Leslie Zemeckis, author/actress/director/producer/award-winning documentarian and wife of famed filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, will host a reading of her latest book, Goddess of Love Incarnate in Chicago on Friday, April 1, 7:30 at 4001 Ravenswood. This book showcases the life and times of the “highest paid stripteaser in America”, Lili St. Cyr, and is the definitive biography of this legendary figure done with the cooperation of Lili’s only surviving sister.
Lili led an incredible life—six marriages, romances with Orson Wells, Yul Brynner, Vic Damone, arrests on indecency charges, a number of suicide attempts —all alongside great fame and money. A bigger star than Gypsy Rose Lee, Lili was named one of the world’s ten most beautiful women alongside Ava Gardner and Brigitte Bardot. Yet she lost it all, becoming a recluse in her final decades.
Now this won’t be an ordinary book signing, oh nooooo. Leslie will host the reading at Studio L’amour where its burlesque stars will read “nekked” from the book for fans. I told her I didn’t think she would have a problem attracting a crowd.
The event is open to the public on Friday, April 1st, 4001 Ravenswood, Studio L’amour, at 7:30. (See a clip of Lili here!)
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