Bermuda cruise with burlesque star
She danced with Elvis Presley and not as a fan - he asked to dance with her! Tempest Storm was already a huge star when Presley hit the world in the 1950s. She was the face of what was then called exotic dancing in a period when exotic dancing was the biggest entertainment. She describes herself as a ‘class act’ or, as she put it herself, ‘… Beautiful wardrobe. Big band. Opening act. It was sexy, teasing … nothing vulgar.’ and she delighted in showing her 40 inch bust to the audience after her first boss, Lillian Hunt who ran the Follies Theatre in Los Angeles told her at her audition that her nervousness about her breasts was pointless because, ‘They don't make 'em too big in this business’. Hired on the spot, she never looked back, taking ballet lessons, and changing her name to Tempest Storm.
In addition to her little fling with Elvis, Tempest cosied up to Mickey Rooney and Nat King cole and even met John F Kennedy alone, although that didn’t go anywhere. Now, in her nineties, she’s leading a burlesque cruise* to the Bahamas - New York to Bermuda, 15-22 October 2015, if that takes your fancy.Read More