Tempest Storm, burlesque star dating JFK and Elvis, died at 93


Tempest Storm, the fiery redhead known as a slapstick icon who starred in Russ Meyer’s early films, has passed away. She was 93 years old.

Storm died in her Las Vegas apartment on Tuesday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, and had been battling dementia in recent months. She was also struggling after having hip surgery on April 8 and was in 24-hour care until her death.

“Tempest was by far one of the best known and most beloved burlesque ever [performers] of all time, and has been an active part of the burlesque community until the end, “Burlesque Hall of Fame executive director Dustin Wax told the Review-Journal.” She will be sorely missed in the burlesque community and beyond. “

“She was the last of the great legends of the golden age of burlesque,” ​​added her longtime friend and business partner Harvey Robbins. “She was perhaps the tallest of all.”

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Born Annie Blanche Banks in 1928, Storm left home in seventh grade and moved to Hollywood at the age of 15 to pursue a career. Working as a waitress, a client suggested that she would make money as a striptease artist. She got an audition with Follies Theater in 1951 and had to choose a stage name – Sunny Day or Tempest Storm.

American stripper Tempest Storm poses next to a promotional poster for her burlesque act in front of a theater, 1954 (Getty Images)

American stripper Tempest Storm poses next to a promotional poster for her burlesque act in front of a theater, 1954 (Getty Images)

“Well, I said, I guess it might as well be Tempest Storm,” she said.

Storm took the burlesque world by storm and in 1956 he was the highest paid artist of all time on a 10-year, $ 100,000 contract with burlesque production company Bryan-Engels.

She eventually entered the world of cinema, playing a role alongside Bettie Page in the 1955 Irving Klaw film, “Teaserama.”

But her Hollywood story didn’t end there. Storm also said she dated Elvis Presley and former President John F. Kennedy.

“Elvis the Pelvis,” she told local newspaper WQAD8 in 2013. “It was 1956. I was appearing at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, which is now the Bellagio. We got a slapstick review and he came to see the show. He came and sat down – he had the most beautiful eyes – and we formed a relationship and it was absolutely fantastic. He was a true gentleman from the South. Very polite. “

As for JFK, their alleged adventure began before he became president.

“I met him in 1957, when he was a senator,” she said. “It was a great relationship. He was a great man in his politics and things. I hadn’t seen him in years, and the last time I saw him I said, ‘You’re going to be president,’ and he said, “I hope you’re right! “

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Storm was featured in the 2016 documentary “Tempest Storm”, which focuses on her career and her estrangement from her daughter Patricia, whom she had with Herb Jeffries, a singer from the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Her last performance was in 2010 at the Plaza for the Burlesque Hall of Fame reunion show, but she hosted “Tempest Storm’s Las Vegas Burlesque Revue” a few months later, according to Las Vegas Weekly.

“The crowds have gone crazy for us and for the burlesque,” she said at the time. “It was like the first time I took the stage.”

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