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Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald: With Tawny (Followed By Dirty Bits After Dark: With Tawny and George)
Welcome to The Dirty Bits of History. I’m Tawny Platis, a professional voice actor, who gives a casual, and comedic southern Californian retelling of the sexy, scandalous, salacious, fierce, funny, and freaky bits of history your teacher probably left out. Stay tuned after the episode or take a peek at the show notes for The Dirty Bits After Dark: Catching Up With Tawny and George, our contact info, coming attractions, and a special thank you message to our producers. For commercial-free episodes, visit Now, enjoy the show. If you aren’t familiar with Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, they were writers and socialites who became the poster children of what we now call, “The Jazz Age.” Scott seems to be best known for writing, “The Great Gatsby” and less well known for mercilessly plagiarizing his wife, Zelda. They’re both notorious for alcoholism, infidelity, mental illness, and just generally causing a scene in general during the 1920s and 30’s.After nearly a century, why are we still so obsessed with the artists? What is it about Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald that has kept them relevant generation after generation? The academic answer would be that we remain fascinated by the duality of narcissistic geniuses and reckless self-destruction. I personally find the answer to be that America has always loved to stop and gawk at a gnarly trainwreck. And the Fitzgeralds were the gnarliest of trainwrecks. Per usge, to better understand what’s going on here and get the full picture, we have to go back to the very beginning. And because she got the shit end of the stick for so long, I’m starting out with Zelda.If anything sounded goofy in this episode, it probably was! Don’t take my word for it - always do your own research and make sure what you’re reading is from a verified, reputable, and academic source.Sources: Smith (September 8, 2003). "Love Notes Drenched in Moonlight; Hints of Future Novels in Letters To Fitzgerald". New York Times., Nancy (1970), Zelda: A Biography, New York: Harper & RowPrigozy, Ruth, ed. (2002), The Cambridge Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-62447-9Cline, Sally (2003), Zelda Fitzgerald: Her Voice in Paradise, New York: Arcade Publishing, ISBN 1-55970-688-0The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People -By Irving Wallace, Amy Wallace, David Wallechinsky, Sylvia Wallace, Deborah (2017). The Subversive Art of Zelda Fitzgerald. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-8262-2104-9. Bruccoli, Matthew Joseph (2002), Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald (2nd rev. ed.), Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, ISBN 1-57003-455-9Lanahan, Dorothy. "Introduction." In Bryer & Barks 2002, p. Xxvii Real F. Scott Fitzgerald: Thirty-Five Years Later - by Sheilah Graham(The Lost Summer: a personal memoir of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Tony Buttitta)Music: “Fig Leaf Times Two,” “Fuzzball Parade,” “Maple Leaf Rag,” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License Domain Recordings Courtesy of MusOpen: Rhapsody in Blue I&II, Bullets and Bayonets
Benjamin Franklin And A Special Note: With Tawny and George
His love for the ladies, particularly intelligent, young, beautiful ones, has been WELL documented. There were at least 13 women Benny-boy dated, er, at least... tried to date. This one is a surprisingly fun romp through flirty history. 
Dirty Bits After Dark: Catching Up With Tawny and George
 In This Episode:Our lives may (finally) be boring.Favorite woman comedians?Why is your show in the LGBTQ category in podcast directory?Who’s Babbs? I see the name when you sign stuff.Who is your favorite podcaster?Game of Thrones finale? Yay or nay?
Agnes Sorel: With Tawny
In today’s episode, we’re taking it all the way back to 15th century France when Agnes Sorel, a lady in waiting from a family of minor nobility became the first officially recognized mistress to the king, inspired many artists of the time, most notably Jean Fouquet’s Virgo Lactan’s or the Nursing Virgin, and was the first woman to hashtag free the nipple.
The Reverend Sylvester Graham: With Tawny and George
The Reverend Sylvester Graham was a hell, fire, and brimstone Presbyterian minister who combined Christianity and healthy living, successfully pioneering the way for all of the self-help guru, diet faddists who now grace our Instagram feeds. 
Dirty Bits After Dark: Catching Up With Tawny and George
The Questions:What kind of porn do you watch?What kind of music do you listen to?What are your favorite podcasts?What other movies, shows, podcasts etc. are like the Dirty Bits?Why did the show take a break? And I thought you were doing more and longer episodes?Do you have kids?Are you Greek Orthodox?
Napoleon Bonaparte: With Tawny and George
A lot of people already know he was a pretty big important, controversial military and a lot of people already know he has a reputation for being into some weird sex shit. What you may not know is that he may have been the original fedora wearing self-proclaimed nice guy with a massive chip on his shoulder.
Mary Shelley: With Tawny and George
Mary Shelley’s name has been waiting patiently on my episode list for over a year now. I’ve been conflicted about telling her story. One of the reasons I love producing a show about history is due to the fact that everyone is long dead. Nobody can be embarrassed or offended by any sarcasm or sass which makes it much easier to riff on my subjects without much hesitation.But Mary was different.
Dirty Bits After Dark: Catching Up With Tawny and George
George's heart surgery went great! However, when he arrived back home, he was diagnosed with severe pneumonia. He has been in the hospital for two weeks and will be having surgery on Monday to remove the infected growths that were found on his right lung.
Spring 2019 Update With Tawny & George
We give you an update on George's surgery and answer your questions from the anonymous suggestion/comment box thingy on our website.
Theodora of Byzantium: With Tawny
I’m especially excited to tell Theodora of Byzantium’s story because it’s refreshingly victorious. She’s best known as one of the most influential and powerful Empresses of the Eastern Roman Empire who went from hooker to high roller to Eastern Orthodox Saint.  A lot of what we know about Theodora comes from the Byzantine scholar, Procopius. In his work, he goes back and forth from absolutely gushing about her to depicting her as a power-mad horndog. 
Sappho of Lesbos: With Tawny
If you’re a woman who also likes women, you may recognize her as what is basically the official patron saint of lesbians.
Olympe de Gouges: With Tawny
Olympe de Gouges was a French playwright, political activist, godmother of modern feminism, and a woman who was so revolutionary, the revolution wasn’t ready for her. Olympe de Gouges is the perfect poster child for the women’s movement and social justice. So why does it seem that so few people know who she is? And for those who do know her name, why is she remembered as a deceptive prostitute who wrote “The Declaration of the Rights of the Woman and the Female Citizen?” 
Charlemagne: With Tawny
The emperor is a lighter one to study because he’s from that time period where you get this blend of saints, mythology, and facts in glorious, gory, written detail. And they all weave together into a beautiful blend of supposition and tom fuckery.
Wallis Simpson: With Tawny
This episode has everything- Nazis, a twisted Cinderella story, bratty pre-Instagram kids of the uber rich and famous, a disgraced prince, plane crashes, affairs galore, more rumors than facts, Mussolini, Winston Churchill, commies, a jewel heist….and that’s just scratching the surface.
Semicentennial: Cleopatra Philopator of Egypt: With Tawny
It's our 50th episode! I'm so happy we've made it this far. Geeze....and we haven't even come (heh heh) close to covering all the dirty bits of history. This episode is George's personal favorite of the podcast's and I hope you enjoy it as much as he did. Cleopatra VII Philopator, more commonly known simply as Cleopatra, was the last, technically for realsies, ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in Egypt because her son was pharaoh for like half a second. But she was also so much more than that.
Eva (Evita) Peron: With Tawny
Lovebugs, this is a fun one. There are so many rumors and after 12 hours of research, I’ve barely scratched the surface of Eva Peron or Evita, as she’s often called. Eva Peron was an actress, turned First Lady, turned activist, turned kind of saint. You’re going to hear the word “supposedly” A LOT in this episode. Like a lot a lot. Things are a little murky about her life, particularly before she married Juan Peron, the man who would become the 29th and 41st president of Argentina.
Harriette Wilson: With Tawny
History. Edutainment. The Dirty Bits Podcast. You've been patiently waiting and now it's here. Season 3 of the Dirty Bits Podcast begins with a famous courtesan releasing her memoirs in the 1820s and calling out everyone she slept with in delightful detail, by name, if they hadn’t paid her ahead of time to omit the saucy details before publication.
November Update From Tawny of The Dirty Bits Podcast
Hey guys, it’s Tawny from the Dirty Bits here and heads up, this is unfortunately not a casual retelling of any sexy, scandalous, or salacious stories from history. This is just me talking. So if you’re just holding out for our latest episode, you can go ahead and skip this because it’s just an update for those of you who aren’t in our Facebook group, the Lovebug Brigade, and have been wondering what’s been going on while season 3 has yet to appear in your favorite podcatcher.
What Is The Dirty Bits?
The Dirty Bits Podcast is performed by a professional voice actor who gives a casual -and hopefully, comical- Southern Californian retelling of the sexy, scandalous, and salacious stories from history your teacher probably left out.
Charlie Chaplin Part 3 - Season Finale: Classic Hollywood
Last time we checked in with Charlie, he got hit hard with a divorce settlement, one that may be the largest in history and his reputation was trashed because the public saw him as this cradle robbing sexual deviant who had even more dick in his personality than he did in his pants.
Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba (Substitute Teacher Episode)
The cool stuff- she was a warrior, a brilliant military strategist, an adept diplomat and politician and a symbol against oppression. She also had a harem with dozens of men she'd kill after she slept with them.
Charlie Chaplin Part 2- Classic Hollywood
Last week on the Dirty Bits, we covered Charlie Chaplin’s family history. His mother may have been a prostitute to support herself and her children, his dad seemed like a drunken jerk, and overall, it was a super sad story.
Charlie Chaplin Part 1- Classic Hollywood
Lovebugs, this dude has one of the gnarliest Cinderella Stories I’ve ever heard with a messed up family to boot. I didn’t know was just how far back all of the dirty bits, know, the scandalous, salacious, and sexy stuff we cover.
Mae West Part 3- Classic Hollywood
Last week, we left a tired-of-everyone’s-bullshit Mae West at the end of her rope, with cinema and radio. She knew she was stupendous and she didn’t need Hollywood, so girl packed up all her jewels, boas, tight fitting dresses, and innuendos ... and headed for Vegas.
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Apr 13th, 2017
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Sep 12th, 2019
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