A publicity still from the 1955 film: “Son Of Sinbad”, shows dancer Nejla Ates modelling the conservative costume featured in her dance sequence.. Due to differing obscenity laws across North America (and Internationally), film studios still forced actresses to cover up their belly buttons.. Which kind of defeats the purpose of casting a popular belly dancer, one would think?!..

A publicity still from the 1955 film: “Son Of Sinbad”, shows dancer Nejla Ates modelling the conservative costume featured in her dance sequence.. Due to differing obscenity laws across North America (and Internationally), film studios still forced actresses to cover up their belly buttons.. Which kind of defeats the purpose of casting a popular belly dancer, one would think?!..

Nejla Ates     aka. “The Exquisite Turkish Delight”..

Clips taken from her dance sequence in Howard Hughes 1955 film: 'SON Of SINBAD'..

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Beautiful Nejla Ates - Turkish bellydancer and Broadway Musical star of the 1950s..

amartin1030:

Beautiful Nejla Ates - Turkish bellydancer and Broadway Musical star of the 1950s..

Nai Bonet
A popular bellydancer during the mid-1960’s, she was also a good friend to Nejla Ates.. When Ates attempted suicide in October of ‘65,— it was Ms. Bonet who not only stepped in to fulfill her remaining professional commitments.. But helped organize a fundraising drive to fly Nejla back home to Turkey..

Nai Bonet

A popular bellydancer during the mid-1960’s, she was also a good friend to Nejla Ates.. When Ates attempted suicide in October of ‘65,— it was Ms. Bonet who not only stepped in to fulfill her remaining professional commitments.. But helped organize a fundraising drive to fly Nejla back home to Turkey..

Nejla Ates       aka. “The Exquisite Turkish Delight”..

Nejla Ates       aka. “The Exquisite Turkish Delight”..

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..

Nejla Ates
Vintage publicity photo from 1954 used to promote her appearance in the Warner Brothers’ film: "King Richard and the Crusaders", in which she played a (as usual): "Moorish Dancing Girl"..

Nejla Ates

Vintage publicity photo from 1954 used to promote her appearance in the Warner Brothers’ film: "King Richard and the Crusaders", in which she played a (as usual): "Moorish Dancing Girl"..

Nejla Ates     aka. “The Exquisite Turkish Delight”..

Nejla Ates     aka. “The Exquisite Turkish Delight”..

Lili St. Cyr appears in newspaper cartoonist Feg Murray’s "Seein’ Stars" feature.. The strip seems a rather brazen promotion for Howard Hughes 1955 film: 'SON Of SINBAD'; which (apart from Lili) also featured performances by both Kalantan and Nejla Ates..

Lili St. Cyr appears in newspaper cartoonist Feg Murray’s "Seein’ Stars" feature.. The strip seems a rather brazen promotion for Howard Hughes 1955 film: 'SON Of SINBAD'; which (apart from Lili) also featured performances by both Kalantan and Nejla Ates..


Nejla Ates     aka. “The Exquisite Turkish Delight”..
Cass Franklin is listed as Nejla’s "personal manager".. But he was also a singer at the 'LATIN QUARTER', and an integral part of Lou Walters’ management team; handling all of the contracts for performing talent. This would seem a direct conflict of interest, to most observers.. 
A Turkish newspaper reported that he was also a man with a gambling problem. And that he’d been siphoning off enormous sums of money from the nightclub’s accounts, to pay off these personal debts..  When the thefts were discovered in June of ‘59, Franklin commited suicide. He was 47 years old..

Nejla Ates     aka. “The Exquisite Turkish Delight”..

Cass Franklin is listed as Nejla’s "personal manager".. But he was also a singer at the 'LATIN QUARTER', and an integral part of Lou Walters’ management team; handling all of the contracts for performing talent. This would seem a direct conflict of interest, to most observers.. 

A Turkish newspaper reported that he was also a man with a gambling problem. And that he’d been siphoning off enormous sums of money from the nightclub’s accounts, to pay off these personal debts..  When the thefts were discovered in June of ‘59, Franklin commited suicide. He was 47 years old..