The Intimate Memoirs of that Great Star of Stage, Screen and Television/Belle Poitrine/as told to
Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780767913478, 304pp.
Publication Date: October 15, 2002
For Belle Poitrine, nee Mayble Schlumpfert, all the world's a stage and she's the most important player on it. At once coy and coercive, with a name that means "beautiful bosom" in French, she claws her way from Striver's Row to the silver screen. Recalling Belle's career, which ranged from portraying Anne Boleyn in "Oh, Henry" to roles in both "Sodom" and its sequel "Gomorrah" (not to mention the classic "Papaya Paradise"), " Little Me" serves up copious quanitites of husbands, couture, and Pink Lady cocktails, with international adventures and a murder trial to boot.
A runaway bestseller that made its way to Broadway, starring Sid Caesar in 1962 and Martin Short in 1998, "Little Me" is now reprinted--with all of the 150 historic, hysterical photographs depicting the funniest scenes from Belle's sordid life, including cameo appearances by the author and Rosalind Russell. Considered a collector's item, the first edition of" Little Me" was like a performance in book form. Now this glittering spoof of celebrity is gloriously reincarnated for connoisseurs of all things chick and cheeky.
"Enormously funny...Mr. Dennis's dialogue is hilarious, his pages a riot of magnificent absurdities, sly puns, quips, and other verbal buffoonery."
--The New York Times
"A masterpiece of parody."
--The New Republic
"One of the most outlandish collections of narrative and photographic nonsense ever put between hard covers. Only Patrick Dennis of Auntie Mame could have done it."