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Added by tartan_skirt on 19 Feb 2009 03:51
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The Queens of Burlesque

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1911-1970 (age 59)

One of the biggest names in the history of Burlesque, she put the "tease" into "striptease". She was a main star at Minsky's Burlesque and was frequently arrested in raids on the establishment.

Also featured in:
Pin-Ups (1930s)
1906-1975 (age 68)

Famous now for her iconic Danse banane, Josephine Baker was not only a dancer but a civil rights activist, the first African American woman to star in a major film, and when she became a French citizen in 1937 received the highest French military honour during WWII.

Also featured in:
Pin-Ups (1930s)
1918-2008 (age 89)

Britton had a truly amazing figure, including an 18 inch waist, and continued to perform until she was around 40 years old.

Also featured in:
The Hourglass Figure
The Ultimate Hourglass Figure List
Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
1914-1999 (age 84)

Performed at Minsky's Burlesque, she was a well-known Burlesque artist in the 1940's.

Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0
1918-1999 (80)

Nowadays not so well-known, but in the 1940's and 50's was among Gypsy Rose Lee and Ann Corio as one of the biggest names in burlesque and striptease. She was married six times and gets a mention in the Rocky Horror song "Don't Dream It".

Also featured in:

Pin-Ups (1950s)
Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 0
1904-1979 (age 75)

Made famous for her dances involving ostrich feather fans and large balloon bubbles, Rand was an iconic figure in the world of Burlesque. Arrested a few times because of her act.

Also featured in:

Pin-Ups (1930s)

Still alive and performing on stage today, Storm was famous in the 1950's and 60's alongside Blaze Starr and Lili St. Cyr. Her natural measurements of 44DD-25-35 and bright red hair made her stand out especially.

Average listal rating (17 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0

Another blazing redhead, Starr was made famous by her innovative and daring acts including undressing on an apparently burning sofa, and having a panther help strip her. When the panther died she decided she would instead imitate the animal and crawl around the stage on all fours herself, this got her arrested for obscenity in Philadelphia.

1914-1964 (age 50)

A British performer who during WWII entertained the troops with her show and after opened the first striptease show in the West End of London, titled The Whitehall Follies. She had a 34-23-36 figure.

Average listal rating (12 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
1915-2001 (age 86)

A lesser-known American starlet who often had snakes included in her acts.

Average listal rating (210 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
1923-2008 (age 85)

Burlesque artist, bondage/fetish model, and Pin-Up girl, Bettie Page is an icon of the Rockabilly subculture of the 1950's. She brings her own image to Burlesque and stands out most appropriately. With her hourglass figure (measuring 36-23-36 1/2) and prominent style and attitude, she is truly a woman to be remembered.

Also featured in:

Pin-Ups (1950s)
The Bettie Page Fringe
Pear Shaped Perfection
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American Virginia "Ding Dong" Bell started her career as a burlesque dancer in the 50's, known for her 46" bust on her short stature (standing at only 5'2"). She moved into acting, putting her "assets" to use.

(Suggestion by SuperAmanda)
Average listal rating (38 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0

Tura is a Japanese-American actress mostly known for the film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, but was a burlesque dancer before, working with other such dancers as Tempest Storm and Candy Barr.

(Suggestion by SuperAmanda)
Average listal rating (24 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
1935-2005 (age 70)

A stripper in the 50's, she was a known burlesque dancer. She also served a 3 year jail term for drugs charges, but not for shooting her second husband (he lived).


A main figure of the New Burlesque movement and revival in popularity, most people know her name, whether it be from her Burlesque performances and style, or her marriage to rock star Marilyn Manson. Her hourglass figure is another impressive one, even if her breasts are fake. Her waistline has been naturally reduced to 22 inches through tightlacing, though can be condensed further to 16.5 inches in a corset. Her iconic act involves her sitting in an oversized Martini glass.

Also featured in:

The Hourglass Figure
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Winner of the 2007 Miss Exotic World Pageant, Immodesty Blaize is a British Burlesque artist.

Average listal rating (24 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 0

Jami Deadly is a Burlesque artist, Marilyn Monroe impersonator and neo-pin-up girl.

With the catchphrase of "The ass that goes POW!" she was the winner of the 2005 Miss Exotic World. She is most well known for her 2006 performance on America's Got Talent, with her Snow White and Knight Rider acts, and is subsequently one of the more well known neo-burlesque performers.

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Here are the big Burlesque artists of the new and old. There are no ordinary strippers here. These are the crème de la crème of artistic ecdysiasts who took off their clothes with passion and with flare. Who dared to be different and rock the world.

Some key missing figures:

Lydia Thompson (1838-1908)

A British woman accredited with taking the Burlesque style of dancing from France to America.

Millie DeLeon (c.1873 - 1922)

Actual name Millie Lawrence, she was often noted as "The first real queen of American Burlesque."

Lilly "The Cat" Christine (1923-1965)

Jennie "The Bazoom Girl" Lee (1928-1990)

Also known as "Miss 44 & Plenty More" and "The Biggest Bust in Burlesque", she started both the League of Exotic Dancers in 1954 and the Exotic World Burlesque Museum and & Striptease Hall of Fame.

Dixie Evens

Some history for you.

Associated Lists:

Pin-Ups (early 1900s) (by Danie)
Pin-Ups (1930s) (by Danie)
Pin-Ups (1940s) (by Danie)
Pin-Ups (1950s) (by Danie)
The Hourglass Figure (by Prelude)
The Ultimate Hourglass Figure List (by SuperAmanda)
Pear Shaped Perfection (by SuperAmanda)
The Bettie Page Fringe (mine)
Iconic Hairstyles (mine)

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Posted: 9 years, 2 months ago at Mar 15 18:05
Now, THIS is list! Not like some others just trhoing pics around...
Very good! =]
Posted: 8 years, 5 months ago at Dec 17 1:39
Why are only Immodesty's nationalities mentioned? Why not anyone else?

Great list otherwise, though you left out Tura Satana and Virgina Ding Dong Bell.
Edit: 8 years, 5 months ago
Posted: 8 years, 5 months ago at Dec 24 2:58
I really enjoyed that list. Bettie Page is my fav.
Posted: 8 years, 5 months ago at Dec 24 11:16
Dita Von Teese!!
Posted: 7 years, 9 months ago at Aug 23 15:20
Updates, ahoy! Added people and links to more lists.
Posted: 7 years, 5 months ago at Nov 30 17:50
How come this list doesn't have Venus De Light (1970-now)? She was the one that re introduced the champagne bath act and the fan dancing, half man half woman etc. in the 80s when no one was doing them anymore. She helped save burlesque! She was featured on HBO with her huge traveling show, and Joan Rivers had her on her show as proof Burlesque was still alive and well. She starred in the Minskeys Burlesque show on the Las Vegas Strip as well as Playboys Girls of Rock and Roll and she headlined shows all over the world in such locales as The Tokyo Hilton Hotel! In fact she had Dita Von Teese in one of her shows in Las Vegas before anyone knew Dita yet. She mentored many up and comers and she is not on the list? She has been compared to Gypsy Rose Lee, Sally Rand and Lili St. Cyr! In fact Gypsy Rose Lees own son, Eric Lee Preminger made the camparison when she won the Golden G String Award in 1986/87. She has won the Burlesque Lifetime Acheivement Award and has been given the Exotic Dancer Hall of Fame award. What gives?
Posted: 7 years, 5 months ago at Nov 30 18:20
No need to lecture, the reason for any missing figures on my Burlesque list is easy. I don't know everything. Plus, I've never even heard of Venus, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't add her. Most of my research has been internet based, and I only added more prominent figures or people I have actually heard of. The fact that she was featured on HBO means nothing to me, as I am not an American. We don't have HBO as a channel in the UK.

To be honest, from what I've seen, there is very little about Venus de Light online, aside from her own MySpace page which doesn't actually have an burlesque pictures on it. I have found one photo of her in a giant champagne glass, but nothing else. It is very hard to add someone to an illustrative list if there is very little to find about them. I don't think I can add her at this point in time, but thanks for the suggestion.
Posted: 7 years, 5 months ago at Nov 30 19:00
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She was also the publisher of Cheri Magazine for awhile Hey I understand why you hav not heard of her because she retired in 2000 and virtually disapeared. She went into seclusion on the outskirts of Las Vegas. People do not know what happened to her? I hope that the memory of her doesn't get lost. She was an inspiration to the revival of Burlesque. Her shows were incomparable. sexy, funny and breathtaking. No one has been able to achieve the blend of true dancing talent with the personality and comedy of Burlesue like Venus. I will keep searing to find things on what she did nest. There is a lot of vids from her wrestling/catfighting and magazine work but not enough of what she really was known for which is her shows! It's wierd. You read about her, but her work was done before everything went digital.... She used to have a website but that is gone and someone is using her name for a gateway site.
Posted: 7 years, 5 months ago at Nov 30 19:04
That is fine. Update me if you find some decent pictures and then we'll be in business. ;)
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Feb 3 20:44
Thanks! It's hard to tell sometimes with pictures that parody the original. :P
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Jul 22 18:29
You need to add Danielle Colby Cushman; the girl from American Pickers.......she is so hott

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