Hell's Belles: A Tribute to the Spitfires, Bad Seeds and Steel Magnolias of the New and Old South

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From Mama to Mammy, from Scarlett to Blanche, Hell's Belles (often exclaimed in mock piety and defining generations of Southern women) is a hilarious and loving tribute to the famous and infamous females of ol' Dixie. This diverse collection features more than 200 women - aristocratic to poverty stricken, well-bred to ill-mannered, from Virginia to Texas (the heart of the Confederacy) - who have one thing in common: a uniquely Southern take on life and a strength of character ...
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From Mama to Mammy, from Scarlett to Blanche, Hell's Belles (often exclaimed in mock piety and defining generations of Southern women) is a hilarious and loving tribute to the famous and infamous females of ol' Dixie. This diverse collection features more than 200 women - aristocratic to poverty stricken, well-bred to ill-mannered, from Virginia to Texas (the heart of the Confederacy) - who have one thing in common: a uniquely Southern take on life and a strength of character molded by their roots.

In his novel The Lords of Discipline, Pat Conroy described Southern women as "that taloned species who speak with restrained and self-effacing drawls, fill a room with elegance and vulnerability, move with the grace of a wind-tilted cane, and rule their families with a secret pact of steel." In Hell's Belles: A Tribute to the Spitfires, Bad Seeds & Steel Magnolias of the New and Old South, Alabamian Seale Ballenger gives the credentials of various examples from Tallulah Bankhead ("What's the matter, darling, don't your recognize me with my clothes on?") to RuPaul (who notes that a drag queen's essentials are "Flawless, fierce attitude; disposable razors; shaving gel.")

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  • ISBN-13: 9780641507199
  • Publisher: MJF Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Pages: 271

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