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Blaze Starr: My Life as Told to Huey Perry
Blaze Starr was a sultry, sassy stripper, the burlesque queen of New Orleans. Earl Long was the flamboyant, controversial governor of Louisiana. Their torrid affair rocked Louisiana politics and shocked the South. The movie tie-in edition to the sizzling Winter 1989 movie sensation starring Paul Newman.
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published 1974 by Praeger Publishers
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Betty, a barmaid I used to work with on Blaze Starr's former stomping ground, the World-Famous "Block" in Baltimore, once told me, "You should've been around when Blaze was around. She was magnificent, everything top-notch." Betty, a 1950s stripper-turned-barmaid, was one of Blaze's contemporaries. Milton Carter, some 70 years old by the time I knew him, in 1978, knew the great Blaze Starr, too. To Betty's praise, he replied with a dismissive wave of one hand. "She made a big to-do out of everyt ...more
After her passing, I finally lost all excuses not to read Blaze Starr's autobiography. A woman who shook off any attempts for a man to control her, she definitely did things her way. Though I was more interested about her time in Baltimore, the best part of the book is her musings on Earl Long and their relationship while he was governor of Louisiana. She gave it a depth that I assumed it did not possess and I came away kind of sad at the end result. Her story is laced with the tragedy of a West ...more
Oct 21, 2007 Antiabecedarian rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: restless virginia girls
One of Blaze Starr's pearls of wisdom, for the ladies: the best way to keep your beauty as you age is to sleep on your back- never, never sleep with your face in the pillow. She must have had an ass of steel. But god bless Blaze Starr, no modern dame can strut like her. Besides that, modern dames are pipsqueaks, and there is no more Earl Long, even if I did get a simpering post-mortem email from "the last of the red hot poppas" urging me to "vote for anyone but Jindal," which I very much resente ...more