The Tragic Life and Death of Mama Cass

The world thinks Cass Elliott died choking on a ham sandwich. They’re wrong.

In today’s episode I’m talking about the tragic life and death of Cass Elliott, known to most of us as “Mama Cass.” Cass was an early, unwitting fat lib icon, but she spent her whole adult life desperate to become thin. That desperation eventually killed her.

Read the transcript of this episode here.

Credits

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References

Averyl. (2019, December 8). Mama Cass Elliot “Diet”. Retrieved from https://vintagediets.com/2017/10/02/what-a-way-to-lose-110-lbs-by-mama-cass-elliot-1969/.

Cass Elliott. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_Elliot#.

Fabrey, B. (n.d.). We Mourn the Passing of Cass Elliott, Singer. Retrieved from https://www.naafaonline.com/newsletterstuff/oldnewsletterstuff/Chronicles/July-August_1974.pdf

Farrell, A. E. (2011). Fat shame stigma and the fat body in American culture. New York: New York University Press.

Fiegel, E. (2013). Dream a little dream of me: the life of mama cass elliot. Place of publication not identified: Macmillan.

Mikkelson, D., & Mikkelson, D. (n.d.). Did Mama Cass’ Vocal Range Expand After She Was Hit on the Head by a Pipe? Retrieved from https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/mama-cass-pipe-voice/.

Mikkelson, D., & Mikkelson, D. (n.d.). Mama Cass Death Rumors. Retrieved from https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ham-and-wheeze/.

Rolling Stone. (2018, June 25). ‘Mama Cass’ Elliot Dead. Retrieved from https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/mama-cass-elliot-dead-47050/.

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