Queen of the Ring

Queen of the Ring

Sex, Muscles, Diamonds, and the Making of An American Legend

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Baker & Taylor
Describes the life and career of Mildred Burke, the longest reigning champion of female wrestling, from her entrance into the industry and her marriage to her promoter to her rise to international stardom.

Perseus Publishing
At only five foot two, Mildred Burke was an unlikely candidate for the ring. A waitress barely scraping by on Depression-era tips, she wanted more, and she saw her chance when she witnessed her first wrestling match. Even against all odds, she knew that she could become a female wrestler. What followed was a gritty, glittering testament to the golden age of wrestling, when beauty and brawn captivated the world.

Blackwell North Amer
The Queen of the Ring is the little-known story of Mildred Burke, the longest reigning champion of female wrestling, In his researched account, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeff Leen pulls back the curtain on a forgotten era of American history - a time when a petite Midwesterner used her beauty and brawn to captivate audiences across the globe and dominate America's most masculine sport.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly, [2009]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780802118820
Branch Call Number: 796.812 BURKE LEEN
Characteristics: 356 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jul 07, 2018

Professional wrestler, Mildred Burke may have stood only 5' 2" tall and weighed only 138 lb. - But in the ring she was one mean machine of endless energy and amazing agility who was regularly taking on men wrestlers (and, yes, beating them).

This enjoyable biography looks at the complex life and turbulent times of Mildred Burke who held the title of "NWA World Women's Championship" for nearly twenty years (1935-1955).

Also included with this biography are a number of pages of b&w photographs taken from different times in Mildred's life. She died in 1989 at the age of 73.

Impressively written by Jeff Leen - "The Queen of the Ring" takes an in-depth look at the life and times of American, female wrestler, Mildred Burke.

Born (1915) in Coffeyville, Kansas - Mildred Burke (of a very petite stature) began wrestling professionally at the age of 20 and for 2 decades she reigned supreme as America's top female wrestler (who regularly fought (and legitimately beat) many male wrestlers).

This intriguing story about sex, muscles, diamonds, and the making of an American legend is certainly worth a read. This book also includes a 16-page photo gallery.

*Note* - In 1989 - Mildred Burke (73 at the time) died of a stroke.

May 25, 2016

this book is amazing about Millie Bliss aka Mildred Burke former women wrestling champion of the world and the longest reigning Now that is the Fabulous Moolah. soon a next Generation Diva.


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