Gilded Lili: Lili St. Cyr and the Striptease Mystique

Gilded Lili: Lili St. Cyr and the Striptease Mystique, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, explores the life of the last real queen of burlesque and the woman who influenced generations of other seductresses.

Lili gained national notoriety in the Fifties for her alluring and inventive stage routines. She immortalized the bubble-bath show and raised the stakes on burlesque with routines featuring themes from fantasy, history and literature. One reporter called her the “rich man’s Gypsy Rose Lee.” She inspired Marilyn Monroe, who took cues from the famous stripper. And over twenty years after Mike Wallace interviewed her, he said it was one of the most fascinating interviews he’d done. Based on exhaustive research and filled with rare photographs, Gilded Lili reveals the portrait of a woman who made the century sizzle.

Praise for Gilded Lili

“This swift, engaging biography from freelance writer DiNardo is sure to satisfy, offering not only a portrait of the pioneering sex symbol, but also a carefully researched history of the burlesque industry from the mid-1800s to its 20th-century heyday.”
Publishers Weekly

“It’s hot and heavy between the covers.”
Daily Candy

“Well-researched and superbly written.”
Austin Chronicle

“Gilded Lili: Lili St. Cyr and the Striptease Mystique is rich with secrets and beautifully woven historical research that tells the story of burlesque’s rise and resurrection from one of its glamorous pioneers.”
Papier Doll

“At last, an intimate look at one of burlesque’s most famous stars! Lili St. Cyr was one of the most glamorous and most revered striptease artists of all time. This biography paints a picture of a woman who lived by her own rules – in life and on stage–and in turn became a legend.”
—Dita Von Teese, burlesque artist, model, actress and author of Burlesque and the Art of the Teese

“Every seductress, sexy female performer, New Burlesque shimmy queen, and pole-dancing housewife owes a creative debt to Lili St. Cyr, one of the great queens of the Golden Age of striptease. Burlesque buffs and G-string historians owe much gratitude to author Kelly DiNardo for putting together this biography of Ms. St. Cyr, a must-read book for all scholars of grind and glamour.”
—Lily Burana, author of Strip City