Nanette Carmen: vintage 8x10 photo
Nanette has previously been mis-identified as Chinese-american burlesque dancer Vivian Lee. Nanette is frequently billed as being of hispanic/latin descent, but I do have a newspaper clipping for her appearing with the ‘Asian Cuties’ dance troupe. Again, she was billed as Nanette Carmen, so it was not a case of her using a different stage name when dancing with a troupe.
Sheila Ryan: vintage 8x10 photo
Sheila was the daughter of Russell LaValle, who was the producer and choreographer for the “Russell LaValle” dancers - a troop of touring chorus girls.
There was also a movie star by the name of Sheila Ryan, but they are different women and of no relation.
Marion Morgan: vintage 7x9 news service photo dated 15 January 1939
The information on the back reads:
POLICE SAID THAT HER ACT WAS NAUGHTY
Marion Morgan, 24 year old “Strip-teaser” at a theater here is shown in court, where, with two other persons, she is on trial for putting on an assertedly indecent performance. A jury will decide the question of “when is a risque act too risque”. Arresting policemen said that the act in which she played was so “naughty” that they blushed when making the arrest.
Lotus Wing: vintage 8x10 photo
Lotus Wing was of Hawaiian and Chinese heritage and she primarily performed on the west coast, though in 1955 she did tour the Hirst circuit. When not on the road, she resided in Los Angeles with her husband and 4 children.
Doris Hurtig: vintage 8x10 news service photo dated 28 April 1934.
Doris was a popular burlesque dancer in Chicago in the 1930s. This particular photo was used to promote Doris joining the cast of the State Lake Theater located at 190 North State Street, Chicago, IL. The State Lake Theater was part of the Orpheum burlesque circuit.
Sally Rand: vintage 8x10 photo
Sally was born Hattie Helen Gould Beck in Elkton, Missouri. She studied dance as a child and as a teenager, briefly worked as a chorus girl at the Empress Theater in Kansas City, but her sights were set on Hollywood. Once in Hollywood, young Helen acted in plays and in silent films and briefly used the name Billie Beck. It was when she met famed director and producer Cecil B. DeMille that she got her now famous stage name - Sally Rand. Reportedly, DeMille was inspired by a Rand McNally atlas. Sally was a successful silent film actress, appearing in over 20 films, but she spoke with a lisp and her Hollywood career ended when ‘talkies’ became popular. In need of re-inventing herself, Sally became a burlesque dancer and most famously appeared at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Sally went on to produce her own shows, including the famous Nude Ranch at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco in 1939/40, and to own her own club - The Musicbox in San Francisco. Not one to slow down, Sally continued to perform her famous fan dance right into the 1970s.
Virginia Bell: as scanned from the July 1959 issue of Follies magazine.
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.