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Carmela (Rickman) - The Sophia Loren of Burlesk: vintage 8x10 photo Carmela was a divorced mother of two working as a waitress in Washington DC, when she decided to give burlesque a try.  Eventually she signed with Sol Goodman, who was also Blaze Starr agent and the owner of the 2 o’clock Club in Baltimore, MD.  Originally Carmela had danced under the moniker “The Torrid Twister”, but Goodman suggested they capitalize on her resemblance to Sophia Loren.  Carmela was known for her muscle ...

Burlesque Dancer Winnie Garrett - The Flaming Redhead (vintage 8x10 photo)

Burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee 1945

Rosalee Takella, Oriental Shake Dancer (Exotic Dancer) - Jet Magazine, November 27, 1952