Mae West and the Count: Love and Loss on the Vaudeville Stage

Mae West and the Count: Love and Loss on the Vaudeville Stage

by Guido Roberto Deiro


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Inside Mae West's relationship with the man who launched her career and stole her heart. An untold story of torrid romance, l5 year marriage, and entwined show business careers of the Italian nobleman and Vaudeville headliner "Deiro" and the show business legend and icon of sexual freedom; "the Queen of Camp" is intimately and elegantly exposed.

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ISBN-13: 9781977207401
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 03/20/2019
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 503,189
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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Mae West and the Count: Love and Loss on the Vaudeville Stage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I recently completed reading "Mae West And The Count". The book is very informative about Vaudeville, the career of Mae West and the most interesting history of the chromatic accordion. The author, Guido Roberto Deiro, is of course the son of The Count, and thus presents a most detailed, informative and unique background to the subjects about which he writes. I think anyone with an Italian heritage (my great grandfather and my great grandmother were born in Italy) should especially find Mr. Deiro's book most interesting and most entertaining. Howard Hill
Anonymous 10 months ago
My name is Bernadette Zabawa and I am a professional accordionist. "Mae West and the Count" was extremely interesting to me, as it takes a unique look at the history of the piano accordion in America. Count Guido Roberto Deiro takes the reader to the lavish estate where his father, Count Guido Pietro Deiro grew up in Italy, then to Brooklyn, New York, where a young Mae West was forging her own way. The characters are extremely vivid and the settings have exquisite detail. The two unlikely protagonists, a young Italian immigrant to the US, who has taken the vaudeville stage by storm with his new instrument, and a young chorus girl, eager to climb her way up the theatrical ladder, at any cost, meet and fall in love. As Guido maintains his status as a headliner, he uses his influence to help promote the actress who soon becomes his wife by refusing to appear without Mae also being on the bill. While Guido yearned to settle down with his wife and have a family, Mae thought only of her career, which led to the five year marriage ending. Guido Roberto Deiro sensitively deals with the courses of both of their lives, as they take their own directions. The characters leap off the page into extraordinary, vivid life in a book which tells the untold story of Mae's rise to fame and the tragic decline of an artist, who plied his trade on the now vanishing vaudeville stage, as Mae makes her way to stardom on the silver screen. Historically, this book is a treasure trove of culture from the late 1800's in Italy, to the early twentieth century in the emerging American landscape. This is a book of love and loss, triumph and tragedy. Count Guido Roberto Deiro is a compassionate and compelling author, whose unique perspective makes this book so fascinating and insightful. It is a delight to read, to learn about life on the vaudeville stage and two incredible people, who were so influential in their time. The vast legacy of Mae West, her amazing screen career and the legend she created, are immortal, even if the vaudeville stage has died and Guido Pietro Deiro has become a name confined to the pages of history of the accordion. His compositions are among the most cherished in the accordion repertoire, especially "My Florence" waltz. Their reversal of fates throughout the book is highlighted beautifully. This is not, however a book only for those who are Mae West fans, or, like me, are interested in the rise and fall of the accordion on the vaudeville stage, but a wonderful look at the day and time and a study of two very remarkable people. It would be easy to imagine that only fiction could take two very different people together and weave a story around them, a love story and a loss of fortune. But this is no fairy tale; it is as true as the protagonists themselves. And maybe it is that truth which makes this book so remarkable. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. There is so much to learn about human nature, the times and a hitherto untold part of Mae West's life. If curiosity is not enough to get you to read this book, let me recommend it as a beautifully crafted work of literature, which should stand up and most definitely should be read by generations to come.
T-Deiro More than 1 year ago
This is great reading. So appreciate you sharing our heritage. Great detail and emotionally compelling. Can't wait for the movie!!!!