"All I Ever Wanted Was A B Cup"

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This funny showgirl's memoir takes readers behind the curtain, and straight into the dressing room. Mary Lee DeWitt Baker started out as a flat-chested dreamer competing in the world of show business, where perfection is the norm. She endured and overcame battles with bullying and repeated rejection. She shares her most intimate and epic wardrobe malfunction, which led to a life-changing decision. This author loves to share a good laugh, and gives witty inside tips like how to survive a five-show day, balance an ...
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This funny showgirl's memoir takes readers behind the curtain, and straight into the dressing room. Mary Lee DeWitt Baker started out as a flat-chested dreamer competing in the world of show business, where perfection is the norm. She endured and overcame battles with bullying and repeated rejection. She shares her most intimate and epic wardrobe malfunction, which led to a life-changing decision. This author loves to share a good laugh, and gives witty inside tips like how to survive a five-show day, balance an oversized headdress, and audition do's and don'ts. And, above all, in the event of a missing bear paw, runaway sheep, or chronic bronchitis, Ladies and Gentlemen...THE SHOW MUST GO ON!
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  • ISBN-13: 9781618633682
  • Publisher: Bookstand Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

    A Fascinating Story

    These days, Mary Lee DeWitt Baker is a happy mother of two, living in Ohio, spending her days taking care of her kids and cats. She is also the proud owner of two B-cup breasts. But, once upon a time, this was not the case: Baker was just a scrawny, brace-faced kid living in New Jersey with dream of Broadway stardom. Baker fell in love with theater while she was still a flat-chested, awkward girl. Many people told her that her looks would keep her out of the theater forever, but she never let the nay-sayers tell her what was what, a trait that became a powerful asset to her on Broadway. With her dream held close to her heart, Baker took off to New York to see if she could make it. Miraculously, through hard work and a little luck, Baker was able to make her way through the New York City theater world and land on the Broadway stage! Although her childhood dreams had come true, once she got there, Baker had to realize that the theater was not exactly a nice place all the time. Though many of the crazy antics that occurred back stage were funny, there was a lot of heartache involved with being an actress. That was something that Baker had to learn the hard way. So much of acting, after all, is learning how to deal with rejection, and lots of it. Baker’s story is one of self-acceptance hard won and against all odds. Finally, she is able to understand that her own happiness in life is much more important than someone else’s idea of what perfect looks like. Baker is able to accept herself and come into her own as a person once she lets go of any preconceived notions of perfection or beauty—she can choose to look the way she wants to! Baker’s is a powerful message that is sure to speak to just about anyone.

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  • Posted December 24, 2012

    Self-esteem is not easy to come by, especially not when you┬┐re a

    Self-esteem is not easy to come by, especially not when you’re a young girl with glasses and braces. Mary Lee DeWitt Baker tells us as much, and so much more, in her new memoir, All I Ever Wanted Was a B Cup. Growing up in New Jersey, Baker was singularly obsessed with the idea of becoming an actress in New York City. She had big Broadway dreams and would have done anything to see them fulfilled. The only problem was that she was scrawny and flat-chested, not exactly the model you think of where actresses are concerned.

    But still, Baker refused to give up on her dream of becoming a Broadway star. She may have been skinny with no boobs to speak of, but that wasn’t going to stop her from chasing her dream to New York City. Baker persevered through the hard work of establishing herself as an actress in New York, and, finally, one day, made it to her dream: being a performer on Broadway! While achieving this dream was definitely something to be proud of, Baker was still haunted by her lack of self-esteem.

    Being an actress meant that Baker was forced to deal with rejection on an almost daily basis. Finally, she realized that it would be impossible to be everyone’s vision of perfect. The only thing that truly mattered was being happy and comfortable in her own skin. With this knowledge, Baker was able to finally move past judging herself and just be happy. It was a happiness hard-won, but deserved.

    Her story will surely speak to anyone who’s ever felt out of place in their own bodies, no matter what their age or their gender. All I Ever Wanted Was a B Cup is relatable, funny, and honest-as-can-be, told through charming stories that really capture what it must have been like behind the scenes on Broadway.

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  • Posted December 24, 2012

    "All I Ever Wanted- A joy"

    Mary Lee DeWitt Baker was bitten by the musical theatre bug in her sophomore year of high school. Her dreams of the stage took her to Broadway, where she performed in shows that her young self could only have dreamed of.

    Growing up in small towns along the East Coast, from Georgia to New Jersey, Baker was never accustomed to glamour or excess. The world of show business seemed like an enchanting departure from her everyday schoolgirl worries and cares. The daydream that included and was defined by being a Broadway actress was a comfort to Baker during her youth.

    But, finally, after a long, hard slog to the Broadway stage, Baker had to come to terms with a whole new reality. Though she still very much wanted to be a member of the Broadway community, that community looked a whole lot different up-close than she could have imagined as a child. Being an actress meant subjecting herself to daily rejection and critique. Though there were moments of elation that came with performance, a lot of Baker’s life became about weathering harsh comments about her looks and manner, none of which were soft blows.

    After withstanding everyone else’s criticism about her appearance, Baker had a rude awakening one night when a wardrobe malfunction left her topless on stage. To her dismay, some didn’t even realize that she’d been accidentally undressed! Baker, perpetually small-chested, hadn’t even made an impression. That was the moment she decided to take matters into her own hand a make a change for herself. After many long years of caring about what other people thought, bending to their wills, Baker was finally ready to start making decisions for herself. Reading about her journey to acceptance is a joy, and one that will, perhaps, inspire other, similar journeys.

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  • Posted December 24, 2012

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    Happiness Is All That Matters!

    God only knows, there are plenty of reasons why women seek out plastic surgery, especially when it comes to breast augmentation. Some are medical, some are cosmetic, and some are of another breed entirely. Mary Lee DeWitt Baker is definitely of the latter camp. All her life, she dreams about having bigger breasts, but not for any simple reason. As the author explains in her new book, All I Ever Wanted Was a B Cup, new breasts meant a whole slew of things, not just a new set of bras. Baker’s obsession with having bigger breasts started as soon as she realized that she was not quite like other girls in the boob department. While her friends were filling out in junior high, Baker was, as she says, “concave”. This lack of chest volume was problematic for many reasons, not least of all because Baker had dreams of becoming a big star on Broadway. She fell in love with the theater while growing up in New Jersey, and realized that the only path that would make her happy involved being an actress. Actresses are faced with rejection more than most people can ever imagine, and Baker was not immune to that. For many years, she accepted others’ criticism of her body as par for the course, something she had to put up with. It wasn’t until she finally realized that her happiness was more important than anyone’s opinion about her that she was able to rise above it all. One day, Baker realized that the only thing that mattered was being happy with her own life, and the critics could go pick on somebody else! For anyone who’s ever suffered from chronic low self-esteem, this book will definitely sound familiar. Baker infuses her story with love and humor, offering a powerful case for self-love. Baker’s story is an inspiration to aspiring happy people the world over, not just young girls with flat chests and dreams about Broadway!

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  • Posted December 24, 2012

    All I Ever Wanted Was a B Cup: Achieving a Life-long Dream

    Growing up, many young girls dream of performing on Broadway. Mary Lee DeWitt Baker lived those dreams, but she had another dream: to have a B cup. In the world of a young girl yearning for Broadway stardom, the desire for perfection is a constant, something that Baker explores in her new book with ease, wisdom, and charm. In her book, All I Ever Wanted Was a B Cup, Baker recounts her long journey from the little towns she grew up in between Georgia and New Jersey to living her dream on the Broadway stage. Her coming-of-age story is a triumph in and of itself, and Baker’s accomplishments fill her with pride and purpose. But still, she dreams of that B cup. When she has a wardrobe malfunction and winds up on stage topless, no one seems to notice; “The stage manager said he had never noticed. Orchestra members? Nope.” Baker calls that moment a “life-changing” one, finally realizing that she didn’t need boobs for a husband or for Broadway; she needed them for herself. 180 cc’s of saline later, she finally has the B cup that she dreams of. The boobs, themselves, are a signifier of a bigger change in Baker. As she grows up into herself, she realizes that the only person who can determine her happiness is herself. In an environment like the theater, where every single move is continuously critiqued, it can be overwhelming to think about what really matters to you. But accepting what you want, and your right to want it, is an important step toward self-actualization. Baker lays out her own journey to this conclusion for us in her book, All I Ever Wanted Was a B Cup. With endless compassion and insight, Baker shows us that no dream is too much to ask for.

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