From Drags to Riches

The Untold Story of Charles Pierce
 
 
Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 23. Juli 2002
 
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 280 Seiten
978-1-56023-386-2 (ISBN)
 
Learn how Charles Pierce achieved stardom and became one of the most famous female impersonators of all time!Charles Pierce (1926--1999) was an internationally known and highly successful female impersonator, known for his vivid portrayals of Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, and Mae West. This book offers a candid look at a career that spanned over fifty years--from his humble start at the Pasadena Playhouse, to his sold-out shows in San Francisco.From Drags to Riches provides a rich and colorful history of Charles Pierce. In this insightful and moving volume, Pierce's friend John Wallraff offers valuable insights about the little-known man behind the makeup and captures the essence of what drag stardom is really like. This informative, imaginative, and sexually provocative book contains: - stories of how famous Hollywood icons shaped Charles Pierce's life and his act - Pierce's history, from his humble beginnings at the Pasadena Playhouse to his sold-out shows in San Francisco and beyond - a look at Pierce's private life - an examination of the price of fame--how successes and failures shape any performerUsing the words of Charles Pierce himself, adding a dash of humor, mixing in fascinating insights, and sprinkling in juicy stories of love, lust, and sex, this book is a melting pot of information about a well-loved but sometimes misunderstood man.
  • Englisch
  • New York
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  • USA
Taylor & Francis Inc
bibliographical references
  • Höhe: 212 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
  • 431 gr
978-1-56023-386-2 (9781560233862)
1560233869 (1560233869)
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- Acknowledgments - Prologue - 1. "A Wonderful Idea" - 2. A Movie Star on Wheels - 3. Pasadena Playhouse-At Last! - 4. Extracurricular Lessons in Sex - 5. "Make Me a Star!" - 6. Stars in My Eyes - 7. Summer Stock and Shangri-La for Awhile - 8. The Rent Party - 9. Charles Pierce, the Persistent Houseguest - 10. A Mahvelous Pahty - 11. A Naked Moon Dance and the Little Retreat Where Alcoholics Meet - 12. The Big Break and Sex on the Rocks - 13. "Everybody Came to the Gilded Cage" - 14. "Through These Portals.:" - 15. Rio Dante, the Man Who Would Be Dracula - 16. "The Beverly Hill Nellies" and How They Grew - 17. In Love with a "Living Doll" - 18. In Bed with "Bette Davis" - 19. Chicken-in-the-Nude, Cock Tales, and Other Assorted Orgies - 20. Chez Sabu and La Ballet de Marijuana - 21. "Mother Didn't Tell Me There'd Be Nights Like These!" - 22. Death in the Dressing Room - 23. Gold Street and Touched by an Angel-Of Death! - 24. "No, I'm Not the Girl in the Fishbowl at Bimbo's" - 25. The City Cabaret and Disco-The Times They Were A-Changin' - 26. The Backlot-And the Real Miss Bette Davis - 27. An Evening at "Dottie's Place" - 28. Charles Pierce Takes New York-And New York Loves It! - 29. "The Tush Room at the Hotel Yuck" - 30. The Venetian Room-"Top o' the World, Ma!" - 31. Wild at The Ballroom-Farewell to New York City - 32. Is There Life After Drag? - 33. Charles Pierce: Male Actress - 34. Letters from the End of the Rainbow - 35. Farewell, Old Friend: The Last Charles Pierce Show - Epilogue - Notes - Index

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