Free Admission for Active Military and Their Families This Summer

BHoF is a Blue Star Museum

The Burlesque Hall of Fame is proud to join museums nationwide in participating in the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer. The 2019 program runs from Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, through  Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day.

“The burlesque world has always had a special relationship with the US military,” says Executive Director Dustin M. Wax. “Burlesque performers like Gypsy Rose Lee, Ann Corio, Mae West, and Sherry Britton travelled the world with the USO, posed for pinups, led book drives for overseas service members, and of course entertained troops in theaters and clubs around the country...

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Who’s Who in Burly-Q: Bettie Page (1923-2008)

Bettie Page

Bettie Page fetish photo

As the “Queen of Pinups,” Bettie Page rarely needs an introduction. Her trademark jet-black hair, blue eyes, and bangs influenced generations of pinup models and burlesque performers to come, and her physique still inspires countless artistic renditions.

Much of Bettie’s life has become pop culture history. She was born on April 22, 1923, in Nashville, Tennessee. After graduating salutatorian of her high school, she moved to New York City with dreams of becoming an actress.

She worked secretarial jobs to support herself and soon became a popular “camera club” model known for her lack of inhibition and playful demeanor.

In the early 1950s, she began working with photographer Irving Klaw...

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Now available: Our 2018 Annual Report

The Burlesque Hall of Fame is deeply committed to transparency and openness. We go well beyond the legal requirements for availability of core documents and financial records. Our “Core Documents” page contains our articles of incorporation, 1023 as filed with the IRS, current bylaws, code of ethics, collection policy, and years worth of 990s.

To that list, we now add our first Annual Report, covering our last fiscal year (FY 2018, Oct 1, 2017 – Sep 30, 2018)...

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New exhibition: “Body of Work: Midcentury Burlesque Through the Lens of F. Roy Kemp”

Blaze Starr by F. Roy KempCanadian photojournalist F. Roy Kemp spent the 1950s documenting the New York burlesque scene, producing thousands of images that give us a glimpse into the public and private lives of performers unparalleled in other photographers’ work. Through October 2019, the Burlesque Hall of Fame will feature selections of this work, with images of burlesque superstars like Tempest Storm, Blaze Starr, Zorita, and Jennie Lee, as well as lesser-known performers like Zizi Richards and Naja Karamuru.

Kemp shot pin-ups, but he was decidedly not a pin-up photographer. His best shots catch his subjects on stage, backstage, and in their homes. Kemp’s photos present an almost ethnographic view of the live of a working performer...

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Who’s Who in Burly-Q: Blaze Starr (1932 – 2015)

BLaze Starr on the cover of Man magazineBlaze Starr is an iconic redhead, with a sultry voluptuous figure and charisma that has stood the test of time. Born on April 10, 1932 in Wayne County, West Virginia, Starr was raised in a large family and was the second oldest out of 11 brothers and sisters.

Starr left home for Washington D.C. as a young teenager. She was discovered by a promoter while working at the Mayflower Donut Shop. The promoter convinced a young Starr to wear a red and white cowgirl outfit and perform a striptease while playing the guitar. According to her 1974 autobiography Blaze Starr: My Life as Told to Huey Perry, Starr was so embarrassed that she covered herself with her hat and threw up when she got offstage!

After a few rough years in Washington, D.C...

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