The Dolly Sisters in Pictures

The Dolly Sisters in Pictures
by Gary Chapman

The glamorous life of the Dolly Sisters as seen in 200 photographic images.Capturing their rise to fame and fortune, from their birth in Budapest, through Jazz Age New York, London, Paris and the Riviera, it reveals their full story in pictures.

This visual celebration of-identical twins Jenny and Rosie, depicts their rags-to-riches life story where nature’s duplicity enabled a highly successful career as dancers, making them ‘stars’. As the Dolly Sisters they became legends in their own time and epitomized the freneticism of the Jazz Age.

Born in Budapest they moved to New York at an early age and began making their living as entertainers to help make ends meet. From their humble origins they danced their way to Broadway before conquering London and Paris. Although they were not the first sister act to appear on the stage, they were certainly the most famous and paved the way for so many later duos and trios that proliferated in their wake. Even the Gabor sisters followed in the Dollies dainty footsteps.

Earning incredible salaries and having the benefit of wealthy admirers, the Dollies invested in property and vast collections of jewellry and ‘behung with baubles like a couple of Christmas trees’ became recognised as the most extravagant gamblers in Europe. Living close to the rhythm of the time the Dollies were adept at always being in the right time at the right place with the right people, which maximised their success.

Their lives mirrored high society, on both sides of the Atlantic, and provides a fascinating glimpse of this privileged world that was eventually swept away by the Second World War. But, lurking behind the stories of millionaires, love and sisterly devotion – is another of rivalry, duplicity and tragedy


More than 200 glorious black and white and colour photographs, chart the life and times of the Dolly Sisters


Praise for The Dolly Sisters (published in Hardback as The Delectable Dollies)

‘They seduced tycoons, Kings and even the Prince of Wales with their exotic dance routines. But… the Dolly Sisters’ quest for fame and fortune had devastating consequences.’ Daily Mail

‘Forget Kylie Minogue for pure unadultrated glamour because two sisters held that crown before she shook her derriere at audiences around the World.’ Sunday Express

‘The Queens of Twenties and Thirties cafe society, with more diamante than you could shake a feather at.’ Tatler

‘A potent cocktail given due weight in Chapman’s effervescent biography.’ The Good Book Guide

‘A well-researched, informative biography.’ Gay Times

‘A labour of love…. Chapman is scrupulous in not presenting speculation as fact… By not probing too deeply, (he) is at least consonant with the period, for the Dollies inhabited a curiously innocent, pre-freudian world.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘A thoroughly researched story of the beautiful twenties twins, as remarkable for their social as their theatrical life.’ The Stage

‘Jenny and Rosie outshone everyone in exuberance and high living. If celebrity is a devalued currency these days, then they were the gold standard. But their glittering lives also reflect the potentially tragic nature of the pursuit of fame and fortune.’ Daily Mail



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Title:The Dolly Sisters in Pictures
Published:4 January 2016
Author:Gary Chapman
Format:Paperback RRP £20 ISBN 9781909230217
Format: Apple e-book (Epub) £12.99 ISBN 9781909230224
Format: Amazon Kindle e-book (Mobi) £12.99 9781909230231
Extent:176 pages







The Dolly Sisters pages on the Jazz Age Club




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