By Patrick Dennis
Back in print ultimately! From the writer of Auntie Mame: the bawdy, bestselling, bountifully illustrated autobiography of an imaginary diva whose existence is one hilarious mishap after another.
For Belle Poitrine, née Mayble Schlumpfert, all of the world's a level and she's crucial participant on it. straight away coy and coercive, with a reputation that implies "beautiful bosom" in French, she claws her approach from Striver's Row to the silver reveal. Recalling Belle's profession, which ranged from portraying Anne Boleyn in Oh, Henry to roles in either Sodom and its sequel Gomorrah (not to say the vintage Papaya Paradise), Little Me serves up copious quanitites of husbands, couture, and crimson girl cocktails, with overseas adventures and a homicide trial to boot.
A runaway bestseller that made its method to Broadway, starring Sid Caesar in 1962 and Martin brief in 1998, Little Me is now reprinted--with all the a hundred and fifty historical, hysterical photos depicting the funniest scenes from Belle's sordid existence, together with cameo appearances through the writer and Rosalind Russell. thought of a collector's merchandise, the 1st version of Little Me used to be like a functionality in publication shape. Now this glittering spoof of superstar is gloriously reincarnated for connoisseurs of all issues chick and cheeky.
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Evenings, Saturday afternoons and Sundays have been in particular busy. with a view to maintain her thriving institution going, Madam Louise hired Momma and 3 or 4 of the higher conversationalists one of the women of Drifters’ Row. even if Madam Louise didn't frequently allow me to go into her place of job, the few occasions i used to be authorized into the parlor have been to little me like visits to a veritable fairy land. It used to be an intimate room with purple damask partitions, deep purple sofas, potted arms, a statue of Venus and an impressive gasoline chandelier with rose colours. On a draped desk have been plush-bound albums containing photos of Madam Louise’s hostesses, which Momma by no means authorized me to work out. In an alcove there has been a “Turkish nook” with a divan lined by way of a pink Oriental rug and lots of “whatnots” jam-packed with the main remarkable choice of curios. opposed to a few beautiful Spanish shawls stood a beautiful black and gold upright piano the place Madam Louise’s unusual buddy the Professor performed such grand outdated songs as “In the nice outdated Summertime,” “Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis” and “There’s No position Like domestic. ” If it used to be from Momma and Madam Louise that I first discovered approximately visible good looks, it used to be from the Professor—that kindly previous gentleman strumming the keyboard in Madam Louise’s gorgeous parlor— that I received my lifelong appreciation of tune. i'm advised that the bedrooms upstairs have been every piece as tasteful and luxuriously provided, yet i used to be by no means privileged to determine them. simply because she was once French and never of Venezuela, Madam Louise used to be no longer “received” through the grandes dames who lived up on “The Bluff,” nor by way of the housewives within the reduce city. yet you'll simply inform that the ladies of the city felt an excellent appreciate for her as she used to be the single girl in Venezeula to be referred to as Madam. Madam Louise’s ladies in fact there has been a faculty in Venezuela and naturally i used to be despatched to it. clearly quickly and vivid, I paid little awareness to what the lecturers have been asserting. actual, I had a God-given present for literature and the humanities, yet i used to be vulnerable to daydreams and even though little Belle Schlumpfert’s physique can have been in that musty, drab schoolroom, her middle used to be now not. due to my perspective, numerous lecturers have been prejudiced opposed to me and that i was once frequently held again to copy a grade. yet I didn’t brain. Madam Louise had as soon as stated to me, “Belle, honey” (she continuously known as me “Honey”), “as quickly as you’ve constructed, you could come to paintings right here. ” I didn’t rather comprehend what she intended. realizing that the women who labored for Madam Louise have been all very good conversationalists, I practiced speaking rather a lot in class, which, i'm afraid, the academics didn't relish. yet that made no distinction to me. I dreamed merely of the day while i'd be “developed” adequate to depart university eternally and paintings with Momma in Madam Louise’s attractive, appealing institution. Madonna and baby and “Rowdy” In my spare time i used to be greatly the lonely dreamer, disdaining the infantile video games of my classmates (who, by the point i used to be twelve, have been all a lot more youthful than i used to be) to experience my make-believe global of delusion.