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Candy Barr
Title : Candy Barr
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ISBN : 9781589793415
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 301

Born Juanita Slusher in Edna, Texas, in 1935, the entertainer who became Candy Barr was perhaps the last great dancer in burlesque, a stripper who insisted on live, improvisational music and who at one time commanded $2,000 a week in 1950s Las Vegas. But as Juanita she had started life as a prematurely well-developed thirteen-year-old runaway victimized by a Dallas ritualBorn Juanita Slusher in Edna, Texas, in 1935, the entertainer who became Candy Barr was perhaps the last great dancer in burlesque, a stripper who insisted on live, improvisational music and who at one time commanded $2,000 a week in 1950s Las Vegas. But as Juanita she had started life as a prematurely well-developed thirteen-year-old runaway victimized by a Dallas ritual known as "the capture" that enslaved her into prostitution, for a time turning over 4,000 tricks a year before she was able to escape. A lover of Mickey Cohen's and friend to Jack Ruby, Barr's tumultuous life included a period of imprisonment on trumped-up drug charges, an appearance in a crude, 20-minute stag film, and unlikely role in the investigation into the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Based on over 100 hours of exclusive interviews with Barr, this book is not just the story of Juanita and Candy, but also paints an unflattering picture of all those who sought to exploit her.


Candy Barr Reviews

  • Max Shenk

    The reviews I've read of this book are kind of harsh (if not stupid. Just as an aside: finding a book's subject matter "upsetting" is not reason to give it a * review, especially if you never even FINISHED READING IT. But I digress). I do find it, technically, to be a little sloppy in spots.ButI got this book as "research" for the novel I'm working on (about a former porn star), but also because I find Barr's story fascinating.Talk about a book that gives you an insight into true "rape culture" [...]

  • David Ward

    Candy Barr:  The Small Town Texas Runaway Who Became a Darling of the Mob and the Queen of Las Vegas Burlesque by Ted Schwarz (Taylor Trade Publishing 2008) (Biography). In a nutshell, a small-town Texas girl is abused on all sides as a kid. She was a gorgeous girl and was born into a family nest of perverts and imbeciles in small town Texas in the 1930's . The first half of the book is fairly shocking: it's not about burlesque, it's about cruelty, the institutionalized rape of a child, and the [...]

  • Irene

    Ted Schwarz is not an author; he is a seasoned author/coauthor/ghostwriter--a producer of book product. This story would make a great documentary or film. It's hard to tell what kind of novel it would make. This book sensationalizes things that don't need any sexing up and generally reads like a 12 year old's book report.

  • Kate SouthernBelleSimple

    I tried to read this, but the story was just really getting to me. Too many bad things happened with no hope of any type of salvation for the authort uplifting at all. I know it was true, but it just made me too sad to finish it.