Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Blaze Starr Merges With The Infinite
Famed lady of Burlesque, Blaze Starr, has passed.
I have no idea how Blaze Starr first entered my consciousness, but no doubt it involved the internet. She was of the era of Bettie Page, Tempest Storm, Lilli St. Cyr and Irving Klaw, but was more a part of the burlesque circuit than the "mail order photo" industry. It's unlikely most of polite society in the 1950 and 60's either knew of her or would admit to knowing of her. And that's with affairs with folks like Louisiana Governor Earl Long that led to a movie biopic containing her name (Blaze from 1989).
But the internet and public memory is a funny thing. Despite having a path that would leave most folks an anonymous cypher, Blaze Starr has managed to permeate the edges of the American psyche for at least a half-century. It takes all kinds (and we're all here - as my grandmother used to say).
Here's to a trailblazer of sorts, and an underground icon.
Thanks to Victoria for the link.