Sally Rand

Dancer and Actor
Born Apr 3, 1904

Sally Rand was a burlesque dancer and actress, most noted for her ostrich feather fan dance and balloon bubble dance. She also performed under the name Billie Beck.

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1904 Birth Born on April 3, 1904.


1927 23 Years Old She was selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1927. … Read More
1933 29 Years Old Her most famous appearance was at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, which was entitled Century of Progress. … Read More


1934 30 Years Old She performed the fan dance on film in Bolero, released in 1934.
1936 32 Years Old In 1936, she purchased The Music Box burlesque hall in San Francisco, which would later become the Great American Music Hall.
1939 35 Years Old She starred in "Sally Rand's Nude Ranch" at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco in 1939 and 1940.


1946 42 Years Old She was arrested twice in San Francisco in 1946; while performing at Club Savoy, she was arrested by six police officers in the audience as she danced, seemingly nude, in silhouette behind a large white fan; the judge, Daniel R. Shoemaker, granted her immunity should she be arrested for the same offense while on trial; however she was arrested during a night of the trial while performing her act, despite her immunity and the fact that she was wearing long underwear and a note that read "CENSORED. … Read More


1957 53 Years Old She appeared on television in March 12, 1957, in episode 13 of the first season of To Tell the Truth with host Bud Collyer and panelists Polly Bergen, Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle, and Carl Reiner. … Read More


1979 75 Years Old Rand died on August 31, 1979, at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital, in Glendora, California, aged 75, from congestive heart failure. … Read More
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