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How an '80s Female Wrestling Star Makes Thousands in Underground Hotel Fights

Published On 01/19/2017
B etween its launch in the mid-'80s and its unceremonious demise in 1990, GLOW -- Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling -- captured and confounded the popular imagination. Its wrestlers, in an ungainly hybrid of sexist exploitation and zeitgeist-disrupting feminist statement-making, who acted out funny, risqué, and in some cases profoundly offensive routines, were featured in everything from sketch comedy, to daytime talk shows, to public service announcements about the ravages of weed.
During GLOW, "Hollywood" -- real name Jeanne Basone -- was a breakout star. After it, she embarked on a long and lucrative career in the underground market of fetish "session wrestling," involving everything from private ring matches to costumed narratives acted out in the secrecy of hotel rooms across the country.
Now that GLOW, the new series co-created by Orange Is the New Black and Homeland honchos, and starring Alison Brie and Marc Maron, is out on Netflix, we figured it'd be a good time to catch up with Hollywood -- now 47 and living in Nashville -- to look back at her insane early years and try to get some useful advice, should we ever want to get into the strange-dude-hotel-wrestling business ourselves. Here she is, in her own words.
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