“To take the coveted gubernatorial prize, Lurleen Burnes Wallace triumphed like a tank over nine male opponents in the May, 1966, Alabama Democratic primacy, which included as opponent candidates two former governors, a U.S. Congressman, and the Alabama attorney general.
Her victory at 39 years old was a jaw-dropping political masterpiece still unequaled, proportionate to population and number and status of competitors, by a man or a woman in all of America’s political history on any jurisdictional level since.”
“For four years, unknown to Lurleen;George, in concert with Lurleen’s women friends and others in whom Lulrleen placed her closest, intimate trust, had engaged in an elaborate conspiracy, sometimes with many moving parts, to withhold from her vital information of her 1961 diagnosis of uterine cancer.”
CHAPTER NINETY EIGHT
“When mother died, people were talking about how young she was. And when they are saying that, I’m thinking: No! Forty one? that’s not young. That’s pretty old. Which it isn’t of course,” (her daughter) Bobbie Jo reflected.
All of this understanding came to me later in my life.What a treasure she had been to the people. What a phenomenal thing she had done with her success and with no college education. Extraordinary.
Her personality fit the time,” said Bobbie Jo. (Bobbie Jo Parsons died before Law finished the book).
(*On the stage of a fund raising gala, Evita maneuvers herself so when Juan Peron’s companion leaves her seat to entertain the audience for a few minutes, Evita (single) can meet El General Juan Peron, a handsome widower.)
“No lioness crouching downwind in the Serengeti grass...could match Evita’s intensity of purpose in those foretelling seconds. Evita’s eyes never left the momentarily vacant chair next to Peron or Peron.
Evita understood, as ambitious driven people do, that opportunity really does knock only once. Speed and quality of response constitute the difference between success and a lifetime of being ordinary.”
CHAPTER THIRTY SIX
“The Foundation work (helping the poor) completely changed Evita.
Her Parisian haute couture frocks were replaced by black suits, cut like a uniform described as “now the costume of seriousness and dedication.
‘She could touch the most terrible things with a Christian attitude’, wrote a poet. ”
*The same medical secret that was being kept from Lurleen Wallace was also being kept from Evita Peron: uterine cancer.
For both women, discovery of their cancer would come too late for effective treatment.
Janice Law chats with Regina, an Austin glass artist from Evergreen Alabama, who stopped by Law's signing table at the 2015 Texas Book Festival.
An Alabamian transplated to San Antonio, was first in line at Law's June singing of AMERICAN EVITA: LURKEEN WALLACE at San Antonio's Barnes and Noble La Cantera store.