Lydia Thompson

Queen of Burlesque

By Kurt Ganzl

© 2002 – Routledge

250 pages

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About the Book

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


"This is a thorough biography, chronicling the life of an important though somewhat neglected figure and rich in data. It introduces valuable information about Thompson as well as a wealth of primary source material." -- Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix, Theatre Journal

"The strength of this book is its detailed performance history, a history that makes clear that Thompson--far less "blonde" then [sic] she appears in legend--was no minor actress either before she crossed the Atlantic or after her American success." -- Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix, Theatre Journal

"Thompson's story is told most completely here and might certainly compel the undergraduate student and theatre aficionado." -- Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix, Theatre Journal

"An atmosphere of empathy and admiration penetrates Ganzl's depiction of this actress's career, from her boomtown days in a touring burlesque company ("British Blondes") to her last performance as Duchess of Albuquerque in Ruy Blas's A Queen's Romance." -- American Theater

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Forgotten Stars of the Musical Theatre

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Musicals
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General