Hope Diamond      aka. “The Gem of Exotics”..

Leona Beldini has not had an easy life.. She married singer Bobby Colt in March of ‘56, and had a child with him. But in the Summer of 1960, Colt deserted the marriage to begin a relationship with infamous bellydancer: Nejla Ates.. 
More recently (in July of 2009), Ms. Beldini was arrested in a massive FBI sting that nabbed public officials for taking bribes.. Hope was convicted on 2 counts of bribery; and is still serving part of a 3-Year sentence in a Texas prison..

Hope Diamond      aka. “The Gem of Exotics”..

Leona Beldini has not had an easy life.. She married singer Bobby Colt in March of ‘56, and had a child with him. But in the Summer of 1960, Colt deserted the marriage to begin a relationship with infamous bellydancer: Nejla Ates.. 

More recently (in July of 2009), Ms. Beldini was arrested in a massive FBI sting that nabbed public officials for taking bribes.. Hope was convicted on 2 counts of bribery; and is still serving part of a 3-Year sentence in a Texas prison..

burleskateer:

Tempest Storm
A really nice late-50’s era Backstage photo..  I can spot a few other performers’ names scrawled on the wall behind her.. Hope Diamond, Tana Louise, and "The Body".. Either Irma or Venus, one would presume?..

burleskateer:

Tempest Storm

A really nice late-50’s era Backstage photo..  I can spot a few other performers’ names scrawled on the wall behind her.. Hope Diamond, Tana Louise, and "The Body".. Either Irma or Venus, one would presume?..


Hope Diamond        aka. “The Gem of Exotics”..

Hope Diamond        aka. “The Gem of Exotics”..

Hope Diamond      (aka. Leona Beldini)

Hope Diamond      (aka. Leona Beldini)


Hope Diamond      aka. “The Gem Of Exotics”..
Cover to her late-50’s promo press book..

Hope Diamond      aka. “The Gem Of Exotics”..

Cover to her late-50’s promo press book..

Hope Diamond     (aka. Leona Beldini)

Hope Diamond     (aka. Leona Beldini)

Hope Diamond       aka. “The Gem of Exotics”..

Hope Diamond       aka. “The Gem of Exotics”..




Hope Diamond      aka. “The Gem of Exotics”..
A promo poster salvaged from the 1978 demolition of the ‘ROXY Theatre’ in Cleveland, Ohio..  After retiring from Burly-Q, Hope (aka. Leona Beldini) entered politics and eventually became the Deputy Mayor of Jersey City.. In July of 2009, she was arrested in a massive FBI sting that nabbed public officials taking bribes.. Hope was convicted on 2 counts of bribery; and is currently serving a 3-Year sentence in a Texas prison.
You can read more here..

Hope Diamond      aka. “The Gem of Exotics”..

A promo poster salvaged from the 1978 demolition of the ‘ROXY Theatre’ in Cleveland, Ohio..  After retiring from Burly-Q, Hope (aka. Leona Beldini) entered politics and eventually became the Deputy Mayor of Jersey City.. In July of 2009, she was arrested in a massive FBI sting that nabbed public officials taking bribes.. Hope was convicted on 2 counts of bribery; and is currently serving a 3-Year sentence in a Texas prison.

You can read more here..

Hope Diamond    aka. "The Gem Of Exotics"..
More pics of Hope can be found here..

Hope Diamond    aka. "The Gem Of Exotics"..

More pics of Hope can be found here..

Hope Diamond    aka. “The Gem Of Exotics”..

Hope Diamond    aka. “The Gem Of Exotics”..