Flamboyant icon of Burlesque passes
Like many fans of Burlesque, we’ve been pausing to commemorate the passing of Blaze Starr one of the most glamorous of the burlesque tribe, proud to call herself a stripper (no nonsense about being an ‘artiste’ for her!) and scandalous in the best sense of the word, as she was renowned, but never publicly shamed, for being the mistress of the Governor of Louisiana, Earl Long.
She was 83 years old and had been wowing her fans since the end of the second world war. One of those who truly can be called an icon, she first set Baltimore ablaze when she appeared at the Two O’Clock club there, and earned her soubriquet, ‘The Hottest Blaze in Burlesque’. But it was when she travelled to New Orleans that her story became legendary - she met Earl Long and they began an affair that lasted nearly two decades. The Governor was also relatively open about the relationship, to the annoyance of his wife and the open secret made Blaze a figure of mystery and gossip across the USA - which didn’t harm her burlesque career any!
Starr was to buy the Two O’Clock club which had made her famous and under her ownership the venue became famous as a stand up comedy launch pad.Read More