Ann Corio appears on the cover of a souvenir program for a production of the play: "WHITE CARGO".. The play was a popular vehicle for Burlesque stars hoping to transition to an Acting career.. Both Sherry Britton and Julie Gibson (among others) tried their hand at performing the role of the seductive native temptress, named: "Tondelayo"..

Ann Corio appears on the cover of a souvenir program for a production of the play: "WHITE CARGO".. The play was a popular vehicle for Burlesque stars hoping to transition to an Acting career.. Both Sherry Britton and Julie Gibson (among others) tried their hand at performing the role of the seductive native temptress, named: "Tondelayo"..

Ann Corio relaxes backstage..

Ann Corio relaxes backstage..


Ann Corio
Vintage promo photo dated from September of 1936..  Photographed by - Leslie Jones

Ann Corio

Vintage promo photo dated from September of 1936..  Photographed by - Leslie Jones

Ann Corio appears as dancer "Dixie Barlow" in a publicity still from the 1943 film: "SARONG GIRL"; produced and released by 'Monogram Pictures'..  The film’s cast also included actress Irene Ryan, who would achieve fame 20 years later, when she was cast as "Granny" in the TV series: "The Beverly Hillbillies"..

Ann Corio appears as dancer "Dixie Barlow" in a publicity still from the 1943 film: "SARONG GIRL"; produced and released by 'Monogram Pictures'..  The film’s cast also included actress Irene Ryan, who would achieve fame 20 years later, when she was cast as "Granny" in the TV series: "The Beverly Hillbillies"..


Ann Corio
Appearing in a publicity still for the 1942 film: "JUNGLE SIREN".. Corio played a woman raised in the jungle, named "Kuhlaya".. She helps a young Army Captain in the Free French Forces (played by Buster Crabbe) fight a group of Nazis plotting a native uprising!

Ann Corio

Appearing in a publicity still for the 1942 film: "JUNGLE SIREN".. Corio played a woman raised in the jungle, named "Kuhlaya".. She helps a young Army Captain in the Free French Forces (played by Buster Crabbe) fight a group of Nazis plotting a native uprising!

Ann Corio
Vintage promo photo dated from the 1940’s..

Ann Corio

Vintage promo photo dated from the 1940’s..

Zorita      (aka. Katherine Boyd Petillo)
Vintage press photo dated from January of ‘66, features a glammed-up Zorita attending the opening (in Miami) of the 1966 edition of her long-running ‘THIS WAS BURLESQUE’ touring show..

Zorita      (aka. Katherine Boyd Petillo)

Vintage press photo dated from January of ‘66, features a glammed-up Zorita attending the opening (in Miami) of the 1966 edition of her long-running THIS WAS BURLESQUE’ touring show..

Jennifer Fox      aka. "The Myra Breckinridge of Burlesque"..
"Isn’t He or Isn’t She?" was the byline that Ms. Fox used in many of her newspaper promo ads.. This is because in 1968, she was still a man waiting to undergo sex reassignment surgery!
By the early 70’s, Jennifer would include "America’s Foremost Sex-Change" in her promotional material; and tour across North America. Ann Corio included her in the 1974 edition of her long-running ‘THIS WAS BURLESQUE’ touring show..

Jennifer Fox      aka. "The Myra Breckinridge of Burlesque"..

"Isn’t He or Isn’t She?" was the byline that Ms. Fox used in many of her newspaper promo ads.. This is because in 1968, she was still a man waiting to undergo sex reassignment surgery!

By the early 70’s, Jennifer would include "America’s Foremost Sex-Change" in her promotional material; and tour across North America. Ann Corio included her in the 1974 edition of her long-running THIS WAS BURLESQUE’ touring show..

Ann Corio
Appearing in a publicity still for the 1942 film: "JUNGLE SIREN".. Corio played a woman raised in the jungle, named "Kuhlaya".. She helps a young Army Captain in the Free French Forces (played by Buster Crabbe) fight a group of Nazis plotting a native uprising!

Ann Corio

Appearing in a publicity still for the 1942 film: "JUNGLE SIREN".. Corio played a woman raised in the jungle, named "Kuhlaya".. She helps a young Army Captain in the Free French Forces (played by Buster Crabbe) fight a group of Nazis plotting a native uprising!

Ann Corio     aka. "The Darling Of Burlesque"..

Ann Corio     aka. "The Darling Of Burlesque"..