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Jean Idelle (Cowan): Often credited with being the first African American dancer to perform in integrated shows. She performed her famed fan dance all over the USA and Canada during the 1950s and 1960s, including headlining Minsky's Riatto Theater in Chicago. Jean would eventually retire from burlesque to devote her energy to raising her family. At the age of 82, Jean Idelle came out of retirement to perform her act one more time at the 2012 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend.

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Enter The Captivating World Of Burlesque In The 1950s

American actress and burlesque entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee (1914-1970), circa 1950. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Enter The Captivating World Of Burlesque In The 1950s

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