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The Last Madam - A Life in the New Orleans Underworld

Christine Wiltz

1916: Norma Wallace, age 15, arrived in New Orleans. Sexy and shrewd, she quickly went from streetwalker to madam and by 1920 had opened what became a legendary house of prostitution. There she entertained a steady stream of governors, gangsters, and movie stars until she was arrested at last in 1962. Shortly before she died in 1974, she tape-recorded her memories - the scandalous stories of a powerful woman with the city's politicians in her pocket and whose lovers included the 25 year old boy-next-door, whom she married at age 64. With those tapes and original research, Christine Wiltz chronicles Norma's rise and fall with the social history of New Orleans. Thick with the vice and corruption that flourished there, Wiltz resurrects a vanished secret world.

1916: Norma Wallace, age 15, arrived in New Orleans. Sexy and shrewd, she quickly went from streetwalker to madam and by 1920 had opened what became a legendary house of prostitution. There she entertained a steady stream of governors, gangsters, and movie stars until she was arrested at last in 1962. Shortly before she died in 1974, she tape-recorded her memories - the scandalous stories of a powerful woman with the city's politicians in her pocket and whose lovers included the 25 year old boy-next-door, whom she married at age 64. With those tapes and original research, Christine Wiltz chronicles Norma's rise and fall with the social history of New Orleans. Thick with the vice and corruption that flourished there, Wiltz resurrects a vanished secret world.
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History

Description:

1916: Norma Wallace, age 15, arrived in New Orleans. Sexy and shrewd, she quickly went from streetwalker to madam and by 1920 had opened what became a legendary house of prostitution. There she entertained a steady stream of governors, gangsters, and movie stars until she was arrested at last in 1962. Shortly before she died in 1974, she tape-recorded her memories - the scandalous stories of a powerful woman with the city's politicians in her pocket and whose lovers included the 25 year old boy-next-door, whom she married at age 64. With those tapes and original research, Christine Wiltz chronicles Norma's rise and fall with the social history of New Orleans. Thick with the vice and corruption that flourished there, Wiltz resurrects a vanished secret world.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Donna Postel

Length:

9h 37m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

27:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

34:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

36:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

43:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

50:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

35:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

27:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

19:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

27:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

20:53


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

20:10


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

19:53


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

00:34