The Unexpurgated and Intimate Autobiography of the Great Star by
Contessa, a glamorously seductive international
film star, having reached the age where she is no longer a
page-one celebrity, informs her public via this book that she
started off in life as a man. This is the story of a bootlegger's
son in rural Arkansas who ends up in Cuba for a sex change during
Castro's revolution and who subsequently treks on to Paris where
as a newly minted woman enters the world of international show
business. This fictionalized, as-told-to autobiography vividly yet
humorously tells the real circumstances of Contessa's secret life
and in doing so leaves no sequin unturned!
brims over with adventure and intrigue but the real interest of
this book concerns the hate she had to endure to finally achieve
any happiness in life. At the end of the book, Contessa questions
what her life would have been like if she had remained a man.
"Where would I be today? What kind of life would I have led?
How happy would I be?"
This highly unusual book spotlights the ignorance, bigotry,
self-righteousness and absurdity society forces us to live under.
Specific cases of the sexual injustice various individuals have to
suffer are told with extraordinary insight. Contessa
is the perfect guide for saying bonjour to a new 21st Century
of sound social reasoning and adieu to the neuroses of the 20th
Century. As has been shown most recently in film, stage
productions and books, gender dysphoria is a very viable topic at
About the Author
Jack Fitzgerald, the author of Contessa,
is a writer of many plays and screenplays. He resided for
nine years in Paris where he established the only permanent
English language theater. About his writing, The International
Herald Tribune says, "Fitzgerald has an uncanny knack of
capturing American types and speech; it is in their conversation
and present-day mores that Fitzgerald's talent shines. Fitzgerald
is so adept with a pen he can make the improbable seem believable,
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