Not Just Strippers: Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Burlesque


When Leslie Zemeckis began working on her documentary Behind the Burly Q, she knew little of the famed performers that dominated the old-time burlesque scene. By the time the film was released in 2010, she had more information on the little-understood art form than she knew what to do with. Her solution: write a book—with the same title as her movie—that would present all this newfound knowledge.

The hefty book—now in bookstores—allows Zemeckis to go beyond the first-person accounts of the movie and get into the social history that led burlesque to evolve from a satirical theatrical format into the kind of activity that many modern culture-lovers think belongs in a strip club. (The women who knew otherwise didn’t speak up for a long time, often due to the stigma associated with burlesque.) Here—from the information we picked up from the book and an interview with Zemeckis—are are seven facts that…

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About JoNeaIsisMarie

Coupled 21 year old +11 years Exp, Egyptology/Ancient History Graduate. I Am now studying a full time MA at the University of Birmingham in International Heritage Management. I also Cook and Bake
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