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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Congratulations to our 2019 Living Legend Award Recipient, CAMILLE 2000!

Camille 2000We are pleased to announce that Camille 2000 has been selected to receive the 2019 Living Legend, to be awarded during this year’s BHoF Weekender. The Living Legend Award is given each year in recognition of both a performer’s active career and their continued achievements as a mentor, teacher, and icon in the burlesque community.

Camille 2000, “The Girl for Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” has been a continuous inspiration for today’s neo-burlesque movement. She originally performed in a “traditional burlesque” style, but once established as a performer, she stepped out of that box to perform more shocking acts.  She is probably best remembered for her Black Widow act, which was an ode to the Marquis de Sade.

In the 1980s, Camille joined the Screen Actor’s Guild and performed p...

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Former Board Members Laura Herbert and Dita Von Teese Named Board Members Emeritus

The Burlesque Hall of Fame Board of Directors is pleased to announce the recent establishment of the Board Emeritus title, recognizing museum founders Jennie Lee and Dixie Evans as well as two outstanding former Directors of the Board, Dita Von Teese and past long-time Board President, Laura Herbert.

Dita Von Teese presents the 2013 Sassy Lassy award to Catherine D'Lish

Dita Von Teese presents the 2013 Sassy Lassy award to Catherine D’Lish

Only founders and past board members who have made a highly significant contribution to the Burlesque Hall of Fame are eligible to be conferred with the title of Emeritus. Over a period of many years, Ms. Herbert and Ms. Von Teese have both demonstrated extraordinary levels of devotion to BHoF and to the goal of keeping the history and art of burlesque alive...

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Congratulations to our 2019 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship recipient: Precious Ephemera!

Precious Ephemera - Fembot

Photo by Josh Vine Photography

Congratulations to Precious Ephemera, our 2019 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship recipient! Precious was chosen for their activism on behalf of LGBTQ communities, and particularly for their work building connections between generations, work very much in the spirit of Sparkly herself.

As the scholarship recipient, Precious will receive a full pass to all four showcases and all Master Classes during The 2019 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend at the Orleans Hotel and Casino this June 6-9, and will be paired with one of the attending Legends to act as their escort for the Weekender.

“I’m completely gobsmacked and humbled to be selected for the Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship!” Precious told us when we notified them...

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