|CANDY BARR: The Small-Town Texas Runaway Who Became a Darling of the Mob and the Queen of Las Vegas|
While offering a salacious account of burlesque queen Candy Barr's life, the book suffers from a nearly sycophantic look at her.
The name Candy Barr carries with it a hefty legacy: hers is the story of a young girl (née Juanita Slusher) fleeing sexual abuse who was forced into a Dallas prostitution ring called The Capture, at 13, before ascending to stardom as a headlining act. Slusher’s raucous history includes relationships with the celebrated and the nefarious—her friendship with Sammy Davis, Jr., challenged the conservative racial politics of the 1950s South, and her involvement with Jack Ruby (Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassin) courted an investigation by the FBI.
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