Banned in Boston

Memoirs of a Stripper




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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/12/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 308
ISBN : 9781410768087

About the Book

At fourteen, under the pseudonym of Lily Ann Rose, Lillian followed her mother and three aunts into the world of Burlesque. She learned to twirl tassels like Sally Keith, envied Sally Rand’s famous feathers, and emulated Ann Corio, Boston’s most beloved stripper. Totie Fields introduced her with body beautiful jokes, and she worked with some of the most famous baggy pants comics of the day. She was befriended by mob bosses, champion boxers, politicians, including Jack Kennedy, and held captive by the Chicago Mafia.  She was loved by many and raped by a childhood friend. She paraded and stripped to the songs of boy tenors including Robert Goulet, was banned in Boston when she mistakenly bared her breasts on-stage under the watchful eyes of Boston’s Watch and Ward Society, and was imprisoned by an overzealous State Trooper – all before she turned eighteen.

Although the book reads like fiction, it is the true story of her years as a stripper and follows the careers of her mother and aunts in Vaudeville and Burlesque from the excitement of the “Roaring Twenties” through the “Great Depression.”

About the Author

Lillian Kiernan Brown is a writer living in Fleming Island Plantation, Florida where she writes for several publications.  As a writer, a journalist, and a radio show host for Armed Forces Radio, she has traveled around the world. Her work has won many awards, but she never lost her love for Boston, burlesque, vaudeville and show business. In 1996 she was awarded the Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Flo in 'The New Girl.' Although many of her stories and photos have won many awards, her heart remains at home with her husband of 25 years, Jim Brown. Together they have raised a family of five children and she now regards being grandmother to seven children her greatest accomplishment.