Lili St. Cyr’s half-sister Dardy Orlando shares the burlesque stage (during a skit) with comedian Pinky Lee..

Lili St. Cyr’s half-sister Dardy Orlando shares the burlesque stage (during a skit) with comedian Pinky Lee..

Tempest Storm

Tempest Storm

Showgirls enjoy a quick break in their Backstage dressing room between shows..

Showgirls enjoy a quick break in their Backstage dressing room between shows..

White Fury        aka. “The Cyclone Of Motion”..

White Fury        aka. “The Cyclone Of Motion”..

Vivienne Morgan      aka. “The Lady From Park Avenue”..
Vintage photo from 1952 features Vivienne touching up her makeup in a Backstage dressing room..

Vivienne Morgan      aka. “The Lady From Park Avenue”..

Vintage photo from 1952 features Vivienne touching up her makeup in a Backstage dressing room..

Burly-Q comic Bert Lahr hams it up as a policeman, in a skit with an unknown dancer..

Burly-Q comic Bert Lahr hams it up as a policeman, in a skit with an unknown dancer..

Dixie Evans      aka. "The Marilyn Monroe Of Burlesque"..
Posing backstage for a Christmas photo..

Dixie Evans      aka. "The Marilyn Monroe Of Burlesque"..

Posing backstage for a Christmas photo..

Patti Waggin relaxes backstage..

Patti Waggin relaxes backstage..

In a Backstage dressing room, Misty Ayres touches up the makeup of a fellow dancer..

In a Backstage dressing room, Misty Ayres touches up the makeup of a fellow dancer..

May Joyce


A candid backstage snapshot of May with her pet dog; taken in 1953 at a Burlesque theatre somewhere in Minneapolis, Minnesota..

May Joyce

A candid backstage snapshot of May with her pet dog; taken in 1953 at a Burlesque theatre somewhere in Minneapolis, Minnesota..