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Tempest Storm, burlesque star who dated JFK and Elvis, dead at 93

Tempest Storm, the fiery redhead often called a burlesque icon who starred in early Russ Meyer movies, has died. She was 93.

Storm died in her Las Vegas condo Tuesday, the Las Vegas Overview-Journal reported, and had been battling dementia in current months. She additionally was struggling after present process hip surgical procedure on April 8 and was underneath round the clock care till her demise.

“Tempest was simply one of many best-known and highest-regarded burlesque [performers] of all time, and was an lively a part of the burlesque neighborhood proper to the tip,” Burlesque Corridor of Fame government director Dustin Wax informed the Overview-Journal. “She can be missed terribly within the burlesque neighborhood and effectively past it.”

“She was the final of the good legends within the golden age of burlesque,” added her longtime buddy and enterprise companion Harvey Robbins. “She was maybe the most important of all.”

Born Annie Blanche Banks in 1928, Storm left dwelling within the seventh grade and moved to Hollywood at the ripe age of 15 to pursue a profession. Working as a waitress, a buyer steered she’d earn a living as a striptease performer. She bought an audition with Follies Theater by 1951 and had to decide on a stage identify — both Sunny Day or Tempest Storm.

“Properly, I mentioned, I suppose it’d as effectively be Tempest Storm,” she mentioned.

Strippers Parade, poster featuring Tempest Storm circa mid 1950s.
Strippers Parade poster that includes Tempest Storm circa mid-1950s.
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Storm took the burlesque world by storm and by 1956 was the highest-paid performer ever with a 10-year contract at $100,000 at the Bryan-Engels burlesque manufacturing firm.

She finally took on the movie world, scoring a job alongside Bettie Web page in Irving Klaw’s 1955 movie, “Teaserama.”

However her Hollywood story didn’t finish there. Storm additionally mentioned she dated Elvis Presley and former President John F. Kennedy.

“Elvis the Pelvis,” she informed native information outlet WQAD8 in 2013. “It was 1956. I used to be showing at The Dunes Resort in Las Vegas, which is now the Bellagio. We had a burlesque overview and he got here to see the present. He came visiting and sat down — he had probably the most stunning eyes — and we bought right into a relationship and it was completely unbelievable. He was an actual Southern gentleman. Very well mannered.”

As for JFK, their alleged fling began earlier than he turned president.

Tempest Storm circa 1996.
Tempest Storm circa 1996.
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“I met him in 1957 when he was a senator,” she mentioned. “It was an ideal relationship. He was an ideal man in his politics and every part. I hadn’t seen him for years, and the final time I noticed him, I mentioned, ‘You’re going to be president,’ and he mentioned, ‘I hope you’re proper!’ “

Tempest Storm is regarded as having one of the longest careers as a burlesque performer.
Tempest Storm is considered having one of many longest careers as a burlesque performer.
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Storm was featured within the 2016 documentary “Tempest Storm,” which focuses on her profession and estrangement from her daughter Patricia, whom she had with Herb Jeffries, a singer with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Her ultimate efficiency was in 2010 at the Plaza for the Burlesque Corridor of Fame reunion present, however she hosted the “Tempest Storm’s Las Vegas Burlesque Revue” just a few months later, in response to Las Vegas Weekly.

“The crowds went loopy for us, and for burlesque,” she mentioned at the time. “It was like the primary time I’d ever been onstage.”

Tempest Storm performing circa 2003.
Tempest Storm performing circa 2003.

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