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A Low Life in High Heels: The Holly Woodlawn Story Paperback – November, 1992

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Perennial; 1st edition (November 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060975121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060975128
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Madly Mazzy on February 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
A madcap race through the sixties, and a must for those who are into pre and post stonewall sixties, and all of the mayhem that was involved. This is one of the best additions to gay and lesbian history, because for once it gives credit due to one of the first trans-gender actors in cinema history (Andy Warhol's Trash).

Holly gives us the gift of what it was like living amongst all of the glitter and the headlines of the pop culture decades...being picked up (as a homeless person) from your squat in a limo only to have lunch with Diana Vreeland (an event Holly once told me about when I interviewed her in the late 90's) shows that all it takes is the right shade of lip colour and some chiffon and off you go! Holly was the third in the trinity of Warhol girlettes that paved the way for RuPaul, Lady Bunny, and even you and I to be able to live our lives, and to be free.

One will want to grab a cocktail, and share in Holly's memoirs of her race, to beat the sandman as she went from one life inspiring moment, to a piece of queer history.

She is the first person mentioned in Lou Reed's 'Walk On The Wild Side', and when you get to know the story behind this fascinating person who literally says in her book that she regularly occupied some of the best gutters and urinals the world over. Bless her, this book will seriously make you smile. It tells another story of an era from a perspective you don't normally get to hear about when it comes to that era, and it is amazing. AMAZING! If it was happening, Holly was there. Stonewall? She was there too, she came upon the commotion and saw that historical moment for Queer rights in 1969.

Sweet and utterly hilarious. You just want to hug Holly, have her for a cup of tea and pick her brain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.G. Clark on November 5, 2006
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I'm a big fan of the Warhol Superstars and the "underground" films he made in the late 60s and early 70s. Holly Woodlawn is one of Warhol's most beloved and long-lasting of the superstars. She really only stands out in one film--"Trash" but it's a performance so memorable that it's all she needs for everlasting underground star status. This book really captures the "Woodlawn Persona." Wisecracking, self-depracating, uncouth, dishy, bitchy, delightful! It's proof positive that Woodlawn is her own greatest creation. How much credit should go to the ghostwriter (billed as "with Jeff Copeland") I can't say. But Holly graciously gives him plenty of credit--and whatever his input, he certainly knows how to write in Woodlawn's "voice." The Holly Woodlawn story is like no other. She was a product of mixing with the right people and good timing and a ballsy attitude. It could have only happened in the 60s and Holly certainly took advantage of all the crazy things that era had to offer. This book is a romp. An epic. An extraordinary journey. I recommend any admirer of camp, pop art, or orignal, madcap personalities to read this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is interesting and at times very funny, but don't expect anything too shocking. I reccomend this if you are into Andy Warhol's Factory or drag queens.
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I met this remarkable person this year in a rare New York appearance. She is now the ultimate face of determination and "I WILL survive - with humor." I have the utmost respect for this surviving symbol of a wonderful colorful, free, inventive era that I was also a part of. Be original, stay original - you will become an icon. She is.
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