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From the Publisher"Gilded Girls is a delicious, illuminating glimpse at the colorful and often scandalous women who made their living performing for the restless souls of the Old West."
--Bob Boze Bell, True West magazine
A frigid wind blew hard past the weather-beaten exterior of the Palace Garden Theatre in Dawson City, Alaska. It was the spring of 1900 and gleeful patrons were tucked warmly inside, waiting for the "Flame of the Yukon" to take the stage.
A feisty red-headed beauty glided out before the crowd, her violet eyes smiling. The men went wild with applause. The music began and the entertainer swayed with the beat, placing a gloved hand to her breast and a fingertip to her lips, and then stretching her arm out, beckoning her admirers. The elaborate red sequin dress she was wearing was form-fitting, and the long black cape that draped over her shoulders clung to her alabaster skin.
The piano player accelerated his playing, and Kate gyrated gracefully in and out of the shadows made by the colored lights flicking across the stage. With a slight movement of her hand, she dropped the cape off her shoulders and it fell to the floor. The glittering diamonds and rhinestones around her neck sparkled and shined. Ever so seductively she picked up a nearby cane adorned with more than two hundred yards of red chiffon and began leaping while twirling the fabric-covered walking stick. Around and around she fluttered, the chiffon trailing wildly about her like flames from a fire, the material finally settling over her outstretched body. The audience erupted in a thunderous ovation. She was showered with nuggets and small pouches filled with gold dust. This dance would make her famous.