Burlesque Queen Tempest Storm: Still Strippin’ at 80
More than 50 years ago Tempest Storm was dubbed the “Girl with the Fabulous Front” and she was told by many famous men that she had the “Best Two Props in Hollywood.” Now, at 80 years-old Storm is still doing burlesque in Las Vegas. And when Tempest is performing on-stage, she carries herself as the headliner, a classy star.
“I don’t just get up there and rip my clothes off,” she says. For certain, the 80-year-old burlesque queen takes her clothes off very, very slowly. Since her earlier days in burlesque, Storm has watched the art that made her famous almost disappear. Her famous contemporaries, Blaze Starr, Bettie Page, and Lili St. Cyr, have either died or hung up their rhinestone g-strings and sequined pasties.
But not Tempest Storm, who has continued to perform in Las Vegas, Reno, Palm Springs, Miami and Carnegie Hall. Her act remains symbolic of the old, golden days of strippers in burlesque. Tempest knows nothing about that pole-dancing stuff and would never even think about putting her derriere in a man’s face. Her stage prop of choice is a boa, perhaps the occasional velvet divan.
At the age of 80, Tempest is rarely sadly nostalgic about the past. There’s no doubt in her own mind that she still is what she once was, and Storm rebukes people who think that age takes its toll on sex appeal.
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You can read more about burlesque star Tempest Storm in The Chicago Tribune here.
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