Lily Ayres: vintage 8x10 news service photo of a promotional poster for Lily Ayres appearing at the Alvin Theater in minneapolis, MN in 1956.
Lily started her career as a model and showgirl at the famed Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. After a year as a showgirl, Lily moved to Los Angeles and developed her stripping act with the famed choreographer Lilian Hunt, of the the Follies Theater. Lily would go on to perform in burlesque under at least 4 names: Icel Condon, Lorali, Exotic Lily and her real name Lily Ayres. She reportedly had a pleasant singing voice and had aspirations of breaking into musical comedy, but was never successful.
Winnie Garrett - The Flaming Redhead: vintage real photo postcard
A popular burlesque dancer in the 1940s through 1950s, Winnie was a multi-talented woman. She was one of the top paid stars, and unlike many other dancers, she invested her money. Including owning stock, and serving as vice president of Famous Records (music LPs) in New Jersey. Winnie promoted the company, and its artists, during radio interviews for burlesque shows. She also owned a music publishing business. Winnie was not all work though; she enjoyed playing golf and was a talented watercolor artist. She married Harry Eisen, an architect, on 16 May 1951 and they resided in New York City.
Chilli Pepper: vintage 8x10 of Chilli Pepper dancing onstage at an unknown venue.
There were two dancers that used the stage name Chilli Pepper… the only difference is that one dancer typically only used 1 L, and this lady usually used 2 Ls.
Marcia Edgington: vintage 8x10 photo
Marcia began her burlesque career as a chorus girl at the Hudson Theater in Union City, NJ. In late 1948/early 1949, Marcia was promoted to principal dancer and toured with the Mike Sachs unit. Her big break in burlesque when Harold Minsky’s asked her to headline a show at his theater in Las Vegas. From then on she was a head-liner, and preferred to dance in theaters or clubs when dancers were not forced to mingle with the patrons.
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.
Mary Sundae (spelled Sundae here) & Yvette Dare: vintage newspaper ad, from 1938, promoting Mary appearing at the Gayety Theater in Minneapolis, MN. The Yvette that was also appearing (top, right corner) is Yvette Dare who later became famous for working with macaws. As stated, before working with parrots, Yvette performed what was known as a muff dance — which is similar to a fan dance, but with a large fur muff.