Candy Barr: The Small-Town Texas Runaway Who Became a Darling of the Mob and the Queen of Las Vegas Burlesque [NOOK Book]

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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 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 ...
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Candy Barr: The Small-Town Texas Runaway Who Became a Darling of the Mob and the Queen of Las Vegas Burlesque

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Overview

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 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.
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The early life of Juanita Slusher, born in 1935 in Edna, TX, was one that few would envy, and Schwarz (The Hillside Strangler) tells her story in honest detail. After a difficult childhood, this teenage runaway became a victim of a kidnapping/prostitution ritual in Dallas, where she was abused physically, sexually, and emotionally. Eventually, a passion for dancing provided money and fame in Las Vegas as Candy Barr, a burlesque stripper with a talent for improvising to live music. Yet, her life was still plagued with numerous complications as a succession of men-boyfriends, husbands, and mobsters-exploited Juanita, leading to her being framed for drug possession, sent to prison, and tracked by would-be murderers. Her friendship with Jack Ruby also moved her into an unwelcome spotlight after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Schwarz completed more than 100 hours of exclusive interviews with Slusher, and he does an excellent job of portraying her painful and complex life and times. Although he describes the places, people, and events well, additional emphasis on their social/cultural context would have provided an even sharper focus. For circulating libraries.
—Carol J. Binkowski

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589796959
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/5/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 742,112
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ted Schwarz is the author, co-author, or "ghost" of more than 100 books, including the bestselling The Hillside Strangler. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Table of Contents

1 Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Candy Barr! 1

2 The Capture 7

3 Growing Up in Edna 13

4 The "Good" People Considered It Tradition 39

5 Carhops, Truckers, and Jack Ruby 45

6 Turning Professional with Shorty 51

7 Corky, Juanita, and Jack 59

8 Under Age and Making It 63

9 Shorty Had to Back Off or Shorty Had to Die 69

10 Ten Tricks a Night and Outcall Looks Easy 75

11 South Dallas's Dirty Little Secret 81

12 The Reluctant Movie Star 91

13 Candy Barr Takes the Stage 101

14 The Lights, the Music, the Clothes That Came Off 115

15 This Became Burlesque 123

16 Abe's Joints, Pappy's Joints, and Other Histories Seldom Told 133

17 From Burlesque to Stripping, and Candy's Little Book 139

18 Stags and Frat Boys and Cops on the Take 147

19 Three Joints Could Get You Life 161

20 A Brief Note 173

21 Judge Brown Had a Camera 175

22 Mob Action, Vegas, and the Sunset Strip 183

23 Last Fling 195

24 Mickey, Mexico, and What Passes for Love 205

25 The End of Candy Barr and the Start Of #153781 225

26 Fighting for Freedom 239

27 Freedom 249

28 Still Feisty, Still Sexy 265

29 Over the Hill? What Hill? 277

Epilogue 285

Bibliography 291

Index 293

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