Jennie Lee – The Bazoom Girl

Jennie Lee was born Virginia Lee Hicks 23 October 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri.  She attended Wyandotte High School In Kansas City, Kansas and was a member of both the swim team and the Girls Athletics Association.  Jennie also loved to dance and act, appearing in high school plays.  It was this love of the… Continue reading Jennie Lee – The Bazoom Girl

Rose la Rose’s Peek-a-Boo Costume

If you attended the Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend in Las Vegas,  you probably noticed a stunning red-beaded costume on display in the Burlesque Bizarre.  The Asian-inspired skirted pant-suit, complete with matching shoes and cigarette holder, belonged to the one and only Queen of Burlesque – Rose la Rose.  What you may not have notice… Continue reading Rose la Rose’s Peek-a-Boo Costume

Chez Paree nightclub in Chicago, Il

Vintage postcard showing the dining area and stage of the original Chez Paree.

The original Chez Paree club in Chicago, Illinois was located at located at 610 Fairbanks Court.  The setting was a large dinner theater venue and featured large floor shows that featured some of the biggest names in entertainment in the day.  The club was opened in 1932 by partners Mike Fritzel and Joe Jacobson, but due to… Continue reading Chez Paree nightclub in Chicago, Il

Showgirls at Morrison Hotel’s Terrace Garden

The Terrace Garden at the Morrison Hotel: 1944 vintage postcard.

Eleanor and Babe were appearing in a ‘hoop ballet’ at Chicago’s Morrison Hotel’s Terrace Garden. The Terrace Garden was known as the “wonder restaurant”, because it was a HUGE dinner club with a central stage that could host extremely large floor shows.  The venue was very popular in the 1940s and hosted large theater-style revue… Continue reading Showgirls at Morrison Hotel’s Terrace Garden

Princess Lahoma – The Chickasaw Chic

Vintage newspaper ad for Princess Lahoma appearing at the Park Burlesque theater in Youngstown, Ohio.

Lahoma Willingham was 1/16 Chickasaw and born into a family that was very active within the tribe. Lahoma’s cousin Floyd MayTubby, who was Governor of the Chickasaw Nation in 1939.  Still mayor in 1943,  Floyd appointed Lahoma “Chickasaw Princess” at the 1943 American Indian Exposition, and in that capacity she frequently represented the Chickasaw Nation in… Continue reading Princess Lahoma – The Chickasaw Chic

Noel Toy – The Chinese Sally Rand

Noel Toy was born Ngun Yee on 27 December 1918 in San Francisco to parents from Canton, China.  In 1939, while attending University of California – Berkley,  Noel was hired to perform as a chorus girl at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. Noel performed in the Chinese village portion of the expo’s… Continue reading Noel Toy – The Chinese Sally Rand