Leslie Zemeckis is a best-selling author, writer and award-winning documentarian. Leslie’s critically acclaimed films include Behind the Burly Q, the true story of old-time burlesque in America. The film was championed by such publications as USA Today and The New Yorker reveals the never-before told stories of the men and women who worked in burlesque during its Golden Age; Bound by Flesh about Siamese twin superstars Daisy and Violet Hilton. Her current Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer chronicling the extraordinary story of the world’s first female tiger trainer, Mabel Stark, in the early part of the 20th century. She is currently working on her next book about another extraordinary and scandalous woman.
She the author of Behind the Burly Q, the definitive oral history of burlesque and Goddess of Love Incarnate; the Life of Stripteuse Lili St. Cyr. Her current bestseller is Feuding Fan Dancers about the rivalry between Sally Rand, Faith Bacon and the golden age of the showgirl.
As an actress she has appeared opposite Colin Firth, Jim Carrey, Sir Anthony Hopkins andTom Hanks, and was most recently seen opposite Steve Carell in Welcome to Marwen. She will be out in a new film From Zero to Love opposite Richard Lawsen in 2019.
Specializing in women in American pop culture from the early part of the 20th century Zemeckis is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post, Medium, Talkhouse and has written for W Magazine and Stork Magazine. She has presented her work and spoken at panels and Universities including Santa Barbara City College, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, The Chicago Club, Chicago History Museum, MoMa, Burlesque Hall of Fame, Burly Con. She continues to revisit and shine a light on formerly stigmatize and marginalized female entertainers.