Ann Corio: vintage 8x10 photo
Ann was born 29 November 1909 to Italian immigrants in Hartford, Connecticut. She was still in her teens when she began working as a showgirl, and was soon an extremely popular feature dancer. She appeared at Minksy’s in New York and was a crowd favorite at the Old Howard Theater, in Boston, MA. In the early 1940s, Ann left burlesque and moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. Ann would go on to appear in 5 films: Swamp Woman (1941), Jungle Siren (1942), Sarong Girl (1943), The Sultan’s Daughter (1944) and Call of the Jungle (1944).
Like many others, Ann Corio retired from burlesque when she felt the shows were becoming less classy. Two decades later, to celebrate the heyday of burlesque, Ann Corio and Michael Iannucci developed and produced the show This Was Burlesque. It debuted in Boston, MA, in 1961, but by 1962 the show was a huge success in New York city. Various version of the show ran for almost 30 years; it was on Broadway twice, toured the country and spawned two HBO specials. Another result from the legendary This was Burlesque show — Ann Corio and Michael Iannucci were married, and they remained married until here death in 1999.
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.
Verne Hamel: vintage 8x10 photo dated 5 March 1930
Verne Hamel was a student at the University of Wisconsin and had the lead part in the Harefoot Club’s Easter show entitled Button, Button. All parts in the play, regardless of the character’s gender, were portrayed by men. Verne makes a lovely showgirl, don’t you think?
Sally Rand: vintage 7x9 news service photo dated 18 January 1937.
I have also posted a scan of the snipe - or news service information - attached to the back of the photo regarding Sally starting her own factory to manufacturer the clear balloons used in her act.