Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton
"Suits Me is the biography of a now notorious jazz musician named Billy Tipton, who grew up as Dorothy Tipton in Oklahoma City and Kansas City but lived as a man from the time she was nineteen until she died at age seventy-four. Billy Tipton's death in Spokane, Washington, made news all over the world, not because he was celebrated as a musician but because the scale of his deception - he had been "married" to five women and had reared several adopted children - and the scarcity of ready explanations endowed the skimpy available facts with the aura of myth." "But locked away in Billy's office closet lay files of clippings and photographs documenting the transformation of Billy from she to he, as well as a legacy of annotated comic routines, musical arrangements, and program notes. These revealed to Diane Wood Middlebrook how Billy scattered clues and riddles night after night about the drag she wore. These hints were so bold that they helped conceal Billy's secrets." "With brio and pathos, Suits Me tells the life story of this brilliant deceiver, who lived and loved in two skins, one of each sex."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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The Double Life of Billy Tipton ... father, and first son (Kitty Oakes) 235 Father and
son (Kitty Oakes) 237 An ad hoc Billy Tipton Trio (Kitty Oakes) 241 Billy at the
barbecue (Kitty Oakes) 243 Kitty Tipton with John, Scott, and William (Kitty Oakes
Kitty Oakes vehemently disputed the accuracy of this memory in an interview with
DM, 18 Nov. 1995. 223 "My typewriter": Billy Tipton to Kitty Kelly, 18 Nov. 1960. "
Deep in the valley": Typescript, "Composed by Billy Tipton," dated 15 Dec. 1960.
Photos in the album Kitty kept show her in bed with their dogs the next morning at
the Garden Motel and posed outside the door of the motel later — the first
mementos of her life as Mrs. Tipton. 230 "consummated with a full": My italics.
Title 32 ...
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LibraryThing ReviewReseña de usuario - bookwormteri - LibraryThing
While I found this book super interesting, I definitely felt the lack of Billy's perspective in this story. An incomplete read without knowing what he was thinking and feeling and his motivation ... Leer reseña completa
LibraryThing ReviewReseña de usuario - ursula - LibraryThing
This was a very interesting book about Billy Tipton, a musician in the jazz/swing era who was born a woman but passed as a man almost his entire adult life. It's both fascinating and frustrating ... Leer reseña completa
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