Blaze Starr
Burlesque entertainer, stripper, and adult model
Blaze Starr
The phrase "Blaze Star" was sometimes used for the recurring nova T Coronae Borealis Blaze StarrBorn Fannie Belle FlemingTemplate:Safesubst:January 1, 1932 (age 80)Template:Safesubst:Wilsondale, West VirginiaDied Template:Safesubst: Template:Safesubst:Occupation Stripper, American burlesque star, nude model, actress, gemologistHeight 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)Hair color RedMeasurements 38D-24-37 (during her prime) then 40DD-26-37, still as stripperWeight 125 lb (57 kg)Spouse Carroll Glorioso Blaze Starr (born Fannie Belle Fleming, January 1, 1932) is an American former stripper and American burlesque star.
Biography
Blaze Starr's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
Photo Albums
Popular photos of Blaze Starr
Relationships
View family, career and love interests for Blaze Starr
Show More Show Less
News
News abour Blaze Starr from around the web
Bruce Graham's 'Rizzo': Remembrances and Relevance
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Philadelphia's Theatre Exile's entertaining production of Bruce Graham's commissioned play, Rizzo, has opened to largely positive reviews that I found well deserved. (Full disclosure: My daughter-in-law, Deborah Block, is Producing Artistic Director of this small, gutsy theatre.) Exile's founder, Joe Canuso, directed this work with deep caring and commitment, and the actors bring the script to life with ease and determination. Philadelphians know well that, with a record of about 20 plays, no one captures the essence of those who are the soul and guts of Philly with more understanding and compassion than Bruce Graham. Graham's body of work, a love letter to our phenomenal and phenomenally complex city, is ever an insistence to understand, but never degrade, another human being. However, when I saw the play, after the well-deserved applause left me, I found myself strangely unsettled, and even sad. Thanks to Graham's determination to achieve fairness and balance, the good and the bad ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
'Behind the Burly Q' a revealing portrait of burlesque's stars
LATimes - over 3 years
In first a film and now a book, Leslie Zemeckis relates the tragic and uplifting tales of the forgotten stars of burlesque's golden age. Alexandra the Great "48," Blaze Starr, Tempest Storm, Lili St. Cyr, Candy Cotton, Sunny Dare, Gypsy Rose Lee: The names are as exotic as the performers themselves. They belong to women who bared skin in burlesque shows, long before the practice evolved into modern-day stripping.
Article Link:
LATimes article
Leslie Zemeckis: NSFW PHOTOS: Vintage Burlesque Dancers
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"For too long these burlesque girls have been held down on the low rung of the entertainment ladder . . . but no more" declared Dixie Evans, the former Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque. Dixie and I have set out to change the perception of how old-time burlesque is viewed. "It has been left out of the history books." Dixie had been the quintessential beauty that "fell" into a career taking it off. I was privileged enough to interview the octogenarian. She wasn't the oldest. There was 97 year-old Mimi Reed - I should have been a stripper. I would have made a hell of a lot of money; 90 year-old Betty Rowland aka the Ball of Fire who sued Samuel Goldwyn Studios, and 88 year-old Sherry Britton, a stripper who was made an Honorary Brigadier General by FDR. These were just three former burly girls who knew all too well the slights leveled at them because they shook their pasties for a living. "We'd get humiliated at Saks," Dixie said. "They meant to put you down." The Golden Age ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Waters y el mal gusto - Lanacion.com (Argentina)
Google News - over 5 years
Fue una de las mecas del burlesque con Blaze Starr, hiperbólica bailarina erótica a quien se le atribuye haber inventado un aro de fuego del cual surgía indemne. Fue un sitio de gran arquitectura. Fue la cuna de HL Mencken. La universidad fue el lugar
Article Link:
Google News article
RESTAURANT REVIEW; Mac and Cheese, So Sophisticated
NYTimes - over 5 years
THE greatest restaurant fish in the world may be Dover sole, an exquisite flounder of eastern Atlantic heritage that takes its name from the English port from which its best hunters once sailed. Diners love the fillets for their mild, sweet flavor and for the way the edges crisp in the heat. Add a film of clarified butter as a kind of force
Article Link:
NYTimes article
Desmond's - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Eat one and it's as if you are Earl Long looking at Blaze Starr for the first time. Desmond's takes seriously the mandate to comfort the comfortable while avoiding the afflicted entirely. Smoked salmon with soft, silken scrambled eggs and a dab of
Article Link:
Google News article
Addio al celibato: spogliarello burlesque - Sposalicious
Google News - over 5 years
Da Dixie Evans, Blaze Starr, Ann Corio, Gypsy Rose Lee, Elizabeth Ruth “Betty” Grable e Tempest Storm al neo burlesque di Dita von Tees, Betty Page, Dirty Martini, Paloma Faith, Immodesty Blaize, Julie Atlas Muz, le Pontani Sisters, Catherine D'Lish
Article Link:
Google News article
Southern Rep Announced LOUISIANA LADIES - WOMEN WORTH CELEBRATING - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Expect to also "hear" from Kate Chopin, Clementine Hunter, Baroness de Pontalba, Blaze Starr, and Mother Henriette Delille among many others. Working on this project has definitely proven that Louisiana women are exceptional, memorable,
Article Link:
Google News article
Fotos - Los escarceos amorosos de JFK - El Confidencial
Google News - almost 6 years
Uno de los presidentes más populares de Estados Unidos, también pudo tener una aventura con la actriz Angie Dickinson y la cabaretera Blaze Starr. En la imagen, el ex presidente de EEUU (d) junto a su hermano Robert Kennedy
Article Link:
Google News article
New Burlesque: Old enough for a look back - The Villager
Google News - almost 6 years
Highlights include an 1896 Edison film of “Fatima” doing the muscle dance, an actual costume belonging to classic-era burlesque dancer Blaze Starr, clips from the aforementioned Zemeckis film and Mara Gaye's actual dressing table
Article Link:
Google News article
Berlusconi and Trump, the clowns of politics - Chicago Tribune
Google News - almost 6 years
No less fascinated with skimpily dressed women than Berlusconi, Long had a torrid affair with stripper Blaze Starr. When his antics landed him in a mental hospital in the 1950s, he replaced the head of the state hospital system with a crony who freed
Article Link:
Google News article
'Passion Play' review: Jazzman loves birdwoman in this ridiculous flick - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Never mind that strip clubs haven't had live bands since, oh, the days of Blaze Starr. (But do notice — spoiler alert! — that the club is called the Dream Lounge.) Rourke has been sleeping with the owner's wife (and, hey, don't blame her — really,
Article Link:
Google News article
Modern-day royalty has lost its colorful nicknames - Santa Ynez Valley News
Google News - almost 6 years
Consider such colorful monikers as Stonewall Jackson, Wild Bill Hickok, Honest Abe Lincoln, Boss Tweed, Teddy “the Lion” Diamond Jim Brady, Blaze Starr, Blood and Guts Patton, the Galloping Ghost, the Yankee Clipper, Schoolboy Rowe, Jelly Roll Morton,
Article Link:
Google News article
DVD Column: 'Behind the Burly Q' on DVD - Libertyville Review
Google News - almost 6 years
Zemeckis has assembled an impressive roster of burlesque stars, including the exotic-dancing superstars Tempest Storm and Blaze Starr. Alan Alda also contributes entertaining stories of traveling as a kid with his father, who worked as a straight man
Article Link:
Google News article
Kam On Film: 'Madea,' 'Behind The Burly Q' And More! - Aquarian Weekly
Google News - almost 6 years
Coal miner's daughter Blaze Starr started taking her clothes off after her dad developed Black Lung disease. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, Tempest Storm can now see that in her case she pranced around in her birthday suit because she was looking
Article Link:
Google News article
The Nudie Artist: Burlesque Revived - SexIs Magazine
Google News - almost 6 years
Making an appearance in the film are Tempest Storm, Blaze Starr, Dixie Evans, and Alan Alda. It's all about self-expression, and bringing together a high point in the exhibition is Luma Rouge, who used her background in fashion and dance to capture her
Article Link:
Google News article
From Sophisticated to Sleazy?: 'Behind the Burly Q - The Story of Burlesque' - PopMatters
Google News - almost 6 years
Combining wonderful interviews with several of the remaining “stars” from the era (including Tempest Storm and a by-telephone Blaze Starr) and offering both historic and anecdotal perspective, Burly Q hopes to change the reputation of the entertainment
Article Link:
Google News article
Remembering Fort Holabird, Blaze Starr and Sgt. Poncho - Patch.com
Google News - almost 6 years
We enjoyed Baltimore's leading cultural attraction—Blaze Starr baring nearly all at her club on East Baltimore Street. Blaze, an ivory skinned dancer with fire engine red hair was truly a star. She even tossed lollipops to us starving troops
Article Link:
Google News article
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Blaze Starr
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 82
    Starr died June 15, 2015, either at her home in Wilsondale, or at a hospital in nearby Williamson (sources vary).
    More Details Hide Details She was 83 years old. She had been worried about the health of her dog, whom she adopted as a stray. One of her sisters claimed the stress, along with a "severe heart condition", killed her. Her dog died hours later. Four siblings predeceased her: brothers Bennie, Ray, and Sherman Franklin, and sister Faye. She was survived by six of her siblings: John P., Berta Gail, Betty, Debbie, Judy, and Mary.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1989
    Age 56
    The 1989 movie Blaze recounted the story of her and Long's relationship.
    More Details Hide Details The film was directed by Ron Shelton, adapted by him from Starr's memoir Blaze Starr: My Life as Told to Huey Perry (1974), and starred Lolita Davidovich as Starr and Paul Newman as Long. Starr herself appeared in a cameo role. Starr eventually bought the Two O'Clock Club on The Block in Baltimore, Maryland. Some of her costumes and other memorabilia have been displayed at the Museum of Sex in New York City and the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. In the early 1980s, Starr made an appearance at the Mitchell Brothers' O'Farrell Theatre in San Francisco. Semi-retired since 1975, she finally retired from stripping for good in 1983 to become a full-time gemologist, an occupation in which she had dabbled part-time since 1975 and had spent several holiday seasons selling hand-crafted jewelry at the Carrolltowne Mall in Eldersburg, near Baltimore. She was a cousin of singer Molly O'Day.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 31
    Diane Arbus photographed Starr in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details The photo "Blaze Starr at home" was included in the book and traveling exhibit Diane Arbus: Family Albums.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 29
    Director Doris Wishman's 1962 film Blaze Starr Goes Nudist, a nudie-sexploitation film, features Starr's one lead movie role.
    More Details Hide Details As the title suggests, she plays herself. The film is also known as Blaze Starr Goes Back to Nature, Blaze Starr Goes Wild, Blaze Starr the Original, and Busting Out.
  • 1960
    Age 27
    Starr and Long's relationship, cited as one reason for Long being involuntarily committed to a mental hospital, lasted until his death in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details In his will, Long bequeathed Starr $50,000, which she refused to accept.
  • 1956
    Age 23
    Two of Starr's performances, including the combustible sofa, are among the burlesque routines featured in the 1956 compilation film Buxom Beautease, produced and directed by Irving Klaw.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1954
    Age 21
    She rose to national renown after she was profiled in a February 1954 Esquire magazine article, "B-Belles of Burlesque: You Get Strip Tease With Your Beer in Baltimore".
    More Details Hide Details The Two O'Clock Club remained her home base, but she began to travel and perform in clubs throughout the country. Starr's striking red hair, voluptuous figure and on-stage enthusiasm were a large part of her appeal. The theatrical flourishes and unique gimmicks she used in her stage show went beyond established burlesque routines like the fan dance and balloon dance. She often performed with dangerous cats, including a baby black panther. Her trademark routine was "the exploding couch". As she explained in 1989, "I had finally got my gimmick, a comedy thing where I'm supposed to be getting so worked up that I stretch out on the couch, and — when I push a secret button — smoke starts coming out from like between my legs. Then a fan and a floodlight come on, and you see all these red silk streamers blowing, shaped just like flames, so it looked like the couch had just burst into fire."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1950
    Age 17
    Starr moved to Baltimore, where she began performing at the Two O'Clock Club nightclub in 1950.
    More Details Hide Details She eventually became its headliner.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1932
    Born
    Born on April 10, 1932.
    More Details Hide Details
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)