Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Featured Icon: Sherry Britton – Burlesque Performer

Sherry Britton (July 28, 1918 – April 1, 2008) was a burlesque performer of the 1930's and early 1940's. The 5'3" (160 cm) Britton had an 18" (46cm) waist, and was once said to have a "figure to die for". She was born Edith Zack, in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

When burlesque went by the wayside due to the NYC ban in 1940, Britton turned to plays, eventually appearing in almost 40 of them. Britton also spent much time during WWII entertaining troops, for which she was made an honorary Brigadier General by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Britton was performing in Washington, D.C. clubs as late as 1958 (at or near age 40). She was barred from appearing at the 1964 New York World's Fair, because she was too risque. She instead became a cabaret singer and appeared in many theater productions.

Read More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherry_Britton

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