Dainty Diva is the first biography of Australian soprano and variety theatre artist Dorothy Rudder (1893-1940), unheralded today but well-known in the 1920s and 30s. The many treasures discovered within a battered suitcase reveal the story of a courageous woman with a wonderful voice who was compelled to perform no matter what life threw her way, from the personal fallout from two world wars to a sensational and very public divorce and the inherent insecurity of a stage career.
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