From Drags to Riches : The Untold Story of Charles Pierce (Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies)

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From Drags to Riches : The Untold Story of Charles Pierce (Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 245 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781560233855
  • DDC分類 791.0866

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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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    xi
Prologue xv
``A Wonderful Idea'' 1 (6)
A Movie Star on Wheels 7 (6)
Pasadena Playhouse-At Last! 13 (6)
Extracurricular Lessons in Sex 19 (6)
``Make Me a Star!'' 25 (4)
Stars in My Eyes 29 (10)
Summer Stock and Shangri-La for Awhile 39 (14)
The Rent Party 53 (8)
Charles Pierce, the Persistent Houseguest 61 (8)
A Mahvelous Pahty 69 (6)
A Naked Moon Dance and the Little Retreat 75 (6)
Where Alcoholics Meet
The Big Break and Sex on the Rocks 81 (10)
``Everybody Came to the Gilded Cage'' 91 (6)
``Through These Portals...'' 97 (8)
Rio Dante, the Man Who Would Be Dracula 105(4)
``The Beverly Hill Nellies'' and How They Grew 109(6)
In Love with a ``Living Doll'' 115(6)
In Bed with ``Bette Davis'' 121(4)
Chicken-in-the-Nude, Cock Tales, and Other 125(8)
Assorted Orgies
Chez Sabu and La Ballet de Marijuana 133(6)
``Mother Didn't Tell Me There'd Be Nights 139(6)
Like These!''
Death in the Dressing Room 145(10)
Gold Street and Touched by an Angel-Of Death! 155(8)
``No, I'm Not the Girl in the Fishbowl at 163(8)
Bimbo's''
The City Cabaret and Disco-The Times They 171(4)
Were A-Changin'
The Backlot-And the Real Miss Bette Davis 175(6)
An Evening at ``Dottie's Place'' 181(4)
Charles Pierce Takes New York-And New York 185(4)
Loves It!
``The Tush Room at the Hotel Yuck'' 189(10)
The Venetian Room-``Top o' the World, Ma!'' 199(6)
Wild at the Ballroom-Farewell to New York City 205(6)
Is There Life After Drag? 211(10)
Charles Pierce: Male Actress 221(4)
Letters from the End of the Rainbow 225(6)
Farewell, Old Friend: The Last Charles Pierce 231(8)
Show
Epilogue 239(4)
Notes 243