides!” - Emily Hourican, Irish Independent
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Leslie was a delight to meet with regarding imparting information for this book. I do think, however that she may need her eyesight checked - she noted in her acknowledgements that I was a "dead ringer for Lili." Her highly generous comment is far from accurate, but nevertheless appreciated.
This revealed far more depth than I had anticipated and I appreciate the kindness of Leslie's portrayal of Lili. I'm sure she could have taken the facts and become highly opinionated in her depiction of Lili and the way she chose to lead her life, but she remained factual. I am grateful for this book.
And by "Giving up" on the way back down, I mean she did not even contemplate suicide, though she did drift into heroin use.
After a life filled with money, adoration, and stunning beauty, who could blame her for wanting to escape the reality of pitiless biology?
A Greek Tragedy, told with great skill by the author.
Her fatal flaw?
Lili lived "In the Moment", and judged everyone by their looks, especially herself, with terrible consequences at the last two decades of her furious life.
Her life story would be too much to cover properly in even the best movie possible.
I am surprised her story has not been made into a lengthy "Game of Thrones" type saga.
Perhaps that project is in the works.
The hardest part would be to find the right female to play her at her most stunning peak.
A great experience to read of her rise and fall, I read this book in three sittings, a fascinating life story, makes Erroll Flynn look like a choir boy!
take a bubble bath on stage. A history of the business and of one most beautiful and enterprising
exotic lady Lili St Cyr who was famous both in Vegas, in Night Clubs and in the movies. It tells the story
of her lovers from mobsters to millionaires. What a life !
Highly recommended. Well written and researched.