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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If Billy's sex should be detected, she might still by a stretch of the imagination- be
accepted as a tomboy, a female who hadn't yet settled down into feminine roles.
Jusf as important to Billy's lifelong strategy was the presence of a female partner
ing a female! Right through the 1930s, drag had been a staple of nightclub
floorshows, as it had been of vaudeville, and was regarded as wholesome
entertainment, "particularly suitable for women and children." By the mid-io^os,
large buttocks earned him the nickname Pear Shape, after a male character in
the comic strip Dick Tracy, though to female observers this feature looked female.
Among the many reasons we can summon to explain Billy's choice to live as a ...
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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
But Who Was She? 18891928
Kansas City 19291932
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