Tempest Storm

For this “Who’s Who in BurlyQ”, we turn to Kaitlyn Regehr, burlesque expert and co-host on the Canadian and UK program “Re-Vamped”, PhD candidate in performance and women’s sexuality at King’s College London, and producer of Tempest Storm: Burlesque Queen, a feature documentary exploring Tempest’s life and her huge impact in not just burlesque but popular culture as a whole. Contribute to the making of the film by donating to their Kickstarter campaign by October 9, 2013.

Teaserama posterIndisputably one of the best known burlesque dancers from the ‘50s and ‘60s and listed in the top 50 of Playboy’s most glamorous women of the century, Tempest Storm is truly an icon in the history of burlesque.

Born Annie Blanche Banks in Eastman, Georgia, in 1928, Storm’s ambition and talent (as wel...

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Bambi Jones

Bambi JonesRita Hayworth, Betty Grable and other screen sirens from the 1940s gave Doris Kotzan a glimpse into a life more glamorous than her hometown of Holyoke, Massachusetts could offer. She was only 17 when she decided to leave Holyoke and her given name behind to follow her dream- to be a star.

She was dancing to the jukebox at the hotel bar where she worked when a photographer from a nightclub recognized her talent. He asked her to dance for their club, and Bambi Jones was thrilled, as she loved to dance. Later, an ex-Rockette scouted Bambi, and she soon began touring the burlesque stages of the United States, South America, Mexico, and Canada.

Bambi Jones with Kitten DeVille

Married to a politician in Nevada, Bambi was ‘in the closet’ about her burlesque stardom for many years...

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Noel Toy

Ed. note: This blogpost originally appeared on Soft Film as as “Noel Toy: Our Lady of Feathers.” It is a reprint of an article that first appeared in the cheesecake tabloid CO-EDS (May 1942). The photos are accompanied by their original captions.

U. OF C.’s NOEL TOY NOBODY’S PLAYTHING
CHINA GIRL CAN DISH IT OUT

Broadway’s most publicized Chinese (American-born) glamor girl is appropriately named California Co-ed Noel Toy. Tinytot Toy (five feet tall) was a sophomore language major at University of California when she received her first assignment in the chorus of a San Francisco World’s Fair midway attraction. There she was discovered, signed up at Fair’s close by Frisco’s famed Forbidden City hotspot.

Less than a year later, with but five month’s experience as a fandancer behind her, s...

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Dusty Summers

An active dancer, magician and emcee, Dusty Summers (“Las Vegas’ Only Nude Magician”) has appeared all over the United States and Canada throughout her over twenty-four years as an entertainer. An Arizona native, she has worked with such legendary booking agents as Jess Mack, Roland Muse, Sol Goodman and Wayne Keller as well as owned, operated and performed in her own clubs in San Angelo and Arlington, Texas.

A Las Vegas resident, she recently retired from her job as a pit boss at Circus Circus Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and is the author of three books: The Lady is a Stripper, How to be a Professional Stripper and The Golden G-String and previously wrote a column called “The Magical World of Burlesque” for the Vegas Visitor magazine.

Catch Dusty Summers in action LIVE  at the...

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Remembering Ricci Cortez

I’ve been thinking a lot about legends lately, especially since I’ve been working hard on the 2011 Legends Challenge for Burlesque Hall of Fame. I’m so thrilled with the response to this campaign, with 14 benefits happening all over North America! I love seeing the burlesque community band together to ensure their elders can be honored at this annual event.

Some of the most profound and moving moments I’ve experienced have been watching legends perform at BHOF. I dug up this remembrance of Ricci Cortez that I posted in 2008 when she died:

Ricci Cortez, a living legend of burlesque, has died.

Ricci was a firecracker of a Texas broad, and I was lucky enough to see her perform once...

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