Lupe Velez Story to be Released
Love celebrities and mysteries? Get ready to read Strictly Dynamite: The Sensational Life of Lupe Velez, set to be released this fall!
Nicknamed “the Mexican Spitfire” by the media, Velez’s personal life was as colorful as her screen persona. Fan magazines mythologized her mysterious childhood in Mexico, while mainstream publications obsessed over the drama of her romances with such figures as Gary Cooper, Erich Maria Remarque, and John Gilbert, along with her stormy marriage to Johnny Weissmuller. In 1944, a pregnant and unmarried Velez died of an intentional drug overdose. Her tumultuous life and the circumstances surrounding her early death have been the subject of speculation and controversy.
In Strictly Dynamite: The Sensational Life of Lupe Velez, author Eve Golden uses extensive research to parse fact from fiction and offer a thorough, riveting, and comprehensive examination of the real woman underneath the gossip columns’ caricature. Through astute analysis of the actress’s iconic filmography and interviews, Golden illuminates the path Velez blazed through Hollywood. Her success was unexpected and extraordinary at a time when her distinctive accent was an obstacle, yet very few published books have focused entirely on Velez’s life and career. Written with even-handedness, humor, and empathy, Golden has finally given the remarkable Mexican actress the uniquely nuanced portrait she deserves.
|About the Author
Eve Golden is the author of numerous theater and film biographies, including Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn’t Help It, Anna Held and the Birth of Ziegfeld’s Broadway, The Brief, Madcap Life of Kay Kendall, and John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars.