Tempest Storm, the fiery redhead generally known as 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 Evaluate-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 energetic a part of the burlesque group proper to the tip,” Burlesque Corridor of Fame government director Dustin Wax instructed the Evaluate-Journal. “She will likely be missed terribly within the burlesque group and nicely past it.”
“She was the final of the good legends within the golden age of burlesque,” added her longtime good friend and enterprise associate Harvey Robbins. “She was maybe the largest of all.”
Born Annie Blanche Banks in 1928, Storm left dwelling within the seventh grade and moved to Hollywood on the ripe age of 15 to pursue a profession. Working as a waitress, a buyer prompt 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 title — both Sunny Day or Tempest Storm.
“Properly, I stated, I assume it’d as nicely be Tempest Storm,” she stated.
Storm took the burlesque world by storm and by 1956 was the highest-paid performer ever with a 10-year contract at $100,000 on the Bryan-Engels burlesque manufacturing firm.
She finally took on the movie world, scoring a task alongside Bettie Web page in Irving Klaw’s 1955 movie, “Teaserama.”
However her Hollywood story didn’t finish there. Storm additionally stated she dated Elvis Presley and former President John F. Kennedy.
“Elvis the Pelvis,” she instructed 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 evaluate and he got here to see the present. He came visiting and sat down — he had essentially the most stunning eyes — and we bought right into a relationship and it was completely improbable. He was an actual Southern gentleman. Very well mannered.”
As for JFK, their alleged fling began earlier than he grew to become president.
“I met him in 1957 when he was a senator,” she stated. “It was a fantastic relationship. He was a fantastic man in his politics and all the things. I hadn’t seen him for years, and the final time I noticed him, I stated, ‘You’re going to be president,’ and he stated, ‘I hope you’re proper!’ “
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 remaining efficiency was in 2010 on the Plaza for the Burlesque Corridor of Fame reunion present, however she hosted the “Tempest Storm’s Las Vegas Burlesque Revue” a couple of months later, based on Las Vegas Weekly.
“The crowds went loopy for us, and for burlesque,” she stated on the time. “It was like the primary time I’d ever been onstage.”