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Write That Down! The Comedy of Male Actress Charles Pierce

by Kirk Frederick

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Write That Down documents one of the popular performers of the period and examples of the camp style of humor that kept the crowds coming back. Overall a wonderful quick read and look into Pierce as a performer. An amazing collection of personal stories, remembrances, and archival records. It can be choppy at times, lacking the personal reflections that might have come if Pierce had left more than a brief incomplete draft of his autobiography. ( )
  MichaelC.Oliveira | Jan 6, 2017 |
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He who laughs, last - Mary Pettibone Poole, from "Beggars Can't be Losers," A Glass Eye at a Keyhole, 1938.
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For Michael who shares my admiration and appreciation of Charles, and whose patience and sense of humor helped get me through writing all this down.
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Forward - In 1971, when I was fresh out of the Navy, a couple of friends took me out on the town in San Francisco.
Introduction - From the beginnings of his career as a self-proclaimed "stand-up comic in a dress," Charles Pierce a.k.a. "Male Actress" and "Grand Imposter of iconic Hollywood celebrities," ad-libbed a lot.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0982285388, Paperback)

The first, authorized biographical tribute to Charles Pierce, the foremost "male actress" of the 20th Century. Born in 1926, Pierce went from playing small gay clubs in San Francisco to international acclaim. His send ups of icons Bette Davis, Mae West, Tallulah Bankhead, Carol Channing, Katharine Hepburn, and Joan Crawford garnered him fans across the globe and lifelong friendships with Hollywood celebrities like "Golden Girls" star Bea Arthur. Pierce also enjoyed a TV and film career, notably as Bertha Venation in the groundbreaking feature film "Torch Song Trilogy" with Harvey Fierstein, Matthew Broderick, and Anne Bancroft. Author Kirk Frederick captures the essence of Pierce in a thoroughly entertaining, revealing, and funny biographical tribute as only someone who knew him on and off the stage could. Foreword by Armistead Maupin.

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