In the golden age of the showgirl, dancers were treated like royalty But Las Vegas legend Betty Bunch was no pampered princess In her thirty years on the stage, screen, and television, she faced everything from a threatening tiger and menacing movie elephants to leering mob men and bait in switch producers.Betty impressed and worked with many of the day s best known stars She danced in the movies South Pacific, Bells Are Ringing, Imitation of Life and others, as well as performing at nine Las Vegas resorts Betty spent time on the road as a featured dancer with Tony Martin, Louis Prima and and the Witnesses, Jimmy Durante, and three television specials with Dean Martin She was a featured performer in the original company of Bottoms Up at Caesars Palace.In recognition of Betty s talent, the Las Vegas Review Journal, Nevada s largest daily newspaper named her as one of Las Vegas best showgirls of all time....
|Title||:||High Heels and Headdresses: Memoirs of a Vintage Vegas Showgirl|
|Publisher||:||LifeStories October 1, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||208 pages|
|File Size||:||576 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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High Heels and Headdresses: Memoirs of a Vintage Vegas Showgirl Reviews
Betty Bunch’s story is the type of tale that makes you feel glad. It’s a refreshing biography that one doesn’t get to read very often.
What a fun and fantastic memoir of "old" Vegas as experienced by a now legendary show girl starting in the mid 1950s. It really is a must read for anyone wanting authentic reminiscences of behind the scenes vintage Vegas.
I thought the book to be well-written and truly revealing. The author has a good "voice" and told her stories well. It definitely held my interest. Only problem in the story is that it makes all girls in shows look like "trollops." People already assume that, and it is not true. The showgirl population is just as diverse as that in the mainstream except that men hit on them more often because of their good looks.
High Heels and Headdresses is a fascinating book, giving us a glimpse into an earlier era in Las Vegas. From the audience we see the glitter and the polished routines. I have always had my fantasies about the life behind the scenes. I had friend whose 20 year old daughter was a dancer on the strip, and this mom always reminded me that her daughter was a dancer and not a showgirl. I enjoyed hearing Betty brag about the same thing.
Entertaining, interesting, and upbeat. A wonderful insight into the world of showgirls.
I very much enjoyed this book. I lived in Vegas during the years she is writing about, such great memories. I saw Bottoms Up many times and vividly remember. Sheckey (Greene ending his Fabulous show lying on the floor at the Riviera Hotel singing an Aria from Madam Butterfly. This book is so full of history.
My girlfriend recomended this book knowing how much I love Vegas abd the shows. The story of her life as a showgirl in vegas just =Love it... What a neat Lady. This is a must read... Roberta
Having lived the "Vegas Life" in the golden years, I found Betty's book to be full of the history of this wonderul city, and a walk through the fun filled past. She has captured the feeling of the time and her adventures on the way to getting to Vegas was great! Her knowledge and memory of "those days" is remarkable. Thanks for sharing this.