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BURLESQUE & STRIPTEASE
In the 1950s, traditional burlesque theatre was superseded by cinematic striptease shows. Nudity was still the life-blood of exploitation and this new genre offered the roadshow men an easy way to make ends meet. Burlesque films were often marketed as 'old-fashioned' nostalgic entertainment and featured some of the most famous veterans of the live circuit, including Tempest Storm and Bettie Page.
Known as 'The Fabulous 4D Girl', Tempest Storm (b.1928) was born Annie Blanche Banks and was one of the last classic burlesque stars. She ran away from an abusive home and started out as a chorus girl before moving into the strip world in the late 1940s. Known for her curvacious figure and flaming red hair, Russ Meyer's photographs helped her become a huge pin-up star. Tempest is rumoured to have had affairs with John F. Kennedy and Elvis Presley, and at one stage, had her breasts insured for $50,000.