Kim Paris - The IF Girl: vintage newspaper ad for Kim appearing at the Town Hall theater in Toledo, Ohio. The Town Hall was owned and operated by burlesque legend Rose la Rose. Rose would later lose the theater to eminent domain, but she would soon after open the Esquire Theater, also in Toledo.
Ann Pett - The Cosmopolitan Girl: vintage 8x10 photo
Ann, who was of of Slovenian-decent, started her dancing career as a chorus girl on a musical revue show that toured about 40 theaters. When she reached New York, she stayed there and soon began a career in burlesque. Ann would have a very successful career and work with such big names as Harold Minsky and Ann Corio, on Ann’s This Was Burlesque show.
Julie Bryan: vintage 8x10 photo
Julie replaced Gypsy Rose Lee in the the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway when Gypsy left the show after the 1936-37 season. In 1945, she would wed comic straight man Jack Martin, and they would go on to travel the burlesque circuit together.
Patti Waggin (Patricia Hardwick) - The Co-ed with the Educated Torso: vintage 8x10 photo from Patti’s Fan Club.
Patti was a petite, but very athletic dancer, who trained with the famous Lillian Hunt. Patti’s name is often given as “Patti Brownell”, but that was her name from her marriage to motorcycle racer Bill Brownell. Patti also enjoyed riding and racing motorcycles, but the marriage to Bill did not last. In 1955 she married baseball pitcher Don Rudolph. The couple had one daughter together and remained married until Don’s untimely death in an auto-accident in 1968. Patti never remarried.
Roberta Jonay: vintage 8x10 photo
Roberta was a specialty dancer in burlesque, not a stripper. Her real name was Roberta Jones, but she used ‘Jonay’ as a stage name to stand out. She was a popular dancer of her time and even visited the White House at the request of Eleanor Roosevelt. The two became friends and Eleanor always took an interest in Roberta’s dancing career.
Virginia ‘Ding Dong’ Bell: vintage 8x10 publicity photo for the movie Scanty Panties.
Virginia began her career as a pin up and nude model in the 1950s. She would also appear in several stag films, and nudie short loops, some of which were made at the request of her then husband Eli Jackson. Using the monikers such as “Ding Dong’, to play up her 46” bust (sometimes said to be 48”), she started dancing in burlesque in the late 1950s, and she was an instant success because so many men already knew her as a nude model. She would also appear in the 1961 film Scanty Panties and the 1964 burlesque film Lullaby of Bareland.
Rita Grable- as scanned from the March 1957 issue of Mr. magazine.
Rita was a popular burlesque dancer and pin-up model in the 1950s and was frequently billed as “the Girl in Black Stockings”. She posed for a large set of pin-up photos offered through Irving Klaw’s mail order business, and she also appeared in his 1956 film Buxom Beauties with Blaze Starr, Tempest Storm and Lili St. Cyr. Rita retired from burlesque when she married in the late 1950s.