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

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Performance Archetypes: The Half-and-Half

While I’ve yet to find conclusive proof of its origin, the Half-and-Half—in which a solo performer utilizes clever, vertically divided costuming and skillful choreography to create the illusion of a duet—has long been a staple of classic burlesque performance. Most commonly associated with dichotomous male/female numbers (like Zorita’s racy “Bride & Groom,” top),

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Exotic World & The Burlesque Revival

Comedian and burlesque performer/enthusiast Margaret Cho narrates this sneak peek of Red Tremmel‘s feature-length documentary about Exotic World Ranch (home of the Burlesque Hall of Fame from 1991-2006). Filmed over the course of several years–including the last five Miss Exotic World pageants at the ranch, prior to our relocation to

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Dirty Martini, Julie Atlas Muz on French TV

France24‘s Culture Show has just posted a “slinky, sexy, more than a little but naughty” interview with Hall of Fame royalty Dirty Martini (Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2004) and Julie Atlas Muz (Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2006), both of whom are presently in Paris,

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Ann Corio

Ann Corio was born in Hartford, CT in 1909. At fifteen, she began secretly performing in burlesque as a chorus girl. Her Catholic mother resisted at first, but after seeing Corio perform she consented, “Just so they look-a, but no touch!” By 1936 Corio was a star in the Minsky

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Jo Weldon on Christina Aguilera.com!

–Jo Weldon, Daily Burlesque 12.08.10

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The World’s Longest Boa: June 8, 2007

On June 8, 2007, burlesque performers and fans of all ages descended on the Fremont Street Experience to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s Striptease Reunion, with a truly once-in-a-lifetime event: a multi-generational, bump and grind kick-line featuring the world’s longest boa… performed live, with over

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