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The Secret Life of Siegfried and Roy: How the Tiger Kings Tamed Las Vegas Hardcover – June 1, 2008
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In this light biography of Siegfried and Roy, the authors note that the entertainers kept their intimate lives private, leaving little for would-be biographers to reveal. Jim Mydlach, the duo's security officer for 25 years, his son Louis Mydlach, Roy's bodyguard after the tiger mauling in 2003, and Jim Lavery, longtime show consultant, pad their account with collateral material—the rise of the big Vegas hotels, Siegfried and Roy's various homes, parks and animal purchases, the vogue for white wild animals, the construction of a dolphin attraction at the Mirage and Liberace's sexual proclivities. Occasionally, they include actual Siegfried and Roy gossip, but it's in a coy, wink-wink voice: Insiders say beefcakes, not cupcakes, trigger their sexual appetites. While the authors try for a balanced narrative, it comes to light at the end that two of the authors have significant problems with their subjects. Louis sued Siegfried over his treatment of Roy, and Lavery sued Roy after he manipulated Lavery's lifelong girlfriend into ditching him. This isn't a comprehensive study of the work of Siegfried and Roy, but fans will still have fun with it. (June)
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It seems very interesting and accurate.
I know someone who worked for them and he did not deny what the book says.
I would recommend it to everybody.
Those people have a very deep secret life that nobody knows.
There should be more "added" to their biography.
It's a pretty big mess--timelines jump all over the place, whole years are left out, and then about 2/3's of the way through the author starts slamming the stars for the craze they started over white tigers. A lot of it is confusing and the team's sexual issues are alluded to but never detailed in a significant way. Most aggravating is when the book would stop and go into the history of Las Vegas or the history of white tigers in India, pages of material that have nothing to do with Siegfried and Roy.
Even the photos in the book are pretty weak and only cover a certain time period of the duo's life.
The author of this book also wrote the Anna Nicole Smith biography Train Wreck and that would have been an appropriate title for the writing of this book. You may learn a few things you didn't know before but it is pieced together poorly.
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