Feuding Fan Dancers
Leslie Zemeckis continues to discover the forgotten feminist histories of the golden age of entertainment, turning her sights on the lost stories of Sally Rand and Faith Bacon―icons who each claimed to be the inventor of the notorious fan dance.Some women capture our attention like no others. Faith Bacon and Sally Rand were beautiful blondes from humble backgrounds who shot to fame behind a pair of oversize ostrich fans, but with very different outcomes. Sally Rand would go on to perform for the millions who attended the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, becoming America’s sweetheart. Faith Bacon, the Marilyn Monroe of her time––once anointed the "world's most beautiful woman"––would experience the dark side of fame and slip into drug use.It was the golden age of American entertainment, and Bacon and Rand fought their way through the competitive showgirl scene of New York with grit and perseverance. They played peek-a-boo with their lives, allowing their audiences to see only slivers of themselves. A hint of a breast? A forbidden love affair? They were both towering figures, goddesses, icons. Until the world started to change. Little is known about who they really were, until now.Feuding Fan Dancers tells the story of two remarkable women during a tumultuous time in entertainment history. Leslie Zemeckis has pieced together their story and―nearly one hundred years later― both women come alive again.

Feuding Fan Dancers Details

TitleFeuding Fan Dancers
Author
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherCounterpoint
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Biography, History

Feuding Fan Dancers Review

  • Freya
    January 1, 1970
    Well researched, fun read about two showgirls and their rise (and decline) in fame. Not only paints a picture of the fan dancers, but gives great context to the times and the relative "importance" of showgirls and adult entertainment at the time. Highly recommend if you're into Hollywood history style stuff!
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