The definitive biography of Sally Rand, the famous fan dancer who is best known for saving the 1933 Chicago World's Fair from financial ruin. But she was oh so much more. Her 60-year career spanned silent films and vaudeville through several world's fairs, to Las Vegas and even Broadway. "Barefoot to the Chin," largely based on material from Sally's personal files, reveals her amazing life, loves, triumphs, failures, and numerous arrests for indecent exposure in all their warts and wonders. The unabashed excerpts from Sally's correspondence, not to mention the 700+ pages of text and 100 pictures, are worth the price of admission alone.
In addition to being a very detailed biography of its subject, it is simultaneously a wonderfully readable history of the era's popular culture.