Sharon Knight: as scanned from the Spring 1955 issue of Peep Show magazine.
Sharon was a protege of Lili St. Cyr. It is said that Lili saw Sharon dancing at an LA club and was so struck by the resemblance to herself, that she took Sharon under her wing and taught her all she needed to succeed as a burlesque performer.
Camille - The Titian Beaty: as scanned from the 1955 Spring issue of Peep Showmagazine.
Originally an office girl, Camille had been working as a stripper a couple years when she caught the eye of Harold Minsky. And no wonder, since Camille was six feet tall with bright red hair! She began headlining at Minsky’s Adams Theater in Newark, New Jersey and was soon a crowd favorite.
This is not the same dancer billed as Camille 2000.
June St. Clair - The Platinum Princess: vintage newspaper ad
June St. Clair was born Geraldine (‘Jerry’) Margaret Ford in MA on 6 Oct 1913. The family moved to NYC during the depression to find work and soon Geraldine and her sister, Helen, were hired as chorus girls. They both went on to become burlesque dancers, Geraldine billed as ‘June St. Clair’ and Helen as ‘Helen Colby’. For a while they billed themselves as a singing and dancing act called the Ford Sisters, but this did not bring in as much money as June St. Clair’s solo career, so she went back to burlesque. June was a modest woman and did not enjoy her burlesque career and never dated in the earlier years. According to both June’s family, and other dancers that knew her, after going back to her solo career (1948), June had gotten into an abusive relationship, became pregnant (many say she was raped), and she discovered that the father of the child was married already. Unfortunately, on 21 Oct 1949 June St. Clair committed suicide in a NYC hotel room; it was her 3rd documented attempt to kill herself. In a suicide note she left for her brother she refers to having “disgraced you all”, meaning her family.
Teddy Reno (seated) and Charlie Fisk: vintage 8x10 news service photo dated 12 January 1956.
Teddy was an Italian crooner performing at the Empire Room of the Palmer Hotel in Chicago. He is pictured with Charlie Fisk, the house orchestra leader and two of the “Abbott Girls”. The Abbott Girls were the chorus girls at the Empire Room and they were headed by headed by Murriel Abbott who also ran a dance school on the south-side of Chicago, where she was both teacher and choreographer.