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Iceberg Slim

AKA Robert Lee Maupin, Jr.

Born: 4-Aug-1918
Birthplace: Chicago, IL [1]
Died: 28-Apr-1992 [2]
Location of death: Culver City, CA
Cause of death: Liver Failure
Remains: Cremated, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Criminal, Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Pimp-turned-author

"Cavanaugh Slim" had been his actual street name. It was fictionalized for the books as "Iceberg Slim."


[1] Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL

[2] Hans A. Ostrom and J. David Macey, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature (2005).

Father: William Beck (stepfather)
Mother: Mary Brown Beck (d. ovarian cancer)
Wife: Betty Mae Shue (white)
Daughter: Camille Mary Beck (b. 10-Sep-1964, d. 9-Jan-2010)
Daughter: Melody Beck
Daughter: Bellisa Misty Beck (b. 1970)
Wife: Diane Millman Beck (m. 1982)

    High School: Wendell Phillips High School, Chicago, IL
    University: Tuskegee Institute (dropped out)

    Expelled from School
    Grand Theft
    Solicitation
    Mann Act Violation
    Inmate: Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary inmate 61956 (1944)
    Armed Robbery
    Waupun State Prison
    Escaped from Prison
    Inmate: Cook County, IL Jail 1959-60
    Changed Name to Robert Maupin Beck (1960)
    Risk Factors: Cocaine, Heroin, Smoking, Diabetes

Is the subject of books:
Iceberg Slim: The Life as Art, 2003, BY: Peter A. Muckley, DETAILS: (biography)

Author of books:
Trick Baby: The Story of a White Negro (1967, novel)
Pimp: The Story of My Life (1969, memoir)
Mama Black Widow: A Story of the Something Black Underworld (1969, novel)
The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim (1971, memoir)
Death Wish: A Story of the Mafia (1977, novel)
Long White Con (1977, novel)
Airtight Willie & Me (1979, short stories)



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