Blaze Fury (Lucia Parks Timlin): vintage 1949 newspaper ad for Blaze appearing at the Alvin Burlesk Theater in Minneapolis, MN.
The names on most of the dancer, other than Blaze Fury, are actually incorrect. Just another example of the a theater or newspaper using the photos they have on hand to create an ad!
Blaze Fury was born Lucia Parks to parents that both worked in vaudeville and burlesque. At 17, Lucia left high school in Detroit, MI and started working as a chorus girl, but she soon became a feature dancer and started using the name ‘Blaze Fury’. Blaze Fury married Tommy Timlin, a burlesque dancer and actor, and when they retired from burlesque, and later the carnival circuit, they settled in Detroit. After she retired from burlesque, Blaze worked as a wardrobe assistant at the Detroit Opera House. Unfortunately, Blaze Fury died of heart failure 28 May 1997.
Coby Yee - China’s Most Daring Dancing Doll: vintage 8x10 photo
Coby Yee performed at San Francisco’s famous Forbidden City, and across the country as a burlesque dancer in the 1950s and 1960s. IN the 1960s she purchased the Forbidden City club from Charlie Low, the original owner. Coby operated the club until it closed in the early 1970s.
Evelyn Taylor - The Tantalizer of Tease: vintage newspaper ad from 21 October 1942 for Evelyn appearing at the Grand Theater in Saint Louis, MO.
In one of her routines, Evelyn would sing the song “I Have a Kiss for You”, as she tossed candy kisses to the audience.
Renee D’Orsay: as scanned from the cover of the October 1940 issue of Laff magazine.
According to the article, Renee was on her way to Hollywood, but it must not have worked out, because in the mid 1940s she was touring the East Coast as a burlesque dancer. One of her burlesque acts included a parrot named Mike, who would assist her in disrobing.
Sally Rand: vintage 8x10 photo
Sally is shown sitting behind one of the large, sheer latex balloons she used for her ‘Bubble Dance’. In the mid-1930s, Sally started a factory to manufacturer her own balloons for her act. It was her attempt to keep control of her new act, since she complained that others were copying her famous fan dance. Sally always claimed to originate the fan dance, but a Ziegfeld dancer Faith Bacon counter-acted this claim.
Mary Sundae - Blond Venus: vintage 8x10 news service photo dated 27 September 1935
At the time of this photo, Mary was the star of the revue show Venus on Parade, which was showing Colosimo’s on 22nd Street in Chicago.
June St. Clair - The Platinum Princess: vintage 8x10 photo
June St. Clair was born Geraldine (‘Jerry’) Margaret Ford in MA on 6 Oct 1913. The family moved to NYC during the depression to find work and soon Geraldine and her sister, Helen, were hired as chorus girls. They both went on to become burlesque dancers, Geraldine billed as ‘June St. Clair’ and Helen as ‘Helen Colby’. For a while they billed themselves as a singing and dancing act called the Ford Sisters, but this did not bring in as much money as June St. Clair’s solo career, so she went back to burlesque. June was a modest woman and did not enjoy her burlesque career and never dated in the earlier years. According to both June’s family, and other dancers that knew her, after going back to her solo career (1948), June had gotten into an abusive relationship, became pregnant (many say she was raped), and she discovered that the father of the child was married already. Unfortunately, on 21 Oct 1949 June St. Clair committed suicide in a NYC hotel room; it was her 3rd documented attempt to kill herself. In a suicide note she left for her brother she refers to having “disgraced you all”, meaning her family.
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.