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Sally Rand: An American Sex Symbol
Dec. 10, 2017
William Hazelgrove
Non-fiction: Biography
She would appear in more than thirty films and be named after Road Atlas by Cecil B Demille. A football play would even be named after her. She would appear on To Tell the Truth and be arrested six times in one day for indecency. She would be immortalized in the final scene of the Right Stuff, cartoons, popular culture, and live on as the iconic symbol of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933. She would pave the way for every sex symbol to follow from Marilyn Monroe to Lady Gaga. She would die penniless and in debt. In the end, Sammy Davis Jr. would write her a 10,000 check when she had nothing left. Her name was Sally Rand.

Up until now, there has not been a biography of Sally Rand. But you can draw a line from her to Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, Raquel Welch, Ann Margret, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. She broke the mold in 1933, by proclaiming the female body as something beautiful and taking it out of the strip club with her ethereal fan dance. She was a poor girl from the Ozarks who ran away with the carnival, then joined the circus, and finally made it to Hollywood where Cecil B Demille set her on the road to fame with silent movies. When the talkies came her career collapsed and she ended up in Chicago, broke and sleeping in alleyways. Two ostrich feathers in a second-hand store rescued her from obscurity.

Sally Rand is the great untold story of the early twentieth century. A rag to riches tale of a small-town country girl who runs off to become famous and finds the riches and the heartbreak that comes with the American Dream of fame and fortune. Her story will appeal to women who like to read about trailblazing and pioneer women who became icons in American culture. Men who also enjoy history and biographies, especially the story of the first sex symbol in America will also be drawn to Sally Rand’s story.

William Elliott Hazelgrove has a Masters in History and is the best-selling author of ten novels, Ripples, (Pantonne Press) Tobacco Sticks (Bantam) Mica Highways, (Bantam) Rocket Man, (Koehler Books) The Pitcher, (Koehler Books) Real Santa, (Koehler Books) Jackpine, (Koehler Books) The Pitcher 2 and the forthcoming The Bad Author and My Best Year and two narrative nonfiction books, Madame President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson ( http://fw.to/ixy1ASY) and How the West Created Teddy Roosevelt. His books have hit the National Bestseller List, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, Book of the Month Selections, Junior Library Guild Selections, ALA Editor’s Choice Awards, three of which have been optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer-in- Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway's birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. He has been the subject of interviews in NPR's All Things Considered along with features in The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Richmond Times Dispatch, USA Today, People, Channel 11, NBC, WBEZ, WGN. He runs a political cultural blog, The View from Hemingway's Attic. http://www.williamhazelgrove.com
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Leticia Gomez
Savvy Literary Services
phone: 281-465-0119
3 Griffin Hill Ct., The Woodlands, TX 77382
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