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“The most comprehensive study on the era of burlesque.” — V Magazine

Training her journalist’s eye on the glitter and glamour of American burlesque’s Greatest Generation, Liz Goldwyn takes readers on an enthralling tour of the original queens of the striptease. Goldwyn’s incisive expose is a retrospective of the sights and spectacles of burlesque’s golden age—and an intimate look at the women whose sexuality, ambition, and verve brought the cabaret stage to life. Today, as burlesque enters a heady resurgence worldwide—with festivals around the globe, popular books like Burlesque Fetish and The Burlesque Handbook, and even a School of Burlesque in New York City— Pretty Things offers a unique and exciting look at its formative past and its earliest heroines.

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“This coffee table treasure serves as . . . a fitting paean to this once-forgotten generation of women.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Liz Goldwyn illustrates an era in classic American entertainment with hundreds of archival photographs, costume sketches and newspaper clips.” -- Time

“Pretty Things is now the most comprehensive study on the era of burlesque.” -- V Magazine

“In Liz Goldwyn’s Pretty Things, stripteasers bump and grind into the often dark reality of modern burlesque queens.” -- Vanity Fair

“The art of burlesque is lovingly documented through long-lost photographs as well as designer sketches and interviews.” -- W magazine

“[Pretty Things] celebrates the performers once dismissed as second-class citizens.” -- Tatler

From the Back Cover

Liz Goldwyn''s lifelong fascination with the inimitable glamour of classic burlesque inspired her to spend the past eight years corresponding with, visiting, interviewing, receiving striptease lessons from, and forming close relationships with the last generation of the great American burlesque queeens. Goldwyn invites us to step back into an era when the hourglass figure was in vogue and striptease was a true art form.

Meet Betty "Ball of Fire" Rowland, who was known for her flaming red hair and bump–and–grind routines. (It turns out she once sued the author''s grandfather, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., for using her stage name and costume in his Hollywood picture, Ball of Fire.)

Meet Sherry Britton, who, with her long black hair and curvy, trim physique, was among the most stunning of the burlesque stars before Mayor LaGuardia outlawed burlesque in New York.

Meet Zorita, whose sexually explicit "Consummation of the Wedding of the Snake" dance (performed with a live snake) and other daring performances earned her legendary status.

Goldwyn draws back the curtain to reveal the personal journeys of yesteryear''s icons of female sexuality and power, restoring their legacy to an age that has all but forgotten them–despite today''s resurgence of burlesque.

About the Author

Liz Goldwyn has worked in fashion, art, and photography since the age of sixteen. She has produced major fashion shows and art installations, helped establish the fashion department at Sotheby’s New York, and was a global consultant for Shiseido America. She writes feature articles for national magazines, and designs her own collection of jewelry. Her documentary film on burlesque queens, Pretty Things, premiered in July 2005 on HBO. Goldwyn lives in Los Angeles.

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Papa Pastie
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Love this book
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2018
Love this book. We own a burlesque dinner theater in St. Louis Missouri and we bought this book so I could teach my new performers what pinup is as none of them had any burlesque or pinup experience we bought several other books also however this is been a great book for... See more
Love this book. We own a burlesque dinner theater in St. Louis Missouri and we bought this book so I could teach my new performers what pinup is as none of them had any burlesque or pinup experience we bought several other books also however this is been a great book for inspiration for them to learn all about the art a burlesque
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Awesome!
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2020
I enjoy all things burlesque and pinup. This book has it all...the costumes, the history, the glam, the not so glam, such a great book! It’s a treasure-trove of photos and information to savor.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2019
Funny how I purchased this book and find my grandmother in it boy she was a beauty! Look for Jacklyn Jorge the Angel from Paris that’s my grandmother!
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JKH
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A range of burlesque life
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2014
This is a well-researched book with numerous photos and other details of the working and creative aspects of the burlesque performers'' lives. Some lives were good, some bad. Really shows how much work and care went into the art of burlesque. The personalities are as... See more
This is a well-researched book with numerous photos and other details of the working and creative aspects of the burlesque performers'' lives. Some lives were good, some bad. Really shows how much work and care went into the art of burlesque. The personalities are as sparkling as the costumes.
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He was impressed and loved it!
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2015
This was a Christmas gift for my son as he is Executive Director of the Burlesque Museum here in Las Vegas. Thought he could donate it to the museum after enjoying it. He was impressed and loved it!
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Three Stars
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2016
somehow It charged me for two books . the book itself is okay
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C. Evanski
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FANTASTIC BOOK-want to buy movie now-Thanks Liz Goldwyn !!!!
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2011
FANTASTIC BOOK. This book by Liz Goldwyn is so nicely done and so interesting about the Burlesque Queens of years past. The TV special ''Pretty Things'' was so good, I watched it a few times and then ordered the book. Thanks to dear Liz Goldwyn. Her research,... See more
FANTASTIC BOOK. This book by Liz Goldwyn is so nicely done and so
interesting about the Burlesque Queens of years past. The TV special
''Pretty Things'' was so good, I watched it a few times and then ordered the book. Thanks to dear Liz Goldwyn. Her research, interviews, costumes, the pictures, the costume designers, etc. were superb. I do hope Ms. Goldwyn will do more, maybe about Vaudeville, Gypsy Rose Lee, Minsky''s , Billy Rose, Fannie Brice or any others. I enjoyed this book & my thanks & admiration to Liz Goldwyn & please, please do more TV specials about these great people along with books about them. Fantastic!
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Beautiful
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2013
A beautiful book all the way through. Great to add to my collection. I am very happy with it. Love!
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chris sheppardson
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A history but
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 10, 2019
It is a solid look at the history but personally didnt find it overly engaging. Was a present and was viewed as ok but...
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M.E
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Beautiful.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 27, 2016
I''m a contour student so this is a great book for reference and inspiring ideas.
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Lou
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Interesting
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 3, 2014
I like this book alot. If you are into burlesque and what to learn more about the history behind it and how and where a performer gets their costume, shtick, etc from this is a good starting point.
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Andy Chandler
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2016
Fab booked enjoyed by the reader
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All The Queens of burlesque..
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 16, 2014
Big fat book. It would have been even better when it was hardcovered
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Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

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Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale

Pretty Things: The outlet sale Last high quality Generation of American Burlesque Queens online sale