Delilah Jones (Doris Gohlke): as scanned from the cover of the October 1961 issue of Tab magazine.
Born in Germany, Delilah was Miss Teenage Berlin in 1957 and was the runner up in the Miss Germany pageant. She was also a very popular pin up model in the 1950s and 1960s, usually under the name Doris Gohlke. She began her burlesque career in Las Angeles in the late 1950s, and danced with such legends as Sally Rand and Tempest Storm. Delilah is now a legend in her own-right, and performed a stunning routine at the 2013 Burlesque Hall of Fame.
Frances Chun (Frances Quan Chun Kan): as scanned from a vintage Forbidden City’s program.
Frances was a singing star at the famous San Francisco night spot Charlie Low’s Forbidden City in the 1930s and 40s. Frances grew up in Chinatown, San Francisco where her parents owned two grocery stores. When Frances began singing at the Forbidden City, her father would walk her to the club and wait until she was off work to walk her home again. Frances also toured with an all-white band for the USA and performed in red Cross shows as well during WWII. She would go on to marry and raise a family, but eventually returned to her show-business roots when she was featured in Arthur Dong’s documentary film Forbidden City, USA.
Ila Thao: vintage 5x7 photo
Ila traveled the European cabaret circuits during WWII. She was born in Villanova d’Asti, Italy, but later lived and worked in Rome, and performed in Germany as well. I purchased a large collections of her professional photos, programs, letters and personal photos, and I have not had time to go through it all….so still learning about her career.
Sequin - Beauty to the 4th dimension: signed, vintage 8x10 photo
Sequin’s burlesque debut was as a chorus girl at the famous Follies Theater in Los Angeles, CA — where much to her chagrin, that week the chorus girls were to perform the high-kicking cancan! Her initial appearances as a stripper were under the name Gerri Donelle, but her stage name was quickly changed to Sequin - Sparkling Beauty to the 4th Dimension. She worked with Ted Littleton in developing acts that included a bashful bride, a harem girl routine and one that even featured a red velvet swing. Sequin’s classy acts - with no bumps or grinds - would influence other dancers try burlesque, including The Fascinating Jennifer. After retiring from burlesque, Sequin returned to jazz singing, her first love. She performed with famous musician too numerous to list and would eventually marry Tony Tamburello, who was a piano player and closely worked with Tony Bennett for many years.
Liz Renay: vintage 8x10 news service photo showing Liz hugging her daughter after Liz was released from prison. She had served time for for perjury in the tax evasion case against her ex-boyfriend gangster Mickey Cohen.
Born Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins in Chandler, Arizona, Liz ran away from home as a teen to become a showgirl. Originally Liz appeared as a dancer and pin up model under the name Liz O’Leyar. While working as a showgirl in Las Vegas, Liz met and became the girlfriend of mobster Mickey Cohen and testified at his tax evasion trial. She was later convicted of perjury and sentenced to 3 years, of which she served 27 months, on Terminal Island in Los Angeles. While in prison Liz worked on her auto-biography and began to paint. Once she was released she went back to work as a stripper and years later, she and her daughter would perform as the first mother and daughter striptease act. Liz would also star in John Waters’s 1977 film Desperate Living. Liz died 22 January 2007, at the age of 80.
Marta Dane: vintage 8x10 photo
Marta was a Detroit gal who danced on both the East and West coast. She also traveled with Rex, who was a trained police dog and a grandson of Flame, one of the German Shepherds that played Rin Tin Tin.
Mary Nolan (as Imogene ‘Bubbles’ Wilson): vintage 1920s magazine using the beauty of the Ziegfeld Follies girls to advertise hair nets!
She was born Mary Imogene Robertson, most likely in 1902, in Louisville, KY. In the 1920s, Mary performed in the Ziegfeld Follies under the stage name Imogene “Bubbles” Wilson. Mary was fired from the Follies in 1924 due to a high-profile scandal around her affair with comedian Frank Tinney. For two years after that, she worked as an actress in Germany appearing in 17 films under the name Imogene Robertson. She began using the name Mary Nolan when she returned to the United States in 1927 and signed with Universal Pictures. She went on to appear in several american films, but by the early 1930s, her career was in decline due to drug use and a reputation for being difficult to work with. Mary died of an over-dose of barbiturates at the age of 42, her death was ruled to be “accident or suicide”.
Maxine Holman: vintage newspaper ad for Maxine and “Her Models of 1946” appearing at the Gayety Theater in Akron, Ohio. Not sure about the comment in the bottom, right corner…did acts usually arrive from New York in pieces?!?!