Dixie Evans: Queen of Burlesque


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The Independent Online

Dixie Evans, who died on 3 August aged 86, was a burlesque performer who later ran a striptease museum in the Southern California desert. Born Mary Lee Evans in 1926, she was working in celery fields near Los Angeles when she answered an ad for Hollywood chorus girls. That led to modeling jobs and to burlesque, where she had an act imitating Marilyn Monroe. She later founded a museum that featured Sally Rand's fans and lingerie from Gypsy Rose Lee. It moved to Las Vegas in 2006 and is now called the Burlesque Hall of Fame.