Harriet Hoctor (center): vintage 8x10 movie still from the film The Great Ziegfeld (1936).
Harriet was a classically trained ballerina and studied under Louis H. Chalif at the Normal School of Dance in New York city. At the age of 16 Harriet was performing on the vaudeville circuits, where she was seen by Florenz Ziegfeld. She would work off on on with Ziegfeld, and this image was actually a promo photos for her appearance, as herself, in the 1936 film The Great Ziegfeld. In the 1940s, she pair with Billy Rose and worked as a choreographer at his New York clubs, including the Diamond Horseshoe. Harriet also opened a dance school in Boston, MA, but she continued to work with Billy Rose and traveled to New York for shows. She died at the age of 71 on 9 June 1977.
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.
Stuttering Sam (Mary Dowell): vintage 7x9 news service photo dated 27 August 1953. Once Sam retired from burlesque, she worked as a writer and is shown here working on a TV script.
This 6 foot tall beauty was the daughter of the Chief of Police of Fort Worth, Texas. When Billy Rose’s Casa Manana came to Forth Worth, Mary - soon the become Sam - went to see about securing a showgirl position for her sister and, despite Mary’s speech stutter, Rose hired both sisters on the spot. It was while working as a showgirl that Mary acquired the knick-name Stuttering Sam, and she used it as her stage-name hence forth. Sam was such a successful showgirl, that when Casa Manana closed, Billy took Sam back to New York city with him and made her the star of his new club The Diamond Horseshoe. Sam was also a talented writer and eventually quit work as a showgirl and became a press agent for Billy Rose. She would go on to write television scripts in Hollywood, write her own cook-book and become a newspaper columnist in her hometown of Fort Worth.