Blaze Starr

Blaze Starr
'''Blaze Starr''' (born January 1, 1932-died June 15, 2015) was an American former stripper and burlesque star. Her vivacious presence and inventive use of stage props earned her the nickname "The Hottest Blaze in Burlesque".


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Blaze Starr (born January 1, 1932-died June 15, 2015) was an American former stripper and burlesque star. Her vivacious presence and inventive use of stage props earned her the nickname "The Hottest Blaze in Burlesque". She was also notorious for her affair with Louisiana governor Earl Long.

Blaze Starr Biography

Blaze Starr Early years

Blaze Starr was born Fannie Belle Fleming in rural Wilsondale, Wayne County, West Virginia to Lora Evans and Goodlow Mullins . Raised in nearby Twelvepole, West Virginia, A young Fannie left home and moved to Washington D.C. when she was sixteen, where Red Snyder discovered her either working in a doughnut shop or as a hat check girl.

Red became Fleming's first manager, encouraged her to start stripping, and gave her the stage name Blaze Starr. . Red tried to sexually assult her and she left him.

Starr then moved to Baltimore, Maryland, eventually becoming a headliner at the Two O'Clock Club nightclub. 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". The Two O'Clock Club remained her home base, but she began to travel and perform in clubs throughout the country.

Blaze Starr Starr's Onstage presence

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.

Perhaps her most famous prop was a couch that she rigged to smolder and then appear to burst into flame as she sat on it and undressed.

Blaze Starr Starr's Relationship with Lousiana Governer Earl Long

The move Blaze featuring Blaze Starr, played by Lolita Davidovich, and her relationship with Louisiana Governor Earl Long, played by Paul NewmanIn the late 1950s, while working at the Sho-Bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, Starr began a long-term affair with then-governor Earl Long. Starr was in the process of divorcing her husband, club owner Carroll Glorioso, and Long was married to the state's first lady, known colloquially as Miz Blanche. Starr and Long's relationship, invoked as one reason for Long being involuntarily committed to a mental hospital, lasted until his death in 1960. Long left her $50,000 in his will, which she refused to accept.

Blaze Starr Starr immortalized on film

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.

Director Doris Wishman's 1962 film Blaze Starr Goes Nudist, a nudie-sexploitation film, features Starr's one lead movie role. 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.

Diane Arbus photographed Starr in 1964. The photo "Blaze Starr at home" was included in the book and traveling exhibit Diane Arbus: Family Albums.

Blaze Starr Retirement / career as a gemologist

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. After ending her long career as a stripper and actress, Blaze went full-time into her career appraising and selling jewerly as a gemologist, which she began doing in her spare time in 1975. She eventually went into it full-time after her retirement from her full-time adult entertainment career by 1983, ending it completely for her gemology career by 1989.

Blaze Starr Death

Blaze died on June 15, 2015, either at her home in Wilsondale, WV, or at a hospital in nearby Williamson (sources vary). She was 83 years old.

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