Long Legs and Tall Tales is a comic memoir about a naïve, goodie two-shoes, Midwesterner who tosses aside her conservative business suit and college education, leaves the safety of suburbia behind, and hesitantly sets off to become an international, sexy showgirl supreme. Follow her into her dressing rooms around the globe, as she learns to survive and then thrive (in stilettos, no less) in the wild and wonderful world of entertainment. With a virtual VIP All-Access Backstage Pass, readers get a sneak insider peek into two of America’s most iconically sexy and spectacular institutions—Playboy and the Radio City Rockettes—like never before. But wait! There’s more. The book also chronicles highlights of Kristi’s wacky journey from obscurity to fame including:
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*her humble tutu and tiara-loving beginnings at her local “Dolly Dinkle” dance schools
*her awkward stretch into modern dance amid the danger and excitement of New York City
*mortifying corporate party performances (including dancing as half of the Brooklyn Bridge and knocking over patrons with her big buttress)
*musical theatre and movie escapades in and around Hollywood
*homespun fun in the Ozarks as Buddy Ebsen’s hottie Beverly Hillbillies sidekick
*jet-setting and bar-hopping with real live Playboy Bunnies
*her horror at sashaying on stage in a G-string
*going overboard for love on a cruise ship, and
*shaking her tail feathers for President Bill Clinton.
From the sweaty, smoky nightclubs of Singapore to the sizzling Las Vegas strip to the snowcapped mountains of Alaska and beyond, these behind-the-scenes, high-kicking high jinks rival the euphoria of thunderous applause. Having spent over 12 years strutting her stuff as a professional entertainer, including logging in over 1,200 performances (and 240,000 kicks) as a Rockette and touring overseas with the steamy Playboy’s Girls of Rock & Roll, Kristi has juicy secrets and shenanigans to spill. Through stories of her sparkling success despite mortifying missteps, the book aims to inspire readers to light their spark, pursue their passion, and shine brightly as the stars they truly are.
What others are saying:
I love this book! A highlight of my career was performing with the Rockettes! I was constantly amazed and awed by their total perfection!! They made me improve my performance out of sheer admiration. No one has ever captured that drive, with all of the behind-the-scenes humor and angst, like Kristi Davis. Her story shows the heartfelt and funny life journey of a dancer. I laughed and I cried and I couldn’t put it down. A must read!!!
—Paige O’Hara, Broadway star, voice of Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
High kicks of praise for this behind-the-scenes memoir by the star who inspired me to follow my dreams! A page turner from beginning to end. A must-read for anyone with show business aspirations or a dancing career in the making, as well as those curious about the life of a professional entertainer. I didn’t want it to end.
—Suzanne Sena, national news anchor and Emmy-nominated host