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Thursday, October 20, 2011


Evita Bezuidenhout might be the most famous white woman in South Africa, but her younger sister Bambi, the blonde Afrikaans meisie who married a Nazi and became a stripper in the fleshpots of Europe, has a much juicier story to tell.

In her autobiography, Bambi – assisted by Pieter-Dirk Uys – traces her journey from the Orange Free State to Europe, South America, the USA and back to a democratic South Africa. On the way she gives haircuts to The Beatles in Hamburg, travels with Hemingway in Spain and gets surgical tips from Chris Barnard. She also rubs shoulders with Ava Gardner and Marlene Dietrich, sups with Paraguay’s dictator, General Stroessner, and of course confronts her sister Evita.

Peopled with showgirls, divas and film stars, Nazis, assassins and secret agents, Never too Naked is an outrageous and hilarious tale. It’s a gloves-off, bra-down, knicker-torn, pant-and-groan, blow-by-blow memoir of a sexual existence well-lived. Life with a Capital F…

Pieter-Dirk Uys was born in Cape Town in 1945 and has been in the theatre business since the 1960s. The creator of Evita Bezuidenhout, ‘the most famous white woman in South Africa’, he has a huge following, and his plays and revues are performed internationally. His books include the memoirs Elections & Erections and Between the Devil and the Deep, the cookbook Evita’s Kossie Sikelela and Evita’s BlackBessie. He lives in Darling, on the West Coast.

Never Too Naked by Bambi Kellermann (with assistance from Pieter-Dirk Uys) is published by Zebra Press: ISBN 978 177 022 1789 Recommended retail price R200.

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