Suits me: the double life of Billy Tipton
Houghton Mifflin, 1998 - 326 páginas
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.
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Only the band members and their wives knew that she and Billy weren't married.
She felt that the other women looked down on her for it, but she never particularly
wanted to marry Billy. "I was happy the way I was. I played it from day to day.
You never know when you can work in this kind of weather or when your car will
need working on. Also big bills to pay. So let's be sensible. It's hard to buy
clothing as one never knows the size to get. And it just lays around unused. I'm
called every so often just to say hello, but never let on he was having any
problems. And you know, I had worked with a lot of gay entertainers. I thought I
was so sophisticated! But if anybody had told me Billy was passing, I'd have said
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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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