Another burlesque legend passes
Gloria Dillon, famous in the golden age of burlesque as Tajmah, ‘Jewel of the Orient’, passed away in December, aged 77. Her mother, Tina Marie, was a cocktail waitress in a burlesque club and the teenage Gloria decided to take to the stage after watching the dancers perform as she did her homework!
Tajmah’s signature act was performed with her mother, who also became a burlesque dancer, and was called ‘The Spider and the Virgin’ with Tina Marie as the spider and her daughter as the virgo who becomes ensnared in the giant spider’s web. It was a powerful and athletic performance which many of today’s burlesque dancers reference in creating gothic interpretations of ‘classic’ burlesque. As many of the burlesque legends of the previous generation leave us* reconsideration of their legacy is going to turn up in more and more homage acts, and Tajmah’s Spider and Virgin is one we think is ripe for a revisit!Read More