Traci Lords: Underneath It All
The moving, gripping, and tell–all autobiography of Traci Elizabeth Lords, a former child porn queen, electronica maven, and cult movie and TV star.
At 14, Nora Kuzma ran away from home and ended up on the dirty streets of Hollywood. She fell in with a fast crowd, and her dreams of modelling soon landed her a spectacular centrefold in Penthouse Magazine, where at 15 she...more
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OK, so, yes, it's a moderately interesting woe-is-me tale of exploitation and adversity overcome, in which Lords never once stops to consider that maybe porn--illegal and wrong though it may have been, her being under 18 and all--led to her glass being half full rather than half empt ...more
Traci Lords has been through a very rough life and she's very open about sharing her stories and her point of view. So many times throughout the book, I just want ...more
This is a shining example of how not to write, or how to be a completely unlikable narrator & person. How to refuse to take any personal respon ...more
I gave it five stars because it was much more than what I thought it was going to be. Her story had a bit of everything from the horrors of growing up in a dysfunctional home to funny parts when working on her movie sets
Recommended for anyone who needs a feel good book because ultimately for me that's what it was. Clearly an underdog who comes back strong in ...more
A Review By: Amelia
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Any veteran readers of this blog know that I love reading the most salacious autobiographies I can find. Jenna Jameson’s porn star epic How To Make Love Like A Porn Star, The Last Living Slut about a legendary Iranian groupie, Party Monster for crazy club kids, Mommie Dearest about the abuse Joan ...more
I believe this is a significant, as well as entertaining, memoir, even if it did take me a few months to get through it. I'm sure plenty of people would finish in a day or two, it is an easier read, although the parts where she recounts her sexual assaults might provoke someone to take a break from it.
I noticed that Traci glosses over certain parts of her life that readers might be expecting her to elaborate fur ...more
What I read was a ve ...more
I haven't decided if it's because this is very much a woman's narrative (and thus I relate more easily) or whether Lords's extensive therapy has given her more insight, but the introspection in this journey of addiction, exploitation, and recovery is much more honest and compelling than others I have read.
I did enjoy the fact that on the road to "legitimate" acting jobs, Lords does ...more
Traci Lords’ autobiographical work, Underneath It All, is helpful in ...more
Not shockingly, it's an awful one; but her story presents more than just a never-ending series of horrific tragedies (although there is plenty of that). You get to know Traci and hear how she has dealt with and overcome h ...more
Traci doesn't hold back on the events that lead to her notoriety in porn and popular culture, providing a sincere look at the effects of sexual assault, and how she managed to move into and then out of the world of pornography. That the events for which she is most commonly associated are not the entire focus of this book moves the reader away from the seedier moments and into the ...more
Only three years older than me, Traci helped me embrace my sexuality with her final film. I loved what I believed was liberation; it's unfortunate the price she paid for it.
As an abused child who went through a lot of the same things, I related a lot to what she went through. It's hard to pull yourself out of a reputation you were near destined for given a life-situation childhood provided, but in reading, you could s ...more
The first comments I heard about the whole porn fiasco were about her master stroke - after all, she managed to have most of her films declared illegal when she was ready to leave porn. Those comments nagged at me. I mean, she was fifteen, how Machiavellian could she have been? Do you know any teenagers that are *that ...more
I cannot image how she survive in a family with such irresponsible parents. The environment she grows up is a natural force that lead her into the porn business. However, she wakes up one day, and bravely fights back.
Her fame as a porn star not only gives her popularity, but also create a huge barrier for her to transition into an legitimate film actress. I highly suggest the reader ...more
As an aside, it is interesting to see how many people comment on what type of childhood she had to lead her being a teen porn star, but nary a word about the industry itself that embraced ...more
Traci takes responsibility for exactly none of her actions. People who support her are valued (until she decides to move on) and anyone not actively looking out for her is a traitor. Every obstacle she faces is decidedly unfair, and when will the world finally forget all about her past and judge her solely for who she is now?
Interesting choice, legally changing your given name to your stage name. Or writing a
In 2003 she published her auto ...more