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Vintage 40’s-era autographed promo photo..
A young Lily Ayers (dancing during this period as “Lorali”) shows off her Harem Girl costume..
The trial of Lii St. Cyr, 1951
“Lili St. Cyr received the title of the most famous woman in Montreal throughout the late 1940s into the 1950s. However, Quebec’s Catholic clergy condemned her act, declaring that whenever she dances “the theater is made to stink with the foul odor of sexual frenzy.” The clergy’s outcry was echoed by the Public Morality Committee. St. Cyr was arrested and charged with behavior that was “immoral, obscene and indecent.” She was acquitted but the public authorities eventually closed down the Gayety Theatre where she performed.”
by Frank Horvat
Grey Villet, ‘A strip teaser using a hula hoop in her act’, 1958
Stripper “Tempest Storm” poses under a theater marquee for her burlesque act, 1954.