April March - The First Lady of Burlesque - signed 8x10 photo
April was born Velma Fern Worden in Oklahoma City, OK in 1935. Due to her parents divorcing when she was a toddler, April was primarily raised by her grandparents. With sights on a film a career, April began dance and acrobatic lessons at a young age. However, while working as a cigarette girl in a nightclub, she was ‘discovered’ by Barney Weinstein who offered her the chance to come to Dallas and dance in burlesque. April was billed as “The First Lady of Burlesque” in part because of her striking resemblance to Jackie Kennedy, but also for her signature class and grace.
Rose la Rose- The Queen of Burlesque: vintage 8x10 photo
Rose is pictured wearing her red velvet and sequin costume which now resides at the Burlesque Hall of Fame. The outfit had break-away panels at the bust, cheeky rear end and front as well. Also, not pictured is a large crinoline skirt that wraps around the sides and back but was open in the front.
Lotus DuBois: as scanned from Hollywood Confidential Vol. 1 No. 2
Lotus began her burlesque career as a chorus girl at the Roxy Theater in Cleveland, Ohio. Lotus was trained by Russell LaVelle, who was then the producer at the Roxy Theater. Russell was also the father of burlesque dancer Sheila Ryan, and had been the producer and choreographer for the “Russell LaValle” dancers - a troop of touring chorus girls.
Peggy Bond: vintage newspaper add for Peggy appearing at the Gayety Theater in Toledo, Ohio. Also on the bill and Barbara Curtis and comic Al Anger, who were married and frequently toured together.
Peggy had a long career in burlesque. In the early 1940s she started working as a stripper on the circuits and by the late mid to late 1940s she was a co-feature and then a feature dancer. She was still dancing through the mid 1950s. Peggy also appeared in the 1946 film Hollywood Revels which featured a burlesque show performed at the Follies Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Kalantan (billed as Aleene Dupree) , Lotus Wing and Hillary Dawn are a few of the other dancers that appeared in this film.
Rusty Lane - The Flaming Dutchess of Disrobe: vintage 8x10 photo
Rusty was a popular feature dancer in the mid-1950s and would travel the circuits with her two cocker spaniels - Chipps and Corkey. There was also a male actor using the name Rusty Lane during the same time frame. Rusty Originally danced under the name Paula Lynd.
Miss White Fury & her Twin 44s (Patti Farnham - maiden name): vintage 8x10 photo from an unknown club.
White Fury was born into a show business family. Her parents, Rusty and Dusty Farnham, were radio comedians and vaudeville dancers and comics, so Patti grew up performing. Given her knock-out figure, dancing talent, and tassel twirling ability - she was quickly a popular burlesque dancer performing in both clubs and carnival circuits.