Ed 's Reviews > Gilded Lili: Lili St. Cyr and the Striptease Mystique

Gilded Lili by Kelly DiNardo
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Feb 12, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: strippers
Read in February, 2009

More than a biography of Lili St. Cyr but not really a life and times (since the subject couldn't support such a weighty approach) this is a very well written and impeccably researched work on one of the important culture icons of the middle of the past century. The story of St. Cyr's life is detailed--sometimes too detailed although every biography but one I have ever read contained too much information. DiNardo clearly has a lot of respect for her subject--this really comes through in the Epilogue--and knows the social/political/sexual underpinnings of the period. If you agree with her on such subjects, which I do, you will appreciate her assured almost breezy style in presenting it.

Also has good thumbnail sketches of life in the fast lane on 52nd Street in Manhattan, the Strip in Las Vegas and the clubs of Montreal.

It works as a social history from the demimonde and as an unvarnished but not judgemental look at the life of a burleque queen and is higly recommended.
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