Delilah Jones (Doris Gohlke): as scanned from the #16 issue (1959) of Fling 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.
Rosita Royce: as scanned from the cover of the summer 1945 issue of Tid Bits of Beauty magazine.
Rosita was best known for performing with trained doves, which would be released from the balcony of a theater and fly down to untie ribbons on her costume. But she also performed a ‘jungle dance’ routine with a macaw and cockatoo as pictured above.
Marinka: vintage 8x10 photo
Marinka was born in Havana, Cuba in 1940. Her father was a Spanish diplomat to Cuba, so despite being born in Cuba, she was citizen of Spain. While growing up in Spain, she studied and performed Flamenco. When she moved to the United States, however, she found that flamenco dancers were not in demand, and so she began belly dancing, taking the name of her then-boyfriend’s grandmother as her stage name. In 1960, Marinka was performing as a belly dancer with a traveling burlesque show. All that was to change when the show opened in Toledo, OH where Marinka came to the attention of the owner of the Town Hall Theater – burlesque legend Rose la Rose. Always a sharp business woman, Rose saw the potential for a feature dancer, and worked with Marinka to develop a burlesque act. After Rose’s mentorship, Marinka toured as a co-feature burlesque dancer for two years and then became a feature dancer. Marinka’s career took her all over the United States, Europe and even Lebanon in 1972. She also crossed over to Broadway, where she performed in Ann Corio’s This was Burlesque and Bob Fosse’s All that Jazz. From a performance career that spanned over four decades, Marinka’s proudest moment was in 1992 being requested by Tony Randall to be the featured dancer in a burlesque-styled benefit show he and Jack Klugman developed to benefit the Actor’s Studio. The show was such a resounding success that it was performed again in 1993. Marinka lives and occasionally performs in Las Vegas.
Carol Lord: vintage cut out news service photo dated 7 November 1942
Carol had quite the varied career! She started as a dancer in the late 1930s, and by 1940 was a feature burlesque dancer. She later would work as a femcee (female emcee), and then in 1946 left performing to work with booking agents Bob Irwin and Bob Starr. Carol helped the agency locate new striptease talent, and she also developed new routines with the dancers. In 1950 Carol left burlesque altogether and opened her own dance school.
In 1952, Carol was attacked by a dog and bit several times at the Dunham Shipyard & Sail Co in New York city. She sued the company for $50,000 in damages saying that the stress caused her to become reclusive and have a fear of dogs. The suit also stated that she gained 40lbs and was unable to perform as a stripper now, due to the weight gain and scars on her legs.
Jackie Gladd: vintage 8x10 photo dated 2 November 1935
Jackie was a State Lake Sweetheart, which was the name given the house showgirls at the State Lake Theater, located at 190 North State Street, Chicago, IL. The State Lake Theater was part of the Orpheum burlesque circuit.