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.
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