Julie Bryan: vintage 8x10 photo
Julie replaced Gypsy Rose Lee in the the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway when Gypsy left the show after the 1936-37 season. In 1945, she would wed comic straight man Jack Martin, and they would go on to travel the burlesque circuit together.
Patti Waggin: as scanned from Hollywood Confidential Vol. 1 No. 2
Patti was a petite, but very athletic dancer, who trained with the famous Lillian Hunt. Patti’s name is often given as “Patti Brownell”, but that was her name from her marriage to motorcycle racer Bill Brownell. Patti also enjoyed riding and racing motorcycles, but the marriage to Bill did not last. In 1955 she married baseball pitcher Don Rudolph. The couple had one daughter together and remained married until Don’s untimely death in an auto-accident in 1968. Patti never remarried.
Edith Davis: vintage 8x10 photo
In 1946 Edith was told she would never walk again after being in a car accident and breaking her back in two places. Thanks to what one newspaper article called her “stubborn determination” within two years Edith was not only walking, but tap dancing again.
Lee Sharon: as scanned from the summer 1954 issue of Peep Show magazine.
At 5’3”, Lee was a petite gal from Dallas, Texas. She was a feature dancer at Lou Walters’s Latin Quarter Clubs and would go on to dance internationally as well.
Rose la Rose: vintage 8x10 photo
Leaving school in her teens, Rose took a job as a cashier at Minsky’s Republic Theater in New York city. There are two competing stories as to how Rose’s cashier position segwayed into a career as a burlesque dancer. The most popular story says that one of the Minsky brothers saw Rose working at a ticket booth and instantly saw her star potential. Given Rose’s sharp business acumen however, the second story is probably more accurate. According to that story, Rose saw the paycheck of one of the dancers and insisted on a chance to grace the stage. Rose was given that chance, and she had intended to dance under her given name. The sign painter however, thought that “Rosina de Pella” was too long and cumbersome, and shortened it to the stage name “Rose la Rose”. Rose reportedly hated it, but it was too expensive to commission a second sign. Later, while appearing at Leon & Eddie’s, a dinner club in New York city, Rose chose to dance under the name Connie Rae. When the famous gossip columnist, Walter Winchell, wrote that Connie Rae was in fact the dancer previously known as Rose la Rose, attendance at the club immediately increased. Always the sharp businesswoman, Rose instantly saw the value of a trademark and hence forth used the once hated moniker. In fact, she would even legally change her name to Rose la Rose.