Gorgeous George Festooned in befrilled pale purple outfits, his peroxided hair marcelled into place by his wife Betty, George Wagner — a.k.a. Gorgeous George — made quite… Gorgeous George Festooned in befrilled pale purple outfits, his peroxided hair marcelled into place by his wife Betty, George Wagner — a.k.a. Gorgeous George — made quite… 2008-09-02 Biography Nonfiction HarperEntertainment
Book Review

Gorgeous George (2008)

Gorgeous George | BY GEORGE ! John Capouya's biography steps into the ring with wrestler George Wagner
BY GEORGE! John Capouya's biography steps into the ring with wrestler George Wagner
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 02, 2008; Writer: John Capouya; Genres: Biography, Nonfiction; Publisher: HarperEntertainment

Festooned in befrilled pale purple outfits, his peroxided hair marcelled into place by his wife Betty, George Wagner — a.k.a. Gorgeous George — made quite a splash on the pro wrestling circuit in the 1930s and 1940s. As his fame grew, George, a onetime carny, insisted that the rings be doused in perfume and always made a show of folding his satin robes just so. The more he played the dandy, the more popular George — who called himself the ''Sensation of the Nation'' — became. John Capouya never quite manages to prove his claim that ''the orchid path [George] traced now seems a prescient sketch of the contours American pop culture would take on,'' blazing the way for Liberace and Madonna, but he delivers a solid, entertaining book about a long-forgotten character and a peculiar slice of American history. B+

Originally posted Sep 12, 2008 Published in issue #1012 Sep 19, 2008 Order article reprints
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