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Rosa Lowinger

Tropicana Nights

Rosa Lowinger Tropicana Nights The Life And Times Of The Legendary Cuban Nightcl
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At Tropicana you could play the roulette wheel, dance to the latest mambo or rumba, or simply ogle the parading goddesses of the flesh. It was the brightest jewel in 1950s Cuban nightlife, and Nat “King” Cole, Liberace, Josephine Baker, and Carmen Miranda performed there before audi­ences that included Ernest Hemingway, Marlon Brando, and Joan Crawford. 
 
In Tropicana Nights, Rosa Lowinger and Ofelia Fox, widow of Martin Fox, the club’s last owner, take us back to its glory years. Ofelia, the “first lady” of Tropicana, shares her memo­ries, undimmed by decades of exile, with Rosa Lowinger, also a Cuban exile, whose parents frequented the club in its heyday. Together, Lowinger and Fox vividly portray the cultural rich­ness and roiling social problems of pre-Revolutionary Cuba and take the reader on a tour of one of the world’s most glam­orous venues at its most brilliant moment.

PRAISE FOR TROPICANA NIGHTS
 
""It may be hard to imagine a time . . . when ladies dressed in their finest frippery to take in an evening show over drinks with their beaux. You may not be able to relive those days (or you may be too young to recall them), but thanks to Tropicana Nights . . . you can pretend you were there.""—Women’s Wear Daily

""Looks at a part of Cuban history through the most intoxicating of perspectives . . . [Tropicana Nights] paints a vivid picture of Havana’s heyday and transition into a communist economy.""—Cigar Aficionado


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