Preserving the legacy of the pioneers of burlesque has long been a passion of author Leslie Zemeckis. Beginning with her critically-acclaimed 2012 documentary combined with her extensive research which she has accumulated on the subject, Zemeckis has delved into the often misunderstood world of burlesque. In Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America ($24.95), she has documented the definitive oral history of burlesque as told by the original stars themselves in this, her first book.
Filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis is a veteran of stage and film. A frequent contributor to Huffington Post and Stork Magazine among other publications, Zemeckis wrote, produced, and directed the critically acclaimed documentary Behind the Burly Q about old-time burlesque. Her recent documentary Bound by Flesh is the story of Siamese twins, Daisy and Violet Hilton, America’s highest paid vaudeville act.
Burlesque was one of America's most popular forms of live entertainment in the first half of the 20th century. Gaudy, bawdy, and spectacular, the shows entertained thousands of paying customers every night of the week. And yet the legacy of burlesque.