RIP Alexandra the Great “48” (1939-2019)

Promotional photo of Alexandra the Great "48"

Gerri Weise AKA Alexandra The Great 48 was always destined to make a splash. As a teenager she had won Sophie Loren look-alike competition and her resemblance to her idol was indeed uncanny. She got her start in Burlesque at age 25 when Rose La Rose spotted her whilst she was modelling for Xavier Cugat. Acting as her mentor, Rose had Alexandra headlining at The Town Hall Theatre within two weeks of their first meeting.

Alexandra said Rose “taught me only part of what I I knew. I learned the rest and it didn’t take long, believe me you find out quickly what an audience wants!”

As Alexandra the Great. she traveled the world as a headliner into the late 1970s...

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Who’s Who in BurlyQ: Toni Elling

Toni EllingThe elegant and classy Toni Elling is a burlesque icon who broke down many barriers as an African-American woman performing in the 1960s and 1970s. Born in 1929 and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Elling worked as a telephone operator for nine years before her big career switch. Reportedly fed up with being passed over for promotions based on the color of her skin, the 32-year-old Elling decided to pursue burlesque at a time when many of her peers were retiring from the tassel twirl.

Toni Elling

Elling derived her stage name from her famed friendship with jazz great Duke Ellington, and is affectionately called “the Satin Doll” and “The Duke’s Delight”. She also hung out with Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Jackie Wilson, and boxer Joe Lewis, to name a few...

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BHoF Acquires Something Weird’s Massive Burlesque Film Collection

Vintage burlesque film cansThe Burlesque Hall of Fame has acquired more than 150 rare burlesque films and shorts, most created between 1946-1958, from the collection of the famous (and infamous) exploitation film distributor Something Weird. The acquisition of the complete Something Weird/Sonney Amusement Enterprises/Broadway Roadshow Productions Burlesque Film Collection represents a milestone in the museum’s ongoing mission to preserve and share the history of burlesque.

Something Weird has long been recognized by B-movie film aficionados for its collection and distribution of rarely seen and even more rarely preserved cinema,” said BHoF Executive Director Dustin Wax...

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Join us for *Valen-TEASE*, Feb 15, 2019!

Valen-Tease FlyerWe’re having a show!

Join us at Ron DeCar’s Event Center (1201 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89104) on February 15 for the sexiest Valentine’s Day show in Vegas!

Hosted by American Treasure Blanche Debris, the show will feature:

  • Aya Fontaine, “The Buxom Beauty of Burlesque”
  • Cora Vette
  • La Rosa Muerta, Miss All Tease No Sleaze 2009
  • Lolita Haze, “The Nymphet of Burlesque”
  • Miz Charlamay
  • Molly Boom Boom, “The Chipper Stripper”
  • Ruby Champagne, “The Mexican Spitfire of Burlesque” and Miss Tiki Oasis 2018
  • Tana the Tattooed Lady
  • plus our VERY SPECIAL GUESTS, Las Vegas burlesque legends Dusty Summers and Gina Bon Bon!

Tickets are $49 VIP Plated / $39 VIP / $29 General Admission (VIP prices include buffet or plated dinner). Doors open at 5:30pm, show starts at 7pm...

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Put Your Pasties on the Wall at BHoF!

The BHoF Wall of PastiesThree years ago, we launched a fundraiser to raise money for our then-upcoming relocation into our current space. As part of that campaign, some levels were recognized as “founding donors” on our Wall of Pasties, a glittering display that has proven to be a very popular feature of the new museum.

Since we opened, many have asked us how they can get on the Wall of Pasties, and with our one-year anniversary approaching, we’ve decided to give you a chance! We’re expanding the Wall of Pasties, and from now until March 1, you have the opportunity to be a part of it.

There are three levels you can give at:

  • $250 donors will be represented by either a pair of their own pasties or a pair of rhinestoned pasties from one of our partners. This is by far the most popular option.
  • $150 donors ...
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