Lilly Christine aka. “The Cat Girl”..
Martha Theresa Pompender was born on December 17, 1923; in Dunkirk, New York.. She was one of 3 children born to Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Pompender.. From a very young age, she excelled at dance classes run by Mrs. Eloise M. Heyl.. And often participated in recitals and charity events around town.. After graduating high school in ‘42, she began dancing professionally at a nearby Buffalo nightclub.. With another contract to dance at a downtown NYC nightclub, during the Summer of ‘43.. Very soon thereafter, she was selected by dance director LeRoy Prinz as one of the 8 showgirls to appear in the 1947 musical: “My Wild Irish Rose”.. The rest as they say,— is history!